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peter2b
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soft top ram

Post by peter2b » Fri 17 Feb, 2017 18:35

got a little problem with the soft top ram, there is a clip that holds the ball into the top of the ram that has come out on 1 side of the ram top any one got any tips on how to get the clip in both sides or any one replaced the top part on the ram? peterz3

Brian4
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Re: soft top ram

Post by Brian4 » Fri 17 Feb, 2017 20:56

From the pic on realoem it looks as if it is a pin that pushes up into a hole in the top of the ram and then the curved bit locks onto the neck of the ram.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpar ... Id=54_0201
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peter2b
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Re: soft top ram

Post by peter2b » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 10:20

mines different it has a flat piece of spring steel that clips in each side of the ball the clip it's like a C shape with the ends bent in, I have seen a complete ram on fleebay that I might get just for the top ball joint
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BladeRunner919
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Re: soft top ram

Post by BladeRunner919 » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 19:20

MIne doesn't have the ram - it was broken, and I just use it as-is.

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Re: soft top ram

Post by EarlLeeBird » Sun 26 Feb, 2017 00:16

peter2b wrote:mines different it has a flat piece of spring steel that clips in each side of the ball the clip it's like a C shape with the ends bent in, I have seen a complete ram on fleebay that I might get just for the top ball joint
peterz3
Maybe the clip from a bonnet or tailgate strut could work if it looks anything like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Mini-Coop ... 2132681759

You could test it with the clip from the Z3 bonnet or boot strut. Idk why RealOEM doesnt give part number for this clip. I guess it must be sold as part of the strut for BMW but it should be easy to get from any decent scrap yard or just try buying a new one, for example the part number for a clip that is used in all VW and audi cars is 443823397: https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-vol ... 443823397/

peter2b
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Re: soft top ram

Post by peter2b » Mon 27 Feb, 2017 19:39

cheers for the links but mine has the ends of the C bent in so they grasp the ball
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