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Old 09-27-2013, 02:56 PM   #21
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Check out hte images from ECS...

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...Body/ES158597/

Oval composite piece around a square metal part... this is 'facing the roof', i.e. the 'back side'...

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I see what you mean. Not sure how to fix that part other than to strengthen it with a lot of glue in the cavities. You could probably substitute a large nylon washer and collar with a bit of trimming.

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Old 09-28-2013, 06:13 PM   #22
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ECS shipping is driving my nutz o... 2nd day air, but really that is the second business day after they ship... i.e. if ordered late wednesday night, delivery will be monday.

specific to my hardtop prep hardware, to have had it delivered on Friday was more $$ for next day air, but decided not to do that... I could wait until monday.

then I get a notice that shipping is delayed until monday, which means hardware won't be delivered until wednesday... ugh...

picked up the top without the hardware:
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I thought top top was the same color as the body, evidently not, maybe the top is 'space gray'?
still looks pretty good though, right? I think so.

where might I find paint color descriptions for the year of manufacture for both my car and the top.

Car MFG date: july 2002 [MSRP sticker says 'steel gray']
Top MFG date: 26.10.00-2 was found in the passenger side rear latch compartment, so that would be 26 october 2000, what is the '2'? color?

My little e46 does like to keep me on my toes though...

after seeing the top doesn't quite match the body color, and lowering the windows for top donning, the passenger window has a complete window regulator failure in the mid position! should have just opened the door, not moved the window

then the SES light, which has not been lit for the past 3 weeks, decides to relight...

so I am off to get the window up...

anyone with a hardtop notice issues with the rear window rolling up?
took some jocking to get full rise, I'm thinking the hardware, once installed, will provide better alignment and window operation, at least those with solid regulators, will not be an issue.

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Old 10-07-2013, 12:48 AM   #23
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lots of pics, measurements of the 'latching arm'.

I think the most reasonable and effective correction would be to have two metal 'stirrups' that fit closely around the composite piece and one that would close the "adapter" around the composite piece:
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here are some measurements of the latching arm:
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Thanks! great info!

Can you take some photos of how the piece fits in the guide, from the side and bottom. Is there room to wrap a hose clamp around the plastic part without it interfering with sliding in the guide?
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:41 PM   #25
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The plastic part is recessed between the worm gear and metal bar, yet probably not low enough to drill through the holes in the metal bar. Regardless, I think adding 2 bolts like this is the best solution. Then fill the crevice with plastic weld.
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