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Old 09-18-2009, 12:12 AM   #21
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very informative the string part that hooks to the flap on my top broke today bmw sells a string repair kit with some parts so picked that up and going to replace it this weekend thx for the tips
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:04 AM   #22
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PM sent with my email address if you wouldn't mind sharing the images. Thank you very much for your help!
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:31 PM   #23
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very informative the string part that hooks to the flap on my top broke today bmw sells a string repair kit with some parts so picked that up and going to replace it this weekend thx for the tips
Yup, they sure do. I was very close to buying the string kit, before I did a thorough inspection if what I needed to repair. Upon doing so, I found that the plastic flap itself had actually cracked and the top-most string piece came off. Hence, I ordered the flaps that come with the strings.

I'm very glad that I could help!!

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PM sent with my email address if you wouldn't mind sharing the images. Thank you very much for your help!
I will send you the pictures for this DIY repair. However...

I have a request.

Please send a polite PM to tim330i (the owner/admin of E46Fanatics) requesting that we host the pictures for this DIY on E46Fanatics, where they belong.

As of right now, I have 2 problems with posting the pictures here:
  1. I can not find a host for the pictures
  2. I can not edit the first post of this thread (due to age, I'm assuming)

All I need is a place for the pictures to be hosted and the ability to edit the first post so that this thread can become useful once again!

Thank you for your help!!
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:03 PM   #24
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Many thanks to Tim, the owner/admin of E46Fanatics.com for allowing the pictures for this DIY to be hosted here on E46Fanatics.com!! As you all can see, the pictures are back up.
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:11 PM   #25
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Great post. Did both of mine because they had cracks at each point where the cord goes in and really appreciate the time you spent to share with us all the details. Just found this forum (by searching for how to fix those flaps) and I'm real excited about the resources. Look forward to sharing my adventures with my new (old) 2002 325ci. Thanks again.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:01 PM   #26
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Great post. Did both of mine because they had cracks at each point where the cord goes in and really appreciate the time you spent to share with us all the details. Just found this forum (by searching for how to fix those flaps) and I'm real excited about the resources. Look forward to sharing my adventures with my new (old) 2002 325ci. Thanks again.
Glad I could help!!
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:52 AM   #27
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i did a whole headliner in my moms 2 weeks ago. fun stuff! not too hard though
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:04 PM   #28
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The DIY was great. I have an 02 M3 which I picked up in July. I need to do this as well as replace the headliner.
Has anyone done the repair listed above in conjunction with the headliner replacement?
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:45 AM   #29
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just ordered this kit lets see how this goes! oh and yes i do have some tears in my headliner due to the fact those plastic pieces kept poking through since they were out of position.... going to have to use black needle and thread to make it look okay...wtf bmw designing these pieces...
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:48 AM   #30
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This just happened to me, and also on the passenger side. Do you have any idea why it broke the tab off in the first place? Does the string just get caught on something and snap? I want to fix the cause so I don't break the replacement.

Does the plastic part in the kit replace the existing piece, or is it just glued underneath? The existing piece was damaged, so I wanted to check. There is a photo in my post here...

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=763904

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Old 07-05-2010, 02:56 PM   #31
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Awesome DIY! Both of my "batwings" are broken, and unfortunately one has pierced the headliner. I'll use a top shop to do the repair to the headliner, but your post makes it quick and easy to replace both batwings. Thanks!
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:50 AM   #32
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Thanks for the write-up. I will be doing this job soon as the tabs on both of my "wings" are ready to pop and ruin my headliner!
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:42 AM   #33
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good job, i just need this
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:29 AM   #34
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Mine is on order. Should receive them next week $104.88 from bmwpartsource.com. Me and the gf are gonna give this diy a shot. If not I'll just have to pay to have it done. My headliner is ripped so I guess I'll sew that myself.
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:29 AM   #35
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Set of new batwings

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.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:09 PM   #36
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Hey everyone,

Was hoping to get your feedback on a problem I have with the soft top of my 04 325cic

The top won't completely close because the two automatic hooks on the soft top will not engage with the top of the windshield. As of now, the top does close manually. Could I fix this problem myself? Can this problem be fixed without a trip to the dealership?
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:11 AM   #37
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NEVER MIND. I'm in the repair and the adhesive is needed.

Does this DIY really need the fabric adhesive? The flaps have adhesive strips on them...
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:46 PM   #38
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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.
You still have these, I'm local, Pleasanton.

Let me know please.

I love resurrected threads. Has anyone ever replaced their headliner and know the part #, thanks.

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Old 08-03-2011, 12:23 AM   #39
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Thanks meansartin14. That was an easy DIY. The hardest part was trying to stitch the ripped fabric back together.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:06 PM   #40
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Thank you so much.. I was so bummed out today when I saw what had broken off.. The technicality of the issue just seemed too sophisticated.. But your write up gave me hope.. I'm giving it a try in a few days.. Thanks again..
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