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Old 07-12-2006, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Convertible Top Problem - "off tension linkage rod" Broken

The right side "off tension linkage rod" on my 1997 E36 Automatic Convertible Top has snapped off close to the ball joint. Basicly were the arrows point to on page 7 off this link. http://tech.bentleypublishers.com/se...ble_Adjust.pdf

Local shop tells me that no one sells this as an individual part and I have to buy an entire replacement frame for a few grand. They think that they can weld it back together for a couple hundred bucks. But it is an awfully small area to be welding back together especially considering it is a "tension" linkage. They say they have never seen this problem on a top.

Any thoughts, suggestions, sources for used top frames?

Thanks,

Andrew
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