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Old 03-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Thumbs Up Need help in creating DIY instructions for convertible cylinder removal/replacement

Hello Folks,

I thought I'd introduce myself to the forum, now that Top Hydraulics is an official sponsor. Many thanks to all of you who have already used our services, and especially to those who went through the trouble of telling others about it!

In short, Top Hydraulics rebuilds convertible top cylinders to better than new condition by replacing the aging seals with a far better material. More about that later, in a separate thread...

Some forum members have already reported on the forum about their experience with removal and replacement of the convertible top hydraulic cylinders we have rebuilt/upgraded for them. Many thanks for all the contributions by taylor192, gbakerkingston, seb_323CI_2000, and many others!

One post lists the shop instructions: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...26&postcount=6 While these instructions are sufficient for most shops, I would like to ask for some help from the forum in creating DIY instructions for cylinder R&R. We do not have access to E46 verts where we are at on the Oregon Coast. I am not looking for any hand outs - would be glad to trade services if anyone is willing to create useful DIYs for all six cylinders that we can host on our website. All six cylinders have about an even chance of failure, that's why it makes sense to create the instructions for all six cylinders at the same time. I hope you all don't find me too bold for putting out this request already, but I think having good DIYs would be excellent for the E46 community!

What do you think, guys?

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54347025598 (improved hoses manufactured at Top Hydraulics)
http://www.tophydraulicsinc.com/en/56-bmw-e46
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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Klaus, Welcome and thanks for being a sponsor! Here's hoping I never need the services your company offers, but if one of my top cylinders ever shoot craps, it's good to know you're out there. I'm sure someone will chime in soon with a DIY, this tends to be a fairly responsive forum.

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Good to see your note, Klaus. A solid recommendation by this Forum participant in support for Top Hydraulics. Klaus and I are on opposite coasts of the continent, and the quality of service and repair I experienced was excellent. If your vehicle needs roof hydraulic repair, don't buy new parts from the dealership: have Klaus remanufacture your existing cylinders.

Good Wurzelpeter to you Klaus!
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A few months too late, otherwise I'd be all over this!

I can put together step by step instructions with most of the pictures for the main cylinders since I haven't reinstalled the rear interior yet... unfortunately I cannot get pictures of the cylinders themselves or the connections.

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Sounds fair to me. Official welcome since you're now a sponsor.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:14 AM   #6
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Thumbs Up Taylor192 just created some DIYs for main drive and storage cover hydraulic cylinders

Wow, what an awesome forum - Taylor192 has already created the DIYs for main lifts and for tonneau cover lift cylinders over the weekend: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=976708

Nice job, taylor1923, we are all really lucky to have you on board!!!

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54347025593
54347025600
54347025599
54348236956
54348243269
5434-8234530 (hydro-unit)
54347025592 (control unit)
54347025598 (improved hoses manufactured at Top Hydraulics)
http://www.tophydraulicsinc.com/en/56-bmw-e46
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Wow, what an awesome forum - Taylor192 has already created the DIYs for main lifts and for tonneau cover lift cylinders over the weekend: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=976708

Nice job, taylor1923, we are all really lucky to have you on board!!!

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Old 03-19-2013, 05:17 PM   #8
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I can work on a DIY for removing the two bow tension cylinders without removing the entire hard top. I am already halfway through the process (all removed and off to Klaus) but I bet I can fake the removal pics once I get the pieces back. I am happy to build out a simple guide of folks want one. It was surprisingly easy, and took me roughly 45min going VERY slowly on purpose.
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