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Old 02-08-2012, 08:48 PM   #21
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Did you completely remove the fat Nav/Stereo harness that runs from front to back? I have mine pulled up fully intact from the rear to the driver floor area. From there I'm trying to figure out next steps, whether to remove the dash or whether it can be worked out without cutting.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:38 PM   #22
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Did you completely remove the fat Nav/Stereo harness that runs from front to back? I have mine pulled up fully intact from the rear to the driver floor area. From there I'm trying to figure out next steps, whether to remove the dash or whether it can be worked out without cutting.
Currently I have not messed with the harness much. I do believe it is POSSIBLE to remove it without taking apart the dash/front carpet. Right now I am trying to find a way to retrofit it back to the standard radio. I will let you know what I end up doing.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:39 PM   #23
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Installed the Carbon Fiber Sunroof Insert today. Install was a sinch! Just used the 6 factory bolts and bolt holes and had it installed in under 10 minutes. No more terrible wind noise! Just need to RTV it later.

EDIT: Also found a guy to build the roll bar for me. So should have that done within a month. First event is March 18-20 at VIR, but I may end up missing that one, we'll see.

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Old 02-11-2012, 12:19 PM   #24
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Got that stupid drain plug out and replaced with a new one! Obviously did an oil change at the same time
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:57 PM   #25
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I just realized how easy it is to remove the dash; you know what that means, bye-bye front carpets, bye-bye evaporator, bye-bye navigation harness, hello radio harness!
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:30 PM   #26
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Started taking the dash out, except the stupid round airbag got me again. I always have trouble getting that thing out for some reason. Oh well. I promise pictures tomorrow, and hopefully the dash will be gone.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:43 PM   #27
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I know, I know, terrible pictures, I apologize.

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At the end of the day I got the dash out of the car. Then I realized what an undertaking I am about to go through. I didn't think getting the carpet out would be this difficult, oh well.

P.S. I think this project is turning into the BARELY LEGAL Track Car Project

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:56 PM   #28
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Taking the heater box out tomorrow. Then remove the evaporator, carpet, sound deadening, etc.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:54 PM   #29
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Where did you buy the carbon fiber insert?
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #30
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Lovin' this thread. Looking forward to the future updates. Nice sn btw. I work in SA on the C17 program.

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Old 02-15-2012, 07:52 PM   #31
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carbon-fiber...#ht_500wt_1156

I bought it from Chad on eBay. The fitment is nearly spot on and it only weighs 4lbs! Easy alternative to a full CF Roof, albeit you don't save quite as much weight. Roof w/ Sunroof is ~55lbs. Roof w/o Sunroof is ~20lbs and CF roof is ~7lbs if I recall correctly.

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Old 02-15-2012, 07:58 PM   #32
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So, today the front carpet came out. I was going to pull the heater core to do it, but the hoses would NOT budge. Facing the fact that even if I did get the hoses off, there was no way in hell I was getting them back on, I decided to pursue pulling the front carpet without taking the heater core out. I'm glad to report I was successful. Now, yes, the evaporator will still be in the car, but for the measly 5lbs it weighs I figure I'm better off not touching it. Of course, this whole endeavor is probably only going to save me about 25lbs, so to be honest, it is NOT worth it. Oh well, I learned a lot and had fun. Now the question is can I put it all back together correctly? Also, I can now switch over the Nav harness to a Radio harness without cutting or anything and I will be starting to remove all the sound deadening tar in the car (here we go heat gun!). So long as everything goes back together correctly it was worth it.


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Old 02-16-2012, 02:40 PM   #33
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So, today the front carpet came out. I was going to pull the heater core to do it, but the hoses would NOT budge. Facing the fact that even if I did get the hoses off, there was no way in hell I was getting them back on, I decided to pursue pulling the front carpet without taking the heater core out. I'm glad to report I was successful. Now, yes, the evaporator will still be in the car, but for the measly 5lbs it weighs I figure I'm better off not touching it. Of course, this whole endeavor is probably only going to save me about 25lbs, so to be honest, it is NOT worth it. Oh well, I learned a lot and had fun. Now the question is can I put it all back together correctly? Also, I can now switch over the Nav harness to a Radio harness without cutting or anything and I will be starting to remove all the sound deadening tar in the car (here we go heat gun!). So long as everything goes back together correctly it was worth it.


Thanks and sweet build i can't seem to fix my damn sunroof and im considering this but id get it painted body color. Thanks again
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:40 PM   #34
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Thanks and sweet build i can't seem to fix my damn sunroof and im considering this but id get it painted body color. Thanks again
It's really not too bad to do and the DIY on M3Forum can help you out. Just take off the A, B, and C pillar covers, detatch all the stuff from the headliner, drop it down, 12? bolts holding the sunroof in, drop it out, install the CF sunroof delete (6 bolts) and reinstall headliner.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:55 PM   #35
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Wiring harness won't be in until Monday
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:14 PM   #36
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Put the dash bar back in the car today. Made sure I knew what all the wiring went to and got organized. Getting some dry ice for the sound deadening soon.



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Old 02-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #37
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In my experience a heat gun works better than dry ice, and xylene/xylol works well for removing the residue.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:10 AM   #38
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In my experience a heat gun works better than dry ice, and xylene/xylol works well for removing the residue.
Interesting, I talked to a couple people and they both used dry ice with better results. I have access to both, so we'll see which works the best. Thanks
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:03 PM   #39
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Put more stuff back together and threw in the dashboard for whatever reason. Getting the steering column back together I had to get the brake light switch out of the way and ended up breaking one of the tabs on the little plastic piece. Come to find out you can't buy the plastic piece seperately so now I have to spend $35 for the whole sensor. Woohoo. I assume most people just drill out the rounded bolt on the left side and replace it with the same style bolt that is on the right side so you can dismount the steering column easier which is what I'm going to do at this point so I don't have to break more things. I'm also thinking of ditching the adjustable steering column and adjusting it to where I want and bolting it in like that. If I want to change it just need a 13mm and 10mm. Getting the radio wiring harness in tomorrow so I can swap that in and put the dash the rest of the way together. Then I just get the sound deadening out and it's ready for the roll bar! Anyway, a picture.

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Put more stuff back together and threw in the dashboard for whatever reason. Getting the steering column back together I had to get the brake light switch out of the way and ended up breaking one of the tabs on the little plastic piece. Come to find out you can't buy the plastic piece seperately so now I have to spend $35 for the whole sensor. Woohoo. I assume most people just drill out the rounded bolt on the left side and replace it with the same style bolt that is on the right side so you can dismount the steering column easier which is what I'm going to do at this point so I don't have to break more things. I'm also thinking of ditching the adjustable steering column and adjusting it to where I want and bolting it in like that. If I want to change it just need a 13mm and 10mm. Getting the radio wiring harness in tomorrow so I can swap that in and put the dash the rest of the way together. Then I just get the sound deadening out and it's ready for the roll bar! Anyway, a picture.

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