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  • Pop-out window rubbing

    The frames of my pop-out windows has chafed through the paint.
    Is this typical, or do I have an alignment issue?
    Thanks


  • #2
    Yes, and yes. Best option is to convert to fixed windows like BMW did.... The other option is to fix the rust, realign the windows as best you can and cut a narrow piece of helicopter tape to cover the area where it rubbed through the paint before. That will buy you some time but the windows will rub through the tape eventually. If you keep your eye on it, you could replace the helicopter tape once you see it getting thin.
    Ron ///Man

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    • #3
      Thanks Ron. Looks like I have to pull the exterior trim to realign? If so, I really don't want to crack that egg. I have some helicopter tape here. I'll clean up, and tape it.

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      • #4
        Hi Mick, mine rub too, but I think it's the rubber strip getting hard, not metal to metal. But I caught it before the rust... Bike stores sell clear chainstay protector films. Mine has lasted >20 years. But I only open my windows occasionally... I also just changed the rubber strip.

        On a related note, water here takes a long time to dry, so after a car wash it is a good idea to open the windows and dry that area.

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        • #5
          Mick,

          If I recall correctly, you pull the B pillar on the interior, you'll see the screws that hold the trim in place. You can loosen and adjust for the alignment.

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          • #6
            Mick:

            As James said, you adjust by way of the B pillar. If I recall correctly, remove the coat hook at the top of the B pillar and you should find a 5mm nut behind it. Lower down the b pillar I believe there's a cover you pry out to get to the lower 5mm nut. Loosen them slightly and you should be able to change the angle at the rear of the window upward and away from the paint. I converted my race car many years ago to fixed rear quarter windows, and both of my 1990 street cars already had them, so it's been a while since I've done this.

            Ron
            Ron ///Man

            • '91 Gr-A Former CiBiEmme / Ravaglia - Sold
            • '90 M3 Faux EVOII Alpineweiss 36K Orig Owner - The Queen
            • '91 M3 Faux EVO III Brilliantrot Euro Driveline - The Rocket
            • '91 M3 Faux Gr-A Club Racer DM - The Alter EGO
            • '89 M3 M3T / ITR Club Racer
            • '94 Spec E36 - Eh....
            • '09 M3 - Tarmac Terrorist
            • '04 330Xi Sport 6 Speed - Snowmobile
            • '07 530 Xi - Highway Star
            • http://www.imwcarparts.com/e30-m3-parts.htm


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            • #7
              I should do this too. I have the same issue on my driver side pop out windows.

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              • #8
                IIRC, it's an 8mm head on the nuts. Lift and tighten. No exterior trim removal required. Minimal access on the interior.
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