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Old 05-05-2013, 10:26 AM   #61
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guys,

Took almost 5 hours to put the new line in..there is a lot to figure out so be patient...But After you did the job you will see it is not that tough.. I could do the same thing in two hours now...
-This is not one man job...You need a good friend here to help you..
-I didnt take out the top or any fabric..Most of the time you need to adjust the position of frame to work on different areas, to see better
-I did not cut the zip ties at the C Pillar ..once you cut the old #line 23, you can take the line out easily...

Thank you all specially,
Taylor without your support and encouragement.. I wouldn't be doing this.
Klaus from Top Hydraulics if he didnt manufacture the extended line #23 I wouldnt be able to change this line cause you can not reroute the line...

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Old 05-05-2013, 01:55 PM   #62
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ErdeM3,

congratulations - you turned your coupe back into a convertible without potentially paying far over a kilobuck ($1k) to a shop or dealer!

We are now hosting taylor192's DIY for line removal on our website, as well:
http://www.tophydraulicsinc.com/e46line23guide.pdf. Basically the same as what taylor192 has posted on the forum, but you can download it as a pdf file.

The extended line # 23 (longer than the one sold by BMW in p/n 54347025598, but using the same German-made hose material and fittings) is now available directly through our website: http://www.tophydraulicsinc.com/en/b...number-23.html

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:56 PM   #63
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guys,

Took almost 5 hours to put the new line in..there is a lot to figure out so be patient...But After you did the job you will see it is not that tough.. I could do the same thing in two hours now...
-This is not one man job...You need a good friend here to help you..
-I didnt take out the top or any fabric..Most of the time you need to adjust the position of frame to work on different areas, to see better
-I did not cut the zip ties at the C Pillar ..once you cut the old #line 23, you can take the line out easily...

Thank you all specially,
Taylor without your support and encouragement.. I wouldn't be doing this.
Klaus from Top Hydraulics if he didnt manufacture the extended line #23 I wouldnt be able to change this line cause you can not reroute the line...

Cheers
E
Good job! Thanks for the notes, anything else that would help?

- How hard was it to reinsert the line and black plastic retainer with the long bent pliers? I found it difficult.
- I couldn't pull the line through without cutting the "top" zip tie. I'll adjust the instructions to at least try pulling the line through before cutting the zip ties.
- I'll emphasize the friend in the tools. I listed it, yet I know some will attempt by themselves and get in over their head.
- I found I only needed the top in the 2 positions I showed in pictures. What other positions helped which steps?

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:12 PM   #64
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Good job! Thanks for the notes, anything else that would help?
I believe you covered pretty much everything, I thing that I can add, it might look complex but its really not..

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- How hard was it to reinsert the line and black plastic retainer with the long bent pliers? I found it difficult.
Inserting the new line into valve block and locking it was the toughest thing in this job. I bought that long bent pliers but didnt make use of it that much,
That black plastic retainer maybe you should mention it in the DIY, and yes omg it took almost an hour to put it back, I end up using a plastic tape and a screwdriver instead of long bent pliers.


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- I found I only needed the top in the 2 positions I showed in pictures. What other positions helped which steps?
These are the positions that you basically work on, but I had no idea where are the lines exactly until now. So I had to inspect it very careful to understand it.
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