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Old 03-17-2015, 10:13 PM   #16
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Was wondering about any updates here. No rush or trouble, just curious.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:27 PM   #17
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Hey,

I had a chance to print a few samples in ABS but during the process we moved our office location and our living space. Right now, our machine is not set up so I can't go any further. Tomorrow, we plan to set up the printer, I am hoping I will have these printed in Nylon by this weekend.

Hope that is a great update for everyone. If all goes as planned and we have these printed, we will get them tested and ready to sell in a week or two.
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:15 PM   #18
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Count me in for 2 sets also
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:58 PM   #19
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Id be interested in a set of cali top gears as well. Please PM me when complete
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:18 PM   #20
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Hey,

Just wanted to update everyone.

We are in the process of improving the design of the gear to increase strength.

We are bought the equipment to produce the rubber spacer in between the gears. We ran the machine a few times but will have to make improvements on that due to some air left over in the rubber.

I will get you all some pictures and contact everyone once we have a finalized product. I will also include a warranty for these gears, if anything wears out, i will gladly replace it for you all.
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Heard you printing these gears?? If so how can I order some??? Thanks!!
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:30 AM   #22
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I don't know if my posts posted but I need these gears also!!! Please send me a few!!!
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Hey man, definitely. I'm finishing up the testing tonight. The first set was strong but I could get the motor to eat up the gear under intense pressure. I am trying a new material but had to buy special parts for our machine. I will keep you updated. Thanks for the interest.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:26 AM   #24
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HEY EVERYONE!!

I just finished up the gears and will have BlackBMWs test the gears for me. I did all of the testing I could here with the spare motor he sent me and was unable to cause any damage to the gears.

I will also get one other person to do detailed testing for me. If both people say they work well and are okay for sale, I will get gears to everyone who needs them!> sorry about the wait everyone, just in time for spring!

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I am looking for one member with over 50 post to do a second set of testing for me. You will have to give me a deposit on the gears, but once you do the testing for me, and prove it with either a video or detailed pictures, i will refund all of your money and you keep the gears as a thank you for your time and commitment. You would have to be able to install the gears ASAP, take pictures of the install, and give feedback to me on how they work, how they hold up after opening and closing the roof multiple times, ect.

If you are interested in doing testing for me, let me know.
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I only have three posts so far (very new here ) however I am a nurse and very trustworthy!! I replaced the sun roof motor 2 years ago and the gears already wore out. I really need these gears . Lori
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:55 AM   #26
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Still time to post 48 more posts!

Thanks Mike for working this for the Cali Community. I know hasn't been cheap or easy to produce these but having our tops letting in the sun again is worth the wait.

Thanks soooo much!

I would remind folks to ensure the tracks and sliders are clean and dry lubed so everything operates smoothly. A binding top will create extra stresses on the new gears. I wonder how many tops have been maintained as some are 19 years old.

I'll test the new gears in my existing motor to simulate our well used motors. What's cool is this could revive a bunch of "broken" motors to get available working supplies back up.

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Black BMW - Thanks again for helping me with this. I am happy to help the community.

Lori - Don't worry, I will make these available very soon at a discounted price to everyone on the 318ti website. I will also make them available on eBay but at a much steeper price.

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Because dealing with plastic is not a perfect art yet (unless you have expensive equipment) some gears looks flawless and some have cosmetic blemishes on the bottom (where they are in contact with a surface). I will be selling both on this website at fair prices. The best looking ones will get sent to ebay.

I will keep you all updated.
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Bump. Have you got a second taker yet?

I MIGHT be up for this.

I would have to do research on the process, as I've never been into mine. Works great right now and would hate for that to change, but I'm down to support the cause if there are no other takers or more competent hands.
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Not yet, I would certainly send you a set to test. I will PM you the details.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:10 PM   #30
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Received my motor and the new set of test gears. I put them in one of my motors that has stripped gears, install and test this weekend. I can test operation and will at highway speed multiple times. What I can't test so much is temperature variance. It about 70-80 degrees out here. If tester #2 was in a hot climate that would be a good thing. In a few months, it will climb to 100-110 degrees, but that's later.

Thanks Mike, I'll send you the retrofit video and top operation at idle and at highways speed.

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