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Old 06-17-2014, 12:09 AM   #1
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Question Convertible "Cap" or Cover Gets Stuck

Hey Guys,

I'm not sure what this is called (see picture #1) but it gets stuck in the downward position every time I put my top down (see picture #2). There are two of these, one on each side of the Top, pretty much aligned with the rear seats.

Do I need to grease it so it goes back up? The other side doesn't have the issue... Is something broke that holds that into position when the top is down? The only way I get it to go up is to manually push it up.

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Picture #2 (gets stuck in this position when the top is down)



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Old 06-17-2014, 12:36 PM   #2
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theres a spring underneath that retracts it into closed position, that's possibly broken/unhooked
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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There is a spring that pulls the cover back into position.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:35 PM   #4
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As mentioned above, you're missing the spring. Here's a thread that may help you better visualize what's going on: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1020015
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:32 PM   #5
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UPDATE:

I just got back from my BMW Dealership - they had the parts in stock and I wanted to post pictures (of the part #s too) so that way you all have the right information. I have seen a ton of posts on this but I didn't see anyone post pictures of the parts and the part #s - so here is what you need to fix the Convertible Covers if the rod or spring breaks (doesn't matter if you need the left of the right - only the cover itself is side specific):

Total Cost: $10.50

Plastic Rod:



Spring:



Everything installed:



This literally took me 10 min to install - and I have zero "mechanic" skills.

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Old 06-25-2014, 09:15 AM   #6
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I would like to know what the cover piece is called because the drivers side one is missing. Good post though because I will be needing the rods and springs also.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:35 AM   #7
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The official name is: Hinged Convertible Cover

They offer it for LEFT or RIGHT and in 3 colors - you said you need the Driver side - so here you go (Part #'s are from BAVAUTO.com):

Hinged Convertible Cover - Left - Beige
Part # : 51 43 7 022 397

Hinged Convertible Cover - Left - Black
Part # : 51 43 7 022 393

Hinged Convertible Cover - Left - Grey
Part # : 51 43 7 022 395
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:44 AM   #8
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Great! Thank you! I ordered the rods, springs, and the covers just a moment ago. All the little things add up when trying to make a car look new!
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:36 AM   #9
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The official name is: Hinged Convertible Cover

They offer it for LEFT or RIGHT and in 3 colors - you said you need the Driver side - so here you go (Part #'s are from BAVAUTO.com):

Hinged Convertible Cover - Left - Beige
Part # : 51 43 7 022 397

Hinged Convertible Cover - Left - Black
Part # : 51 43 7 022 393

Hinged Convertible Cover - Left - Grey
Part # : 51 43 7 022 395

There are two different caps depending on modal year. The ones called out above are for model years up to 9/2003 just in case somebody else stumbles across this thread

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...1&fg=50&hl=174
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:09 PM   #10
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Both of my covers are missing and I'm not sure exactly which parts I need to order.
Looking at the diagram, obviously I need the two covers plus the springs and push rods.
However, there's also a few other parts noted in that area: cam followers (41437147719 and 20), and a sleeve (41437147717). Will I need these as well? if so, will it be obvious how all these go together?
I checked prices on ECS and they came to around $104. If I don't need the cam followers and sleeves, I can save about $35.
Thanks for your advice.
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Thanks for this, just made my day!!!
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:54 AM   #12
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There are two different caps depending on modal year. The ones called out above are for model years up to 9/2003 just in case somebody else stumbles across this thread

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...1&fg=50&hl=174
Exactly. My 04 uses a different set up. The spring iis on the rod. Also BMW beefed the rod up on the new part.

If I get a chance in the next day I'll post a pick of old vs. new.
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:24 PM   #13
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Exactly. My 04 uses a different set up. The spring iis on the rod. Also BMW beefed the rod up on the new part.

If I get a chance in the next day I'll post a pick of old vs. new.
YES, please take some pics how the rod is connected to the chassis, stil can't figure it out, only the older models are easy.

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Old 06-22-2015, 06:53 PM   #14
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I would also be sure to lube the sh*t out of the tabs that are in the grooves.........'specially if U are still running original parts.....jm2c ' - ))
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:34 PM   #15
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I thought one of my covers was missing, until I went to install the new one and found the spring was off and the cover had just fallen into the top-up position and stayed there.

YMMV
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:21 PM   #16
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Thank you for this. Picked up parts today. Install was a breeze with your picture.
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:11 PM   #17
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Guys, thanks for this post. I have an '04, 330 and need to find out how to remove the "cover" to put in a new one. The little tab that the spring/rod combo hooks onto broke off and I have nothing left to attach the spring to. (I even tried to drill a hole in the small amount of the tab that was left and it snapped off too.) Does the cover just slide out or snap out of place? I don't want to damage the tracks or the "lateral trim panel" itself...
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:16 PM   #18
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U can just gently spread the opening to remove the small panel. The remaining piece of tab broke too, but i was able to drill a small hole in the side piece that the tab was attached to. (Hope that makes sense ; - ))
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