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      06-16-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Angry How to remove trunk subwoofer trim panel?

Hello All,

As a part of rear suspension replacement, got stuck on getting the rear shelf. Two complications - the car has an electric sunshade, and premium sound package.

Right now, can't find a way to remove the subwoofer trim panel - part #51478211952 on this diagram: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...86&hg=51&fg=65

Three screws at the rear and two clips in the middle are a no-brainer, but two hooks at the front are a problem. Hooks are made of plastic and are installed into the frame, and they go into rectangular holes in the trim panel (right against number 5 on the diagram). Can't really see nor feel which way they're angled (space is pretty tight), and can't locate this part on realoem, either - it's in some obscure place.

This is how the hook looks like from inside the frame (was able to get the phone into the opening and point it [somewhat] the right way:



Google is of no help, unfortunately - a lot of people are installing subwoofers, but nobody seems to be removing them

So, which way do I pull what to take the trim panel out without breaking anything?
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Hello All,

Right now, can't find a way to remove the subwoofer trim panel - part #51478211952 on this diagram: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...86&hg=51&fg=65

Three screws at the rear and two clips in the middle are a no-brainer, but two hooks at the front are a problem. Hooks are made of plastic and are installed into the frame
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No wonder I couldn't find those parts - they're an integral part of the subwoofer (best quick guess is it's the part #65136908549 on this diagram: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...70&hg=65&fg=20).

So, the sequence is:

1. Unscrew 3 screws holding the trim panel;
2. Crack the trim panel open a bit, disconnect the harness (driver side);
3. Unscrew the 4th screw under the trim panel (driver side), keep holding the subwoofer so it doesn't drop;
4. Angle the subwoofer down and pull it back until it unclips. A little help from a second person in the passenger compartment is quite useful.

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