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Old 07-30-2018, 01:23 AM
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Convertible Top fabric Replacement

Our top has begun to get skid-marks on it pretty well so that it won't be long we'll be opening it up to the elements. So, have been perusing the replacement top, fabric only, mind you.

I've been looking at this vendor: https://www.autotopsdirect.com/BMW-Z...-Tops-s/55.htm

Have any of you any experience with this vendor or another with whom you've been quite satisfied? I would like to be able to install the thing myself, so am not looking to head down to the BMW garage and have them get me one from Munich and put it on at their leisure. Well, I'm very close to Munich now, probably could wander up there and get one....not.

Let me know if you've had some experience with this or another, thanks!
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Our top has begun to get skid-marks on it pretty well so that it won't be long we'll be opening it up to the elements. So, have been perusing the replacement top, fabric only, mind you.

I've been looking at this vendor: https://www.autotopsdirect.com/BMW-Z...-Tops-s/55.htm

Have any of you any experience with this vendor or another with whom you've been quite satisfied? I would like to be able to install the thing myself, so am not looking to head down to the BMW garage and have them get me one from Munich and put it on at their leisure. Well, I'm very close to Munich now, probably could wander up there and get one....not.

Let me know if you've had some experience with this or another, thanks!
That's where I bought mine. Installed it December 2016 and still in good shape. I did the lift cylinders also while I had everything apart. Here's the vert top DIYs that cover the top replacement, the lift cylinder replacement, and other top related DIYs.

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Old 07-31-2018, 11:08 PM
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So, I presume the directions are clear and obvious to follow for a Neanderthal like myself and the tasks are not too complicated? The site gives the impression of being rather clear. Product guarantee looks solid. I think I see a winter project ahead.

DC, on another front, for those of us with lighter tops, we found that over the years the rubber components do rub off on the top making the tan top look pretty worn over time. Guess we might consider a black top?
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So, I presume the directions are clear and obvious to follow for a Neanderthal like myself and the tasks are not too complicated? The site gives the impression of being rather clear. Product guarantee looks solid. I think I see a winter project ahead.

DC, on another front, for those of us with lighter tops, we found that over the years the rubber components do rub off on the top making the tan top look pretty worn over time. Guess we might consider a black top?
That'd be one approach to it. My car top was charcoal gray so I just went with a black to. Can hardly tell the difference.
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Come time to replace my tan top, I will definitely go with black.
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:27 PM
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That'd be one approach to it. My car top was charcoal gray so I just went with a black to. Can hardly tell the difference.
PS: thanks for the PDF's from Shipkiller, I glazed over that posting due to my moving from SC to Italy....so am now finally getting my head re-attached. Thanks much for the advice and files. I am sure doing the top will be less of a head-ache due to that knowledge base!
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Please post your results and any tips if you would not mind, as my top is getting a little worn and a re-freshening wouldn't be a bad idea.

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Please post your results and any tips if you would not mind, as my top is getting a little worn and a re-freshening wouldn't be a bad idea.

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Old 08-10-2018, 09:58 PM
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Hey Chris, sure. When I get to it will prob be winter. I'm having to sequence my fleet for various repairs and alterations, so it's on the calendar up ahead. I've also been studying Shipkiller's PDF series in prep for the change out.
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In addition to the new top canvas and head liner, there's a series of installation kits you need also that come from BMW:

Tension cable kit 54347119628
Headliner kit 54347110761

Without these kits you won't have the proper size pop rivets to reinstall the headliner and tension cables. You have to drill out the old pop rivets to remove one end of the tension cables and the headliner is held to the "B Pillar" area of the top frame with pop rivets.

Also, you'll need a pop rivet tool and you'll need to modify it slightly so that the head will fit into the channel when you pop rivet the holding pieces of the top canvas to the side supports.
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