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Vintage bonnet catches or not? #591767
25/08/19 06:38 PM
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Here I am again with another question for the experienced!

Apart the aesthetical, are the "Vintage bonnet catches" a mandatory option for comfort and/or security or just, as mentioned, aesthetical?

Should I order my M3W with or without them?

Thanks


Javier - Madrid, Spain - Commander of the Speedy Marmots Bomb Squadron
Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: Marmota] #591768
25/08/19 06:42 PM
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According to my experience it must be increased comfort.
I always hated the odd fiddling to get the bonnet fixed with the small twist catches.


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Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: Marmota] #591771
25/08/19 07:04 PM
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I prefer them to the standard Dzus fasteners, but the springs may slacken a bit with use - my bonnet rides forward around 1/2" on the go.

Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: Marmota] #591773
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+1 to the bonnet moving forward during a drive, needs some sort of locating pin.
They look nice and make removal and refitting much easier than the Dzus though.

Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: M3W55] #591777
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Another concern is that the Dzus fasteners are "unknown" for the regular public, so they do not invite to play with as much as the vintage fasteners… People can play with them while the M3W is parked without surveillance...


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Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: Marmota] #591779
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I do not think that you need to be concerned about that. Mine has been parked in several European countries and, while it often attracts attention, no-one has interfered with it.

Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: Marmota] #591784
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The dzus are not bad given the infrequency of lifting the bonnet... but I do like the split bonnet conversions done by some I think en France!

Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: Marmota] #591788
25/08/19 08:40 PM
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Not had any problems with the Dzus fasteners, you just need a little time to align them before securing, they are not quick. No one has ever opened them when the car has been parked in public places. Admittedly they are a little fiddly to secure and maybe I am more used to fastening them than most....they are aircraft fasteners after all and compared to some aircraft panels a M3W bonnet is easy. The spring type fasteners that some have used are easier to use but don't hold the panel in place securely. You also end up with the blank for the unused Dzus hole.

Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: Marmota] #591800
26/08/19 02:34 AM
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I have the old style latches and must say that they do not hold the bonnet in one place securely. The bonnet shifts and the rubber pads on the lower front want to leave the bonnet.
If i wrte to do it again i might get the dzus fasteners just to hold it more securely. I have no trouble with the dzus on the boot.


Stephen
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Re: Vintage bonnet catches or not? [Re: Marmota] #591801
26/08/19 03:30 AM
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Dzus fasteners are a pain in the ass for this application. This is one upgrade that appears blingy/visual at first, but the vintage bonnet catches are also just easier to use. My dealer told me that was one upgrade he urges all those who order one to do, and I'm very glad I did it, despite it being like a $420 upgrade. It was well worth the money for me after I thought about fiddling with the Dzus fasteners...

Plus, in my mind, the 3W is the ultimate throwback car. So I'm also glad for this particular blingy upgrade.

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