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Old 11-29-2010, 12:58 PM   #41
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I'm in. '06 ZHP Vert. Just so I add something convertible related to this thread, I recommend getting a wind screen. While I like driving windows down, when taking the wife (especially on the freeway), the windscreen really reduces wind buffeting, which she likes wrt hair, noise, etc. Plus, it lowers easily when you don't need it. The only issue is you can't seat people (my kids) in the back with the screen in. I bought my previously owned that I found online. John
I find the wind screen so ugly & it takes away from the overall look of the car. I wouldn't want one.
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:06 PM   #42
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Re:wind screen

Understand, it's likely a "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". The BMW one (without the letters) is the one I like, much cleaner. The best thing about it is that it does fold down in 1 second so when you are not using it, it's invisible to other drivers. John
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:54 PM   #43
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Understand, it's likely a "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". The BMW one (without the letters) is the one I like, much cleaner. The best thing about it is that it does fold down in 1 second so when you are not using it, it's invisible to other drivers. John
^^^ +1.... the ones with the lettering look a mess to me also... but beauty is in the eye of the beholder...... I love my non-lettered windscreen...
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:26 PM   #44
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I'm in. '06 ZHP Vert. Just so I add something convertible related to this thread, I recommend getting a wind screen. While I like driving windows down, when taking the wife (especially on the freeway), the windscreen really reduces wind buffeting, which she likes wrt hair, noise, etc. Plus, it lowers easily when you don't need it. The only issue is you can't seat people (my kids) in the back with the screen in. I bought my previously owned that I found online. John
I just bought a wind deflector and I love it. If I roll up the windows a little and turn on the heat I can drive with the top down in 45 degrees and not get cold. I also got it brand new for a super bargin price of $112 shipped on Ebay
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:37 PM   #45
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Nice idea -- I am in

I have the hardtop on now and it will stay on until April -- I have done that for the past 4 winters (mid November to mid April is "winter" in Northern Illinois) and the soft top looks and works just fine. Just before puting the top up I took the car to clean and then used one of those sticky (masking tape) rolls to get the lint off of it.

I have seen advertised (and at the dealer) special cleaners and protectants for the soft top -- has anyone used those? Would love to know what you recommend and if any of that kind of care is necesssary or just hype and if so, at what interval do you use such products. The car is garaged and regularly washed.
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:00 PM   #46
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Nice idea -- I am in

I have the hardtop on now and it will stay on until April -- I have done that for the past 4 winters (mid November to mid April is "winter" in Northern Illinois) and the soft top looks and works just fine. Just before puting the top up I took the car to clean and then used one of those sticky (masking tape) rolls to get the lint off of it.

I have seen advertised (and at the dealer) special cleaners and protectants for the soft top -- has anyone used those? Would love to know what you recommend and if any of that kind of care is necesssary or just hype and if so, at what interval do you use such products. The car is garaged and regularly washed.
Leatherique's "Prestine Clean" will clean the crap out of anything.
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:08 PM   #47
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Just purchased the top repair kit. Part #54317135351 My batwings were broken when i bought the car now there flapping around. It doesnt effect the top going up or down and no leakage. Wondering if i should try this install myself or pay to have it done. I read the DIY on here seems kinda easy. Anyone done this before?? comments?? suggestions??
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:59 PM   #48
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Understand, it's likely a "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". The BMW one (without the letters) is the one I like, much cleaner. The best thing about it is that it does fold down in 1 second so when you are not using it, it's invisible to other drivers. John
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^^^ +1.... the ones with the lettering look a mess to me also... but beauty is in the eye of the beholder...... I love my non-lettered windscreen...
I too love my non-lettered windscreen. I actually think it looks good on the car.

One thing I came across over time however, was that a good breeze or at times passing a big truck could knock my windscreen into the down position while I was driving. I found this little DIY to keep that from happening.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=209456
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Leatherique's "Prestine Clean" will clean the crap out of anything.
my top isn't dirty -- but I am curious about the top protectant chemicals -- I guess it makes the water bead off????
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I use a product called "Ragg Top" on mine. Works great and easy to do.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:48 PM   #52
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I just used some of the product I mentioned before. On the bottle it's recommended for tops like ours.
It performed so well on my leather, that if it says it can be used on our tops, I don't doubt it at all.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:33 PM   #53
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Just purchased the top repair kit. Part #54317135351 My batwings were broken when i bought the car now there flapping around. It doesnt effect the top going up or down and no leakage. Wondering if i should try this install myself or pay to have it done. I read the DIY on here seems kinda easy. Anyone done this before?? comments?? suggestions??
One of my batwings recently broke and poked two holes in the liner.

I ordered the parts from Tischer and followed the very good FYI to repair it. I would say the hardest part is getting your screwdriver in those tight spots to get the screws out and back in. I have a mini screwdriver that worked pretty well. Also, trying to jockey the top up and down to stop it in a position that works best for getting in those tight spots was not easy. And the top likes to move on its own too. Having an assistant would help obviously. I didn't.

It took me about 3 hours to do just one side. Probably the most time-consuming part was walking from one side of the car to the other over and over to see how to string things back up using the good side as an example.

I'm going to replace the other side too, but I think I'll wait until Spring now.

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Old 11-30-2010, 08:13 PM   #54
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I paid an upholstery shop to replace one batwing after it got tangled in the frame and ripped out the little sliding cover. Next time i'll do it myself.

On my mom's E36, I addressed the headliner problems by removing it altogether, and you hardly notice the difference. No more tangled headliner and I can get access to tensions straps real easily. I may even rip mine out of my E46 instead of more fixing next time.
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What do you guys mean batwing?

My top is broken right now, and I wanna make sure I have diagnosed the right part. I haven't been able to fix it just yet, but I'm getting ready to do it. Probably in January.
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This piece of the headliner (edge taped in my pic) covers a piece of plastic with strings that gets taut as top closes. When the strings break the batwing can interfere with top operation.

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Old 12-01-2010, 08:15 AM   #58
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I use a product called "Ragg Top" on mine. Works great and easy to do.
I like the Ragg Top products as well. Best prices I found were through JC Whitney. The cleaner and protector were around $14 shipped on sale in the spring.
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