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Most expeditious way to remove and replace the rear quarter panel on a 2000 BMW Z3 roadster. Appears to be fairly straightforward. Just seeking some more experienced advice.

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  • dino001655 Mar 26, 2011

    The quarter panel on a 2000 bmw z3 is bolted on, not welded on as your earlier "expert" asserted as I have the new quarter panel and can see all the bolt holes. I was just inquiring in regard to the most expeditious way in which to remove and replace the panel. Any tricks or shotcuts?

  • dino001655 Mar 26, 2011

    The quarter panel is bolted on, not welded on as I have the new panel and can see all the mounting holes. Your "experts" so far have never done this job on a 2000 bmw z3

  • dino001655 Mar 26, 2011

    I can plainly see all the bolt attachment holes in the new quarter panel. A number of body shops have told me that the panel is bolted, not welded on. Your experts have plainly not performed this job on a 2000 BMW Z3.

  • dino001655 Mar 26, 2011

    Hey hotchevy, The local body shops I spoke to and brought the car by to look at made no mention of any welding aspects. They said that it unbolted and the new one bolted on. I purchased the new/undamaged panel from a salvage yard and there is absolutely no evidence of any spotwelds, other welding or marks where it would have been cut from the salvage vehicle. Frankly, I would prefer that the new panel not be welded on as if another idiot runs into me and hits the panel it will have more "give" and not be as likely to damage adjacent body parts or cause structural damage. The panel is currently being painted by a pro shop but as I recall it had no less than 10 1/4" to 5/16" mounting holes in it. It seems that that would be more than adequate to secure a panel that weighs about 20 to 25 pounds. Any comments?

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REAR QUARTER HAS TO BE CUT OUT.AND NEW OR USED QUARTER PANEL HAS TO BE WELDED IN PLACE TO THE MAIN STRUCTURE.YOU NEED A LOTS OF BODY WORK SKILLS TO CUT OUT REAR QUARTER PANEL.YOU HAVE TO USE MIG WELDER TO KEEP FROM OVER HEATING WARPING PANEL METAL.YOU NEED A LOT OF TOOLS.IT NOT A EASY JOB IF ITS YOUR FIRST TIME DOING BODY WORK.

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  • Jonah Oneal Mar 26, 2011

    REAR QUARTER PANEL HAS BOLT HOLES IN IT.BUT HAS TO WELDED TO MAIN STRUCTURE GIVE IT STABILITY.YOU CAN UNBOLT REMOVE FRONT FENDERS BUT REAR QUARTER PANEL EXTENDS INTO ROOF PILLAR OR TRUNK.

  • Jonah Oneal Mar 27, 2011

    THE CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER OKAY YOU CAN REMOVE WHOLE REAR QUARTER PANEL FROM TRUNK AREA LOOK UNDERNEATH AND IN TRUNK AREA OF YOUR CAR FOR ALL THE BOLTS TO REMOVE REAR QUARTER PANEL.I THOUGHT YOU HAD THE HARD TOP BMW.YOU NEED A HELPER TO DO THIS JOB.

  • Dan Holmes Dec 30, 2013

    I'm doing the hard top Coupe an it too is bolted on. You need to remove the inner gargo trim and liners to get at the bolts along the bottom of the rear side window. Laborious to say the least but no welding.

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Check w/ RealOem.com. Enter your cars' description and scroll through to bodywork, rear panels and you'll see an exploded diagram of it.

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What you are talking, bolted on, must be the front fender. Several panels on one side need to be replaced, the main ones being the rear quarter panel and the front fender. --------- Well replacing the front fender isn't that hard to do. It is just bolted on. When it comes to quarter panel replacement it is alot bigger of a deal. The quarter panel is welded to the car. To replace the quarter you would need to remove the rear window because it is spot weld inside the jam and you would have to section the rear door jamb and the rear pillar to weld the new one on. -------------How bad is the quarter panel? Alot of places will tell you that it needs to be replaced because they don't want to do actual bodywork. If the metal can be straightened then it can be fixed. --------------- If the quater panel looks like a crumpled ,than you may have more damage than than you think.Like the rear frame rails maybe bent.----------Keep updated.Thanks.Helpmech.

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Hello
Straight forward this repair is not, replacing a rear 1/4 panel like this requires the old panel be cut off with special metal shears, all the old spot welds removed and the new panel spot welded back on, this is a job that requires a high degee of metal working knowlege not to mention very expensive special equipment, no this is not a do it yourself job by any means.

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    yadayada Mar 26, 2011

    I really doubt you will find a dedicated body repair expert on this site. There is spot welding involved, you will find that out when you go to remove it. I didn't mean to burst your bubble, sorry for that. If I am wrong then I apologise in advance. Good Luck

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They are cut off with an air chisel and spliced in then tack welded. A proffessional body repairman call offer you assistance here



http://www.popularhotrodding.com/tech/0804phr_rear_quarter_panel/index.html

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    frank thomas wilson Mar 27, 2011

    My friend has on which was purchased wreck and his was welded on. Made in germany or usa for they had both types made

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