Start of winter re-furb / upgrade program on my E89 35is

B21

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British Zeds
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Scottish Borders
Model of Z
E89 35is
Day 3..finally got a trial fit..my poor dremel has had a few tiring days…

Here’s a few static pics plus a YouTube link….
View: https://youtu.be/q2z9V6H6chE?si=8waufCWyKE_RDpTe


The key point that emerges is you have to take the top cowl off the instrument cluster, then fit the new ID4 cluster to the removed top cowl, then refit the top cowl to the dash..

The issue is the 4 of the 6 screws are hidden..two are easy, one difficult, three almost impossible..

My friend in Italy fitting his to another Atacama Yellow LHD 35is has lost his temper and butchered the fittings and glued the whole thing together.
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B21

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British Zeds
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E89 35is
I broke the two outboard lugs off the dashboard when I removed it..on one side my defence was that some Germanic hand maidens had attached a set of GPS leads to part of it..

I decided to buy a second hand one..on arrival it too had the lugs broken..and unlike mine no sign of the broken bits..plus two other major bits damaged ..not bad for £400…

So decided to try and repair mine.

I super glued the lugs back on and then attacked it with a ‘welder’…

Basically it’s a glorified soldering iron head..two off…that uses the current through the metal pin to heat it to red hot..it then melts into the plastic and you let it cool whilst in situ..then you remove the ‘gun’..the pins are push fit into the end so the gun simply detaches itself from the now embedded pin.

There are several versions of the pin.

There is a spatula device to warm bars of material anc melt them as well.

It’s not pretty and needs a degree of finishing but compared to a glued joint much much stronger.

It’s the same effect as re-bar in concrete..

We’ll see how it goes on re-installation..

I was so impressed with it I used some scrap plastic to restructure / add some support to the area in the dash where I had dremeled (with the benefit of hindsight) too much material away..

For areas that are not visible it seems a possible salvation for all those broken clips etc..

There are some videos showing super glue ..the liquid version with binders like cotton wool, bicarbonate of soda, even cigarette ash to support broken parts..but in this case there isn’t the space to use that technique…..
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B21

Zorg Addict
British Zeds
Joined
Oct 1, 2023
Points
53
Location
Scottish Borders
Model of Z
E89 35is
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I looked at one of those for repairing one of my under trays but opted instead to melt in some stainless mesh and soldering in some plastic rod with a satisfying repair. I need to update that in my thread at some point but another option to add repairing plastics.
I used some chunky aluminium plates pop riveted for my under tray..depends on the problem area I think..the problem with the lugs is there’s no space either side to strengthen the join as the lugs ‘slot’ into an area with limited width..
 
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