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      10-25-2020, 03:34 PM   #1
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Sport seat active headrest mod

Decided to mod my sport seat active headrest in my Gran Coupe, to be positioned more forward. So now i can rest my head comfortably on long trips, as they were intended to do💁🏼*♂️ Had them positioned all the way forward first, but it looked kinda silly, so i put some screws inside it to stop it halfway. Might still look kinda silly, but iím pleased. What do you think? Doing the passenger seat next, might post pictures if anybody is interested?
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      10-25-2020, 04:26 PM   #2
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I've always thought that is not "as they were intended to do". I've never owned a car that I could comfortably rest my head there, but maybe I just have bad posture. I thought they were mostly for whiplash protection.
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      10-25-2020, 05:46 PM   #3
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Decided to mod my sport seat active headrest in my Gran Coupe, to be positioned more forward. So now i can rest my head comfortably on long trips, as they were intended to do💁🏼*♂️ Had them positioned all the way forward first, but it looked kinda silly, so i put some screws inside it to stop it halfway. Might still look kinda silly, but i'm pleased. What do you think? Doing the passenger seat next, might post pictures if anybody is interested?
Yeah it's such a weird design. I've owned 20+ vehicles and this is the only car that doesn't seem to want to let you rest your head there. It's seems bmw wanted them only to prevent whiplash.
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      10-26-2020, 03:21 AM   #4
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I've seen seats like this in 6's on the forums before but never in real life. I know this is a mod but was the real thing a later option or something? Every 6 I've seen in NA has had the standard seats so every time I see the ones like this I wonder how they got them.
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      10-26-2020, 09:35 AM   #5
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I've seen seats like this in 6's on the forums before but never in real life. ... Every 6 I've seen in NA has had the standard seats so every time I see the ones like this I wonder how they got them.
Ditto...it's rare to see these seats if you're in North America. The US market didn't get the sport seat option...we actually got the 20-way multi-contour seats (or is it 22-ways?).

Design wise...I always thought it was strange that the grand coupes rear headrest were totally different from the front seats...until I actually saw the f06's front sport seats. The f12/f13 models that got the multi-contour front seats...have matching headrests in the rear (they are rectangular).
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      10-26-2020, 05:27 PM   #6
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Ditto...it's rare to see these seats if you're in North America. The US market didn't get the sport seat option...we actually got the 20-way multi-contour seats (or is it 22-ways?).

Design wise...I always thought it was strange that the grand coupes rear headrest were totally different from the front seats...until I actually saw the f06's front sport seats. The f12/f13 models that got the multi-contour front seats...have matching headrests in the rear (they are rectangular).
Are the sports seats better than the seats we have? Their shape resembles more of an m3/4 seat that the M6 seat which looks more like ours.
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Are the sports seats better than the seats we have? Their shape resembles more of an m3/4 seat that the M6 seat which looks more like ours.
I would say no...they are not "better"...just a different designed headrest & probably a bit more side bolster padding...and I believe they are capable of most (if not all) the "movements" that the multi-contour seats have. But I don't know if they have the extra options like the 2-way upper articulating back movement Ands omeone from the Euro market will have to chime in to educate us if the extra options like "active" seat and ventilation were available on the sport seats.

And like other BMW seats that have a similar design where the headrests don't appear to have a horizontal adjustment...they can be uncomfortable for some depending on their torso length, neck length, and where the upper part of their spine curves. If the seat does have the upper articulating back feature...if you move that part of the seat forward...it can move the headrest forward as well...which is what the OP of this thread seems to be trying to make compensation for.

Looking at the images below (from my pic stash) it doesn't look like the upper back articulates like the multi-contour seats...but it could just not be visible in the images:
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      10-27-2020, 02:36 AM   #8
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I would say no...they are not "better"...just a different designed headrest & probably a bit more side bolster padding...and I believe they are capable of most (if not all) the "movements" that the multi-contour seats have. But I don't know if they have the extra options like the 2-way upper articulating back movement Ands omeone from the Euro market will have to chime in to educate us if the extra options like "active" seat and ventilation were available on the sport seats.

And like other BMW seats that have a similar design where the headrests don't appear to have a horizontal adjustment...they can be uncomfortable for some depending on their torso length, neck length, and where the upper part of their spine curves. If the seat does have the upper articulating back feature...if you move that part of the seat forward...it can move the headrest forward as well...which is what the OP of this thread seems to be trying to make compensation for.

Looking at the images below (from my pic stash) it doesn't look like the upper back articulates like the multi-contour seats...but it could just not be visible in the images:


I'm not sure if you've experienced this on your 6, but I feel like the seats on mine are a little bit too stiff. For a luxury/gt type of car the seats just feel like they don't have enough padding. I wonder if these sports seats shown above are more comfortable as the standard ones we have somewhat feel like sitting on a wooden chair.
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I'm not sure if you've experienced this on your 6, but I feel like the seats on mine are a little bit too stiff. For a luxury/gt type of car the seats just feel like they don't have enough padding. I wonder if these sports seats shown above are more comfortable as the standard ones we have somewhat feel like sitting on a wooden chair.
Do you have ventilated seats? Some owners with the ventilated seats feel that they are a bit less comfortable. The non-ventilated seats are a bit more "comfortable" in that the seat padding is softer due to not having the fans embedded in the lower & upper seat cushions....which need stiffer padding to protect the 8-9 fans & allow them to circulate air through the seat.
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      10-28-2020, 05:11 AM   #10
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Do you have ventilated seats? Some owners with the ventilated seats feel that they are a bit less comfortable. The non-ventilated seats are a bit more "comforting" in that the seat padding is a bit thicker due to not having the fans embedded in the lower & upper seat cushions.
Yes, I have the ventilated seats. I don't have the active seat option but I don't think I'm missing out on the weird groping feeling. The rear seats are a little stiff as well. Stiffer than on my old F10 and definitely stiffer than the ones on my G11. Not sure why the 6 didn't just have seats like the 5, I feel like they're way more comfortable.
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