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Old 03-18-2015, 03:57 PM   #1
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BMW M3 E46 Hardtop part question

Hey Bimmer guys!

Is this part (54210016011) necessary to install the hardtop on a 06 M3 convertible?


I thought i only needed this part for the installation(54217146749)


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Old 03-19-2015, 06:48 AM   #2
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Hey Bimmer guys!

Is this part (54210016011) necessary to install the hardtop on a 06 M3 convertible?


I thought i only needed this part for the installation(54217146749)


Thanks a lot for your help.
@menojohnson......I only needed the 54217146749, as there was mounting holes where these units mount. I would suggest to you to open your top to where you can look into the area that the "749" install kit goes & see if you can find the two mounting holes. If you have them, you would not need the other adapter. As far as mounting them, the biggest issue is getting to the connectors where you plug into power for the rear courtesy lights.
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:08 AM   #3
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Thanks so much! I looked and there are already mounting holes there. Thank you thank you thank you! I did not want to spend 500 bucks on a part that wasn't needed.


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Old 03-22-2015, 01:05 PM   #4
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Thanks so much! I looked and there are already mounting holes there. Thank you thank you thank you! I did not want to spend 500 bucks on a part that wasn't needed.


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You're welcome. If & when you get to the point that you want to hook up the electrical on drivers side, here's a link on how to get the inside side panels off to get to it. It's what I did anyway.
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Thanks so much @bimmernut3 I will try this tomorrow. You're Effin awesome!!!!!


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Old 03-28-2015, 07:24 AM   #6
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You're welcome. If & when you get to the point that you want to hook up the electrical on drivers side, here's a link on how to get the inside side panels off to get to it. It's what I did anyway.


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Quick question. Both harnest pieces of the hardtop kit have an arrow that points forward toward to the front of the car with an L and R on each of them. This is a dumb question but Is the L and R labeled on the Harnest for the cars L and R? (left driver side Right Passenger side) or is it My left and right as if I was standing in front of the car? (Which would be my Right for the driver side and my Left for the passenger side) I maybe overthinking too much on this. The reason I ask because when installing the point of view changes. I maybe really overthinking this but I just want to be sure.

I hope you I did not confuse you.


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Quick question. Both harnest pieces of the hardtop kit have an arrow that points forward toward to the front of the car with an L and R on each of them. This is a dumb question but Is the L and R labeled on the Harnest for the cars L and R? (left driver side Right Passenger side) or is it My left and right as if I was standing in front of the car? (Which would be my Right for the driver side and my Left for the passenger side) I maybe overthinking too much on this. The reason I ask because when installing the point of view changes. I maybe really overthinking this but I just want to be sure.

I hope you I did not confuse you.


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IIRC, "L" is driver side & "R" is Passenger side. There is a procedure when installing these parts. Your suppose to "not tighten" the screws (how much is that?), install the top to align the mounts with the top in place, then remove the top & tighten the screws. I never figured out how to keep from moving the mounts when you take the roof off. Here's a PDF doc on the top, look at page 33.

I just found this link that might help you on the install

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=315779&page=2
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:30 PM   #8
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Thank you so much for your help and guidance. The hardtop is installed and all the electronics work perfectly. Now all I have to do is get the top painted the same color as my car.

Thank you so much!!! Your help was so much appreciated!!


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Thank you so much for your help and guidance. The hardtop is installed and all the electronics work perfectly. Now all I have to do is get the top painted the same color as my car.

Thank you so much!!! Your help was so much appreciated!!


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I'd be curious what you'll have to pay for the paint job. I did the same thing. Bought a silver top & had it painted mystic blue. Paid $500 for the top & another $500 to get it painted.

Do I see (2) M3's in your garage pic?
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I'll keep you posted on how much. I guessed it would cost around 500 bucks but we'll see.

And no the e92 m3 belongs to a friend of mine. That will be my next car soon.


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Hey man remember me! I got they hard top painted bro! I went to Maaco for the paint job. It cost $350 which is a lot better than what I expected. They finished the job in Two days which was awesome. I attached a pic. Thanks a lot for your help again!Click image for larger version

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