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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 12-04-2013, 11:47 AM
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Question '87 325 antenna seal

Purchased a new antenna seal for my 87 325. Have the power antenna, don't know if that matters. The rubber seal seems too tight, can't get down into position. Does anybody know if there are two types depending if you have power antenna?
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:14 PM
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jguy,

i purchased my replacement grommet off of bav auto. i also have an 87 325 and initially i couldn't get the damn grommet to sit correctly either. you'll need to go through the trunk to get at the antenna motor mount. so that means you'll have to peal back some of that plastic liner in the trunk. once you've exposed the motor mount unscrew it with a Phillips and then pull the antenna down into the trunk. now that the hole is completely exposed you'll have to wrench the grommet in there. i used some car wash soap to help lube it up. initially it was difficult but then the soap helped a ton. here's a link to my nearly identical post... http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...587&highlight=

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Old 12-05-2013, 04:28 AM
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Using a lubricant is key. I just replaced mine this past weekend, and rubbed a little dish soap both outside and inside the grommet to make sure everything slid easily into place.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:08 PM
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Thanks. I really appreciate the information. Now I know that the grommet I have should work with the power antenna. I can do this!

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Old 12-05-2013, 09:47 PM
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Also, heat the rubber up with a hairdryer for a few minutes. It will make the rubber more pliable.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:39 PM
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If you are pulling out your power antenna, you may want to look at doing a Z3/318ti fixed antenna conversion while you're at it. One of the best things I did on my E30 was to get rid of that original hunk of junk...
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:38 PM
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Purchased a new antenna seal for my 87 325. Have the power antenna, don't know if that matters. The rubber seal seems too tight, can't get down into position. Does anybody know if there are two types depending if you have power antenna?
A silicone lube not a spray, a grease will do wonders. Also good to have in your tool box.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:52 PM
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:43 AM
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I just did this the other day and there is a secret. If you look closely at the middle of the grommet where it goes into the trunk you will see a tiny space that goes all the way around. This is why you need the hair dryer. You must work this little space open with some heat. One side of the lip goes UNDER the sheet metal of the car (in the trunk) and the TOP of the lip goes above the sheet metal (outside the car body). I started with softening it up with heat from the hair dryer and then wedged a little of the bottom lip under the sheet metal, then carefully with a screwing motion rotated the lip making sure the bottom portion was seating under the sheet metal as it went around. At some point there will be a little extra lip left that won't go in. Take a tiny flat screwdriver and push gently on this lip that doesn't want to go in. It should suddenly pop down into the trunk and voila! you will never get that seal out in your lifetime. Hope this make sense. Good luck! I also disconnected the power antenna motor and put it in the parts bin.
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:13 PM
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Smile amtenna seal

thanks much.
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:15 PM
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good idea. Thanks. Nice VW
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