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Old 08-10-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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exterior sunroof panel replacement

how hard/easy is it to remove and replace? anybody here do it? any good writeups? thanks.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:07 PM   #2
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Kind of time consuming, but if you know where all the bolts are, its not too bad. Takes a few trys to line of the panel well in the closed position.

Pretty much, just open the lid back a tad, pull/unclip the interior liner, put the roof back to closed and slide the liner inside the car. Vent the roof and look up, theres 3 torx bolts on each side.
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^ undo those, providing the hold downs aren't rotted, but either way makes it easier to remove..lol put back in reverse order.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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found a great writeup with pics, looks simple enough!

http://bmwe30love.blogspot.com/
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Old 08-13-2011, 12:29 PM   #5
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followed the above, and was extremely easy! removed, replaced, and aligned all within 30 mins.
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:20 AM   #6
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Where did you find an e30 sunroof panel??
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^ from another member on this forum.
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does anyone have or know someone who has another panel?
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:22 PM   #9
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Hey do you guys still have your old ones? Were they in terrible shape? I'm looking to make a mold of one so I can make a fiberglass / carbon copy of it, so if your just gonna throw the old one away, if its not a complete loss, and I don't mind doin the body work, also its a one time use kinda thing so it don't need to last long, shoot me a pm please
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Hey do you guys still have your old ones? Were they in terrible shape? I'm looking to make a mold of one so I can make a fiberglass / carbon copy of it, so if your just gonna throw the old one away, if its not a complete loss, and I don't mind doin the body work, also its a one time use kinda thing so it don't need to last long, shoot me a pm please
You going to make a functional composite sunroof? I was going to do this a few years ago, but lost interest with the work involved. If you want just a skin, I can point you in the right direction where to get one

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/show...1&postcount=29

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Yah my plan is to start small, I'm gonna do a hood, trunk and sunroof, ( the redneck way) so the mold is cheap, I still want the sunroof to function, is there a reason why the skin couldn't do that? How much does it go for? I do a lot of composites at school so I got a pretty good knoledge of the work, but time is money lol
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