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RE: Headrest removal & replacement


>From many years ago, I recall removing head restraints on one of my Audis 
to install skeepskin seat covers.

The technique involved turning the plastic top of the anchor socket.  
This released a spring detent which then allowed the head restraint to be 
pulled out of the socket.  If I recall correctly this could be done using 
fingers alone but there was a slot which would allow use of a tool such 
as a wide bladed screwdriver or a putty knife or a table knife to be used 

I don't recall the direction it should be turned.  Perhaps either way 
would work?

Please let me encourage you not to drive your vehicle without the 
restraints in position.

On Thu, 25 Apr 1996, McIntyre, Richard wrote:

> Ok, head "restraints".   I read (but can't recall where) that the A6 head
> restraints were rated among the worst in an analysis by some organization
> or other.  I agree with this - the restraints are too far away from the head
> (height is not the problem) to offer protection in the event of a crash.  I know
> my old 4000CSQ did not have this problem.  A6 owners:  ever notice how
> far back you have to lean your head before it touches the restraint?
> ----------
> From: 	Jim Griffin[SMTP:JGriff@pobox.com]
> Sent: 	Wednesday, April 24, 1996 10:09 PM
> To: 	McIntyre, Richard
> Cc: 	quattro@coimbra.ans.net
> Subject: 	Re: Headrest removal & replacement
> At 12:44 PM 04/24/96 -0400, you wrote:
> >
> >Does anyone know how to remove headrests?  I have an A6Q, and the
> >front headrests are positioned in such a way as to be fairly useless. I
> >was thinking of trading the front headrests with the rear, since the rear
> >have angled posts which, when installed on the front seats, should 
> >position the headrest far enough forward to be useful.
> >
> >Thoughts on this idea?
> >
> >Richard
> >
> >
> Well, I have always known them to be head RESTRAINTS, not headrests, for the
> purpose of offering protection against whiplash in the event of an accident.
> I have never been in ANY car where I have felt that they would serve as
> headrests, especially American cars. In most other cars, the head
> "restraints" are useless, since they only go up to the back of the neck
> (which would tend to increase the whiplash effect!!). In Audis (and most
> German cars), they are just perfect. (And if they intended them to be
> pillowy soft cushions to rest our skulls on, they'd have made them that
> way.... for comfort, not safety!!)
> So, if I were you, I wouldn't change a thing. Those wonderful, crafty
> Germans have engineered it this way for your protection.
> And personally, I do not feel comfortable with my head pressed back against
> a "headrest", since it seems too restrictive to proper and safe driving. I
> feel less alert, and less in "touch" with the car. But hey, that's me!!
> Just my $.02!!
> Jim
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