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Old 08-25-2015, 06:29 PM   #1
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Exclamation Possible "batwing" issue

So at some point this summer I noticed the interior rear pillar trim is loose or broken. I haven't let the top down for months since here in Atlanta it's been way too hot. But with fall coming I want to fix it.

I read through this thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=520323

But I was wondering if anyone can confirm this is all I will need to fix it. I would hate to buy the wrong part(s) since I plan on vacationing next weekend. Any help/tips are much appreciated!
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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If the plastic triangular piece is broken or if the strings are broken then yes that is the correct thread and yes that will fix the problem. It is a good write up. I think the kit is around $135 bucks from the dealer. You might be able to find it a little cheaper, but pretty much a dealer item.

Tips, take a few pictures to make sure you understand how the threads go and how they bob and weave around the components. I have done this basically twice. One twice the strings broke and I tried first tie then together and then second use some like cordage and crimpy things to make a new cable to route around. Ultimately ended up just buying the kit and being done with it. (so I guess three times messing with it, once with a new kit.)

Another tip is removing the liner from the old wing, be careful here. Some people tore the liner trying to pull it apart. Just take your time and all will be well.
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:28 PM   #3
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Thanks! I ordered the kit and will attempt to install it. Just wanted to make sure I had the right part and everything.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:01 PM   #4
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Yeah, that will take care of it. If you continue to operate the top with broken bat wings, they eventually get chewed up in the top mechanics and then can bind the system.

Just take your time, you will not get this done in like an hour so plan to spend some time on it. Only do one side at a time incase you need to refer to something on the other side. Some of the screws are in tight places and some time you will be switching tools often as one that works here and need to be shorter or flexible to work on another spot, and yes you will need to move the top up and down manually a few time to access everything.....read that write up a couple times. Not really that hard but time consuming.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:32 PM   #5
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This may be in my future, as soon as I have the free time. I bought mine in December 2014 with a small rip already showing in the headliner at the right batwing...
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