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      08-12-2016, 06:04 PM   #1
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DIY - Retrofit lumbar support in F30 with manual sport seats

I felt the sport seats offered to little support to the lower back area so after reading some comparable threads I decided to go for it and retrofit the lumbar support.

Since I could not find a complete write-up for my specific seat set-up I decided to write one and here it is.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...pmMTNYN1VXbWl3



The coming few weeks will offer a good test with a road trip to Italy
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      09-15-2016, 09:49 AM   #2
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Was there any parts you had to remove from the seat to install the lumber support? I was thinking along the lines of removing the lumber support.
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      09-23-2016, 05:08 PM   #3
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I only had to remove the old backrest width pads as they don't fit with the lumbar support parts and then replace with the new pads.

You can easily remove the lumbar support cushion if it is bothering you. Just open up the seat, pull the plugs and take the cushion out.
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      09-26-2016, 02:54 AM   #4
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how long did this take? and how much?
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      09-27-2016, 02:41 PM   #5
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how long did this take? and how much?
It took me about 3 hours at a slow pace, including taking pictures. In total I paid about €400 for the parts, all original BMW parts.


I drove over 3000 miles now and am very happy with the result. On the trip to Italy I found myself regularly adjusting the seat on the longer trips. Partly to find a nice position, partly just to find another position after an hour of driving. I am thinking of experimenting with bringing the cushion down a little bit to see if that gives an even better result.
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      10-26-2016, 04:49 AM   #6
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man i wanna do it!! can u tell me all the parts i need?? thanks
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      10-26-2016, 02:08 PM   #7
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You need at least the following parts:

61319231269 Switch left
52107284043 Backrest width adjuster with valve
52107284042 Lumbar support pad with pump
61129258214 adaptor wire lumbar

I also needed the wire kit driver side 61129264636, but the exact wire kit and part nr for this one depends on your specific seat configuration (manual/auto/memory/etc). See http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...70#61129264636 for the available options and pick the one you need.
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      10-26-2016, 02:12 PM   #8
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I drove another couple thousand miles and on my daily commute trips of one hour I just leave the support in one position. On the longer trips I still tend to alter the positioning a bit. All in all still very satisfied with the mod.
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      01-03-2017, 03:24 PM   #9
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First of all, thanks for this! I just bought used F31 a month ago and realized soon that the lumbar support is just horrible. I think BMW is doing it wrong not offering the lumbar support as standard with sport seats.

Anyway, I am planning to do this retrofit. I have some questions:

-Some users have reported some issues with warning lights etc... after seat removal. Did you remove battery or did you just wait until the ECU shuts down? (not sure how long this takes)
-I think I have the same seats as you do. Manual sport seats, nothing electric except for the adjustable width system. So the parts should be the same:
52107284042 Lumbar support pad with pump --> has been replaced by 52107425927

Then you mention about the wire kit for driver side. But in RealOEM it is under:
" For vehicles with
Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
S459A=No
01 Wiring set seat, driver's side 1 61129264636
only in conjunction with
"

So for the wiring kit, how did you know what is right? Thanks in advance.
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I did remove the battery cable for a short while (15-30 mins), but re-attached it before removing the seat. Then I just made sure the car was completely switched off, as when it is locked. So the battery was connected when I removed the seats, but never got any warning lights nor did it require coding. Therefore I'm quite sure you don't need to remove the battery cable before removing the seats.

The part I ordered at the local BMW dealership was 52107284042, even though OEM says it has been replaced by a different part nr. Either way, it won't make a difference which part nr you order as the connectors and the fit will be the same anyway. The ....042 part nr was €10 cheaper, so if available, I'd go for that one And yes, originally the only thing electrical about my sport seats were the width adjustments.

For the wiring kit: after thorough study of RealOEM and trying to figure out what it actually says and also reading some other threads I found the right part nr.
Basically there are three different wire kits (for the driver's side):
- one for manual seats (61129264636)
- one for electrical seats (61129258232)
- one for electrical seats with heating (61129264626)

Since you have manual seats, you definitely need the first one. And since you also have sport seats and are adding the lumbar support, you need the adapter wire as well (61129258214).

The final proof that these are the right part numbers for manual sport seats is that installation went without issues and everything works just fine

Good luck with ordering the parts and have fun with your mod!
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      01-09-2017, 10:10 AM   #11
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Thanks for your answer. I forgot that I also have the heated seats (494 Seat Heating F Driver/front Passenger). Probably the wiring set is still the same since realOEM does not show different cable for manual sport seat with heating.
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Thanks for your answer. I forgot that I also have the heated seats (494 Seat Heating F Driver/front Passenger). Probably the wiring set is still the same since realOEM does not show different cable for manual sport seat with heating.
I do recall that from my wire kit one connector was left unused. It is the flat 4 pin connector that is closest to the yellow connector (see the pic). So you should be ok with the same kit as I have.
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      03-20-2017, 04:06 AM   #13
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I finally did the installation to the driver seat! Thanks Pilz! You saved my day... no... you saved my back.

I have the heated sport manual seats and there were few extra wires under the seat and somekind of power divider box compared to your setup. The steps were quite clear even I had never done installation like this. Few comments:

- I did not remove battery for the installation. I opened both front and rear door and waited 15min until the light switch lighting goes off. Then I kept both doors open during the installation. Because if you close and open the door the lights turn on. It probably does not matter but I played it safe.
- For me the most difficult part was to remove the side cushion adjuster switch from the side cover. I spent like 20mins doing that until I just finally forced it out since I could not figure out how the clips are holding it down.
- Then I also started to think that there is a budget solution to fix the lumbar support especially if you are the only one driving. Just buy some cushioning and cut/fix it and with some trial & error find a version that feels like a good lumbar support. Then just remove seat back cover and put the extra cushioning inside the seat where the lumbar support goes. 10min and maybe 20€ and you are good to go.
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      04-01-2017, 05:02 PM   #14
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Nice work! Removing the switch (without breaking it) was definitely the hardest part for me as well.

Enjoy your new seat

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I only had to remove the old backrest width pads as they don't fit with the lumbar support parts and then replace with the new pads.
Hi,

When you say the old width cushions don't fit with the lumbar support pads is it related to available space?! Or it is due to the fact that you installed the whole 'kit' which contains a single pump but 2 valves splitting the air to the relevant cushion and they come from factory with proper connectors for air and also electrical plugs?

I am asking since I'm planning to install a separate dedicated kit for lumbar support only in addition to the existing one for width. Even if this means that I will have 2 pumps it seems there is enough space available there for both; I'll wire the lumbar support pump from the width pump power connector.

Thanks in advance for clarification.
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Hi,

See my answer in the DIY pics.
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