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    There is a problem with a safety string, and it's associated brass clip, on either side of the soft-top. It's purpose is to pull back the fabric, and keep it out of harms way as the top folds down.

    The flimsy clip can both 'let go' of the string, or just fall out itself, which in turn allows the scissor motion of the top mechanism to cut the roof fabric. You can easily check this with your roof in the half way position. It is very important you do so regularly, so as not to destroy the fabric of your top.

    This is a known design flaw, BMW have issued a recall for it, so get it fixed while you are under warranty. The kit will remain available as a $120 fix after your waranty period is up.

    The entire design of the soft top, even the frame under the canvas, changed during the run, and the Mk ll top was meant to have cured all the issues like the string breaks and the rear window fabric flap coming unglued.

    I don't have the exact VIN of the change, but it was around 61300. If you order a replacement now it will be one of these as BMW took all the Mk l's out of circulation back then because of their problems.

    Here is a useful link to the Z8 Club's fact file on the tops.
     
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    I'm over here on this thread to learn more about the safety string as it may relate to my problem involving the boot cover not staying in place. (Please see my posts on that thread.) Here is what I have observed. Sometimes when the roof is raised a loop of string continues to protrude from the edge of the top approximately 2/3s to the rear of the side window. This is on the drivers side. Other times after raising the top the "loop" does not appear.

    Can someone help me understand what is going on? Further do you think this could be related to the boot cover problem as has been suggested? Say for instance, could there be some fabric bunching which is causing the top to stop short of full retraction.

    Thanks.

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    Could you take a couple of pictures of it....

    as it sounds as if you have the problem caused by the older strings 'letting go'. You should never be able to see the string with the roof up, so the fact that you can when it 'loops' is what worries me, but it is hard to know exactly without seeing it.

    This could possibly be the cause of the fabric not sitting down enough, and 'popping' the boot cover off, but again hard to say without seeing it.
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    It remains to be seen whether we have solved the boot cover problem, but I certainly have the "soft top string" problem.

    Attached is an image of the right side of the roof partially retracted. Clearly the string has come free from whatever it was moored to at it back point of attachment. (The front of the string remains sewed or woven into the roof.) The left side presents the same condition. Apparently, since it is completely loose it was occassionally throwing the protruding "loop" to which I referred.

    The car has a few more weeks of warranty, but my dealer is unable to locate the Service Information Bulletin. He does have Bulletin #540399 which deals with the same problem in the Z3 roadsters. Can anyone help with the E52 Bulletin number?

    Thanks for your help. This is VIN#60767
     

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    I couldn't find as TSB# for that....

    I would suggest calling BMW NA Customer Relations, and asking for the Z8 dept. There should be someone who can help there;
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    Interesting. I don't want to make too much of this, but Customer Relations says that there was never a recall for the soft top string and that if my dealer can't find a Service Information Bulletin number then there isn't one.

    They were entirely sympathetic with the problem and will do whatever they can to help, ie., they want to participate in the fix but claim no knowledge of the problem.

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    More Soft Top wearing problems.....

    Jonny's car is going back in to have the 3rd top replaced since owning the car. It has 16k miles and the current top was replaced about 3500 miles ago. Since replacing it he has been very conscious about using the boot, but still the issue persists.

    These are the latest pictures of the problem:
     
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    I had a really good long look at it today.....

    and the only way I can see the canvas top fouling the mechanism or the bolt tops is for the string to have broken. With the string correctly tensioned the top can't get near anything that could harm it, so I think the moral here is every time you clean the car, check your strings.
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    Thumbs up Soft Top Strings and Boot Problems

    I noticed I never followed up on this and some of you-like me-have had trouble with the back edge of the boot popping up, especially at speed.

    Previously my dealer replaced the boot under warranty but the problem continued. After studying this thread I also had him remedy the string problems-also under warranty.

    The boot now stays in place.
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    Thumbs up Repair Kit Informatiom

    I had my top replaced under warranty last week due to a hole caused by the string breaking at some point before I had the car. My service technician (Jeff Stiehm) at European Motorcars in Des Moines was great and showed true interest in the problem and related issues. He did some reasearch on the above mentioned repair kit after I showed him this thread and when I went to pick up the car he gave me the information to share here.

