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    Default did the headliner on a Highline

    with sunroof, took us (my friend Take and I) 1 full day to do it.


    More pics here on his japanese repair page
    http://infinitier.ddo.jp/e32/page/ma...e_20050812.htm

    And yes, no screws, cables etc. left over after we finished the job. So seems to be all installed again

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    Nice job Shogun... I know you mentioned where and how you got the material. Can you repost that link or those details again?

    Cheers!
    Bellevue WA
    90 535iM - not much stock remains. 3.7 liters, ported head, cammed, 3.73 diffy, M5 brakes, MAFed, yadda yadda yadda
    86 Porsche 951 - Track Toy

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    You MUST use 1/8 inch headliner material and NOT 1/4 inch. WLS Headliner sells 1/4 inch for E32. 1/4 inch material will not fit contours of roof grab handles, and other recessed areas of headliner, and the sunroof panel will bind and stick with 1/4 inch material because there is not enough clearance. Most European cars use 1/8 inch.

    I bought the material from a wholesaler in Germany. But the transport is quite costly. So you can choose any supplier, just make sure that the thickness is correct. Best is you cut away a small sample and send it to a supplier to select the right material which fits.
    There is no limit, even fake snake leather will do
    http://www.garysupholstery.com/ostrich.html
    The company in Germany
    http://www.mah.de/

    http://www.worlduph.com/bmw13.htm
    http://www.cyber-bridge-marine.com/a..._headliner.htm

    and probably many more in that business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun
    with sunroof, took us (my friend Take and I) 1 full day to do it.


    More pics here on his japanese repair page
    http://infinitier.ddo.jp/e32/page/ma...e_20050812.htm

    And yes, no screws, cables etc. left over after we finished the job. So seems to be all installed again
    Well done Shogun! Removing the old under padding looks messy.

    Ralph Mendoza Jr. - Long Beach, CA

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    Default Nice work - What color did you use?

    Hi,

    Not that E32s and E34s use the same shade, well, do they? My car is gray so the interior is a mix of grays. What color did you use on that job?

    Thanks,
    Adnan

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    Anyone care to translate?

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    There are plenty of grey, and apparently that color changed slightly over the years. My car from 1988 has a lighter grey than the one from 1993 we did here.

    I ordered the material from Germany

    http://www.mah.de/

    They usually only supply to wholesellers or upholstery shops. Send them an email and ask for their agent/distributor in USA. If you get it, let us know details.
    To endusers they only sell if someone comes personally with his car and shows them the headliner material in order to make sure that it is correct. They have >1000 different materials. So a friend from Munich went there with his car (Same model/year) and showed the material to them.
    The material I used you can see on my website under the repair of the headliner.
    Headliner material from MAH I ordered:
    2 Meter No. 10X440 with 3 mm foam. This one has a width of 140 cms.
    That is the material for the headliner itself.
    The material for the A/B/C pillars is without foam. No. is 10X420 and width is 148 cms. I ordered 1 meter.

    I paid about 25 EURO per meter. Plus about 100 $ for shipping/postage from Germany.

    But I am sure you can get the material from any good upholstery shop in USA too. Some in Germany even ordered the material and the foam separately. Upholstery shops for small ships/boats also might have the material.

    Note that the material # above is the material number of MAH internally, not a BMW number. According to my old papers it was originally BMW light grey.

    The only way to make sure is: send a sample from your headliner to a seller/shop, and they will select the material based on this sample.

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    Default Thanks, Shogun (nt)

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    Default Do keep us posted if you find a source Adnan!

    I think a lot of us are getting hit with this problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Adnan
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    90 535iM - not much stock remains. 3.7 liters, ported head, cammed, 3.73 diffy, M5 brakes, MAFed, yadda yadda yadda
    86 Porsche 951 - Track Toy

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    Anyone care to translate?
    No need.
    Go to my website below and you will find the instructions in English as well as much more pics. Including info for cars with sunroof.

    And just contact the companies mentioned before and ask if they can deliver the right thickness.
    From this company you can even order samples.
    http://www.cyber-bridge-marine.com/a..._headliner.htm

    ENGLISH: (all from my website)
    description/instructions
    http://bimmer.roadfly.com/bmw/forums/e32/5715438-1.html
    pics
    http://bimmer.roadfly.com/bmw/forums/e32/5717037-1.html
    sunroof
    http://www.headlinerkit.com/bmw/index.shtml

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