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Old 10-08-2009, 08:56 AM
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Z4 Thinking about removing roll bar covers

Ok, I'm having huge problems with my roof squeeking and creaky. But I found that what's creaking is actually the roll bar covers, where they rub against top.

Question, if you have a z4, does the fabric from the top touch the roll bar covers? mine does, and anytime there is flex in the roof, it rubs against the covers and causes them to crack and squeek. I've seen pics of z4's where the covers are removed, and the rollbars are painted black, and I liked it.

From what I read, they are hard to remove without breaking them off.

I think it would help stop the annoying squeeking I am hearing, and I kind of like the way it looks too. ANy reasons why I shouldn't just take em off?
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:00 AM
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They are purely cosmetic(the covers) so yes you can remove them if desired. I am note sure about the plastic underneath which surrounds the bars, I would guess it can come off as well.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:02 AM
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But I found that what's creaking is actually the roll bar covers, where they rub against top.

Question, if you have a z4, does the fabric from the top touch the roll bar covers?
Mine doesn't touch
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:03 PM
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I found a thread on the Z4-UM forum with pictures showing how to remove the covers.

go to z4-forum.com, go the the "General Z4 Discussion" forum, and search the forum with the keywords "roll hoop cover removal". It's the only hit.

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Old 10-10-2009, 07:12 AM
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Ok, I'm having huge problems with my roof squeeking and creaky. But I found that what's creaking is actually the roll bar covers, where they rub against top.

Question, if you have a z4, does the fabric from the top touch the roll bar covers? mine does, and anytime there is flex in the roof, it rubs against the covers and causes them to crack and squeek. I've seen pics of z4's where the covers are removed, and the rollbars are painted black, and I liked it.

From what I read, they are hard to remove without breaking them off.

I think it would help stop the annoying squeeking I am hearing, and I kind of like the way it looks too. ANy reasons why I shouldn't just take em off?
Did they just start squeeking or has it been doing it for a long time and you are just figuring out that they are the issue? I assume there is no squeaking with the top down (more road and wind noise to keep you from hearing it). A lot of people have seat squeaking issues with the seats adjusted all the way back causing squeaking. I did also and moved the seats forward as to not touch against the back of the passenger compartment and stopped the squeaking. My bars do not touch the top. It is just fabric and I cant understand why it would squeak anyway. Check your seats and if they are not the culprit you may want to try covering the bars with some fabric as a test to see if the squeaking changes first before taking the plastic covers off.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:19 PM
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Yeah my seats squeak pretty bad on the back wall, but no issues from the roll hoops. I can adjust the seats but many times the passenger will crank the seat back thinking this is a 7ser and it will squeak long after they are gone, until I adjust it off the wall.
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:06 PM
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I also had the seat squeaking problem & moved my seats forward to stop the rubbing. I like my seats leaned back quite a ways so I've had to adjust my legs to a new driving postition. I do find after 50 miles or so the back of my knees start bothering me. Maybe I'll get over it - maybe not.
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