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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:44 AM
Joeyjoe Joeyjoe is offline
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1996 convertible hood replacement

Hi guys hopefully someone can help me with this one quickly...

My soft top is a bit nackered now and I'm getting a new one from the people the mechanic recommended, but there are two types - one 'with patch' and one without. I don't know what this patch is so I'm guessing my car doesn't have one, and it says they aren't interchangeable as there was a frame change in 1996.
This makes it difficult as my car was made in May 96 and there was no further info about when the change happened, or what the patch actually is!
As I said j can't see anything like this in mine so I'm assuming j want without patch.... Hopefully someone here knows what I mean, and I hope that made sense!
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:55 PM
TimS87 TimS87 is offline
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I believe the 'patch' is the behind the rear quarter windows. If you don't have it on your current hood then you don't want it. Most places that replace hoods don't make them with that 'patch' as it was purely decorative.
I was under the impression that the change occurred in '94 though so I could be wrong
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