    Tension Rope Repair Kit
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    part # 54-34-7-036-354
    $73.20

    He also had printed the instructions for replacing the convertible top fabric for me. If anybody is interested in getting a copy, I will be more than happy to fax them.

    My top is working great and as an added bonus, the boot is much easier to put on.

    Happy motoring !

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    would love a copy!

    Hey Skip, I would love a copy of whatever you have. I've had my top replaced 3 times now. Thanks Jonny
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    Andrew -

    You should have received my fax. If not, please let me know. Also, my just installed new rearwindow came unglued on the top. Trip to European Motorcars Monday morning...
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    No fax as yet.....323 656 5066

    That sodttop glue is a real pain, it is always coming unglued!
    I know that many have had the issue, but I don't think anyone has found a permanent fix as yet.
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    Fax instructions

    Can you fax me a copy, mine jusy broke and I will be replacing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musta10000
    I had my top replaced under warranty last week due to a hole caused by the string breaking at some point before I had the car. My service technician (Jeff Stiehm) at European Motorcars in Des Moines was great and showed true interest in the problem and related issues. He did some reasearch on the above mentioned repair kit after I showed him this thread and when I went to pick up the car he gave me the information to share here.

    Tension Rope Repair Kit
    2-8
    part # 54-34-7-036-354
    $73.20

    He also had printed the instructions for replacing the convertible top fabric for me. If anybody is interested in getting a copy, I will be more than happy to fax them.

    My top is working great and as an added bonus, the boot is much easier to put on.

    Happy motoring !


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    Smile A self repair process

    A few weeks ago I noticed that the driver?s side string had broken loose. Under further investigation, I discovered that I was lucky in that the string itself did not did not fail, but rather the original ferrule that secured the loop in the end of the string that attaches to the bottom front of the top had broken apart. This seems to be the most common failure point, and the OE ferrule is definitely not as robust as it should be. So, rather than use the BMW repair kit, I picked up some heavier duty ferrules at a local hardware store and repaired the sting myself in about 15 minutes. They should have the ferrules in the rope and chain section, and a pack of two will run you about two dollars or less.

    Tools:
    Torque driver with T20 head
    Crimp tool
    Jewelers? screwdriver
    Small needle-nose pliers

    Parts:
    1/16? ferrules (1/8? may also work)

    Repair procedure:
    1. Open the top about half way so that you can access the inside of the top and you have some slack on the string.
    2. Rethread the string through the guides (compare to other side for order and orientation).
    3. Use the T20 to remove the anchor screw where the original loop attached (again reference good side of car for location)
    4. Use the T20 to remove the next guide after loop nut that you just removed. This will give you a little more slack to work, but make sure that the guide stays threaded on the string.
    5. Thread the end of the string through the new ferrule and then back through to create a loop. You may need the jewelers? screwdriver and needle-nose pliers to help thread the loop back through the ferrule.
    6. Create a big enough loop to fit the anchor nut. Depending on how far the top is retracted, adjust the loop so the overall string length is equal to the opposite side of the car. There may be some wear at the previous apex of the loop to help you adjust the length.
    7. Once the length is correct, crimp the ferrule to set the loop.
    8. Place the end of the loop over the anchor screw and reattach it to the frame. Be sure that the string can pivot freely and does not get caught in the threads of the bolt (compare to other side).
    9. Place the screw back on the guide that was removed in step four, stretch the string into place, and tighten the screw.

    Your repair may vary depending on the condition of your string, but this should give you a general idea of the process.

    The pics show the finished repair loose and stretched.

    Anyway, I hope this will save you some time and money over going to BMW for the repair with the same sub-standard part. It should also last longer.
     
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    Unhappy Convertible top String Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Musta10000
    I had my top replaced under warranty last week due to a hole caused by the string breaking at some point before I had the car. My service technician (Jeff Stiehm) at European Motorcars in Des Moines was great and showed true interest in the problem and related issues. He did some reasearch on the above mentioned repair kit after I showed him this thread and when I went to pick up the car he gave me the information to share here.

    Tension Rope Repair Kit
    2-8
    part # 54-34-7-036-354
    $73.20

    He also had printed the instructions for replacing the convertible top fabric for me. If anybody is interested in getting a copy, I will be more than happy to fax them.

    My top is working great and as an added bonus, the boot is much easier to put on.

    Happy motoring !

