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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:59 pm 
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Can't seem to add this to the knowledge base forum, so posted here.

I have created a 189 photo step by step guide on c900 headlining re-trimming, including the sunroof assembly that is missing from most guides.

Feel free to use this as a DIY guide or even just for info on the sunroof assemblies.

Note we do not sell the headlining material seperately, but we recommend Woolies as a good source.

There is a shamless plug for our retrimmimng service in the guide, so if the mods deem this inappropriate then please delete this post.

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http://www.paradisesaabs.com/diy-headli ... guide.html

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:30 pm 
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Thanks for posting that - most interesting and convinced me NOT to try it myself :lol:

Shameless plug forgiven! :lol:

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Superb! Thanks for taking the time to capture all the steps.

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Yeah, really helpful Dan.
I was also thinking about doing it myself next year. Might have just got yourself a new customer in 2009 :?

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Superb, very useful. Makes most of it look pretty easy....and then some parts hard enough to discourage me from attempting it just yet :lol:

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I'll be Ok with the tea pictures, but everything else. :argh:

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Excellent write-up, thanks. However, you could have saved yourself a lot of photographing and typing by finishing halfway through with "Reassembly is a straightforward reversal of the dismantling procedure" :lol:

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Great Dan but I think most of us will need more cups of tea. (Coz it'll take probably take 2-3 days.) :mrgreen:

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I have been looking for suitable material to re-trim the rooflining in the old 9000i. Initially I thought you were referring to Woolworths as a source of materials until google pointed out the error in my ways!

Anyway, have brought 2metres and a can of spray adhesive so I will be dropping the lining, clearing some space in the garage and having a go at it shortly.

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Great photos.

It says in the advert 4 door saloon models are more expensive as the rear window has to be removed to get the headlining in/out. 4 door cars £poa.

The rear window doesn't have to be removed on 4 door saloon models. The headlining can be easily taken out through the boot - I've done it. But it took me much longer than the 6-7 hours stated in the advert to compete the job. :oops:

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My headlining's been propped up in the hall since March. You can imagine how pointed the comments are getting, and how frosty the atmosphere is becoming.

Thanks, Dan...

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That cup of tea is way too close to the new headling for the average DIYer!!

Well played, Dan!

Is there anything to do down your way if one drops a car off for this?

As an aside, my old biscuit got broken in two (either side of the sunroof) by the 'trimmer' who was supposed to know what he was doing. I repaired it by bonding in those metal strips found in wiper blades, with glass fibre matting. You could cantilever the whole biscuit while holding onto the front end. Then I bought an already fixed one and put that in!

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Thanks for everyones comments.

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The rear window doesn't have to be removed on 4 door saloon models. The headlining can be easily taken out through the boot - I've done it.

At the owners risk! We would rather not - if the card is even slightly damaged or torn, especially around the sunroof area, then that way is a sure fire way of finishing it off!


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Is there anything to do down your way if one drops a car off for this?


We can loan a car (c900 of course).

Loads to do:

We are 5 miles from Winchester and 3 miles from Romsey - both well worth a visit.
Also only 15 mins from Southampton, 20 mins from Beaulieu Motor Museum, and 15 mins from the New Forest.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:19 am 
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The headlining I removed through the boot had an aftermarket sunroof. I removed the parcel shelf first as this was retrimmed at the same time, but I have read elsewhere that others have managed to remove the headlining through the boot without removing the parcel shelf. You really need an assistant to manouvre it out of the boot to avoid the risk of breaking/damaging the headlining.

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I seem to remember about 8-10 years ago there was an article in 'Driver' where someone replaced a headlining in a 4 door c900 (could have been a 4 door 99) where they managed to get it out of a door. IIRC all the seats had to come out.

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Ursa Minor wrote:
I seem to remember about 8-10 years ago there was an article in 'Driver' where someone replaced a headlining in a 4 door c900 (could have been a 4 door 99) where they managed to get it out of a door. IIRC all the seats had to come out.


That's how you get it out of a 2 door. The door opening is too narrow on a 4 door.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:09 pm 
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ParadiseClub wrote:
Ursa Minor wrote:
I seem to remember about 8-10 years ago there was an article in 'Driver' where someone replaced a headlining in a 4 door c900 (could have been a 4 door 99) where they managed to get it out of a door. IIRC all the seats had to come out.


That's how you get it out of a 2 door. The door opening is too narrow on a 4 door.

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It's a long time ago, Dan, but the point of the article was that it is possible. I seem to remember it took a lot of fiddling. Maybe someone has a collection of old 'Driver' mags and can find it.

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Sounds like a lot less hassle, and not much different in time (read cost) to remove/refit the window!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:32 am 
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I agree. I believe the point of the article was that it can be done. Not that there are many 4 door cars around any more. I don't think I'd want to do it. When I need it done I'll pay for it. Even though mine has a tailgate.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:41 pm 
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Just to add, Recently did a 4 door and with the parcel shelf removed, along with the two rear seatbelts, then the biscuit does indeed come out through the boot. :D

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