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  • Whats IncludedA new convertible top includes sewn-in plastic retainers and tinted plastic window. Also, we enclose new BMW original metal attachments for the hold down cable as these are often damaged during the removal of the old top.

    Material TypesThis convertible top is available in either the original Twillfast II or a lower cost Stayfast cloth.

    FeaturesAll of our Z3 convertible tops include these critical BMW engineering and design upgrades that fixed issues in earlier Z3 models. Reliefpocketshavebeenaddedinthequarters Astiffenerhasbeenaddedabovetheplasticwindow Elasticstrapshavebeenaddedtosupportthetensionstraps

    Tools Required Variousscrewdrivers Ratchet,12mmsocket Heavy-dutystapler,10mmstaple Pliersandcutter Contactcementsprayadhesive Drill,steelbit5/32 Rivetgun,rivet1/412mm(5/324mmdia.)

    Convertible Top Installation Guide

    1996-2002 BMW Z3/M Roadster

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    Once the screws have been removed, detach the header rail.

    Findadry,comfortableworkingenvironment where youu have space to place and organize items to be removed that are to be reinstalled later in the process.

    Retracttheframetotheopenpositionas shown and begin removing the screws that hold the header rail in place.

    There are alot of screws to be removedandyouwillneedtokeeptrackofthemtomakesureyouusethe same screw when re-assembling the new convertible top.

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    Once the rubbers are out of the way, you can begin removing the screws as shown.

    Next, you will need to remove the front side rubbers to access additional screws to be removed.

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    The next step is to remove the tension side straps. Begin by removing the tension cable screw.

    Starttopeelbackthefrontedgeofthetop.

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    The next step is to remove the tension side straps .

    RemovethesideLshapedbrackettofree the cable.

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    Removesidequarterrubberstoaccessscrews.

    DetachallCchannelplasticrailsfrom cross bows.

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    Removethescrewsunderthesidequarterrubberstodetachthebrackets.

    Now you can remove the screws along the side to detach the existing top fromthequarters.

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    Thenextstepistodetachthequarterinner flap from the frame.

    Begin by cutting the existing top across the lower section for easier access.

    SeparatetheLshapedbracketfromthe cable and pull out the cable from the sleeve on the side of the existing convertible top.

    You will be re-using this cable on your new top, so you will need to keepitwiththeotherhardwarethatwill be re-assembled onto the top later.

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    Detachquarterinnerflapfromframe,by pulling it downward.

    Cutrivetslocatedattheendofthereartackingstrip.

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    Removethetopwellquarterplugstoaccesstackingbowboltnuts.

    Cutordrillrivettoremoveelasticstraps from second bow.

    The bows are numbered from front to back,sothesecondbowisthesecondfrom the front.

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    Pullawaythewellliningtoaccessthebolt nuts underneath.

    Withyour5/32socketwrench,starttoremovethetackingbowboltnutsatthequarters.

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    Now you can detach the rubber strip from the edge of the top well.

    Removetheboltnutsacrossthetopwell.

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    Nowyouushouldaddsomemaskingtape along the edge to protect the paintasyouareworking.

    Starttopryapartthetackingbowaway from vehicle.

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    Removetheendscrewsandtherearesome staples here that will need to remove as well.

    Liftoutthetackingbow.

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    STARTINSTALLINGNEWTOP:Begin by carefully inspecting the new top, then protecting the plastic window on both sides by using maskingtapetoholdapieceoffoamto similar material over the window.

    Separate the existing top rom this bracket.

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    Drapethenewconvertibletopoverthe existing top frame.

    Viewoftheplasticwindowsectionfully protected so it does not get scratched during the installation process.Useamaskingtapethatwillcomeoffeasilyandcleanly.

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    Locatethecentermark.Thisiswhereyou will begin stapling the new top to thetackingbow.

    Thecentermarkattherearofthenewtop is a small cutout for alignment only.

    Begin by attaching the top, using screws,tothetackingbow.

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    Your staples should be evenly spaced acrossthetackingbowasillustratedin the image to the right.

    Using your heavy duty stapler or compressed air stapler as shown, begin stapling from the center outward.

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    Workyourwayaroundtothesidequarterspullingthetopmaterialtightas you go.

    Staple the window section across the rear bow.

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    After you have completed the stapling,dropinthetackingbowintothe top well and position it to the body bolts.

    Re-attachtheboltnuts.

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    Next, we need to assemble the inner, above the window, elastic strap.

    Re-installtherubberstriptotheedgeof the top well.

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    Hookthequarterflapstotheframe.

    You will need to stretch these forward to attach them to the second and then the first bow as illustrated.

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    Now you can insert your existing tension cable removed earlier through the top sleeve.

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    Then,connectthenewLshapedbracketsthatcamewithyournewconvertible top to the existing side tension cables.

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    Secure the front side of the top and quarterstotheframe,butdonotinstall the screws yet.

    Securethebracketandcabletotheframe.

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    Using a spray contact cement adhesive, attache the new convertible top to the front header.

    We recommend an adhesive spray designed for fabric such as 3M yellow supertrim adhesive.

    The 3M adhesive spray is sold in an aerosol spray can.50

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    Pressfirmlytostretchthetoptotheheaderbow.Workwiththetopnearlyclosed to judge the tightness of the new top.

    Dontoverstretch.Youwillfindthetop is tight initially and this is normal and preferred.

    Securethequarterflaps.

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    Secure the front header rail to the frame.

    Begin adding the screws all along the bracket.

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    Re-attachthesiderubbers.

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    Positiontopsidestrapstoframearm.These are the elastic tesion straps that assist in pulling the top material inward as you are opening it.

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    Use rivets to secure in place.

    Re-attachthereartopwelllining.

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    Attach all three top listers by using contact cement adhesive.

    SecurewithCchannelrails.

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    CompleteattachingtheCchannelrails,thentakeofftheplasticwindowprotection to finish the project.

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  • Now that you have everything installed close the new top. You will find that it is tight if everything went well. This is how it should be at first.

    If your new top is not tight at first, then it can become too loose in a few months and will not look as good as it could .

    After you have left the top up for at least a week it will begin to stretch into its normal shape. In colder weather it will take longer.

    After a couple of m