    I own a 2001 Z8 that only has 4000 miles on it but is out of warranty. The strings that are pictured in previous posts are broken on both sides of my car. After reading the post on the Tension Rope Repair Kit I ordered it. Unfortunately this kit is not a repair kit for the famous broken strings. They are small cable wires that replace cable wire that are deeper within the convertible top.

    Other than having the convertible top replaced after holes eventually wear through what can I do to repair the strings? Are the newer convertible tops different enough to resolve the string issue? I hate to think the convertible tops are wear items...

    Any advise?

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    I think that the best thing to do is call.....

    Ken Green at the Z8 Customer Service Dept at BMW NA - 201 263 8227
    I would explain the problem, as ask him if he has can arrange for you to get the string repair kit. I am surprised that it can't be found in the spare parts catalog, because I know it used to exist as a kit, I've had three of them over the years. I hope they are still around, as they are something that we'll need in the future, just like brake pads and clutches.
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    String Repair

    I have a vmail into Ken Green.

    Also, my local dealerships part manager has another part for me on order. On the parts screen the only description was "repair kit" and was about $30 bucks. It did not detail what this kit was for but we decided order it to see what it is. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    I will post what I find out.

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    Convertible Top String Part

    After going through three different parts my parts advisor finally located the right fix kit for the convertible top strings. The correct part # is 54-34-7-072-808 description "Creaser" and it costs $84.90.

    The Creaser Kit includes the following:

    1. 2pc - 20" Strings
    2. 4pc - washers
    3. 4pc - wire loops
    4. 4pc - crimps
    5. 2pc - beveled washers
    6. 6pc - screws

    I plan to install the kit myself. Because both my strings are broken I do not know how tight they are suppose to be. Can anyone let me know what the proper length of the installed string is to be Anchor Point to Anchor Point?

    Ken Johnson at Sterling BMW in Newport Beach was a big help in locating the repair kit for me.
     

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    I emailed our technical expert about this....

    and this is his response...
    There are two different kinds of string in the softtop. The one in the post above and the repair kid with the number 54 34 7 036 354. Normally this is the repair kit we need, but I do not know whitch one he wants to change. There is a special tool necessary for the change.
    I'd say to look closely at the anchor points, and be sure that this is the exact same string set that you need, and also to see how much overlap you need at the anchor points. My car is in deep storage now, otherwise I'd go and take some shots of it to help illustrate how it should look.
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    Thanks Gunguy--fix worked great

    Upon inspecting my strings, I found BOTH sides to be hanging loose, due to failure of the ferrule clamp as described in gunguy's post. As he noted, my case points also to this being the most common failure point, and since the string itself is not broken, the fix is easy using his directions.

    I used two 1/16" aluminum ferrules found at Home Depot, a screwdriver with a T20 head (look at the bolts, you will see what T20 means), and a 1/32" teeny tiny jeweler's type screwdriver, and some needle nose pliers. Use the tiny screwdriver to shove the string thru the ferrule--it looks like a tight fit but goes thru just fine with a little prodding, a very thin nail or stiff wire might work also to shove the string through, then pull it out with the pliers when it pokes thru the end of the ferrule. I could see where the string was slightly worn where it went around the final bolt in order to determine where the ferrule clamp should go--I had no guide since both sides were broken. As it turns out, if you leave about 1/2" of excess string coming out of the ferrule you will be right on (just as shown in gunguy's pictures), as long as your strings are intact and not broken off short.

    The only clarifying point I would make regarding gunguys's pictures is this: in the last picture, where the string is loose looking from the inside of the car out, the job is not yet finished (whereas the top picture is of the finished job looking from the outside of the car in). As detailed in his directions, from the point of the last picture, you will need to screw in the bolt with the looped end (ferrule) of the string on it, and then screw in the next bolt behind it which secures the silver looped guide which the string slides thru. The pictures do not actually show the last bolt which secures the end of the string (with the ferrule clamp on it). If you have only one side broken, it is very easy to figure out how it goes by looking at the good side.

    Although it may sound complicated, it is actually very easy and a great self fix. With the tools mentioned, it took me about 10 minutes on the first side and 5 minutes on the second (learning curve). The top works great and the strings are working like they should. CHECK YOUR STRINGS IS ALL I CAN SAY---I AM LUCKY MY TOP WAS NOT DAMAGED--I SHOULD HAVE CHECKED THEM A LONG TIME AGO.

