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Old 05-09-2011, 06:13 AM   #41
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like ArchHibb said, get the stand. i can wheel it around my warehouse so it stays out of the way.
or get a hoist!.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #42
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I plan on making an electric hoist. I have an old Warn winch from my 4-wheeling days and I just need to figure out a decent rigging that won't damage the top. Mount it to a joist in the garage ceiling, run the power suppy to a switch on the wall and should be good to go. Then it makes install and removal a one man job as well.

If you want some really trick DIY hard-top hoist ideas, search around some Jeep forums. Those guys are crazy ingenuitive!

Some sites sell the hoists but they're really expensive for just being some straps and a winch or pullies!

http://www.hoistlifts.com/bmw.htm

http://www.top-hoist.com/Products.html
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:29 AM   #43
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Hardtop hoist rigging

Jazyjeff -

If I were to try and devise a harness for the hardtop hoist, I might start by taking 2 lengths of nylon webbing and tying loops at each end, 1 loop for each corner of the hardtop. The nylon runners will connect to the hardtop at the loops and to the hoist cable at their mid points. Bend the rear loops around the C-pillar and under the top to hook around the rear bayonet "spike" anchors. Open the front latches, put the front loops into the open jaws of the latches, close & lock the latches. You can connect the nylon runners either front-to-back or side-to-side. Either way you should fix them at the hoist cable to prevent sliding which would unbalanced the top. An alternative to the webbing could be nylon boat line from a marine store like Boat U.S. They could also advise you on the best knot for the loops. Get those right and that top isn't going anywhere!

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Old 05-21-2011, 12:46 PM   #44
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^^^ That's a good idea! I didn't think about using the latches but I have never seen a hard top in person to know the best way. Once I get one, I'll be sure to make a DIY on whatever hoist I conjur up. Thanks for the ideas.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:53 PM   #45
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hey guys new to the scene here, are these tops aftermarket, or OEM from BMW? I'd love to find one.
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:28 PM   #46
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:30 PM   #47
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Oh man, this makes me want to get one now. I'm gonna try to get one before the summer is out since the weather around here is kinda nasty in the Fall/Winter/Spring. There is an AW available in my area but that guy wants $2900! He's trippin!
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:29 PM   #48
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^^ for 2900 you may as well get a new one.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:13 AM   #49
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That settles it..

all these pictures and I am getting a hard top before next winter.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:33 AM   #50
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^^ for 2900 you may as well get a new one.
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That settles it..

all these pictures and I am getting a hard top before next winter.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:38 PM   #51
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Yeah, it is really the best of both worlds. I live in the WET northwest and having a convertible does not make much sense...but add the hardtop... And BINGO you have got the whole package.

Every once in a while you get one of those freak warm days in late fall, winter or early spring.. And within minutes, I can have the hardtop off and enjoy the few minutes of sun.

People can nit believe that I have a vert for a daily driver.

As posted earlier...my old E36 has a new home, but I loved her just the same...(OK maybe not as much)

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Old 01-24-2012, 05:00 PM   #52
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:21 PM   #53
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #54
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Don't forget, it's not just top, but you'll need an installation kit for it as well to hook up wiring, etc. I think I've seen them for sale between $1-$2K.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:30 AM   #56
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A few pics of my stock vert. C'monnnn Summertime.









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Old 01-26-2012, 09:55 AM   #58
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i didn't like the gap it originally had when i first installed it, so i adjusted the gap down a bit.

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Old 01-26-2012, 10:52 AM   #59
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A few pics of my stock vert. C'monnnn Summertime.


Nice vert and its in excellent shape. I think a set of brand new oem floor mats would compliment your flawless interior.
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Nice vert and its in excellent shape. I think a set of brand new oem floor mats would compliment your flawless interior.
George, I do currently have a set of WeatherTech mats in the car for the winter. I do plan on replacing the oem with something in the nice weather, I just have not done enough research yet as to what would be the best choice.

Also, since I took those pics I have replaced the cup holders with the Euro Tray so that could run a connection for my Ipod.



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