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Old 10-04-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
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I think they call them the bat wings inside the top. Basically the plastic c-pillar. Mine have started to. I found replacements roughy $150 but what should I expect for an install. I saw the you Tube videos...screw trying that. Thanks.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:16 AM   #2
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On my previous M3 convertible top, I had both bat wings replaced. I believe I paid around $175 to have time replaced and I supplied the parts.
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:34 PM   #3
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On my previous M3 convertible top, I had both bat wings replaced. I believe I paid around $175 to have time replaced and I supplied the parts.
Thank you. I have a good name for a shop local, now I have an idea.

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Old 10-13-2017, 06:57 PM   #4
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What is wrong with them? Many users have put some kind of epoxy on the strings that hold them. Mine had that done by a prior owner and they are holding up decently though they need to be touched up again.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:19 AM   #5
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What is wrong with them? Many users have put some kind of epoxy on the strings that hold them. Mine had that done by a prior owner and they are holding up decently though they need to be touched up again.
Passenger side plastic is cracked and the headliner is pulling away from it. Looks awful for only having 18K mile son it.
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Old 10-16-2017, 02:46 PM   #6
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Passenger side plastic is cracked and the headliner is pulling away from it. Looks awful for only having 18K mile son it.
The plastic degrades with age and heat, not mileage.
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:27 PM   #7
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The plastic degrades with age and heat, not mileage.
I figured just lack of use, as that sometimes plays in to the fold.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:35 PM   #8
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Not to hijack this thread. But my passenger side batting has snapped also. I'm going to replace the batwings, but I have a couple of questions.
Yes I read the diy, pics are fuzzy btw, and I watched YouTube vids.
When looking online for new batwings, it looks like the D hooks are already on the strings, so does that mean that when I install them I just have to route the D hooks through the metal frame and screw them in and the strings will be in the correct orientation? Or do the D hooks come off the strings which means I have to mount the hooks and run the strings through them?
My hardtop is going on in the next couple of weeks so im.not pressed about doing this repair now, but in March I will

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Old 10-17-2017, 11:05 PM   #9
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I just did mine a week ago. All the clips were already on the cord. I just routed as shown on youtube video and screwed accordingly. The toughest part was the bottom string going through the loop and back spot. Its a tight spot and realized that screw wasn't a T20 but a Philips head.
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Old 10-21-2017, 11:48 AM   #10
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Ok, thanks for the reply

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