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What Would I Need To Do To Put A Mk1 Interior In My Mpi?


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#1 jackytwoshoes

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:32 PM

Thinking of http://www.theminifo...ornet-interior/.

Any mods needed apart from the back cards?

What about steering wheel? can I lose the airbag or is that stupid and/or illegal?

#2 Bungle

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:10 PM

your mini needs head rests on it's seats for the MOT and with the new MOT rules about air bags you might also need to keep that

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:16 PM

Yes what Bungle said. But also, I think that would look awful in an MPi anyway.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:23 PM

Yeah i agree it just wouldn't look right, sorry!

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:24 PM

how about retrim your interior in a more classic look

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:18 PM

your mini needs head rests on it's seats for the MOT and with the new MOT rules about air bags you might also need to keep that


why does it need headrests for its mot

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:42 AM

I'm going to try and get an early look going on.

10inch steels, centre binnacle, early interior.... sleeper!

So, aside from the aesthetics, would these seats just go straight in?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:15 AM


your mini needs head rests on it's seats for the MOT and with the new MOT rules about air bags you might also need to keep that


why does it need headrests for its mot


because safety features such as this are checked

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:16 AM

So, aside from the aesthetics, would these seats just go straight in?


no you would need some way of fitting head rests to them

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:59 AM

i can assure you that headrests are not in the mot and never have been

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 01:02 PM

i'm not a MOT inspector but have known cars fail for having them removed

have you got a link to back up that claim ?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:50 PM

Not to mention the seatbelts and pretensioner systems.

How far would you go with it anyway? Dash and headlining as well?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:03 PM

i have been an mot tester for 15 years headrests are not in the test.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:36 PM

I wasn't aware that headrests were in any way a legal requirement?? :unsure:


For the MOT, the checks specific to the seats themselves appear to be:

1. Check the drivers and all passengers seats for security.

2. Check the backrests of all seats (front & rear) can be secured in their normal upright position.

​3. Check that the drivers seat position can be adjusted forward and backwards and secured in the selected positions.


Section 6.2 (Seats & Doors) of the MOT testing Manual: http://www.transport...lsandguides.htm

Fitting seats without headrests would however significantly increase the potential risk of injury to occupants. Therefore you would need to advise your insurance company of the modification, if you were to fit them in a car that had seats with headrests fitted as standard.

Edited by AVV IT, 18 February 2012 - 10:37 PM.





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