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    Soft Top String Repair

    I had a chance to work on the string problem this past weekend. I believe the part# 54-34-7-072-808 I previously posted to be the correct kit.

    What I found on my car was that the last anchor wire rings and ferrules had pulled out. I used the original strings and the anchor wire rings and ferrulles from the repair kit to recreate the proper set up. All went well so I thought until I began to cycle the convertible top open and closed. The wire ring anchor on the passengers side kept popping out. Unfortunately the anchor rings that came with the kit (identical to factory originals) are just open ended wire loops that spread apart and pop off when there is too much tension on them. I check the tension on the string and it seemed tight but not overly so. I finally got it to hold by rebending it and praying. At this point I do not feel very confident the anchor will hold and I believe I will have to figure out something else as an anchor at a later time.

    Things to note: I took the advice of previous posts and left about a 1/4" of excess string through the ferrule. This seems to be the about the proper length because it keeps the soft top away from anything that would cut or wear a hole in it. Also, the repair kit comes with many parts that most people will probably not need. In my case the original strings were not cut so I did not have to extend them by using the strings that came with the kit. I did however use the anchor wire rings and ferrules. Knowing what I know now there is nothing in the kit that could not be recreated at a lower cost and at a higher quality materials from materials you could find at a local hardware store.

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    I don't have any sign of string ANYWHERE. Well damn.
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    Talking We know Molly!

    You've made it very clear in the past that you don't like tan lines.
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    1. 2pc - 20" Strings
    2. 4pc - washers
    3. 4pc - wire loops
    4. 4pc - crimps
    5. 2pc - beveled washers
    6. 6pc - screws

    Isn't that wonderful- $84.90 for about $1.50 worth of hardware, and inferior hardware at that.

    Had mine fixed once under warranty- will have to re-check the strings once I take it out of storage.

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    I wonder if they will take care of MISSING strings under warranty. Guess I'll call.

    Hey, here's some roll your eyes news. Remember the new Mini I bought my son? Last week he got the wild hair to teach his girlfriend (not yet with license) to drive a stick. All was well until she decided to downshift coming down a hill...and slammed it into reverse. Can we say 5K of transmission repair NOT covered by the warranty? They figured it was slammed into reverse without anyone saying a word. Guess it is a pretty obvious thing. Things are a tad tense around here!
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    String repair and damage to top

    I recently acquired a 2001 Z8 and noted the top deformation on each side of and followed the posted threads for repair. Indeed the ferrule end had failed. I confirmed the the string had not failed, its length was 20" and the string end had not unraveled. 20 cents in parts and a half hour of labor solved the problem. The top now has no deformation when up, but there is still some minor abrading on the surface. I'm concerned (no longer under warranty) with damage on the inside layer of the canvas just behind where the string attaches, as that layer has been worn thru for about 1.5" parallel to the string. Does the string repair stop the wear? In any event, I will continue to monitor the top.

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    That is a tough question, as if the fabric has already been worn thru I'm not sure that simply replacing the string will stop it getting worse, but it will certainly stop it getting worse more slowly than leaving it as is.
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    Hi,
    i just noticed that my passengerside string is broken! However i didn't notice the broken string but rather the little hole in the roof
    I didn't know about this issue until i read this thread. It seems that the original string is still firm in place at the sewed end (red circle on picture 2), but the ferrule is gone. I think i could easily replace the ferrule (like thegunguy wrote). So i guess i don't need the fix yet. however i got that little hole. since i'm out of warranty i thought i'd just get that fixed by a saddler until i get a new top anyway. any concerns here?
    Thanks
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    sorry for the bad picture quality but i just took these last night without much light
         

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    Kuyu,

    Before you take it anywhere else, take it by your BMW service center. As this is a well documented issue with the Z8 (I believe the Z3 too perhaps), I would not be surprised if you could get BMW to repair the hole, even out of warranty. As I, and many have experienced, BMW seems to treat the Z8 differently when it comes to out of warranty service. Personally, I have had a few things repaired at no cost out of warranty.

    Anyway, there are no guarantees, but it's worth a try to see what BMW or your dealer may do for you.
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    I've been to the BMW dealer yesterday. I probably won't get anything repaired on warranty, but they will ask BMW about it... however i got the hole fixed at a saddler. He just attached a matching patch beneath. Looks quite good actually, of course you can see the cut if you look closely, but ok for now (and waterproof). I also fixed the broken string myself. however this is just an interim solution (doesn't look that professional, but works). Once i find the right crimps it will be just fine!

