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Old 08-24-2015, 06:39 AM   #1
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Removing the wind deflector in the rain

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but here goes:

Yesterday it was raining heavily and had been for hours, so the hood on my car was soaking wet.

I had made plans to go out somewhere with my 2 kids, but on getting to the car remembered that i still had the wind deflector fitted, subsequently preventing access to the rear seats.

I ended up not going out, as i didn't want to open the soaking wet hood in the poring rain in order to remove the deflector.

What is the best thing to do in this situation? Is there any easy/safe way to remove the deflector without opening the top, or is it ok to operate it for a short period of time when its raining?
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:36 AM   #2
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It is ok to operate while raining. There is no way to remove the deflector without opening the top partially.

The best thing to do is find some cover, lower the top enough to remove the deflector, then raise it back up.
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:37 PM   #3
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Go to a bank drive thru or a coin car wash and run your top. The car wash is a great place to hang out in the convertible or a motorcycle if it's raining. No one is in your way.

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Old 08-25-2015, 05:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

I had thought there would be no easy way to do it.

Unfortunately on the day, i couldnt leave my 2 young boys at home whilst i drove somewhere to find cover to put the hood down, but i appreciate the suggestion.
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:59 AM   #5
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Just take your favorite

It might encourage better behavior from the runner up. Kidding

Be well,

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Old 08-25-2015, 06:44 AM   #6
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I like your thinking!

Thanks again
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:59 PM   #7
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I did this in moderate rain the other day without lowering the top to get a child seat in, retracted both rear windows folded both seats forward, deflector came out ok.
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:38 PM   #8
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I did this in moderate rain the other day without lowering the top to get a child seat in, retracted both rear windows folded both seats forward, deflector came out ok.
You must not have the OEM deflector. The OEM deflector has feet that get locked under the storage lid.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:40 PM   #9
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Mine is OEM (as per image) after the top part of the deflector is folded down and the pins retracted from the side panels the whole unit pulls forward and out through the door, the rubber feet on mine just sit between the rear back side panel and seat, perhaps different on a M3?
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:05 PM   #10
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You can put the top down (in the storage compartment) when wet. Just don't keep it there, wet, for more than 24 hours, per the owners manual.
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Old 08-28-2015, 12:47 AM   #11
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Mine is OEM (as per image) after the top part of the deflector is folded down and the pins retracted from the side panels the whole unit pulls forward and out through the door, the rubber feet on mine just sit between the rear back side panel and seat, perhaps different on a M3?
I think you're installing it wrong. Those feet are supposed to go under the storage lid. The top is the same on all models.
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:37 AM   #12
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As per what Taylor192 said above, mine has feet that go under the storage lid (this i believe is done on purpose to secure it). There is no way i can get mine out without the storage lid lifting up, which involves operating the hood at least half way.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:02 AM   #13
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Parx,

Do not try to remove the wind deflector with the rear lid down. The rear feet should go under the rear deck not only for security,but will minimize vibrations that will over time stress the side support lobes and cause premature cracking of the plastic grommets.

It is possible to remove the screen with the feet under the rear lid, but it will be not very controlled and it will damage the rubber caps and potentially bend the feet.

This is just a recommendation based on my 6 years with 2 330cic's. Sorry for the rant, but I just don't want you to make the mistakes I made with my first vert.

Be well,

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