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    INT: Headliner rewrap

    Saw this on ht and thought this might be helpful for those that have headliners as gross as mine.

    Originally posted by AnotherEJ
    So I wanted to redo my headliner after I saw it was starting to come loose and came across a headliner thread. No one had a DIY for one though and I searched and came up with nothing for a car with a sunroof and decided to make one.

    The pictures aren't the best because I couldn't find the camera and had to use my phone :thumbdown: I will try to find pictures for the beginning as a before reference to make it easier to follow.

    I am missing pictures for some of the steps but its not that hard.

    First remove the passenger handle/ooh crap bar on the roof, the clothes hook on the driver rear, the sun visors by removing the screws(duh)

    Then remove the the cover around the rear view mirror by pulling down on either side. I don't have a picture but its just a little nub that sits in a notch on either side.

    The last thing is to remove the dome light cover and take the two 8mm nuts out holding the done light up.

    After all these things are removed there is nothing holding the headliner in, it is just resting on the side panels

    Pop the panels out but lightly pulling them outwards so they slide out of the clips.
    There is a plastic strip near the back windshield that pulls down(with the clips just like all other interior panels) and will come completely out.

    Simply pull the panels down out of the way of the headliner and slide the headliner forwards toward the curvature of the windshield.
    You will have to pull down on the headliner around the sunroof the get it around the rubber surrounding the edges of the sunroof opening.

    I pulled the whole thing forward to get it free of the rear panels. Once it is free turn the liner sideways to get it out of the car.( If you fold your seats back its a lot easier to remove.

    Headliner out.

    Then the fun begins. Getting to the slide piece.
    Pinch the clips that hold the brown hose on at each end and pull them off of the nipple.

    Unhook the 2 connections for the sunroof motor

    (there will also be a plastic clip holding the wire to the assemble that needs to be pushed out to get free)
    There are two clips that hold the wires for the dome light to the assembly( dont have a picture) remove those also so the light hangs free of the assembly.

    Remove the ten(I believe, maybe 8) 10mm bolts that hold the sunroof assembly in. Leave the 2 at the front and 2 at the rear in until last so it will not fall on you.

    Once you are ready to lower it down if you have someone to help you hold it get them. If not, lean your seats up with your headrests as high as they will go.
    Loosen the 2 rear bolts and remove the 2 front ones resting the assembly on the headrests.
    Remove the rear 2 bolts and hold the assembly from falling down.
    If you have someone to help you this is where you need them. It is not too heavy but very awkward to remove by yourself. I nicked my door getting it out by myself.

    Assembly out

    Next remove the 10mm bolts on each side(one per side) of the track for the slide piece.

    Remove the bolt and fold that gold bracket up off of the stud so the bumpstop is clear of the track.

    Pull up on the metal tubes containing the springs for the slide piece at the rubber grommets(in red) while sliding the slide piece out.

    It might take some fighting but it should come easily.

    Once its out unscrew the 2 screws from the back to remove the cup handle.

    Now that everything is out you can start covering it with the fabric of your choosing =)

    I chose this classic checkered design

    Lay your fabric on top of your headliner and cut it to a little larger than the size of the liner.
    Repeat for the slide piece.
    One your fabric is the cut, lay it where you want it and fold one side over and spray your glue on the surface and a little on the fabric(not too much or it will soak through and you will be able to see it)
    Let it sit a few minutes before you apply the fabric so the glue has time to get tacky.

    I used Loctite maximum strength

    Repeat with the headliner itself.
    The easiest way is to hold up one half and work the bubbles out with one hand. If you work quickly you have time to peel the fabric back if you mess up.

    Once you have it rubbed on there good trim the excess and cut slits around the corners and in the openings so the material can be folded over and glued down on the other side for extra hold.

    I folded the pieces over and tested to make sure they would fold tight and not loose the curve of the backing. After the glue has had time to dry flip the headliner over and spray glue on the backing and the overlaying pieces of fabric and fold them over the back of the liner.
    I dont have any pictures of this but once you get all the pieces folded over and glued its ready to dry over night.

    I had already attached the slide handle on there after cleaning it up.

    I wanted to cover up the factory backing on the slide piece as it was faded and looked terrible so I cut more material to shape and glued it to the side that would be sticking up to be seen through the sunroof.

    Originally posted by AnotherEJ
    With everything but the holes for the sun visors, rear view mirror and handle cut out.

