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Old 02-18-2012, 08:02 PM   #41
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I have the Drivers side flap kit if anyone wants to split it with me
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:00 AM   #42
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Hi, I ordered a set of batwings 54-31-7-135-351 never used and sold my car recently. So if you need it send me a PM.
Thanks guys batwings Sold!
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:41 PM   #43
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my fabric was damaged by the sharp-edged plastic piece poking through when the top was put up and down a few times before identifying the issue. how can i fix that?
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:04 PM   #44
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^ Once the new flaps are glued in, an easy way to mend the torn headliner is just to cover with black gaffer tape. I did on mine years ago and it's still looking good.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:05 AM   #45
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In Florida it is to damn hot to be sitting in the back seat fighting with the two bat wings. I let the pros do it for me. It was worth the 450.00 and that included all the top adjustment and now it"s working great.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:53 PM   #46
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How do you make the flaps tighter? (mine aren't broken yet but are loose)
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:14 PM   #47
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The string broke on one of my batwings tonight. Looks like this isn't the first time either as the string was tied on the batwing instead of having the metal stoppers attached. It looks like the break occurred at the spring. I bet the plastic spring cover rubbed and wore through the string.

Off to a marine store to find "whipping twine" tomorrow as there's no way I'm paying some stupid BMW price for a string repair kit.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:12 PM   #48
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Did mine today! Pumped at the results! WoooHooo!
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:17 AM   #49
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The string broke on one of my batwings tonight. Looks like this isn't the first time either as the string was tied on the batwing instead of having the metal stoppers attached. It looks like the break occurred at the spring. I bet the plastic spring cover rubbed and wore through the string.

Off to a marine store to find "whipping twine" tomorrow as there's no way I'm paying some stupid BMW price for a string repair kit.
Fixed, thanks for this DIY!

I would definitely recommend anyone with a convertible also glue the tabs on the batwings. 2 of 6 tabs on mine had cracks. I can see why, the batwing flexes around one of the metal braces as the top is lowered, and the stress would eventually cause a failure.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #50
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Thank's for the advice on the bat wings. Ne body know how long these things last before they break again?
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:58 AM   #51
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I have the Drivers side flap kit if anyone wants to split it with me
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Do you still have flap kit if so how much for it ? Thanks
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:55 AM   #52
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Bump I need the driver side only
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:40 AM   #53
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If your lines (strings) are good shape, you can make your own plastic bat wing. I couldn't justify the price at the time, so I used my broken one as a template, and purchased some flat pvc around the same thickness. Then just traced the shape of the old one, and used my dremmel to cut it out. Drilled the holes, and made a few line clips that hold the strings into the plastic out of finishing nails (from nail gun). All done. Then its just a matter of glueing it back into the flap with contact cement.
If your flap material is swiss cheese, like mine, nows the time to get some matching material, and cut to fit so that it wraps the flap, and agian glue using contact cement.
Clost me $20 plus time.
Just another option. Sorry, no pics, and I have since sold the car. Went back to my coupe.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:44 PM   #54
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Great Thread

I noticed the driver's side flap was displaced on my 2003 330Ci. I had it in for regular service and asked the dealer if they could repair it. They told me that the inside liner had to be replaced - over $3,000. That seemed so far fetched that I did a little searching and found this great thread. I ordered the repair kit, per the original poster's recommendation. And, hope to have it fixed this weekend to take advantage of the good weather. Thanks for being so thoughtful for posting your findings.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:16 AM   #55
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wow sean you r the man..great explanaton of the top repair!!
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:15 AM   #56
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:11 PM   #57
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I did mine today, taking me about 1.5 hours to do one side. While fixing the passenger side, I noticed the driver's side was also broken so I'll tackle that tomorrow. It was pretty simple with the hardest part being just fitting my hands where the needed to go. My only real mistake was leaving the car aux on with the top open and radio on. I have a power top so my battery eventually went kaput and the top started to collapse into the boot while my right hand was inside it. Fortunately I was able to grab the top with my left hand to prevent it from crushing my other hand. After that, I decided to manually lift up the back window portion of the top, lower the boot cover and then lower the rear window portion back to the closed position, leaving the front portion of the top half open. It stayed open without collapsing for the remainder of the repair so this is how I'll do it when I fix the other side.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #58
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h, nice, my driver side seems to have broken... glad this thread is still around... not sure why its not a sticky tho.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:02 PM   #59
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anyone have a spare side laying around they dont want?
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:10 AM   #60
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Can anybody identify the exact size of the torx screw that holds the little silver loop to the black frame??? Really trying to avoid paying $68 for the whole kit....
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