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    I'm curious how the patch came out as I have a very small hole. Did your saddler stich a new piece in place behind the hole or glue a piece in place? Do the stitches show through, if used?

    In regards to Gunguys comments on out of warranty issues, I think it depends on your relationship with the dealership. If you bought your Z8 there, they're much more likely to comp some out of warranty service.

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    Certainly the dealer is the first line of defense/generosity, but if the dealer doesn?t assist with ?known? issues, contact BMW directly. They are generally more interested in the reputation of the Z8 and the value of the owners. This has served me well.
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    I am so glad that I came across this posted thread. My car soft top started show light wear marks in the fabric and I did not know what to make of it. After reading this thread, I found the strings on both sides to be hanging loose. I will work on the ferrule clamp.

    I thought the boot cover is only for looks, but does it prevent the popping and does it also help reduce the wear on soft top? Thank you all so much for your instructions.

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    ok, here are the pics. on the first one you can see the fixed hole. course you can still see it, but it just looks like a rough part. the second one is the patch beneath the hole that's been attached. it is glued, so it's waterproof and you don't see any stiches on the outside. ok it doesn't look that great, but it's inside and invisable and doesn't interfere with any mechanics, so....
    on the last one you can see the fixed string, however i just made this until i find the ferrules I need.
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    New Soft Top

    I have seen numerous posts and references to replacing the soft top on the Z8. It seems that many members have replaced their soft tops at one time or another so I would appreciate guidance based on their experience.
    I recently acquired my Z8 and am slowly but surely getting it back to top shape. My Z8?s soft top unfortunately fell victim to the well documented safety string problem well before I took ownership. There are holes in both sides of the soft top in the expected locations. I want to replace the soft top at the BMW dealership
    Has anyone done this recently? Can you give me some idea of expected parts cost and labor cost? Any precautions I should highlight to the technician before he starts the work? Any other advice?

    Thanks in advance for your help[/FONT]
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    I would suggest taking it to Peter Pan BMW in the Bay area (Dana Caldwell - 650-294-2123) before anywhere else depending on which part of CA you are in. The frame of the soft top is made of magnesium and is very, very fragile, but worse, if you scratch the paint it will oxidize and break very quickly, so it is very important that this job is done by someone familiar with our cars.
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    Thanks a lot - I will call Dana next week. Current quote that I have is very steep. Anyone know how much labor is reasonble?
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    I went ahead and had the work done at Peter Pan. Dana was extremely knowledgeable and helpful as was the entire staff I dealt with. I took advantage of being there and also got the PP installed + a couple of other things attended to. Now car is getting very close to looking brand new again! I have enclosed a few photos for those who may be interested. I cannot say enough good things about Peter Pan BMW and would recommend them to anyone. Thanks Andrew for the advice.
             
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    Lightbulb soft top string repair

    I found a compatible string to repair the convertible top tension strings. Men's dress shoe laces,much cheaper. I use them when repairing E36 convertible headliner side stiffeners.Cost about $6.00. I attach the new string between the two stitches by tying a knot and then re lace, making sure the tension is right so pinching does not occur.call if you need help Dan Rogers (uphguy)

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    I like that solution. Thanks for the tip!

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    dash repairs

    i am looking for the take out replaced dash to try a repair .thanks

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    New thread?

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    i am looking for the take out replaced dash to try a repair .thanks
    Hi Dan,

    It's your neighbor Ed! You might want to start a new thread for the dash repair (New Thread button on upper left hand corner). I'm curious to know more about the planned dash-repair work you are performing (delamination?) and if you are able to provide pre and post pictures.
    My Best,

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    I should have taken a pic before, but come by and take a look

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    If you can figure out a way to repair a delaminating dash without having to completely replace it you are a magician. I don't see any way this can be done without leaving evidence of repair work.
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    I've always thought it could done with two hyperdermic needles and small seryinges, one to push the glue in, the other to draw the air, then glue out.
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    That may work only with very minor delamination. Once they start to get bad I am afraid only a new dash will fix the problem.
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    Yes, for sure, I was forgetting how bad they can get. I'm praying mine stays together!!
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    I will post before and after pic later after I finish the second dash Ed came by and thought the first one looked great

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    The sooner the better. Mine is just starting, and if there is a way to fix it now before it gets worse, that would be awesome.