    Replace the slide piece in just like removal, holding up the tubes and sliding it back in the rails.
    Fold the gold brackets back down and replace the 10mm nuts to hold them in place.

    At this point you have to have assistance from someone else unless you have 4 arms and they can stretch out. 3 people is the best but it can be done with 2
    Get on each side of the car and hold the sunroof assembly in place, while you thread in one bolt on each side with your hand. Then you will be able to let go and replace the rest of the bolts and tighten down the sunroof assembly.

    The seal on mine didn't seem to fit as tight as it was before I removed it but once I slid it back then closed it again it sealed fine.

    Replace the 2 connections and snap the holders back in for that wire and the wire for the dome light.

    Put the brown hoses at each corner back on the nipple and clamp them back down.
    Make sure everything is tight before you get the headliner back in.

    Put the headliner in the car and hop on in there, Its easier if you start in the back I think and pull the panels down over the edge of the liner. it will rest on there so you can move to the front and pull those panels down out of the way and it will rest on there now.

    Carefully hold the liner up and pop the panel clips back in by pushing or tapping on them with your fist.

    Once the panels are in you can replace the sun visors, rear view mirror, clothes hanger and handle. Don't forget to pull the dome light back through the opening or it will be hard to get back out(I did this :hammer: :P )
    Replace the dome light bolts(two 8mms)

    Push up on the liner while you run your finger or a phillips screwdriver(anything round) between the sunroof opening rubber and the liner to get it around it.
    Once its around there push up on the liner again to make sure its seated well.

    Double check your panels to ensure they are tight and your done!

    Finished product.

    The view from the top of the car.

    I hope this helps someone out :thumbup:

    Modified by AnotherEJ at 5:01 PM 7/7/2008[/quote]

    Going to attempt this sometime soon and will update the pictures with cb7 ones.


      what a horrble choice in fabric


        Ha, that's pretty funky. I don't like how it looks from above but from inside the car it's pretty cool.


          Originally posted by C91BLX7 View Post
          what a horrble choice in fabric
          Well if you ever had a strong urge to play checkers..

          Good find though, ikayto, looking forward to pictures of your headliner.


            Originally posted by TheNextEpisode View Post
            Well if you ever had a strong urge to play checkers..

            Good find though, ikayto, looking forward to pictures of your headliner.
            they would have to be magnetic pieces though

            good find
            Maple50175 - you're annoying =P
            Brandoncb7 - I don't mean to come across like an ass but I see why you irritate Aaron now.
            JoshM - Crotch rocket = chick magnet.


              hmm maybe it's time i head to Jo-Anne Fabrics? the only problem is i don't know how to take off the A pillar cover.. then hell while i'm in there maybe i should install a map light too?


                Nice write up, very unique in the cb7 world. VW guys are all about this stuff.
                2010 Taurus SHO - Livernois Goodies
                2002 BMW 330 CI Convertible - HUNK OF JUNK


                  Originally posted by Leung View Post
                  hmm maybe it's time i head to Jo-Anne Fabrics? the only problem is i don't know how to take off the A pillar cover.. then hell while i'm in there maybe i should install a map light too?

                  looks like the A and B are connected together but they're just clips.

                  here's a pic of the headliner and what I believe to be the bolts that hold it up.


                    i would of done a black fabric..

                    but that's a awesome job you did there man

                    Ride: 2002 Lexus IS300


                      Originally posted by cvc7chris View Post
                      i would of done a black fabric..

                      but that's a awesome job you did there man
                      Thanks but I didnt do this, a member on Honda-tech wrote the guide I just wanted to share.


                        id take off the old material before i spray glue....unless if its stable then i super ruff that material up.

                        when i did my 300zx i had to take off the old foam to bare cardboard.....thats the only way it stuck.

                        also 3m super 77 or even super 777 spray glue is the shiznick.
                        What makes me laugh about forums, is that no matter how much you try to help someone, they dont take the advice. Go ahead and do it the hard way.

                        You got to respect what you drive, and appreciate what you have, making the best of what you got. and if that means putting CAI, HID's, a phat stereo system, and a idiot in the drivers seat...then so be it!



                        I love nooBs...They make me look good


                          Originally posted by ikayto View Post

                          looks like the A and B are connected together but they're just clips.

                          thanks man now i can power the light in that passenger side visor.


                            ^ ha, the driver side is with out power for me.


                              hey dont be so harsh C91BLX7. look at it on the bright side, you can play checkers and chess on/in it.