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      05-03-2019, 09:40 PM   #1
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Thanks to jokinawa for service manual documents, the process is easier than I thought. The armrest position is key and just one bolt removal, some pulling and they're off!
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      05-03-2019, 09:56 PM   #3
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Awesome! I may be the next to try this. Did you happen to send a 7 year old and a 14 year old through there to gauge if the width is enough to allow third row access?
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Wow. Nice. I also have car seats in both the captains chairs, and itís tough for the older one to squeeze through to the third row. This is perfect. Thank you.
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with the bench seat on mine, we just lower the middle seat and can go but that is a nasty one as you still need to climb over the seat.
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      05-09-2019, 09:58 AM   #7
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Awesome! I may be the next to try this. Did you happen to send a 7 year old and a 14 year old through there to gauge if the width is enough to allow third row access?
My 7 and 9 year olds have been fitting through there to put their various junk in the 3rd row. I can get through too ó by just stepping over the armrests. Itís not perfect, but itís a heck of a lot easier than the GLs Iíve come from.
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Thanks to jokinawa for service manual documents, the process is easier than I thought. The armrest position is key and just one bolt removal, some pulling and they're off!
Iím definitely doing this. Wasnít your first stab far more involved than this, though, Pipe?

What do you reco for trim removal ? Fingernail?

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      05-09-2019, 06:23 PM   #10
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Thanks to jokinawa for service manual documents, the process is easier than I thought. The armrest position is key and just one bolt removal, some pulling and they're off!
I’m definitely doing this. Wasn’t your first stab far more involved than this, though, Pipe?

What do you reco for trim removal ? Fingernail?
I Didn't know the "service position" was the key to it coming off. I was 90% there just missed that one important factor! Lol. I tried a couple different things(including taking the back of the seat apart) which others eluded to here, but no dice until late. It's much easier when you have directions! I pried the screw cap off gently with a utility knife blade. Used a 4mm hex wrench to remove bolt and pulled hard.
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I Didn't know the "service position" was the key to it coming off. I was 90% there just missed that one important factor! Lol. I tried a couple different things(including taking the back of the seat apart) which others eluded to here, but no dice until late. It's much easier when you have directions! I pried the screw cap off gently with a utility knife blade. Used a 4mm hex wrench to remove bolt and pulled hard.
you read my mind. was just going to ask you what size wrench you used. star size t27 or so seemed right but didn't give it a whirl yet. thanks man. 4mm worked great. Breeze to take off both.

I tried putting those trim pieces back on the arm rests before I put them in storage and they wouldnít stay snugly on. guess Iíll deal with that down the road

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      05-10-2019, 09:13 AM   #12
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Would be awesome if somebody had the time to do a "how to" Youtube video.
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Would be awesome if somebody had the time to do a "how to" Youtube video.
Thereís really nothing to it, thanks to Pipe and those instructions

Iíd make a video but getting a good angle for the video might be tough
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Thanks to jokinawa for service manual documents, the process is easier than I thought. The armrest position is key and just one bolt removal, some pulling and they're off!
PIPE_DR - Looks like you're using the LATCH system for your child seats. Do you also have them tethered to the floor behind the captains chairs? Was looking at this at the dealership - I figured if you haven a child seat in the captains chair you pretty much immobilize that seat and the only way to the 3rd row is in between the two captains chairs.
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PIPE_DR - Looks like you're using the LATCH system for your child seats. Do you also have them tethered to the floor behind the captains chairs? Was looking at this at the dealership - I figured if you haven a child seat in the captains chair you pretty much immobilize that seat and the only way to the 3rd row is in between the two captains chairs.
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Would be nice if BMW or an aftermarket conversion kit be made available to convert the captains to a bench so that you could have the best of both. Just some insert to be put in place of the arm rests to allow someone to sit there would do it.

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Would be nice if BMW or an aftermarket conversion kit made available to convert the captains to a bench so that you could have the best of both. Just some insert to be placed in place of the arm rests to allow someone to sit there would do it.
Would definitely buy this.
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Thanks to jokinawa for service manual documents, the process is easier than I thought. The armrest position is key and just one bolt removal, some pulling and they're off!
You should get compensation from BMW for this post. My wife and I all but wrote off the X7 as our next car because lack of room between the captain's chairs. We have a 10, 8 and 3 year old.

BMW really missed the boat here.
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You should get compensation from BMW for this post. My wife and I all but wrote off the X7 as our next car because lack of room between the captain's chairs. We have a 10, 8 and 3 year old.

BMW really missed the boat here.
Yeah this was a game changer for us. 7,5,4 and all ages go down the middle for third row access.

Only beef is that the oblong plastic cover that is on the chair (where the arm rest was) occasionally pops off and falls to the floor
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Yeah this was a game changer for us. 7,5,4 and all ages go down the middle for third row access.

Only beef is that the oblong plastic cover that is on the chair (where the arm rest was) occasionally pops off and falls to the floor
I saw your post regarding the GLS. We looked at the other day and it is for sure bigger inside and the access through the captain's chairs is much better without having to remove anything. Our problem is we need a car by August. If the GLS was available now, we would for sure get that over the X7.

The designers of the X7 must not be parents of young children.
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Just got ours off...t27 works great...my kids will be happy. Thanks for the input in this thread
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