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Old 06-04-2017, 08:10 PM   #121
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This was a great post by meansartin14. I have replaced both bat wings now and both took me around 2 hours each, the hardest part was moving the top to different positions to gain access to the screws as mentioned by meansartin14. it was very helpful to have another person moving the top to get the best position to fit the screws back into place. I also used a piece of wood to hold the lid up as a safety measure.

I did not need a Phillips screwdriver as all the screws removed were torx T20.
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:40 AM   #122
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I there anyway of getting clearer pics?

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Old 12-04-2017, 07:03 PM   #123
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Hey E46 fanatics, I just bought the kit for my 2002 M3 convertible. Everything is going ok except...I cannot find a way to get access to unscrew, remove and replace the spring module, Can anyone help?? Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2017, 02:41 PM   #124
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Its a bear. Just move the convertible roof up ad down a bit until you can reach the screw. I found that I had to adjust the position of the roof for different steps in the attachment and threading of the new parts
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:58 PM   #125
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Again, can someone provide clearer pics of where the hoops are screwed into? Or is it a better idea to just refer to the other side.
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:00 PM   #126
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Refer to the other side. Pictures are hard to follow since they are 2D and in a touch location. Looking at the other side live is much better
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Old 05-06-2018, 06:49 PM   #127
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I just finished this repair today. All went well and everything looks and works the way it should. I will note one thing though. When removing and installing the spring retainer. Position your top so that it's sitting down flat on the tonneau cover. This way gives alot easier access to the Phillips screw on the retainer. Also this gives easy access to a screw that is low on the outer frame.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:22 AM   #128
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This helped big time!

I know this was posted over 10 years ago, but I loosely used the steps provided to fix my batwing a couple days ago!

Thanks so much for posting this!
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:07 PM   #129
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Did this yesterday as drivers side was broken at bottom and passenger side was in process of splitting. Not hard just time consuming but looks great now. Thanks so much. How to do was very helpful.
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:08 PM   #130
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Did this yesterday as drivers side was broken at bottom and passenger side was in process of splitting. Not hard just time consuming but looks great now. Thanks so much. How to do was very helpful.
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Old 04-10-2019, 07:58 AM   #131
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tops tring fixing

Thanks for the post.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:25 AM   #132
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I hope to God someone reads my post before you start this job. The DIY is way, way, way too involved. And totally unnecessary.

It is an extremely difficult job to do unless you do it my way.

Under no circumstances do you want to start unscrewing these fittings. It is a nightmare.

Simply get a pair of vice grips and squeeze the lead slugs on one end of each string to set free the string.

Use hemostats if necessary and thread the string through the original existing fittings. You may have to use a lighter to take the strings to a point. Thread string back through the open lead Slug and squeeze it shut. Job done.

It will take you literally one-tenth of the time to do it my way. So the rest of the directions in the DIY are fine. Although I did not use any ordinary fabric glue. I used high strength Loctite brand flexible glue. I bought some ordinary fabric glue and did a test area and thought it was extremely weak and would fail over time. Loctite brand glue seems to be a much more permanent solution. Very strong!
https://www.amazon.com/Loctite-Plast...gateway&sr=8-3

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Old 05-05-2019, 08:21 PM   #133
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Even though it's nearly 12 years old, this is still a great article. I did a lot of searching and this one never seemed to come up. But one day, as a last ditch effort, and with the right combination of words, I hit this one on Google and it was an instant solution to my problem. I had the repair kit with the batwings, but was really struggling to figure out how to get access to the screw that holds the spring down (I simply didn't have the roof at the proper position). The instructions and photos were key. An hour later and it was done. Thanks meansartin14!
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Old 05-30-2019, 01:02 AM   #134
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Even though it's nearly 12 years old, this is still a great article. I did a lot of searching and this one never seemed to come up. But one day, as a last ditch effort, and with the right combination of words, I hit this one on Google and it was an instant solution to my problem. I had the repair kit with the batwings, but was really struggling to figure out how to get access to the screw that holds the spring down (I simply didn't have the roof at the proper position). The instructions and photos were key. An hour later and it was done. Thanks meansartin14!
I'm looking to fabricate these parts with aluminum so they last. Will you happen to still have the broken ones to trace out their full dimensions? Thank you
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:04 PM   #135
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Unfortunately, I do not. Sorry, otherwise I would have been happy to oblige.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:21 PM   #136
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No worries pls
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:42 PM   #137
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I've been putting this off for a while since the batwings were pretty expensive, but they recently appeared on amazon under "e46 batwings". Bapmic 54317135351. i'm installing them tonight. https://www.amazon.com/Bapmic-543171.../dp/B01N5EXYRD
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:39 PM   #138
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I've got mine and really need to do one side, but life has gotten in the way. Now it's time. I acquired the car with one broken and the headliner already damaged, but will find an iron-on patch to get it all back together.
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Old 07-15-2019, 08:01 PM   #139
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I've been putting this off for a while since the batwings were pretty expensive, but they recently appeared on amazon under "e46 batwings". Bapmic 54317135351. i'm installing them tonight. https://www.amazon.com/Bapmic-543171.../dp/B01N5EXYRD
Hi scrimber,

Would you be able to note down the dimensions of the bat wings and the locations of string holders?

Am thinking to fabricate these in metal so they don't fail over time like plastics.

Thank you
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:59 PM   #140
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I just ordered a set off of amazon, and was thinking the same thing, we have a 3D printer and it would be a very easy part to make.
I plan on making a cad model, will post the drawing when I finally do it ***x1f601;
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