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Old 08-25-2012, 12:58 PM
Tmabry123 Tmabry123 is offline
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Mein Auto: 98 z3 2.8
Z3 -- replacing sealing frame

98 Z3 purchased at dealer four hours from home. Dealer told me they'd replaced the top, but found out when I got there to buy the car that the "rain guard" hadn't come in so they replaced the top without it. I didn't want to make another 8 hour round trip, so I took delivery with a promise they'd ship the "rain guard" to me at home.

A sealing frame arrived UPS a week later.

I have water leaking in from three or four places along the back wall of the trunk, so I'm thinking the sealing frame needs replacing.

Can I take the top lose from the body tub but leave the remainder of the top in place while I replace the sealing frame?

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Old 08-25-2012, 01:11 PM
Blacklane Blacklane is offline
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Sure. But plan on it being a two-person job to manipulate the thing out of the car body.

Do an Internet search on the subject. There are several excellent write-ups. You will need a roll of butyl tape to seal it back in. And you will want to mask the paint in the area, however bug-and-tar remover cleans things up.

I had the back of my top off most of last winter for a re-seal. It sure made it easy to upgrade the stereo system while it was open. I ran RCA cables to the trunk, I welded mounting nuts to the front trunk wall to mount an amp in the trunk, I built a subwoofer box, and I added sound insulation to the entire boot area. Then I re-sealed and re-installed the roof.

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Old 08-25-2012, 01:18 PM
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Thanks. I found a good writeup but wasn't sure if I could manage without taking the entire top off....thanks. The winter-over upgrade sounds awesome, too.
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