E46 M3 Hardtop Help

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  1. 22 Mar 2020 at 5:56 PM #41
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    the rest of system Is std other than eisenmann, as I hate it too loud and I love the rasp.
    agree with the hard top on they look mega and with the top down too, actually look their worst with the soft top up lol.
    Best of both worlds having a hard top for the crappy weather.
     
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    My oil has still not arrived, but the weather has been so nice and sunny I thought I'd remove the hardtop regardless, and y'know wow, I am genuinely so pleased I did, because the car is so much
    more responsive. Now, what with the comparative empty roads, (they are empty), I'm like feeding on the gas down these little urban streets, and it's exciting, and the sounds, the exhaust I can now
    appreciate fully, and I'm pleased with what I did there. So I'm happy, and enjoying the whole roof off experience, and the car is driving tight, and I almost feel justified in spending the considerable
    money and hours,greasy hands, and all the rest that I've put into it over the last couple of years. Now if I'm not careful I'm probably going to break it, and be at a miserable low again hahahaha.
     
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    It deffo changes the driving experience, I think the ‘car feeling more responsive’ is a bit of a placebo effect due to you hearing the engine noise more and we associate that with speed/power as I kinda get that feeling too. The hard top is bulky but not heavy enough to make a marked/measurable increase I would have though.
    Now you just need to get yourself the eventuri off the sale page on here and your be amazed at the sound with the roof up or down :beer:
     
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    Does the Eventuri make a big difference?

    Also can you run it without a map. Im not into messing with maps but ive read that with certain upgrades you have to get the car remapped?
     
  5. 30 Mar 2020 at 3:01 PM #45
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    I havent had my E46 long and now with the lockdown im missing out on some good weather to have the top down.

    Hard top is currently on and the car is just sitting :(

    Cant wait to experience some top down fun. Saving up for an exhaust but I think the standard sound will be able to put a smile of my face.
     
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  6. 30 Mar 2020 at 3:21 PM #46
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    yes it does make a difference it runs straight out the box with no map, and you can immediately feel the car is more Rev happy and free. Obviously to get the best out of any mod like that you need a map but I ran mine for about 6 months without one.
    i would recommend one to anybody you get a lot more induction noise over std. and a more responsive car.
     
  7. 3 Apr 2020 at 12:49 AM #47
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    Hi Monkeyboy, all this time on our hands, "idle hands" an all that . . so I've been trying to replace the plastic arms, here goes, the plastic arms that articulate the flaps
    which cover the gaps revealed when the soft top is in the down position. Do you know the ones I'm getting at, the arms have a spring in them, and they pull the flaps shut when the roof comes down.
    I bought a set about 6 months back, and tried fitting them last week and completely failed trying to install them. Have you any history with these little buggers?
     
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    I know!! Lol this lockdown is getting expensive I keep ting bits I don’t need for my car!!!
    I know the arms you mean, one of mine broke a while back and I found it easier removing the whole plastic trim & rear card part and it’s easier to access then.
    The rear bench seat lifts up and out. Then there are 2 bolts in the arm rest then iirc the whole card pulls away. You have to remove the rubber door seal to release it too. Also don’t forget there is a little plastic pin that holds the rubber bit at the top of where the door shuts if that makes sense
     
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    Thanks monkeyboy you're a gent, I was struggling with where to go to next. I've had the rear door cards off previously so hopefully it wont take too long. I've lost 2 of the little springs whilst trying in vain
    to replace them through the small gap in the hood whilst in a half folded position(you need very strong little hands to make that work:blink:). Thankfully I nabbed the old ones which were still on their arms.
     
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