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    No.... it's natural to think that, but the blind pushes up from the bottom along the window....a scissor effect. It then nestles into a long slot of the shelf when at rest.

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    I've just been informed that the one I was looking to buy "isn't working" when I asked the guy at the breakers if he knew what was wrong with it he said he didn't know 'cos he didn't test it. Would I be foolish to take the mechanism and (providing it's not too expensive) get a new drive unit. Has anyone else had one fail (I thought I read somewhere that Randy did but I can't seem to find it now).

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    That description is open ended..... usually it's a problem with the mechanicals (drive gear)and not the drive motor itself. Sometimes it's just all gunked up. If you can get it cheap enough Steve using the 'not working' thing as leverage, go for it especially if you can get the parcel shelf thrown in. It's funny about these blinds....some like'um some don't. For me it's just one of those deals where a factory option gets added.... if I wasn't into it cheap I wouldn't bother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcrad6653 View Post
    That description is open ended..... usually it's a problem with the mechanicals (drive gear)and not the drive motor itself. Sometimes it's just all gunked up. If you can get it cheap enough Steve using the 'not working' thing as leverage, go for it especially if you can get the parcel shelf thrown in. It's funny about these blinds....some like'um some don't. For me it's just one of those deals where a factory option gets added.... if I wasn't into it cheap I wouldn't bother.
    Yeah. Unfortunately it's just a general breakers yard so they seem less inclined to go the extra mile that a specialist may do.

    Anyway, thanks Randy, that was exactly the sort of answer I was hoping for... hopefully a bit of elbow grease will get it going again. To be honest the price I've been given of £65 delivered seems pretty good (and that was based on a working part) so I think I'll probably go for it once I've knocked them down a few quid.

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    I had a 1986 635CSi that had a manual sunshade for the rear window.

    Maybe you can pull one off a parts car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxGR8White View Post
    Wiring pigtail: part# 61 12 1 392 587

    Did take pics of the install, but you will need to remove the seatbacks ('93-on) or the entire seat ('91 & '92). Remove the "C" pillar coverings. Remove the package shelf. Remove the center piece in the rear between the seats. Remove the center console insert and shifter surround. Connect the wiring harness to the correct (you will see it) connector on the rear driver side seat area.
    Install everything back where it belongs and you now have a rear sunshade.

    BUGGGGGGEERRRRR I didn't get the wiring harness... being the stupid idiot I am I assumed it would already be in the car. Anyone know a part number as it was quite a drive up to the guy breaking it. (I'm talking the rear cable harness, not the pigtail).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjflat View Post
    BUGGGGGGEERRRRR I didn't get the wiring harness... being the stupid idiot I am I assumed it would already be in the car. Anyone know a part number as it was quite a drive up to the guy breaking it. (I'm talking the rear cable harness, not the pigtail).

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    Read the first two lines of the thread you just quoted me on - the wiring pigtail is mentioned by part number...
    The rest of the wiring should be there. It is part of the chassis harness - if you are looking for that, you have bigger problems. The pigtail connects to the left hand inner fender (next to the seat). The connector is white IIRC. the pigtail then goes forward to the console to the sunblind switch and the other end plugs into the module that is mounted on on the sunblind assembly itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxGR8White View Post
    Read the first two lines of the thread you just quoted me on - the wiring pigtail is mentioned by part number...
    The rest of the wiring should be there. It is part of the chassis harness - if you are looking for that, you have bigger problems. The pigtail connects to the left hand inner fender (next to the seat). The connector is white IIRC. the pigtail then goes forward to the console to the sunblind switch and the other end plugs into the module that is mounted on on the sunblind assembly itself.
    Oh I see! Sorry, I misunderstood. For some reason I had it in my mind that the pigtail ran from the sunblind button along the centre console where it then picks up the wiring harness which already has a plug to fit into the blind. What you have said now makes perfect sense. Oh and yes, the plug is white.

    Now i just need to find the plug for the sunblind switch and the pass side heated seat.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxGR8White View Post
    electric one is a snap to install - took me about 15 minutes or so. It is a self-contained unit , all you do is tighten 3 nuts and plug in 3 connectors.
    Please describe the 15 minute rear shade installation. Just got one and ready to put it in. I got 15 minutes to spare.

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    See three posts up from yours- pretty much describes it, even 8 years later, it’s still the same.
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    give yourself more time to do this job, otherwise you will break tabs , i took out mine to fix and it took me longer and i didnt have to take out center console.
    i had a hard time putting the hat shelf back in place for some reason it came out easier but didnt want to go back in. and its a little tight and and uncomfortable place to work.
    i think you will need the hat shelf that has the opening for the sunshade.

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    Electric roller blind for rear window BMW 8 Series (E31) EBA – 01 29 9 783 668 BMW Installation Instructions https://bmweba.com/eba-01-29-9-783-668/
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxGR8White View Post
    See three posts up from yours- pretty much describes it, even 8 years later, it’s still the same.
    Having trouble removing rear package shelf!!

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    Remove the C-pillar covers first.
    Remove the center plastic trim between both seats (where seatbelts pass thru)
    Remove seatback (93-on), or whole seat (91-92)
    Lift front edge of package shelf to unclip.
    Pull package shelf forward. It is just clipped in.
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    You can actually get the rear shelf out without removing the C pillars if you bow it slightly in the center. I just took mine out last weekend and it worked.
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    Thanks all; got it out .

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    Tony and I (mostly Tony) put one in my car. We had to put the shade together as I bought it disassembled because there was a metal gear that replaces the plastic one that had to be installed. If you donít have to do any tweaking of the linkages itís easy to install. As mentioned earlier you will need a rear tray and the pigtail. Youíll also need the switch and possibly a switch panel with more holes.

    Dont drive with it up at without the windows up. Ask me how I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxGR8White View Post
    It's a white connector, you can't miss it).
    There are 2 white connectors. What is the other smaller white connector?
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