Just when you thought I'd run out of suede...I'm back
This time it was the monster project of doing the headliner
. I wasn't sure how this was going to go, but as it turned out, not too much of a pain to do.
Simply remove all the internal fixtures (EVIC, grab handles, pillars etc). But, be very careful removing the headliner itself. I thought it would simply unclip, however by chance (and good luck) I noticed that some of the wiring seemed to be held in place with some kind of epoxy resin, stuck to the underside of the headliner itself. No biggy, to get it off, but if I'd gone ahead and started pulling it out, it's feasible that I could have damaged the wiring.
So just to make anyone who's considering this mod aware, be careful and check it out first
I worked my way from the rear to the front, gently easing it out and checking for any glued wiring.
Anyway to the pics. Apologies for them being crappy Blackberry shots, but my wife was away with her digital SLR for the day.
First step, removing all internal parts. Piece of cake. To remove the EVIC, there's only one screw. Use a non magnetic driver to undo it, from there it's just held in with cips. Unplug all the wiring and viola! The rest is straight forward, unless like me, you have the factory fitted dog guard, which didn't want to budge. So Marvin the Mallet had to assist.
Once removed, it is simply a case of wrapping it in your chosen fabric. I used brushable high temperature contact adhesive for the install. Do a small amount at a time. There are some deep recesses in the trunk area which are very difficult, so I'd strongly advise you get some practice in first.
Now, for a Stonecold top tip: If you need to stretch Alcantara, you have to use steam, heat won't do it. Fortunately, there isn't a great deal of stretching required for this job, so brute force will do.
It's best to begin in the middle of the headliner and work your way out fom there.
I can't tell you how much of a difference this makes! Best mod ever by far! The EVIC and grab handles etc are going to be painted using the graphite grey I used on my wheels, as is the trim peice for the sunroof. While I was at it, I chucked in some LED's into the EVIC, which is a real nice touch.
I do have a pending plan for the headliner, which involves some moulding work, but I'm currently getting the practice in to do this, with the help of Ron (S.O.T.I.), without whom I would never have attempted this, so a big thank you to Ron!
Next project; 3m di noc CF and alcantara steering wheel