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Update to post for Roadster owners How 2 lower your headrest!

Old 12-31-2001, 12:25 PM
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Default Update to post for Roadster owners How 2 lower your headrest!

First take off the plastic cap by placing a flat screw driver under the cap and prying it up

<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/11019/headrest_001.jpg">

The once the cap is up, take the flat screw driver and push from the front of the car towards the back on the *cotter* pin. Push it out until you can graab and remove the pin.
repeat on both for each seat.

Push the headrest down and put the clip back in. The replace the cap

<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/11019/headrest_002.jpg">

And Voila' Better looking seats.

I would also imagine this will help keep the wind of my wifes neck in the cooler nights..Dont want any goose bumps =)
<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/11019/headrest_004.jpg">
<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/11019/headrest_003.jpg">
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Old 12-31-2001, 01:29 PM
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I kinda like the steel showing through for a more tech look. But hey, that's just me!
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Old 12-31-2001, 01:57 PM
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I'm assuming they are then locked in the lower position or do they adjust?
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Old 12-31-2001, 02:17 PM
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they still adjust but they dont *click* into position
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Old 12-31-2001, 02:30 PM
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Just checked mine they are a different design couldnt pry up the covers and no cotter pin to be seen
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Old 01-21-2002, 11:17 AM
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Default Yes! Yes! Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!! (and a few more remarks...)

This is great, I just went outside into the snow and did it immediately, took all of 5 minutes. Thank you thank you thank you for posting this, now I am done griping about the fixed-position roadster headrests forever!! (well, maybe not - I can still gripe this it should be unnecessary to do this :-)

and a few additional remarks:

note that the caps fit tightly over the cylindrical black plastic inner piece.
so when prying them off, be careful not to pry to far in, or you'll be prying the
inner piece as well (as either break it or slip and cause damage). the best bet seemed to be to carefully slip the blade between the outer and inner parts, in an almost vertical position, and then lift upwards. in any case, be gentle and careful, or else the blade may slip and either score the plastic or the leather seat cover.

to get a better idea of how things fit together, push the top of the seat downwards with your fingers, stick your eyeball in close, and shine a flashlight at the works to see things clearly.

pushing the spring clips backward with the screwdriver blade is easy, but again, be careful not to slip and score anything.

if you look carefully, you can see how the clips work. on the right side of the headrest support posts (when viewed from the seat, facing the back of the car), there is a notch into which the straight edge of the spring clip fits. this prevents the post from moving up or down. the left side of each clip is rounded and just fits around a plastic collar through which the supports slide, so only the right side of the clip impedes movement. without the clips, the headrests slide up and down to whatever position you like; there are no detent positions, so friction holds them in place.

I suspect, but didn't verify, that if you replace the spring clips, and then slide the headrests back up into the highest position, the posts will probably re-engage the clips and become fixed again. There is really no reason for the clips to be there if you don't want fixed headrests, so I'd suggest just leaving them off. I put mine back on without thinking, but if I re-engage them by error, next time I'll remove the clips for good.
(If you like, keep them in a box; you can always put them back someday if you're selling the car and don't want to worry about the 1:1,000,000,000 chance that someone would sue you for having non-sanctioned and COMPLETELY DANGEROUS (???) adjustable headrests in your TT...) I don't know why Audi did this in the first place - I can't see any explanation except that they were worried that when rolled upside down, tall drivers' extended necks might in some cases be improperly supported if the headrests were pushed down too far. Seems kind of a stretch... (not totally a pun :-) My vote is: don't roll the car, then it won't matter.

In summary, A GREAT MOD! Can't wait 'til summer when I can take full advantage of it!
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:00 AM
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good tip but being older the pics do not work! going to check it out this afternoon + already seen the black plastic thingys by just compressing the upholstery. hate co cover the beautiful baseball stitched seats but don't like a wet sweaty back while summer riding with the top down "of course"!! thanks + wish me luck!!
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:30 AM
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SUCCESS!!! easy when you know your doing it right!!! pushed down with a flat plastic tool + used another to pop the caps, gotta look close to see the metal clips as only the ends are seen from the front. theres only one notch in the rods so its stock or all down, but i would guess another noth could be "put in" thanks to all!! mine is a TT 2001 roadster
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