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Rollover Protection System for BMW Z3 roadster (E36/7) with subwoofer system “Harman Kardon”

EBA – 01 29 9 415 343
BMW Installation Instructions

Cannot be fitted in combination with rigid or folding wind deflector.

Installation of the rollover protection system should be carried out by a BMW specialist workshop. Installation time approx. 2.5 hours which can vary according to the condition and fittings of the vehicle.

The working steps and safety advice enumerated in these installation instructions for fitting the rollover protection system must be unconditionally complied with. The rollover protection system is s o c ons tructed that with proper fitting no damage can result to the vehicle.

BMW accepts no liability for damage which occurs as a result of not following the work sequence and safety instructions. In addition, any warranty claim against BMW AG is extinguished in the event of im proper fitting and handling which diverges from the installation and operating instructions .

CAUTION !

The fitting of the rollover protection system is to be carried out only by a BMW specialist workshop.
This is the only place where trained personnel are available together with the necessary tools and auxiliary materials. Under other circumstances the car may be damaged.

Note

In addition to the supplied parts kit, colour-bound interior components which are listed in the EPC must be placed in readiness, Specifically these are: cover left/right, storage box for subwoofer and rollover protection system, cover for storage box, rear upper side trim panel left/right and covering left/right.

Required tools

Hexagon key and inserts SW 9, SW 10, SW 16
Flat-tip screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
TORX screwdriver, inserts TX 30, TX 40
Torque spanner
Tape measure

P arts kit

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a Rollbar (2x)
b Console (2x)
c TORX bolt (14x)
d TORX bolt (4x)
e Locking tooth nut (4x)
f Speed nut (8x)
g Bracket (2x)
h Hexagon head screw (6x)
i Installation instructions (1x)

Contents

Section

  1. Part-dismantle the centre console
  2. Dismantle storage box
  3. Dismantle side trim parts
  4. Determine the position of the subwoofer
  5. Fit consoles
  6. Fit brackets for subwoofer
  7. Fit rollbars
  8. Install subwoofer
  9. Maintenance of the rollover protection system

1. Part-dismantle the centre console

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Prise out the covering caps (1) on both sides of the centre console using a flat tip screwdriver and undo the Phillips screws.

Fitting for smokers:

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Take out ashtray insert and undo Phillips screws (1). Then take out ashtray (2).
Then undo Phillips screw which fixes the centre console.

Non-smoker version:
Take out storage tray and undo Phillips screw which fixes the centre console.
Place seats and backrests in forward position.

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Next undo the Phillips screws (1) on both sides of the rear mounting of the centre console.

2. Dismantle storage box

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Draw the centre console carefully upwards. Displace it and undo the Phillips screws (1) on both sides of the storage box.

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Next undo the mounting of the storage box in the convertible top compartment. To do this, prise out the coverings (1) and undo the Phillips screws

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Unclip upwards the cover (1) of the storage box at the front edge and open it.

Next undo the two Phillips screws (2) and take out the storage box upwards.
The storage box will no longer be required.

3. Dismantle side trim parts

Before dismantling the side trim parts, screw off the seat belt on the seat.

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Prise out each of the three covering caps (1) and undo the Phillips screws. Then remove the upper side trim panel (2) and pull it through the seat belt. The upper side trim panel (2) is no longer required. Unclip the sill strips in order to be able to remove the rear side trim panels.

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Undo each of the 4 Phillips screws (1) on the rear side trim panel and remove the side trim panel.
When removing the side trim panel fold the convertible top forwards a little.

4. Determine the position of the subwoofer

The present distance between the subwoofer and the sheet metal must be preserved when it is reinstalled. It is not admissible for the subwoofer to stand against the sheet metal or the storage box.

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Measure distances A and B with the tape measure for each side and make a note of them. These
measurements must be applied when the subwoofer is reinstalled later.

5. Fit consoles

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Unscrew each of the holding fixtures (1) and (2) and remove. The holding fixtures will no longer be required.
Then undo the connector to the power supply and remove the subwoofer.

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Undo the clips (1) on the rear floor covering.

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Fold the rear floor covering (1) forwards and place each of the consoles (b) in position. Screw in the
TORX bolts (c) and locking tooth nuts (e) for attachment of the consoles only lightly so that the consoles can still be moved. Place the speed nuts (f) in the recesses on the console.

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Before screwing the console (b) down finally, insert the rollbars (a) in order to be able to position the consoles exactly in accordance with the rollbars. Next tighten the TORX bolts (c) and locking tooth nuts (e) in the sequence 1 – 4. When the console has been screwed down the rollbar must still be able to be inserted easily into the two supports.

The tightening torque of the TORX bolts is 18.0 Nm, the tightening torque of the locking tooth nuts is 5.5 Nm.

Remove the rollbars again and clip the rear floor covering on.

6. Fit brackets for subwoofer

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Screw brackets (g) to the consoles, hand-tight in each case so that they can still just be moved. Put the speed nuts (f) on the brackets.

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Insert the subwoofer and screw it to the bracket (g). Move the brackets for each side in such a way that the previous measurements A and B can be applied again. When this has been done, screw the brackets tight.
The previous distance between the subwoofer and the sheet metal must be preserved when it is reinstalled. It is not admissible for the subwoofer to stand against the sheet metal or the storage box.

7. Fit rollbars

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Undo each of the hexagon head screws (1) and remove the subwoofer (2). The brackets remain on the consoles.
Fit the rear side trim panel and the sill strip in each case.

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Before putting on the new upper side trim panels it is essential that the two TORX bolts (d) for the seat belt deflection on the support tube are screwed in by 2 – 4 turns Then fit the new upper side trim panels for rollbars.

Fix the cable for the subwoofer at the left bracket before installing the storage box.

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Fit the storage boxes for rollbars (1) in the vehicle and clip on the side covers (2).

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Insert the rollbar (a) in each case as shown in illustration F 36 54 083 and secure it in the following sequence:

1. to the console (1)

2. to the support tube (2).

When tightening the TORX bolts the rollbar must be pressed down so that no large gap forms between rollbar and trim parts, and so that the attachment holes (3) do not become damaged. The tightening torque of the TORX bolts is 18.0 Nm. Then fit the seat belts and the centre console

8. Install subwoofer

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Undo the retaining bracket (1) on the storage box. Connect the subwoofer before installing it in the storage box.

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Guide the subwoofer (1) in from above and screw it to the brackets.
To make insertion of the subwoofer easier, the rubber-sheathed cable can be compressed.
Then screw the retaining bracket to the storage box and clip on the cover for the storage box.

9. Maintenance of the rollover protec tion system

The TORX bolts on the support tube and on the console which fix the rollbar must be retightened to the tightening torque of 18.0 Nm at the maintenance intervals Oil service, Inspection I and Inspection II (see service booklet). To retighten the TORX bolts, the coverings to the upper side trim panels must be prised out and the subwoofer dismantled.

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On the upper side trim panel, prise out the covering (1) with a screwdriver through the belt recess as shown in illustration F 36 54 065.

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