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    I've seen pics of delaminations, but haven't paid a lot of attention to them collectively. Do the dashes delaminate in the same place or is it random? I only ask because if you're able to fix one area of delamination, are you likely to have it delam somewhere else on the dash? Just a thought...

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    dash

    What I have seen is it starts in the middle and gradually shrinks out across the whole front edge. What I did once the dash is out I pealed up the leather up to where it was stuck down tight put on a leather treatment by Klasse and used a furniture webbing stretcher and pulled the leather over gradually and clapped it and repeated that, I am going to reglue the top next. I will let you know how the second one comes out

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    Yes, mine is starting near the center, closer to the glass.

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    There is a 1 in. adhesive strip under the leather and it holds then shrinks on both sides of strip and gradually lets go all the way across you get shrinkage on both sides of the adhesive strip. You cannot fix it unless you peel up the strip and sand off the stuck leather residue and reglue with a even coat of spray contact cement. So far from what I have seen they all vary.

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    Great info, thanks, and some pictures would be great too. Once you have pictures let's put them in the correct thread for dash delaminations so people don't miss them here.

    http://bmwz8.us/vbb/showthread.php?t=2846&referrerid=2
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    Ah, so the dash has to be removed to do the repair? If that is so, a new dash is around $1,000. I'm not sure I would want my ten to twelve year old leather stretched and reglued. Apparently, the new dashes being manufactured by BMW have a new glue which addresses the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uphguy View Post
    I will post before and after pic later after I finish the second dash Ed came by and thought the first one looked great
    I stopped by Dan's shop last night, and he has developed a technique to restore the appearance of a delaminated dash to new. This restoration could serve as an alternative approach to purchasing a new dash.

    Dan has some ideas too on improving the appearance of the bottom seat cushion (i.e., loose leather stretched from use). We'll report out our findings with pictures to the board once this project is completed.

    Back to the String Thread
    With the BMW kit as a backup, under Dan's guidance I purchased men's shoe laces last year and I was able to successfully repair my torn soft top string. I later returned the BMW kit and took my wife to dinner with the proceeds.
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    Now that's a great headline - American ingenuity leads to a free dinner!
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    Weird soft top bend/ issue

    I just noticed it this morning... it seems like there is a metal frame that is now bent on my passenger side... does anyone have any ideas? First one is the passenger side which might not show it in the picture but it feels like a piece of metal inside there is bent... Second one is the driver side, which looks fine. Top seems to operate normally...
       

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    I can't recall how the corner of the headliner is attached there, I think a screw came out holding the end

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    You might have to remove front edge of top to get to it.

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    Thank you. I'll have to look more into it.

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    Hi Jerry,

    Here's a picture that may be useful in the assessment of your convertible top frame. Uphguy (Dan) lives near our home, and he provided me with this picture a few years back that I've now scanned and posted. For those of us in the SF Bay Area, Dan is a great resource for addressing all upholstery concerns.

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    Thanks Ed and Dan. Those pictures are great. I wish we had inside shots too. Its clear to me part of the inner frame is somehow bent back - if you look at my first picture you can see the imprint of where the metal used to be. I tried pushing on it- and its a very strong piece of metal- I wouldn't try to break anything but I just wanted to see how firm it is, and it is very firm. I can't even imagine how it got pulled back because if it got caught on something I think the metal is so strong it would stop the top from moving... I doesn't seem like an emergency right now but more of a mystery/ annoyance. I will have my mechanic look into it...

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    I can text you some picture of a headliner I have that will show you that a screw is missing and the metal is shaped that way

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    That would be great. Ill PM you my phone number.

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    Hi, looking for some help regarding replacement of the soft top strings and correct tensioning. When I bought the car both strings were broken so I don't have a correct setup to reference. The original strings appear to be too short, so either the ends were broken off or they would need to be under an awful lot of tension to stretch enough. Assuming the ends are broken off I went ahead and purchased the BMW repair kit. The kit comes with new strings that are attached to the old strings where they are sewn into the fabric top. Unfortunately, I don't know how tight I should make the strings. There seems to be the most amount of slack with the top 1/2 way down (front part vertical). If I were to attach the new strings at this position how much tension should I put on the strings? Are they under a lot of tension at this point, or no tension at all?

