Swapping Door cards?

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s13col
Joined: Tue 02 Jun, 2020 17:25
Posts: 3

  Z3 roadster 2.2i

Swapping Door cards?

Post by s13col »

I am currently changing my cars interior and i am having a problem swapping the door cards over. One interior has side airbags the other does not. I am having trouble replacing the non airbag door card as it doesn't seem to fit over the fitted airbag side.
Any solutions would be much appreciated.
Thanks

NZ00Z3
Joined: Thu 23 Jun, 2016 01:26
Posts: 87

  Z3 roadster 3.0i

Re: Swapping Door cards?

Post by NZ00Z3 »

Fitting a non-airbag door card onto a door fitted with airbags is a little dangerous. Should there be a side impact and the airbag is called to fire, it will not work as it does not have the knock-out (hole) to expand through and do its life saving job.

Suggest that you purchase a set of door cards for side airbags.

mrscalex
Joined: Fri 13 Mar, 2015 09:14
Posts: 901

  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Swapping Door cards?

Post by mrscalex »

Please don't continue with this. As already said you are going to screw up operation of the air bag. An air bag door card has a hinged flap for when detonated. You are going to have door card including hard pieces of plastic blown at high speed into your side. Plus it's a 100% MOT fail to compromise the car in this way.
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s13col
Joined: Tue 02 Jun, 2020 17:25
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i

Re: Swapping Door cards?

Post by s13col »

Thanks for your replies. Other than buying new airbag door cards which seem hard to come by is there any other solution? Can the door cards have a 'hinged flap' made or added maybe by a trimmer?

s13col
Joined: Tue 02 Jun, 2020 17:25
Posts: 3

  Z3 roadster 2.2i

Re: Swapping Door cards?

Post by s13col »

Might it also be possible to remove the side airbags?? I get the feeling most z3's don't seem to have them.

z3ddie
Joined: Sun 27 Apr, 2008 14:29
Posts: 93

  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Chinnor

Re: Swapping Door cards?

Post by z3ddie »

I lost the will to live with mine when I got a donor interior - ended up leather dying them (from blue to black) still look great a couple of years down the line

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