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Old 08-19-2016, 01:00 PM
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Help to replace cover retainer

2001 z3
The retainer pin/button came out on the cover to the soft top.
I found it and want to replace it, but so far have been unable to do so.
Has anyone had success in putting one of these back on the cover?
Since the cover has one retainer on each side as well as two in the middle, it is not really needed, but I would like to put it back.
These pins/buttons are round, but I noticed that there is a small section that is flat and believe this is somehow key to putting it back in place. They have to go through a metal collar on the cover so there is little "play" since the pin/button is also metal !

Thanks to anyone who can help.
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:52 PM
SLOZ3 SLOZ3 is offline
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The bottom unscrews from the top.
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:11 PM
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Let me be more specific. The flat collar unscrews, the pin can then be removed from the plastic ring, then you can snap the ring into place (flat section to side) and then re-assemble.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:19 PM
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Issue Resolved

Excellent !!

Thanks for the tip as it is very much appreciated !!

Have a great day and thanks again,
DPK
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