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Old 02-01-2018, 01:13 AM   #1
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Default Headliner: Factory vs DIY

We've just purchased a 2018 4x4 crew sprinter, and we need to finalize factory options this week. One we are struggling with is whether to go with the factory headliner. We plan on adding cabinets, insulation, and shelving, and in general, picking away at the conversion over several months. We've read that removing/putting back the factory headliner can be frustrating, and can make it difficult to install cabinets, etc. We're wondering whether we are better off going without, and putting in our own plywood paneling after we've finished most of our installs. Does anyone have insight they can share?
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:26 AM   #2
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We've just purchased a 2018 4x4 crew sprinter, and we need to finalize factory options this week. One we are struggling with is whether to go with the factory headliner. We plan on adding cabinets, insulation, and shelving, and in general, picking away at the conversion over several months. We've read that removing/putting back the factory headliner can be frustrating, and can make it difficult to install cabinets, etc. We're wondering whether we are better off going without, and putting in our own plywood paneling after we've finished most of our installs. Does anyone have insight they can share?


I did my build out in phases over several months. I pulled the headliner about 4 times. If I ever have to again, it will be too soon.

Advantages: Already there. Looks ok.

Disadvantages: lose space in corners. Install and removal sucks.

Also without it you can do L track on ceiling easier.

I am keeping mine. But it's never coming out again. Famous last words.


Do plywood. Cover/paint etc to match.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: Headliner: Factory vs DIY

See my built with factory headliner, it is a complete trim from the passenge van. Would do it again.
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I did my build out in phases over several months. I pulled the headliner about 4 times. If I ever have to again, it will be too soon.

Advantages: Already there. Looks ok.

Disadvantages: lose space in corners. Install and removal sucks.

Also without it you can do L track on ceiling easier.

I am keeping mine. But it's never coming out again. Famous last words.


Do plywood. Cover/paint etc to match.
Ditto. I used the factory headliner. It looks great. I would not do it again though.
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:28 PM   #5
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If it is the crew model, in the US at least, you can't remove the headliner from your build. I tried when ordering ours to save money since we are not going to use it, but was told there was no option to remove it. You can add/remove on cargo, not crew and passenger. Just my dealer?
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:54 PM   #6
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I bought a 2017 4x4 Crew in December. We liked the look of the headliner, but in the end i wanted insulation and L track for cabinets. I pulled it and am just installing an Adventure Wagon kit.

I also offered up my old headliner to another forum member for a good bottle wine.
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I removed the rear 3 sections for my buildout and made my own ceiling material. I kept the sections above the crew van windows and forward. I think my ceiling (covered in speaker carpet) looks better than the factory gray headliner. It looks more custom.

Mine is a very simple build, however, so I didn't want to remove the entire factory headliner, just the areas that I put cabinets.
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:51 AM   #8
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Are there any videos on how to remove the rear headliners? I have a new 2016 Passenger that I guess I'm going to need to remove about 3 sections to install L-track or something to connect temporary cabinets to.
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