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    Manual Top Conversion - Factory Bracket For Mounting Lower Ends Of Boot Lid Shocks

    Hi All,

    I found an interesting part in the diagrams, and wanted to share with other convertible owners that are converting power tops to manual operation.

    Cars with a power top have no lower mounting point for the support shocks that hold boot lid open. Harvesting them from a donor car is a pain in the ass, since these are welded to the body.

    BMW still stocks this Support Bracket - Part# 41131932331 (41-13-1-932-331), and they are only about $12 each. Fits Left or Right position.

    I ordered a pair from my local dealer, and they came from Europe in about 4 weeks. At the time of this post, BMW showed 17 pieces available in Germany.

    I primed my new brackets and then painted them with black trim paint. My plan is to use body panel adhesive to mount them in my E30.


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    Last edited by Mars_e30; 10-09-2019, 11:16 AM.
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    Fabulous. This is great news as I accidentally ordered the struts from Jeff but had no way to use them without damaging the car.
    Did you order two of the same or are there left and right?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Dspill View Post
      Fabulous. This is great news as I accidentally ordered the struts from Jeff but had no way to use them without damaging the car.
      Did you order two of the same or are there left and right?
      The same part # is used for Left and Right
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        #4
        Thanks! I have two on the way from Germany. Please let us know how the install goes if you can. I’m curious whether the struts will hold down the lid or if you pulled those parts from a donor vehicle. I’ve been using the lid motor to hold the lid down but it’s not down all the way.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Dspill View Post
          Thanks! I have two on the way from Germany. Please let us know how the install goes if you can. I’m curious whether the struts will hold down the lid or if you pulled those parts from a donor vehicle. I’ve been using the lid motor to hold the lid down but it’s not down all the way.
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          Interested to hear your outcome as well. I converted mine to manual, but it could be better. I currently use my shoulder to hold the lid open LOL.
          Jimmy P.
          87 E30 M3 Prodrive British Touring Car
          88 E30 M3 Zinnoberot - Garage Queen
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            #6
            Originally posted by Mars_e30 View Post
            My plan is to use body panel adhesive to mount them in my E30.
            I am also interested in the results of mounting them with adhesive. I was planning to weld mine, but adhesive would be a lot easier. Would need to be a strong adhesive, since the brackets are under pressure 100% of the time, much more so when the lid is closed.

            Thanks, Cory

            1992 325i 'vert
            1988 320i Touring
            1977 530i
            2015 328i - Euro Delivery/Performance Center Delivery
            2001 325i - R.I.P.
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              #7
              Originally posted by Mars_e30 View Post

              The same part # is used for Left and Right
              have you installed these, also what shock did you use? Thanks

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                #8
                Originally posted by jjsanchez View Post

                have you installed these, also what shock did you use? Thanks
                I haven't installed the brackets yet. Unfortunately, the car is now put away for the winter.

                I ordered the STABILUS "OEM" boot lid shocks from FCP, which ended up being a little problematic. Their web image looked good, but the shocks I received were "similar"... not the same as shown online. The lower end of the original shock has a flat eye that passes through a slot in the dust boot. The ones that FCP sent (Stabilus # 668994) had a different end on it, which I had to grind down. I then attemped to test fit the shock on the boot lid. This is where I discovered that the hole in each eye was smaller than original. I drilled those out to make it work. If you don't plan to use the factory dust boot, then no grinding will be required.

                After all that, I reached out to FCP to tell them that there is a fitment issue. They were cool about it and issued a refund without having to send the parts back. I am happy with this solution vs. ordering the factory shocks for $100 each. FCP is still selling the STABILUS ones for under $20 apiece. Maybe you can end up at $0 cost too :)


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