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Old 11-13-2014, 10:54 AM   #1
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E39 rear armrest retroffit: from ski-pass armrest to standard armrest

I have a dilemma: My E39 came with the ski-pass option (which I never use) which means the rear armrest is thin. I want to remove the ski-pass option and the thin rear armrest and replace them with the standard thicker armrest. (I need to do this because I want to install an E38 rear cupholders in the rear armrest and I can't do it with the thin armrest.)

So my questions are:

1) Is it simply remove the thin armrest and ski-pass option and install the thicker standard armrest?

2) Do I need to modify anything to swap the two armrests? Do they install the same way and into the same location (same screw locations)?

3) The rear seats fold down, does this affect anything?

Any insight will be much appreciated.
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Old 02-28-2015, 05:43 PM   #2
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Since one has posted I'll chime in. The answer is most likely no it will not work, The non folding seat backs are a littler thicker but I say if you can find one super cheap from ebay germany its worth a shot if you really want it bad enough.

Anything is possible when you have money to make it happen.
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Old 02-28-2015, 06:51 PM   #3
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Thanks man. My car was totalled a month ago so I don't need to do this any more. My current car, also an E39, doesn't have the folded rear seats or ski bag pass options.
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