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Old 05-05-2009, 04:52 PM
KraigG KraigG is offline
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Z3 Wind deflector question

I have a fold down wind deflector on my non-rollbar Z3. Not sure if it's a factory or an aftermaket unit, but it's mesh, and has a lock and key device to facilitate removal.

Right in the spot where that key fits in, the plastic is very brittle and thin, and it broke. Numerous attempts to repair it have failed.

Is there somewhere I can get new parts for it, or so I have to buy a whole new one?

Any tips would be appreciated.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:15 PM
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OK, so it looks like I'm gong to have to buy a new one. Does anyone know if the factory mesh unit folds in half? From the pics I've seen of the ones on ebay, it doesn't appear that it does. It looks like it's removeable, but not foldable.

I have very little reason to remove the deflector if it folds. Does anyone know where I can get another folding mesh wind deflector for a non roll bar Z3?
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:45 PM
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Pictures would help.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:45 AM
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Is this the screen you're referring to? It tilts but does not fold.

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Old 05-07-2009, 02:16 PM
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This is a folding deflector, with a plastic frame. You can lock it into place in the upright position, or fold it all the way towards the back. There are also locks on either side to prevent theft. A provided key in each lock removes the deflector completely from the car.
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:43 PM
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That's closer to the original version (Version I). KBH22102 picture shows Version II. Version I is not sold anymore. However, I can't 100% confirm that that is what you have.

Version I:
http://www.mz3.net/articles/001.html

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Old 05-07-2009, 02:55 PM
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type I, no longer available..no parts either...

..never seen one break before...interesting..they come up on Ebay once in a great while..sold mine last year(doin' roll hoops instead)...actual pic of actual break would help determine if it's repairable(likely possibility)..Z3 Cheers! dk'97 2.8 bg R
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:08 PM
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That's closer to the original version (Version I). KBH22102 picture shows Version II. Version I is not sold anymore. However, I can't 100% confirm that that is what you have.

Version I:
http://www.mz3.net/articles/001.html
That's it! So it IS a BMW wind deflector, Version I.

Unfortunately, where the key fits, near the pivot point, it's made out of a thin plastic. After many years, this thin piece became brittle. I've cemented it a few times with some strong epoxy, but it just doesn't do the trick.

Does anyone have a Version I they want to get rid of? Any suppliers out there that carry NOS parts?
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:24 PM
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Just an aside... It has been my observation that the plastics used throughout my 96 Z3 have all become brittle and subject to cracking. Almost everything is black ABS, either covered with vinyl or paint, and really has not held up against the stresses of heat, exposure, and vibration. I haven't found a really good cement to put things back together, although I have half a mind to try some plumbers ABS cement the next time something breaks.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:50 PM
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..never seen one break before...interesting..they come up on Ebay once in a great while..sold mine last year(doin' roll hoops instead)...actual pic of actual break would help determine if it's repairable(likely possibility)..Z3 Cheers! dk'97 2.8 bg R
Brittle, crackable plastic that has a high stress point to it. I can see why they redesigned it a few times. But if I can find an unused one, that might last me another 12 years
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:11 AM
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Is there a source that carries BMW discontinued or obsolete parts? I really would like to try and find a Version 1 deflector. My 3rd fix of the broken one gave out again today
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:38 PM
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My 97 Z3 has the same broken mount. I have someone making a repair kit for me. Will let you know if it works out.
Update, They drilled at angle & put 2 screws in each side. Works good but not removeable anymore.

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Old 09-21-2013, 10:48 PM
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Z3 Wind deflector question

Contact DreamnZ, he may have one for sale?


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Old 09-22-2013, 10:21 AM
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Sorry, the windblocker I have is an OEM for roll hoops
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