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      11-09-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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Let's Install the Smarttop Convertible Controller

Here is a write up of the installation of the Smarttop controller on my '08 135i convertible.

This module is completely plug and play using OEM plugs and sockets and the supplied cable harness.

The design and construction is totally first class

I bought the module on ebay for $284




Smarttop (mods4cars) has comprehensive install instructions on their website

http://www.mods4cars.com/sms/shop/in...manuals&menu=1

The trickiest part is removing the rear headrest retention brackets.

After you pull the headrests out you have to remove the brackets that hold them in place.



I made this tool from a piece of metal coat hanger to release the clips - it doesn't need any force just a twisting
technique retract the plastic clip.







Releasing the first socket was a pain and took a while to figure out. After I released the first one and "knew the trick" the
other 3 sockets took seconds to release.

After these brackets were removed the complete install took less than an hour.

The next step is remove the bottom of the rear seat - just pull it up and remove.



The back of the seat is held in place by 2 - 14mm nuts. Unscrew these and pull the bottom of the seat back forward
and pull the seat back upward and remove.

Here is the existing controller behind the left side of the seat back.



Because the module comes with a plug and play harness the connection takes seconds.

Simply remove the large male connector from the original controller and plug into the female connector of the
supplied harness. Then plug the male plug of the harness into the female connector of the original module.

Then plug the remaining male connector into the Smarttop module.

I used Velcro to secure the module to the bracing behind the rear seat back.

I had already programmed the desired functions of the Smarttop module using my laptop and left the USB cable connected to the module
and routed this so it is available in the rear seat area for future programming and / or updates.



I then tested the control - one touch control from the dash and total control from the key remote.

Works perfectly - multiple options available depending on your preferences.

Once I confirmed everything worked I replaced the seat back and bottom.

This is how the top control should have been from day 1.

Now I can open / close the to with "one touch" from the dash switches.

I can control opening and closing the top and windows with the remote.

Definitely a worthwhile mod that is not too challenging !!!!
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      11-10-2011, 09:21 AM   #2
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Nice writeup, thanks. I've been thinking about this mod.

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      11-26-2011, 11:37 PM   #3
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cant say ive ever removed the plastic retention pieces for the headrests to remove the back seat...
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      01-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #4
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This is how I thought the top should always operate from the factory. Another one on my list. I just searched on ebay and it is $365
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      01-26-2012, 11:28 PM   #5
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I have this on the SLK - good stuff
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      01-28-2012, 02:20 AM   #6
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I am planning to do this mod in March or so when the weather starts getting nice enough to go topless. Thanks for the great writeup.
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      03-04-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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thanks for the info,just what i was looking for.
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      04-10-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
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Very helpful! Thank you!
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      04-26-2012, 10:10 AM   #9
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Can anyone confirm if removing the headrest retention brackets is required to remove the seatback? I am going to install mine in about two weeks, would love to skip that silly step if possible.

Cheers
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      04-29-2012, 06:47 AM   #10
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Can anyone confirm if removing the headrest retention brackets is required to remove the seatback? I am going to install mine in about two weeks, would love to skip that silly step if possible.

Cheers
You must remove the inserts. They retain the seat back. A kind of interlock.
The inserts fit in tubes integral to the car frame.

Here's a pic depicting the tubes


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      04-29-2012, 04:17 PM   #11
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If anyone is near me (charlotte,NC)
I can activate this for you via coding

At least I think I can....I know for a fact I can with E46's
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BIG thanks Audi4t! ANd as for coding. You cannot code these functions. Only comfort close/open while holding button. Read up on the device, it does much more.

Mine's going in next week.
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BIG thanks Audi4t! ANd as for coding. You cannot code these functions. Only comfort close/open while holding button. Read up on the device, it does much more.

Mine's going in next week.
I can code 95% of those features.
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      04-29-2012, 06:02 PM   #14
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BIG thanks Audi4t! ANd as for coding. You cannot code these functions. Only comfort close/open while holding button. Read up on the device, it does much more.

Mine's going in next week.
I can code 95% of those features.
It may be possible to code if you have comfort access - but early 1's don't have CA so coding not a viable option.
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      06-02-2012, 01:08 PM   #15
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Finally did this, had a free morning. Couple of updates to the original post... the socket for the back seat is BMW's favorite size, 13 .. not 12 or 14 as stated here and in Mods4Cars instructions... maybe some older cars had a different size, YMMV.

Pulling out those black retainer pieces is easy once you know the trick is an understatement. Contrary to logic, you don't push from the tube outward, but you click the retention piece inward, into the inside of the tube. Took 10 minutes to figure that out, then 30 seconds to get all the rest done.

Way worth it to install this. WAY!
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      06-03-2012, 10:22 PM   #16
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Not to Hi-Jack but I have a new, never installed Smart-Top module for my 09 128 vert. if anyone in Houston is interested I'll let it go for $200.00...
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Great write up. I wonder why this feature didn't come stock.
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Gangsta.. I got ur PM. For some reason I can't PM or post anything other than "quick reply" PM me ur email... Thx
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      06-11-2012, 06:30 PM   #19
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Pulling out those black retainer pieces is easy once you know the trick is an understatement. Contrary to logic, you don't push from the tube outward, but you click the retention piece inward, into the inside of the tube. Took 10 minutes to figure that out, then 30 seconds to get all the rest done.
So the idea is to take the coat hanger hook thingy and pull the top of the retention latch in towards the center of the tube until it "clicks" locking it in a retracted position? Yes, I'm a little slow, I've worked on this for 20 minutes with no success.
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Forget the coat hanger thing - find a small screwdriver with a decent length handle... put in on angle and pivot top of retainer inward into tube. The retainers are located about 1.5" down and parallel to seatback.
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      06-13-2012, 05:57 PM   #21
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Pulling out those black retainer pieces is easy once you know the trick is an understatement. Contrary to logic, you don't push from the tube outward, but you click the retention piece inward, into the inside of the tube. Took 10 minutes to figure that out, then 30 seconds to get all the rest done.
So the idea is to take the coat hanger hook thingy and pull the top of the retention latch in towards the center of the tube until it "clicks" locking it in a retracted position? Yes, I'm a little slow, I've worked on this for 20 minutes with no success.
The latches don't lock in the retracted position. You retract one with a tool or screw driver blade and at the same time apply upward force on the assembly to release it from the tube. It's difficult to explain and more difficult to visualize but when you have done one you will see how simple it is.
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Can this not be done via coding?
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