Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog Tech Info Tech Forums
 
Follow Pelican Parts on Facebook Follow Pelican Parts on Twitter Follow Pelican Parts on Instagram Follow Pelican Parts on YouTube Follow Pelican Parts on Pinterest Follow Pelican Parts on Tumblr
  Search our site:    
View Recent Cars  |   Cart  | Project List | Order Status | Help    
 >  >
Convertible Stowage Compartment Base Replacement
 
Bookmark and Share

Pelican Technical Article:

Convertible Stowage Compartment Base Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Door panel clip tool, flathead & Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW Z4 Convertible (2003-06)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006)

Parts Required:

Compartment base, compartment adjusters

Hot Tip:

Clean once removed

Performance Gain:

Access to shocks and convertible top

Complementary Modification:

Replace convertible top

Interior trim pieces in BMW Z4 cars are often made of preformed hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws are used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

The mechanism of the soft-top stowage compartment base consists of twin hinges with

adjuster handles and gas dampers. The stowage compartment base is at its lowest position when the soft-top is stowed. When the soft-top is raised, the variable-position soft-top stowage compartment base can be manually raised to the upper position from inside the trunk. This provides additional trunk space so that bulky items such as groceries, golf bags, luggage can fit.

The soft-top can only be lowered when the stowage compartment base is at its lowest position.

The base has a microswitch that monitors its position, preventing the top from opening when in the upper position. The stowage compartment base can be moved to the upper or lower position by turning the adjuster handles. Gas dampers incorporated in the two stowage compartment base mechanisms hold the stowage compartment base at the respective limits of movement.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The stowage base (red arrow) runs along the bottom of the convertible top in the trunk, above the battery (blue arrow).
Figure 1

The stowage base (red arrow) runs along the bottom of the convertible top in the trunk, above the battery (blue arrow). Start by removing the battery, See our tech article on battery replacing.

Pull the trunk carpet out.
Figure 2

Pull the trunk carpet out. This will help keep it clean and prevent fasteners falling between the carpet panels (red arrow).

This photo shows the left side of the stowage compartment base.
Figure 3

This photo shows the left side of the stowage compartment base. The convertible top fabric clips onto it using a plastic channel. Start by removing the convertible top (red arrow) from the stowage base.

Unclip and lever (red arrow) the convertible top fabric (blue arrow) off the stowage base.
Figure 4

Unclip and lever (red arrow) the convertible top fabric (blue arrow) off the stowage base.

Unclip and remove the two stowage base height adjuster clips (red arrow).
Figure 5

Unclip and remove the two stowage base height adjuster clips (red arrow). Left side shown, repeat step for right side.

To unclip the two stowage base height adjuster clips, squeeze the tabs (red arrows) and remove from above.
Figure 6

To unclip the two stowage base height adjuster clips, squeeze the tabs (red arrows) and remove from above. Be careful not to drop them into the convertible top compartment.

This photo shows one of the clips being removed.
Figure 7

This photo shows one of the clips being removed. As you unclip them, reach inside the top and hold onto them so you don't lose them. Note the installation orientation for reassembly.

Left side.
Figure 8

Left side: Rotate the adjuster knob slightly and hold the adjuster up (blue arrow) about half way, then detach the stowage base (red arrow) from the adjuster.

Right side.
Figure 9

Right side: Rotate the adjuster knob slightly and hold the adjuster up (blue arrow) about half way, then detach the stowage base (red arrow) from the adjuster.

Remove the stowage base (red arrow) from the trunk.
Figure 10

Remove the stowage base (red arrow) from the trunk.

Inspect the springs (blue arrow) and mounting holes for damage.
Figure 11

Inspect the springs (blue arrow) and mounting holes for damage. Replace if necessary. When installing, arrow (red arrow) should point toward front of vehicle.

To replace the stowage base adjusters, start by removing the two 10mm fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 12

To replace the stowage base adjusters, start by removing the two 10mm fasteners (red arrows). Left side shown, repeat step for right side.

Working at the top of the adjuster (blue arrow), there is a plastic rivet that has to be removed (red arrow).
Figure 13

Working at the top of the adjuster (blue arrow), there is a plastic rivet that has to be removed (red arrow).

Working at the top of the adjuster, remove the plastic rivet (red arrow).
Figure 14

Working at the top of the adjuster, remove the plastic rivet (red arrow). Pry the center pin out then lever out the rivet body. Inset photo shows rivet removed. Left side shown, repeat step for right side.

Lift the adjuster up, then slide it toward the inside of the trunk and then toward rear bumper to remove (red arrow).
Figure 15

Lift the adjuster up, then slide it toward the inside of the trunk and then toward rear bumper to remove (red arrow). Left side shown, repeat step for right side.

Inspect the knob and locking action of the upper and lower functions when removed.
Figure 16

Inspect the knob and locking action of the upper and lower functions when removed. Look for any broken pieces, replace is necessary. Reverse steps to install new adjuster.

Bookmark and Share

  Search our site:    

View Cart & CheckOut | Project List | Order Status |  Help    

 

[Home] [Customer Service] [Shopping Cart] [Privacy Statement]
 [Contact Us] [About Us] [Shipping] [Map to our Location] [Careers]

Copyright © Pelican Parts Inc.

Page last updated: Sun 12/11/2016 03:00:05 AM