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Old 07-16-2014, 08:59 AM   #1
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Default California Top Trim rubber molding #?

Hey all, I was trying to find the part # for the rubber molding trim that goes on the outside around the california roof. Anyone know?
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:24 PM   #2
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Hey all, I was trying to find the part # for the rubber molding trim that goes on the outside around the california roof. Anyone know?
54112267292

Part#12 I ordered one from Germany. $74.45

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...98&hg=54&fg=05

Double check it's the one you're needing tho...
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:47 AM   #3
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Thanks BlackBMWs for replying, I can't find a picture of the part but the trim i'm talking about is highlighted in red. The outer most rubber trim, over time/age the corner shrinks (the red arrows) and water can get in leak inside the car. Please see the picture:



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54112267292

Part#12 I ordered one from Germany. $74.45

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...98&hg=54&fg=05

Double check it's the one you're needing tho...
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Yup I received mine on Friday. Like in your pic, it is the seal between the Cali top and the car.
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Thanks again BlackBMWs for the verification.

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Yup I received mine on Friday. Like in your pic, it is the seal between the Cali top and the car.
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No worries, glad to help out. What year is your top? Are you doing any maintenance to it before installing the new seal?
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:27 AM   #7
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my car is a 1996 (bought it at 90k and now 102k miles), much like that picture haha. it was leaking on all 4 corners. As a user on here said to use sealant to fix the leak and it did but only fixed the back corners.

The front are still leaking and I think it's probably due because of clogging in the waterways to go down to the wheel well. For now it only leaks a little when it rains hard, but i park on a hill which stops the leaking too.

I was thinking to clean up the sealant cuz I thought the fronts were due to the gasket but suspect its just clogged.

Only maintenance i did with the top is re-lubricate the rails, before the gears were struggling.. hoping it didn't damage that "gear" i keep seeing on this forum. With the new lubrication its sliding good with out the gears struggling.

I'm not sure what other maintenance is needed to the rooftop other than lubrication, which I'll need to recheck this weekend or so.

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So, I was replacing the rear drivers speakers on the Cali this weekend and noticed the drain tube had flattened against the stereo amp. I mean flat. I know water would have backed up there. The drain hose was hard and ridged. I have other tops where the drains are a little more pliable. I will use an air gun, examine and drain test all four drain hoses when I get around to dropping in the replacement top.

I have the vert top treatment to apply and will dry lube all the guides and sliders. The motor I have to install has intact solid gears, so, I should be good there and now I have a new seal for the perimeter to hopefully address any leak areas. the other thing I wil do is put a set of hose clamps or at least some nylon tie wraps to ensure the drain hoses are snug and don't come off.

I plan to take deinstallation pics as well as installation to add to the DIY base for the tops.

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looking forward to the deinstallation pictures then! I have the pdf founded on here that gives instructions on how to take it off, but who doesn't love more pictures?

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So, I was replacing the rear drivers speakers on the Cali this weekend and noticed the drain tube had flattened against the stereo amp. I mean flat. I know water would have backed up there. The drain hose was hard and ridged. I have other tops where the drains are a little more pliable. I will use an air gun, examine and drain test all four drain hoses when I get around to dropping in the replacement top.

I have the vert top treatment to apply and will dry lube all the guides and sliders. The motor I have to install has intact solid gears, so, I should be good there and now I have a new seal for the perimeter to hopefully address any leak areas. the other thing I wil do is put a set of hose clamps or at least some nylon tie wraps to ensure the drain hoses are snug and don't come off.

I plan to take deinstallation pics as well as installation to add to the DIY base for the tops.

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Does this thread need to be updated? Ive done two cali tops, going in for a third next summer.

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Does this thread need to be updated? Ive done two cali tops, going in for a third next summer.

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If you happen to have a camera handy and taking it out, maybe some pictures of the tubes, its been a long while. I usually park under something or a hill to avoid the leak. I'm going to take a air gun later when I service it at my friend's shop.

I think maybe the leak is from the tubes and just backs up when it's pouring, but i think to get to it i need to drop the roof lining, just never got around it
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I'm just waiting for warmer weather before I replace the next cali top seal. Its pretty easy task if you don't have a headliner. Checking the tubes using a air tool can help, just be cautious to not put too much air pressure throw the line.
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I’m looking forward to see this^
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I've got a few. Redoing the rubber gasket helped out my leaky top. My hoses weren't clogged. I only used one zip tie putting them back on. I guess two is water tight (they do that on boat lines or something?).







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Thanks for these pics. Was changing the seal as simple as it sounds?
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