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Old 07-29-2010, 09:48 AM
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Z4 How does the mesh wind deflector mount?

Where do the hooks go?

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Old 07-30-2010, 08:29 AM
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Hooks?

My OEM windscreen does not have hooks like your picture. Mine have plastic fast disconnects. Like you would find on a backpack. The connections are behind each seat and it's a very easy thing to remove or install. (These cars look better without the windscreen IMO)
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:02 AM
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I stop using mine also.. going on ebay.. didn't make a different to me..

So they dont tell you but you gotta raise your soft top a bit to stick your hand behind here..
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:31 AM
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I got it installed today. The two inner hooks were a PITA
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:25 PM
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I stop using mine also.. going on ebay.. didn't make a different to me.
I think it definitely cuts down on the wind entering the cabin. I can hear the radio much better and it's easier to hear on the hands-free/bluetooth.

Now I'm wondering if the Wind Deflector kit from Roadster Solutions cuts down on the wind even more compared to the OEM mesh deflector?
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:23 PM
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I think it definitely cuts down on the wind entering the cabin. I can hear the radio much better and it's easier to hear on the hands-free/bluetooth.

Now I'm wondering if the Wind Deflector kit from Roadster Solutions cuts down on the wind even more compared to the OEM mesh deflector?
I like my mesh wind deflector. I had one on my Z3 also. It definitely helps with the turbulence. I am glad you figured out the install. It is a PITA!

The Roadster Solutions kit worried my because of potential rubbing of the hard plastic. It is held on by velcro straps. Anyway, I decided to stick with the mesh screen due to previous experience on my Z3.

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Old 08-01-2010, 05:14 PM
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I like my mesh wind deflector. I had one on my Z3 also. It definitely helps with the turbulence. I am glad you figured out the install. It is a PITA!

The Roadster Solutions kit worried my because of potential rubbing of the hard plastic. It is held on by velcro straps. Anyway, I decided to stick with the mesh screen due to previous experience on my Z3.

Good luck!
The new version of the RoadsterSolutions wind deflector mounts similar to the BMW plexiglass deflector.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:46 PM
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I like my mesh wind deflector. I had one on my Z3 also. It definitely helps with the turbulence.
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For me, one of the aesthetic features of the Z4 I absolutely hate is the silver roll bars on the non-M's. So, I did not hesitate to install the mesh screen, as in addition to function it covers those silver roll bars with a nice dark leather. Looks and works great!
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:47 AM
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Yeah, DriveWFO, it's a pain in the neck. I'll never own another one of those again. I bought a lexan windscreen off eBay (I believe from Windblox) and it has been way easier to deal with. Much cheaper than the OEM windscreens, too.
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Putting the OEM Mesh screen was a bit of a pain but it has not moved and looks good on my blue Z with black interior.

I avoid taking a phone call when driving the z, the whole point is to drive and relax so the wind noise is a non issue.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:36 PM
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OEM Mesh

My OEM mesh is not the PITA as everyone here has written. It's actually APOC. Lol, I had to figure out the PITA so I'll let you figure out the APOC.......... Mine just slips over the roll bars and buckles using 4 quick connects. I don't have to lift my top like a previous poster wrote.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:39 PM
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My OEM mesh is not the PITA as everyone here has written. It's actually APOC. Lol, I had to figure out the PITA so I'll let you figure out the APOC.......... Mine just slips over the roll bars and buckles using 4 quick connects. I don't have to lift my top like a previous poster wrote.
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You must have some really thin hands then to get the clips in place and tighten the straps.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:08 PM
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You must have some really thin hands then to get the clips in place and tighten the straps.
Yeah no kidding. Even with the top up some, I looked like a contortionist
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Installing was pretty hard - top up (no), top down (no), top back up(still does not work), top back down (too tight), top mostly down - tada!
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The instruction sheet that came with my set clearly stated to put the top in a half up / down position so your hand could reach under the roll bar and slip the clips under the lip and thighten down, being right handed the passenger side was easy to do standing half in and out of the car, but the drivers side was more difficult doing it left handed.

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Old 08-03-2010, 11:58 AM
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I bought mine used sans instructions...had to swear at it a bit as I beat it into submission.
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Maybe we need to do a calibration and video and put it up on u tube. Curses and all.
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I stop using mine also.. going on ebay.. didn't make a different to me..
I did not pickup on that, had to re-read a second time. I can see where some might think it does not make a difference. I believe it does along with putting up the side windows. But you certainly can not expect top up quiet or wind reduction. Besides I really like the black on black look with my interior personally.
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The instruction sheet that came with my set clearly stated to put the top in a half up / down position so your hand could reach under the roll bar and slip the clips under the lip and thighten down, being right handed the passenger side was easy to do standing half in and out of the car, but the drivers side was more difficult doing it left handed.

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That only works if you actually read the instructions!
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Oh, please don't let me mis-lead you....it took two tries without instructions before I succumb and pulled the instructions out of the box.... It was that or hear something snarky from the wife.

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Sorry for bump up the dead thread. But can someone explain exactly how to do it? Just bought a used one without instruction, and I am completely lost on how to tighten it down...

Much appreciated!
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You should have slip straps with buckles and flat hooks. The hooks slip under the plastic lip behind the back wall that goes down into the well of the top. You will need to put your roof in 1/2 position to be able to reach down and connect the straps. Better be in your socks, as the best way I found to connect mine was standing partially in the car and out. You should simply hook and then pull the buckles tight.
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You should have slip straps with buckles and flat hooks. The hooks slip under the plastic lip behind the back wall that goes down into the well of the top. You will need to put your roof in 1/2 position to be able to reach down and connect the straps. Better be in your socks, as the best way I found to connect mine was standing partially in the car and out. You should simply hook and then pull the buckles tight.

Thank you STIHLBOLTS, for the detailed instruction. I will try it out after I get home.


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