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How To Build Your Own BMW E30 Automatic Flyouts Using E46 Actuators

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  • ForcedFirebird
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    WOW! I had them in my Ford Excursion and always thought this would be a great feature for e30's. Instead back when I dailied my e30, I would just tap the lever so the pop out would close, but not latch it so it could be easily opened from the outside when I got back in it. Great job!

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  • Garageaholic
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    I am thinking of selling the Intellectual Property so someone else can sell them! Anyone interested in buying not only the design I made, but also almost 8 kits worth to sell themselves for profit?

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  • Shangsta
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    very nice this has been discussed for years

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  • wworm
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    Awesome. I was thinking about trying to do this.

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  • MikeK
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    Awesome! I love being able to open my rear windows on my E46

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  • FredK
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    Very cool! Subbed to your channel.

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  • Garageaholic
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    Thanks, hope it helps. I'm sure people will stumble as i have as well. For those of you who want to know the exact content of the video. Take a look below at the timestamps:

    0:32 Semi-Permanent Modifications to E30 Components
    1:15 Removal of Components and Assess
    2:00 Motor Bracketry & Setbacks
    4:00 Motor Actuation
    4:42 Components to Affix to Window
    5:50 Wiring
    7:28 Kit Offer, Exceptions
    8:58 Motor Placement Technique
    11:24 Nub Modification and Adhesive
    14:32 How to Create and Place your Brackets
    20:00 Final Assembly
    21:18 Completed and Tested

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  • Kershaw
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    That's certainly something people have been talking for a long time about doing. Congrats on doing it and thanks for posting up how you did it.

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  • How To Build Your Own BMW E30 Automatic Flyouts Using E46 Actuators

    Hey guys, I did this tutorial video to show all of you how to build YOUR OWN E30 flyout windows using E46 rear window actuators. They are linear actuators and have 2 wires: Positive 12V and ground. Easy. they either go in or out. The mounting of the motors into the E30 is the hard part, but I think I've simplified that.

    The youtube video below breaks down each section of the effort pretty easily to identify how you need to mount/wire/procure the parts you need.



    If you are EVER interested, I can help. I can provide the brackets, but again, I detail the bracket placement and cut lines pretty easily. But not all of us have a mig welder, which does tend to hold many of us back. So if you are ever interested, I can provide the brackets. You can buy the motors and you're half way there.

    The only real problem with this swap, and you MUST be aware of this, is the fact that you are losing your permanent method of affixing the window in place. With the original window flyout configuration, you have the manual hinge mechanism that you no longer have. Instead you have a "nub" that is glued to the window. It does not hold forever, but if the surfaces are clean and flat, you may get lucky enough to hold it for quite a long time and make a good seal on the window after it closes.
    I was able to get this to a good spot with the adjustment on the base of the bracket I made, but you will need to trial and error.

    So here is the quick breakdown on how to install. The video has much more detail:

    Motor Mounting: Use the E46 mounts that came with the motors. Cut in the locations I specified and weld together as I specified. You can also make your own custom mounts, but I'd certainly keep the top part of the mount that connects the motor to the mount. That's probably best to keep.
    Wiring: The motor has 2 wires. You use an E30 or E36 switch that has (typically) 4 wires. 2 for output to the motor and 2 for +/-. It's best to splice the existing E30 motors. If you have a car with manual windows and no window motor switches in the center console, feel free to grab switched power and ground from the other plentiful locations contained in the center console area. That should both light the switches and provide power to the motor when you press the window switch down (open) and up (close).
    Window Affix: I used the E46 "nub" at the end of the assembly 51377020619, shaved it down to match the curvature of the window and installed it using rearview adhesive glue. Most any glue will do, but I find that the Loctite Glass Glue works best.

    That's a very high level look at the installation. If you have any questions or reviews, post them here. Thanks for reading and hey, if you have a minute or two, subscribe to my YT channel so i can produce more cool content to embed here for free for you guys!!

    Frank M
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