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    Repair of rear shade "loop"


    Any ideas about repair or replacement of the "loops" attached to the leading edge of the rear sunshade that "hold it up"...... I'ld prefer a repair over replacing the entire sunshade.......


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    IUSED BLACK PIPE CLEANER

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    Pipe Cleaner

    Take a small length of black pipe cleaner and fashion it into a figure 8. Put one loop around the end of the shade, and hook the other loop to the tap in the headliner. Just twist or shorten the pipe cleaner to fit.

    I can custom make them for you, for a nominal fee (plus $5.95 S&H)<br>86 Landshark

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    Re: Repair of rear shade

    Mine was already done when I bought the car. He had used black wire hoop attached to the ends with small screw type tube clamps. Probably doesn't look as good as the pipe cleaner idea, But in lieu of clamps, one could use black wire ties.<br>Wynn

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    One of the larger paper clips holds quite well.

    and is nearly invisible. Just shape it with a needle nose plier.<br><CENTER><IMG SRC="http://members.roadfly.org/hughes/My.gif"></CENTER>

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    Small black zip tie bent square with needlenose

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    So, basically you McGyver this one.

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    Color shrink wrap..as good as new!

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    Re: Repair of rear shade

    I repaired mine by:
    1. Bend black finishing nail to shape, rasp ends with file.
    2. File old hook smooth.
    3. Drill hole slightly larger in diameter of nail into support bar.
    4. Fill hole with 2 part epoxy, dip nail end into hole and wait till hard.
    5. U can now use your shades!



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    What about the clip in the headliner -

    mine is broken.

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    I USED FISHING LINE!!!!!!...............more

    DK -88 M6,
    You need two people to do this, one to hold the shade and the other to drill the holes. First you take a small drill bit and drill two holes through the rod where the old \"loop\" came off the rod. You then take b/w 20 and 30 lb tess fishing line and feed it through the holes on both holes and make the loop. Then tie the non looped ends around the rod through the shade hole and back to the top of the loop. you can go around two time if you want for more strenth. then once you have tied the ends up cut them and burn the ends so they do not come untied. Then you are done. Good luck.<br><A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/xing6666/shark5.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://www.geocities.com/xing6666/shark5.jpg" ALT="ted's 635csi" HEIGHT=175 WIDTH=250 BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER></A>
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    14 ga. solid black insulated wire

    Gently seperate the sides of the material to get to rod inside.Bend the wire into a U shape and use the smallest tie wraps you can find to attach wire to rod and stick thru hole in material.Use a hot glue gun or similar glue to reattach sides of material.If you used the right lenghth of wire and attached at the correct angle it will loop over the hook first time every time and will not draw attention.

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    Repair of rear shade - Use Binder Clips

    I used large black binder clips on both sides of the shade to
    hold it up. You clip the alligator end of the clip to the
    shade and the chrome handles attached to the hook near the top
    of the rear window. This is a one minute job, is cheap, and
    works quite well.

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    A REAL solution

    do you have a non-functioning "Roller Sun Shield" (BMW part # 51461939054) but you can't use it because the parts that hook to the bracket (# 51461941328) on the headliner are broken?

    http://www.wtmi.net/bmw/broken_clips.jpg

    you can still get the bracket - but only in the anthrazit colour. my interior trim colour is Perlbeige, but i think the anthrazit kind of matches the black of the rear window gasket. so i'm good with that.

    but how do you deal with the broken clips (i hear you moan)? i know, you've tried the DIY roll-pin and welding rod solution, but i think that looks tacky.

    moan no longer!


    i came up with what i think is a more elegant solution: i downloaded some CAD software from a small parts manufacturer, grabbed a digital micrometer to get the dimensions of the one still intact clip i had, and "designed" the part. they machined the parts out of aluminium.

    CAD software was from http://www.emachineshop.com/machine-shop/

    the best quote i got for the manufacturing was from:

    http://www.firstcut.com/

    but afterwards, eMachineShop told me they would have met the other price.

    here is the data file of the part that i uploaded to the manufacturer:

    http://www.wtmi.net/bmw/bmwpart.igs


    my total was about $90 delivered for a pair. if several people got together for a run of 10 - the cost per piece goes down as the quantity goes up.
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    Kudos on developing an elegant solution. It sounds expensive, though, even at 50% of what you paid.

    About four years ago I carefully fashioned hooks from discarded aluminum wire (10 or 12 ga, I can't recall). Each hook was attached to a roll pin inserted in the tube, which I capped. Unless you knew the original hooks were black plastic, my version looks OEM and is robust, like BMW should have built it.
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    Ed Wrench has the best fix for repair of the sunshade for our E24s. Go to http://www.mwrench.com
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