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**Z3**
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Torquay

New rear window

Post by **Z3** » Sun 07 Apr, 2013 12:55

Here's photos of my new rear window fitted in Exeter

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Hope that worked, first time at putting photos up!

Mike Fishwick
Joined: Fri 19 Jun, 2009 11:27
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Daglan, France

Re: New rear window

Post by Mike Fishwick » Sun 07 Apr, 2013 15:46

Unfortunately the new window will have the same line worn across it after some use with the hood folded down - it is the rear seam on the roof which abrades it. The answer is to get a roof blanket of some kind made up, to prevent the window being creased, and to also protect it from the damage inflicted by the rear seam If it gets aany grit of debris caught in it, the seam will easily damage the window in a day.

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Mine has a pocket with some foam pipe lagging inserted through it - in sections so it folds up for stowage.
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TitanTim
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  Z3 roadster 1.9i
Location: Stafford

Re: New rear window

Post by TitanTim » Sun 07 Apr, 2013 16:04

I use the BMW blanket but could be better if it was larger so it went further over the roof however it does protect the screen but doesn't prevent rubbing of the hood fabric, this is why I prefer my Z4 so much more as its such a faff with these plastic screens, I'm slightly of the view of not bothering, let it get scratched and just replace it when required :?

Its worth say once a month giving it a good polish with some Greygate, even with a new screen as it helps to keep the screen pliable and soft so it folds much easier than left to go hard as it ages which increases the liklihood of it splitting.

Tim.
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**Z3**
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Torquay

Re: New rear window

Post by **Z3** » Sun 07 Apr, 2013 20:11

Yh funny you should mention this only after the first day of putting roof down there is now a noticeable line in the rear window - sad as it looked nice all new! Not sure how practical the blanket idea is though? Albeit a good idea, do you carry it in the boot? Not sure how it would work?

On a side note can I also download movie clips via tap a talk?

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TitanTim
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Location: Stafford

Re: New rear window

Post by TitanTim » Sun 07 Apr, 2013 20:36

**Z3** wrote:Yh funny you should mention this only after the first day of putting roof down there is now a noticeable line in the rear window - sad as it looked nice all new! Not sure how practical the blanket idea is though? Albeit a good idea, do you carry it in the boot? Not sure how it would work?

On a side note can I also download movie clips via tap a talk?
Jon, the blanket helps stops the roof scratching the screen as it folds back onto it, if you look as the screen as it folds, depends if you have a manual roof like I have :lol: you can see how the screen folds in half across its width and the hood folds down ontop of it. The line you get across the centre of the screen is the fold line which is where you tend to get the worst abrasions or scratching. Like Mike has done in the pic above by using some pipe foam it helps to stop the screen creasing.

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**Z3**
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Location: Torquay

Re: New rear window

Post by **Z3** » Sun 07 Apr, 2013 22:15

Yh I've got the electric hood, I like the idea of the blanket, but I also like folding my roof back when I'm mid jorney if the sun comes out etc so not really practical from that point if view! Quite disappointed that its got a line so quickly :(

Mike Fishwick
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Location: Daglan, France

Re: New rear window

Post by Mike Fishwick » Mon 08 Apr, 2013 09:56

My roof blanket is secured by a velcro strap at each side, which fits around the hood frame over the windows, so that after raising the roof from inside the car, by pulling off the velcro the blanket can be dragged inside the car for folding up and stowage.

I threw the tonneau away years ago, as it is purely cosmetic, and prevents rapid raising of the roof - fine in California, but not the UK. This permits the stowage of our fleeces and waterproof jackets between the folded hood and the storage compartment/roll over bars, which simply drop down when the roof is raised. They are completely safe at up to at least 130 mph.
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woodsta888
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Exmouth

Re: New rear window

Post by woodsta888 » Mon 08 Apr, 2013 12:25

Hi,
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Where in Exeter did you get that done? The other halfs Z needs doing.

Thanks in advance

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S10OTY
Joined: Mon 01 Apr, 2013 20:16
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  M roadster S50
Location: Swansea

Re: New rear window

Post by S10OTY » Sun 14 Apr, 2013 21:46

Hi,

Anyone here know anywhere good in south wales to get rear window done? if so what sort of pricing would I be looking at?

Regards

chris

gilesg
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Re: New rear window

Post by gilesg » Mon 15 Apr, 2013 16:12

Hello there
All very useful, thank you, as suspect at some point I will have to replace my rear window too, as much due to stitching going on the beading around it as the great smudge across the middle of it. That blanket thing is pretty nifty but would require a few hands on at auto roof, as I have, to make sure it didn't snag anywhere. Also, ditto, I like to put it up and down when the sun is out, which is a little more here in SA than in the UK. Which brings me to my next question: where to go to for hood and window work in Cape Town? Any pointers gratefully received.
Thanks
Giles

PS What is Greygate and can you get it in South Africa, I wonder?

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