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      10-20-2018, 11:08 AM   #1
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Convertible 09 plastic flaps donít slide back in

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After the convertible top (2009 128i) is fully in the truck (top down), the last phase of the convertible top down procedure is for the plastic flaps to slide back into place. Whenever I put my top down I have to park my car and walk out of it to manually glide the sliders into place so the wind doesnít get into the convertible top mechanism in the back which causes a bad sound from the wind driving or can cause damage to it.

Is there a way to grease the part or does someone have a fix for this? It is a minor issues but it is annoying.

One of them seems to have misaligned so how would one go about relining it without major reopening of the convertible top!

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      10-23-2018, 08:28 AM   #2
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I had the opposite issue on one side of mine. The piece would not slide in when putting the top up, which caused the top to keep popping that trim panel. This meant I had to hold the sliding piece open while I put the top up. This was a pain in the ass so I took the panel off and detached it from the copper "spring" roll. So now my one side functions like yours. I'd rather that than have to hold the thing open every time I put my top up.

In your case, either the copper "springs" aren't attached anymore or the cable that pulls them isn't working. I'd bet it's the copper "spring". Take the panel off and have a look. You'll have to remove the seatbelt which is one easy bolt
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      09-29-2019, 08:36 PM   #3
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I’m dealing with the same issue now. When closing the top, the plastic trim piece that the flap and front seatbelt connect through starts popping up because the left side flap is not retracting. There’s a cable that connects from the underside of the flap and the copper “Spring” low135 mentions, to the hinge support on the Deck lid that covers everything when the top is retracted. As the cover goes up, it pulls the cable and retracts the flaps. When the deck lid goes back down, it releases tension on the cables (1per side) and the flaps return to the closed position.

Unfortunately, the cable, which is like a bicycle brake cable, connects to the hinge with a tiny piece of thin plastic, and mine broke.

To get at it, loosen the seat belt loop with an Allen or Torx wrench, remove all the plastic trim, and you’ll be able to follow the cable from the copper, through the foam guide and clips, back to the hinge. If you look at the non broken (other) side, no trim removal required, you can see where it goes to and from. Just stop the top while the deck lid is in the vertical position and then prop it in place while you’re working on it. Probably easiest to work on it with the top UP and the rear cover in the up position.

Shouldn’t be too hard to replace. Just having a hard time finding the part number for the cable and metal disk that holds the plastic onto the hinge portion. Guessing it’s special order from my dealer and I can’t find a schematic on any web sites to locate the actual part numbers.

More to follow, but here are a couple of photos, if I can get them to load.
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Iím dealing with the same issue now. When closing the top, the plastic trim piece that the flap and front seatbelt connect through starts popping up because the left side flap is not retracting. Thereís a cable that connects from the underside of the flap and the copper ďSpringĒ low135 mentions, to the hinge support on the Deck lid that covers everything when the top is retracted. As the cover goes up, it pulls the cable and retracts the flaps. When the deck lid goes back down, it releases tension on the cables (1per side) and the flaps return to the closed position.

Unfortunately, the cable, which is like a bicycle brake cable, connects to the hinge with a tiny piece of thin plastic, and mine broke.

To get at it, loosen the seat belt loop with an Allen or Torx wrench, remove all the plastic trim, and youíll be able to follow the cable from the copper, through the foam guide and clips, back to the hinge. If you look at the non broken (other) side, no trim removal required, you can see where it goes to and from. Just stop the top while the deck lid is in the vertical position and then prop it in place while youíre working on it. Probably easiest to work on it with the top UP and the rear cover in the up position.

Shouldnít be too hard to replace. Just having a hard time finding the part number for the cable and metal disk that holds the plastic onto the hinge portion. Guessing itís special order from my dealer and I canít find a schematic on any web sites to locate the actual part numbers.

More to follow, but here are a couple of photos, if I can get them to load.

Donít know if you finished this but is this your part?

https://www.bmwpartsdirect.com/oem-p...MtMGwtbDYtZ2Fz
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