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Old 07-24-2011, 01:05 AM
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we don't need no stinkin roll bars

if you get to the point where the only thing between you and asphalt is that dinky little piece of mettle, wearing away as you slide upside down.... well I think you might have other problems a bit more pressing. But really... those roll bars aint gonna do you much good. Plus the small fact that most peoples heads are higher than the bars.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:52 AM
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Realize that a convertible is NOT secure. It only takes a second and sharp knife to be into it.

I used to leave my first convertible unlocked. I would rather they go into it and not harm the top.
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:38 AM
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I agree, these are not secure cars. Don't leave anything of value in it... even with the new top.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:07 AM
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Angle of the camera... I just had a new window put in because right before I got the car put in my name I went to hand wash it and put water on the windshield, and let me say.. 117 weather and cold water with even the smallest crack.... Split it all the way down the drives side! so yeah, its all there and no cracks on that one.

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Old 07-26-2011, 08:32 AM
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And what about angel eyes? Can I put them on a 96 z3?

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Old 07-26-2011, 01:39 PM
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And what about angel eyes? Can I put them on a 96 z3?

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With $$ you can put anything on the car.

Yes, angel eyes are available. Check ebay or classifieds here.

For me, I like things stock. Except for my wheels of course.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:58 AM
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What a great find, Think about replacing all the fuilds before you plan to good out for a trip. Bavarian autosport have good tops: http://www.bavauto.com have the top for 449.95
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:41 PM
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And what about angel eyes? Can I put them on a 96 z3?

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As IgotBMW indicated angle eyes for a Z3 aren't cheep. I considered it when I first got mine as a used car in '03, but if I recall correctly it would have cost $700 each for OEM plus instalation. Angle eyes and zenon lights just aren't that important to spend $1400+ on the car. There may be a less expensive aftermarket version, but not worth it in my opinion. Besides, I don't drive it that often in the dark when it would even matter.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:49 PM
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I found a top on the net for 289.00. Germanex makes it. And its on special! Any reviews on germanex?

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Old 07-27-2011, 08:35 PM
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That is a good price. Lowest I have seen. Check to make sure the top material is Sonnendeck (Twillfast) canvas. Are planning to instal the top your self?
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:34 PM
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well I actualy found a top today rhat was only 230.00. They said it is some sort of vinyl. Any one hear of www.autoberry.com? I might try to handle putting it on myself... Im pretty crafty.

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Old 07-28-2011, 11:25 PM
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Don't do it!

I can't even imagin what vinal would look like.. I bought a gahh ( gahh automotive ) top that is awesome. Around 450. And I warn you, you need to be better than handy as a top is a complicated installation plus you need the right tools for the rubber seals and weather stripping. I had mine installed for about a grand with everything. But it looks mahvelous. Btw this picture is pre top. I bought blue with black liner.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:20 AM
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I see no picture.

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Old 07-29-2011, 06:31 AM
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And listen, I came from a f***ked up background... And having money isn't my strong suit. I got verry lucky with this car... So I guess what im trying to say is, ill take what I can get, and do what I can for my new found love. Im trading someone tattoos, to get all the dents out and to repaint it. And having someone else get me the that top for exchange for tattoos. Plus you allready know how I got the car.....

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Old 07-29-2011, 11:45 AM
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Grin.. Ok good luck...hmmm. You might draw up a tat of the z3.. Might be a few people here that would buy one.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:25 PM
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well... I keep running into the problem of instalation...


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Old 08-02-2011, 04:59 PM
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If you plan on installing the top yourself, be prepared for some dirty work. There is a strip of butyl tape, real nasty stuff, that will need to be cleaned.

I just did my top using an OEM top I found for $500 on CL. It was marked with where the rivits were to go and holes for the screws under the metal frame at the front of the top.

You will need to purchase a new sealing frame ~$140, butyl tape~$5.00 and get someone to help you with the install.

Look for vinci's write up on this job. His write up is the best one I could find.

I spent several hours getting the top well ready for the install. Mostly removing the butyl tape.

A friend came over and we attached the sealing frame and top in about 2.5 hours. Who ever replaced the top previously, did not do it correctly, and I spent time drilling out old rivits.

We spent about 3-4 hours fitting the rest of top. Attaching the straps. You will need a t20 t25 and t40. No special tools are required for this job, just lots of patience. The job is tedious but not that hard.

This was the 1st time I have tried anything like this, but I learned something new.

If you do this project, take pics of everything you unscrew and watch out for the shims.

Good luck

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Old 08-03-2011, 02:38 AM
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Angle of the camera... I just had a new window put in because right before I got the car put in my name I went to hand wash it and put water on the windshield, and let me say.. 117 weather and cold water with even the smallest crack.... Split it all the way down the drives side! so yeah, its all there and no cracks on that one.

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Who'd you buy your new windsheild from and how much did they charge you?




If you're looking for car audio ideas, let me know I could help you out considerably, especially if you have the HK system in there.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:58 AM
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Welcome Tat, Wow, She gave you a Z ! Must of been some great work ! Enjoy that Z !
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:04 AM
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Nice looking car for free work swap. Did this work you do require sleeping over? Bill
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