In Reply to: Convertible Hardtop Question posted by Schmoulty on October 10, 1999 at 08:55:50:
I store my H-Top hanging from the ceiling of my two-car garage with the rear section resting on three "L" shape brackets(insulated/dressed with pipe foam. I also have one long foam floater cushioning the rear seal. The front section is suspended by three-inch wide tie down(adjustable). The sections where the tie down is resting I have piece of pipe foams. I got the H-Top located above the front hood of my M3C when it's stored away and my car parked (front in first) inside my garage. I bought two rubber boots from Home Depot to insert on the two latch pins. I have an old comforter blanket on top and blue tarp with velcro to protect it from dust and scratching.
It does help using the rear blanket protector if you're soft-top is down for a long period of time.
Let me know if you-re noticing a wear marks on the lower corner sections of your rear plastic window because mine does.
Btw, that blanket was made for the Z3s which fits OK for the M3C or 328C. On short trips I don't use my blanket (pain on the b---).
It takes two person to remove the H-Top which I have available. This is the reason I am selling my electric hoist (aftermarket brand new never used specially built for M3C, $200.00/paid $299.00.) Btw, the hoist could be use as suspended storage.
: 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...