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Author Topic: Autocrossing a convertible - question  (Read 5388 times)
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« on: May 22, 2008, 07:02:14 AM »

As some of you know, I recently acquired a '96 BMW Z3 that I'm planning on bringing out Sunday and running in STS2.  However, I've never run a convertible before and have what may seem like a dumb question, but can't seem to find the answer.  There is a boot to go over the convertible top when it is down.  Do I need to have that attached to race, or is it OK to just have the top down where it stows?  It's fairly heavy and can't imagine it coming up, but was wondering whether the top must be "secured".  I know a lot of you folks run convertibles, so maybe someone out there can fill me in.
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008, 07:44:25 AM »

Duuhh -- how about rollover protection?  Do the comp regs require it for open-top cars?
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2008, 07:53:43 AM »

Rollover protection is not required for AutoX, but it IS for all track days.  As for the boot, the regs do not require it.  One reg to remember is that once the top is down, the windows have to be ALL the way down.  Oh yeah, and keep your hands in the car.  I almost forgot the most important rule: Have Fun!
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2008, 12:31:23 PM »

Thanks Scott - that answers my question.  BTW, the car has an HMS rollbar installed in it.  Looks like I'll have to pull the passenger door panel as the passenger window is only going down about 2/3rds of the way.  I'll need to figure out what is binding it up.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 07:14:08 PM »

Dennis,
There is some crazy window reset process, like key in position 1, drivers door open, stand on one leg and push some button, etc. . .

If it isn't in the repair manual search roadfly and I will see if i can find it also

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2008, 08:12:45 PM »

Ha Ha!  Yep, BMW's seem to have these crazy sequences for resets and things.   This turned out to be the electric mirror wire was routed under the window mechanism.  I re-routed and all seems to work just fine now.  Put some silicone spray in the door window channels while I had the panel off, too. 
Thanks for your help!
Dennis
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