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Old 08-25-2004, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!

I am converting my manual sunroof to an electric moonroof I picked up at salvage yard. I need some help on how to do the switch from manual to electric! Anyone here ever done this? Is it possible for me to do it myself? Any help or suggestions will be very helpfull! Thanx in advance, Bryce.
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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from what i hear its a night mare haha...i think its going to have to be a trial and error thing...you have the manual for your car? it should tell you how to access the sunroof internals in detail the let the fun begin...haha def let me know how it turns out...
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I don't recommend it... the conversion requires running power up to the sunroof area and then installing the motor as well as the relay and swtich. What I would do is take apert the headliner of a modle that has the sunroof motorized and see how it;s setup. then try to copy it to get the same result. i took mine apart to do some serious body work in the sunroof rollback area and it was a pain in the ass to get the whole deal back together properly. Id take it to a shop or a guy who has done it before.

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Dude, how lazy can you be to turn a freaking handle. I think that is the greates invention ever. That electric bs is going to take you more time installing than turning that handle for the rest of your driving life.

Is if even lighter than the manual??? By the way, webasto won't charge you much for installing it for you if you have the parts and they'll do it right the first time.
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Dude, how lazy can you be to turn a freaking handle. I think that is the greates invention ever. That electric bs is going to take you more time installing than turning that handle for the rest of your driving life.
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The actual conversion is from a regular sunroof to a glass moonroof. I figuered since it is leaking at the moment and I got the working parts from a similar car I found at a scrap yard, I didn't think the switch would be to hard... It has nothing to do with being lazy... But you do raise a point that if it is going to be real hard to switch it's not really worth it... I'll post when the job is done... By the way, Any one know a quick way to fix a leaky sunroof... I bought a new seal for the glass one but what about the drains, I ran compressed air through them to remove any clogs, but no succes. they still leak, how can I cheak/replace them without taking the whole interior out?
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You can take out the speaker panels in the front and look to see if the drains are cracked. If the still feel somewhat flexable more disaslembly is going to be required to find the leak. The seal that goes arround the sun/moon roof does not seal out water, it just seals out the air so you don't get tons of wind noise going down the road while the roof is closed. Try opening the roof all the way and pour small ammounts of water down the drains and see if backs up or actuall goes down the drain. If it backs up sometimes it can be uncloged with thick weed wacker string, just get a refill roll from your local hardware store. Feed the string down the drain and see if it stops before it comes to the end of the drain.

Also don't change from a crank operated roof to power not worth the time and it is heavier. Just change the panel from the metal to the glass.
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thanks for the tip! I checked the drain by poring water in them and it dosn't back up but it leaks iside the car by the door trim. I pushed compressed air throught them to remove any clogs (suggested by my mecanic) . The problem seems to be 1: the drains are craked 2: water acumulates in the roof and is not properly diverted towards the drains... the craked drain is a lesser problem because the water just tricles down the side of the door, The other whoever has been more of a pain in the ass because the water trickles down on the passengers, more specifically either my girlfreind or a client (I'm a real estate agent, you can imagine that it can be somewhat imbarassing). I temporarely solved the problem by stuffing rags in there but that solution sucks. By the way is there suposed to be a second panel that slides back to hide the metal cross bars and roof on the sunroof, if so My car had none when I bought it...
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