09-03-2013, 01:23 PM
Location: USA, Georgia
Join Date: Oct 2011
Mein Auto: 2001 525i (E-39)
Originally Posted by wiredawg100
RUBBER BUFFER D = 11.1 3 51311925433 $1.10
I too have the same issues with my rubber windshield molding cover front & back, wanted to tackled it this weekend. But can someone clarify what part #2 is & how to use it. In the diagram it says quantity 3. I ordered from bavauto.com and it says the note below:
(Note : These are only required when replacing or resealing the windshield. Please note: 3 required)
2 problems for me at the moment.
First I have no idea what I'm suppose to do with these pieces. It appears to have a sticky-back. But I'm having a heck-of-a-time lifting the cover to expose the sticky part...appears to be a 3m product...
Second they only sent me 1, the other 2 on back order....lol
Also, it appears not to be required for the back windshield molding.
I didn't see any mention of these items in this thread. Though, with the plethora of info I could have missed it.
Thx for the response, I went ahead and replaced my front molding (2001/525i/E39) yesterday and just skipped the "rubber buffer" pieces as I didn't see any place where they may fit into. Took me about 2+ hours, removing it went pretty smooth. Though, I had to be very careful with the metal frame leftover from the old molding that attaches to the windshield. I could not get much leverage from the old rubber molding since it was too brittle. I spent most of my time inserting the new molding, was a little tougher than I thought, not as easy for me as others indicated here. But overall very doable. Hell, if I can do it, anyone can.
Originally Posted by Ågent99
I have no idea what those small pieces are. I never did anything but buy the cover and rip out the old, install the new. I don't think they are needed as far as I can tell. It says right above that part that it is for vehicles with "protective glazing" which to me means the thicker, heavier glass that is available for E39s. I had a buddy who installed the heavier glazing (i.e. glass window) on his car doors...not so sure about the front and rear ones, however.
1) Carefully removed old molding (20 mins)
2) Cleaned the grooves with car soap and goo-gone. Also, waxed the edges, just because (30 mins)
3) Installed new molding (45 mins). I think it took me so long because I'm a short guy..lol...I could not get the proper leverage to push the molding down, even with a stepper couldn't get a good base balance. Anywho, I managed and it looks decent, a definite improvement.
Front molding from (bavauto.com)($42.00)
-Goo-gone; used to clean the black silicone gunky stuff after removing the old molding
-Car wash soap, for cleaning the goo-gone
-Car waxed, just seem to be a good idea
-Flat-head screw-driver (wrapped the end with several layers of duct tape)
--needed that non-marring pry-tool seen a previous post
Plan on treating the my new molding with some type of protectant, any thoughts?