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Old 11-06-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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how difficult is it to replace a soft top?

ive searched e46 fanatics and google and got no real results for this. Any help is appreciated.
My car got vandalized a while back someone cut the roof open along with the headliner.
Insurance company gave me 3k plus another 1900 yet to come to get it fixed because thats the quote BMW gave me.
i was thinking either buying a hardtop or self installing a soft top to put some cash in my pocket.
so how difficult is it to replace the soft top?
do you think i can do it with some simple tools?
i dont even change my own oil but i have changed my HK system to bsw so im not a complete noob.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:17 PM   #2
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:35 PM   #3
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You can buy whatever soft/hard top you lioke, just don't try the installation yourself. That's better left for the pros and to that point it is a job for good pros.

Otherwise, you may well end up with a soft top wrinkled like a Shar-pei's face if you ever succeed in installing it yourself.
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:37 AM   #4
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alright thanks
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:02 PM   #5
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I replaced mine last winter. If you do it be patient!!!!!! Also, buy the top with the plastic guides on the front and back already attached. This aligns the top and prevents the wrinkles. Still this is not a job for the faint of heart.

Good luck if you try. Also, there are not any published instructions that I could find.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:10 PM   #6
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So is it just time-consuming, or is it actually difficult. Do you need to sew anything, or does it just slide on? Anything you can contribute is much appreciated since there seems to be little information available on this. Thanks!


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I replaced mine last winter. If you do it be patient!!!!!! Also, buy the top with the plastic guides on the front and back already attached. This aligns the top and prevents the wrinkles. Still this is not a job for the faint of heart.

Good luck if you try. Also, there are not any published instructions that I could find.
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