In Reply to: Convertible Hardtop Question posted by Schmoulty on October 10, 1999 at 08:55:50:
: I am picking up an M3 convertible this week with a hardtop and was wondering how people store the hardtop when not in use? Does BMW sell a rack or lift so it can be stored above the car (like Mercedes tops)? Have people built lifts or racks?
: If there isn't anything good by BMW (or if it is way overpriced), I would probably make a rack out of 2x4s and carpet remnants as padding. Has anyone done this?
: Also, any suggestions for protecting the rear window? My dealer said to put a towel in the top as it is closing to protect it from scratching when the top is down or hardtop on. Anyone tried this? Any other recommendations?
: Thanks for any suggestions...
3/4" iron pipe, covered with foam pipe insulation is a good alternative for those of us without an extra garage stall. Connections are threaded, and flanges, with extra long screws, can be used to affix the piping to overhead joists. Price would likely be higher than the 2X4 scheme, but it may look more professional.
Let us know what you work out!