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Old 03-21-2014, 11:16 AM   #61
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Can anybody identify the exact size of the torx screw that holds the little silver loop to the black frame??? Really trying to avoid paying $68 for the whole kit....
Couldn't you just pull the other side or go to http://www.realoem.com/bmw/ and work it out?
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:32 AM   #62
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Couldn't you just pull the other side or go to http://www.realoem.com/bmw/ and work it out?
Been all over, and I've narrowed it down to part number 54317070381, which is sold only as a kit. Even the dealer parts shops by me couldn't drill down to ID the exact size of the screw. Was hoping guys that have done this would know since they've been there, done that.

As far as removing the oppo side screw to check, that's kind of a last resort for me. I'm trying to avoid bringing Murphy into this by giving him the opportunity to drop that tiny screw and lose that one, too, and then be totally screwed.
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Old 03-28-2014, 02:54 PM   #63
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My wings are connected through glue to the inner fabric.
What did you guys do to remove that?
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:59 AM   #64
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Can anybody identify the exact size of the torx screw that holds the little silver loop to the black frame??? Really trying to avoid paying $68 for the whole kit....
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:10 AM   #65
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just a quick question:

during the years i've replaced the oem lower flap tensioner with 2mm nautic spectra ( i'ts eternal compared to bmw polyester, less friction and no damage from it).
i've been lucky because i took the lenght reference from the other side tensioner.

but yesterday i've discovered that the other 2 (the shortest one that pulls the higher part of the flap) were completely damaged and was quite impossible to get the right size of it...

can anyone, please, measure it? the correct tension of those 2 is the most important part to avoid the flap damage

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Old 07-06-2014, 11:48 AM   #66
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Hi, have you considered taking this information and putting into a video for a youtube tutorial? You were so detailed, yet I was becoming confused with the pictures. Don't get me wrong what you put together was awesome, and yes you saved us all a great deal of money, but I'm pretty sure more would benefit from a visual teaching point. Thank you,
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:56 PM   #67
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Very nice write up! I didn't need the plastic, only the string, and wasn't going to pay $100+ for a short piece of string. So I found 100ft of 550lb tensile strength nylon parachute cord on amazon for $5. It ain't gonna break any time soon , and I had plenty left over for other projects. This cord is amazing.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:16 PM   #68
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where is the bow tensioner sensor on a 2001 bmw 330 ci
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:20 PM   #69
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Hey, I know this is an old thread but I am just now going through the procedure. An easier way of removing the nylon loop is with the top all the way up. You can install the flap without going through the loop (don't glue it to the headliner yet) and carefully put the top up completely making sure nothing catches. Pull back the headliner and you have pretty good access to the screw. I used a short torx bit (T-20) with a ratcheting wrench. Unhook loop, pull around the inside string and attach loop. While doing this I noticed I had the upper string on the wrong side of that metal piece. Both sides of mine have been broken and re-strung with only one string so figuring out the correct pattern took a little more effort. This write up was a great help. To answer one other question I saw on here, to get the old glued in flap pieces out, I just took it slow, peeling and helping the fabric loose. It seems like its gonna tear but it came out pretty good.
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:38 PM   #70
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Old 02-04-2015, 02:10 PM   #71
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Some vandal sliced my top at the passenger side C-pillar and severed the bottom string but left the flaps undamaged. I plan to just replace the OEM string. I know there's a BMW parts repair kit with just the strings, eyelets and crimps (#54317070381) for around $50, but I plan on just using a string substitute. Any tips on a string only replacement DIY such as string type, string length, recommended knots, hardware, tools, etc.? Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:26 PM   #72
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I want to add my thanks to Meansartin14 for posting the details on this repair, as well as a couple of hints for others. First, it is certainly true that there is limited room to work with a screwdriver for removing the hooks. I found that this little tool from Eastwood made the job very easy (http://www.eastwood.com/bit-ratchet-...html?reltype=3), It even has the correct torx bit.

Second, in my case, the plastic piece was fine, it was only the string that had broken. I bought 10' of 1/8" black paracord for a couple of bucks on Amazon (this should be it according my Amazon purchase history, but I don't see Black there anymore: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and a couple of 1/8" aluminum crimp-on stops for wire cable. (I had to drill the holes in the stops to 3/16" to get the rope to thread through them.)

So, after removing all of the hooks I reinstalled them and simply ran the new cord around and thru, following the path of the cord from the other side. (In all honesty, I probably couldn't have done it if my wife hadn't been the one 'reading' the path for me.) I crimped the stop on one end (with a knot in the cord for safety) and pulled the other end until it felt as taught as the good side. I crimped and knotted that end and was done. That was about a month ago and so far, everything is working perfectly and holding up just fine. All for about $5! My thanks to Meansartin14 and E46 Fanatics!

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Old 05-28-2015, 01:07 PM   #73
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Thanks!

Fixed both sides of my roof in just over an hour - great help and saved me loads. Thanks a million
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:40 AM   #74
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Does anyone have a step by step of how to string? Where do I start, where do I loop, and where do I end?
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:33 AM   #75
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Does anyone have a step by step of how to string? Where do I start, where do I loop, and where do I end?
I just looked at the one i took off. Even if its broke you can see the way the string is routed
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:34 AM   #76
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Unless both sides are broken, your best bet is to use the other side as a guide. I found it very helpful to have a partner for this, with my wife 'reading' the path and directing me. Baring that, be sure to read the first couple of posts on this thread; they were pretty detailed.
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:22 PM   #77
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Here is what my broken side looks like. Both ends are intact but something is wrong.

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Old 10-04-2015, 01:32 PM   #78
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Compair it to.the new piece and see whats missing or broke
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:59 PM   #79
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bat wing repair

Mission accomplished thanks to this thread! Opens & closes like new. Helps having a sharp 15 year old with good vision and wrenchability to assist.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:26 PM   #80
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Great DIY' I still don't see the use of the nylon loop? does the string go inside it?
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