Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Broken Plastic Side Panel Pin
I think I may have it mended. spafxer, your idea could have merit now I've been through it.
It was the upper left pin, left side of m/c. The BIG deal with it is there is scarecely any material to work with in terms of a "glue type" repair.
BUT: the pin sits up on a sort of pedestal molded out from the inside of the side panel skin. Between the inner side of the panel and the molded on tripod from which the pin protrudes is an open space about 3/4"x 3/4"x3/4". Not a very robust deal, BMW!
Anyhow I spotted a scrap small cube of styrofoam in my basement. Carved it to fit in the space under the tripod base-end of the pin. Added 2 very thin "shims" of very thin scrap
plastic. Tried using a pair of long nose vise grips to clamp the tripod base- end of the pin so it was held vertically...idea WORKED!
Took it apart. Mixed my really old 2 tube epoxy gunk. Put a fair bit on buut NOT TOO MUCH! Reclamped it all very carefully using a layer of thin wood TO PROTECT THE OUTSIDE face of the panel from the vise grip jaw. Six hrs. later...pretty solid. Laid on another thin layer of epoxy. Appears almost as solid as the others now.
I'm not really sure how critical these things are to the fit and stability of those side panels now I have done this. Imean, we do have ALL THOSE FREAKIN' 10 OR 11 SCREWS!
Would appreciate anyone's thoughts on this aspect of thedeal. Is this BMW overkill? Do you guys think these 2 pins on each side are really essential? I mean, if you couldn't mend it and they were real critical; is BMW gonna make me buy a brand new one of their stinkin' panels 'cause a 1" plastic pin snapped???!!!! (Yeah they prolly would like that!!)