    Thanks for any advice!

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    My experience is that the swage pulls off and the string does not fail by breaking. If the string broke then one would find the other end still attached with the swage. My bet is that your string is the correct length and just needs to be re-swaged to it's attachment point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z8Mania View Post
    I just noticed it this morning... it seems like there is a metal frame that is now bent on my passenger side... does anyone have any ideas? First one is the passenger side which might not show it in the picture but it feels like a piece of metal inside there is bent... Second one is the driver side, which looks fine. Top seems to operate normally...
    Hi Jerry, I just noticed your post regarding the headliner issue. I have the same problem on the right side as well. The headliner gets caught inside the scissor mechanism when the top is closing. When the headliner gets caught it is pulled back by the mechanism and the headliner pulls the frame sewn in to the front end of the headliner. This frame is held by screws fastened to the leather front piece of the top frame. The scissor mechanism is so powerful that it pulls out the frame with the screws from the top frame.
    Hope I could explained it.
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    Can you take a couple of pictures to illustrate where this is happening please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macfly View Post
    Can you take a couple of pictures to illustrate where this is happening please.
    I will but first I need to remove the hardtop. Hopefully next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SProZ8 View Post
    My experience is that the swage pulls off and the string does not fail by breaking. If the string broke then one would find the other end still attached with the swage. My bet is that your string is the correct length and just needs to be re-swaged to it's attachment point.
    That was my first thought as well. The strings don't show signs of being broken (no frayed ends), there is a worn spot which might have been the attachment loop point and there is no string still attached to the end attachment point. However, I can't seem to stretch the strings enough to even attempt re-attaching them.

    The attached images show the max I can stretch the string while putting a fair amount of tension on it. This is with the roof 1/2 way open and the front part vertical which I think is where it should have the most amount of slack. If I were to try and reinstall the string I'm afraid the tension would be so great that it would just snap.

    Can anyone let me know how much tension their strings are under with the roof at this point?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgibson View Post
    That was my first thought as well. The strings don't show signs of being broken (no frayed ends), there is a worn spot which might have been the attachment loop point and there is no string still attached to the end attachment point. However, I can't seem to stretch the strings enough to even attempt re-attaching them.

    The attached images show the max I can stretch the string while putting a fair amount of tension on it. This is with the roof 1/2 way open and the front part vertical which I think is where it should have the most amount of slack. If I were to try and reinstall the string I'm afraid the tension would be so great that it would just snap.

    Can anyone let me know how much tension their strings are under with the roof at this point?

    Thanks,

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    My recollection is that when I re-attached the cord that snapped I used a gentle tension at the half way point to the top closing as shown in your images. The cord doesn't need to be super snug, it just needs to be intact to help fold the top out of harms way. There are two failure modes on the cord: On my car the cord snapped. Others have reported the ferrel letting go, causing a loss of tension when the top was folded. Your image leads me to believe its the ferrel that gave away.

    Take a look at Andrew's original post and the "fact file" link from the club for potential ferrule placement considerations. This may be obvious, but since you don't have an intact cord on either side of the top, the end of the cord that you are holding in the picture connects to the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDEZ8 View Post
    My recollection is that when I re-attached the cord that snapped I used a gentle tension at the half way point to the top closing as shown in your images. The cord doesn't need to be super snug, it just needs to be intact to help fold the top out of harms way. There are two failure modes on the cord: On my car the cord snapped. Others have reported the ferrel letting go, causing a loss of tension when the top was folded. Your image leads me to believe its the ferrel that gave away.

    Take a look at Andrew's original post and the "fact file" link from the club for potential ferrule placement considerations. This may be obvious, but since you don't have an intact cord on either side of the top, the end of the cord that you are holding in the picture connects to the frame.
    Thanks Ed,

    Logic would say that it was the original ferrel that gave away. However, in the pictures above I am actually putting quite a lot of tension on the string and as you can see it is still an inch or so short of the attachment point. If the string is not supposed to be under a lot of tension, I can only conclude that it used to be longer and has probably snapped in the past. Therefore, I will proceed to use the replacements to lengthen the string to the point of "gentle tension".

    Thanks,

    Rory.