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Old 03-27-2006, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default SSEi tilting headrests........

SUCK!

Removal is a bitch compared to the non-tilters on my SLE. I ended up stripping the metal strips out of an old WS wiper blade to use as release tools jammed down into the sockets.

All in the effort to add a camera mount.

Every SSEi here should keep an old wiper blade handy just for this purpose. I'm thinking about removing the locking tabs on the sockets before I reassemble. There'* no way this thing will fall UP, and I rarely raise it anyway.
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92-95 where the only years that suffered that affliction. 96+ have a nice small hole in the front of the plastic atop the seat. A strong paperclip or small pick pushed into this hole release the headrest.

On the 92-95 era, it'* tough. However if you have an SSEi, I suggest you pull the back of the seat up and go at the clips from inside.
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My 95 has the little buttons.

I attempted to release the tabs from the seat back, but it'* actually easier from the top, since they pivot from the top. I need to remove the clips from the anchors though. The seat back is the only way out for those. I'm just going to cut the tabs off and put the guides back. That way I don't have to fight it to remove the camera mount.
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Your 95 is an odd duckling. Mine had the standard "good luck" headrests. Any idea if your'* was late in the production year?
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It was late in production. June I think? Of 95.
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Thanks..that explains it.
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thanks for the Wiper blade tip....i will use this info in the future
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I've re-thought my solution. I'm grinding an 'exit ramp' instead of leaving the stock ramp/flat notch. This way it'* just a detent, not a physical stop.

Talking about grinding the notches in the posts themselves, that is.
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Bill... the seat I saw inside had a plastic sleeve. One part of that sleeve was bascially a bump that rode the notches. There was a metal ring around the back side of it to provide the return and keep that plastic bump from allowing the headrest to go further. When you put the wiper in there you are pushing that plastic bump out of the notches and bending it backwards against the will of the metal ring.

Maybe something along the lines of a sleeve to make it easier to remove?
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Won't be needed if I regrind the notch. And I'll retain a detent I can feel, but gain the ability to pull it without tools.


Normally the notch is a ramp leading to a flat that'* perpendicular, so you can insert the posts, but not pull them out. I'll copy that ramp on the exit side instead of having a stop.

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