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Old 06-23-2013, 10:08 AM   #21
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They do not look like easy parts to make. Let us know how it turns out. Are you making them yourself, or, paying somebody to do it with your supplied measurements? I'm curious how much time/money it takes to do this. Once the procedure is worked out, it would not surprise me if you could sell these - if the price was right.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:13 AM   #22
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I have a 325 that has a manual top. Although I didn't purchase the car just for this feature, I'm glad it's so equipped.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:29 AM   #23
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My driver side latch snapped just like that also. The passenger one has cracks forming. I just manually hammered the drivers latch in until I can get a new latch. Using plastic for a mechanism that is put under extreme force was the dumbest idea imaginable. If anyone knows of a fix please post it as I'd rather try that then spend 500 bucks on a new latch and it's summer so it really hurts not being able to put the top down. Thanks
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:12 AM   #24
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I have been experimenting with making those parts, my best bet is to take the locks out and dissassyemble them removing the plactic broken part and carrying it to a local machine shop, ask them for solid aluminum 1"x1 1/4"x 1 3/4" and if they can do a 2 start thread and left and right thread. These are one off threads so they will have to make a tap for it. It wont be pricey as new locks but work it. Also the lil blocks are the same and the bore hole is the same shape and location so the difference would be the thread direction. It may take a day or 2 depends on their work load. I can send you pics once i get back home tomorrow as a example.
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:19 PM   #25
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Any updates on this project of yours, Shaun? I'd happily throw my money at you for a replacement to this finicky component.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:00 PM   #26
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Sorry i been mia, i completed mine works greats no hickups. Couldnt take any pocs as a storm was over us in cayman islands and raining into the ar so i swiftly installed them. It is very possible to have a machine shop rebuild the part for less than 100 bucks. But they have to be very meticulous on the mesurments. And to get the threads smooth just put ur flexible rods in a drill and go back and forth once they have completed them. Oh and with grease.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:16 PM   #27
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Sounds great. Are you willing to provide the blueprint for your fellow fanatics to have the piece replicated for non-commercial use?

Snapped mine two weeks ago, located a used pair for $150 and installed them with no hiccups but they arrived slightly cracked. Don't want to deal with this a second time.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:29 PM   #28
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The machine shop didnt even bother going into auto-cad again, they just cut 2 taps and cut square aluminum blocks and cut a slat on one side. I can prob get the measurements if the aluminum needed
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:18 AM   #29
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Did you take photos of the end product? Functional?
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:46 AM   #30
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Sorry i didnt have any time and forgot to to be honest. I between the roof being open and the bad weather we had over use at the time i got the blocks back i just reassembled and got the watr from leaing in. I must note tho the open and close sensor on the left one has a metal tab on the blocks, it is very important to glue/epoxy this in place, correct location.
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