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post #1 of 13 Old 07-22-2011, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Tonneau cover hard to get on - convertible top

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New to this forum, but been driving Camaros a long time. I ordered a nice new SS 2011 Convertible, upgraded the exhaust, sounds great, but only problem is the top. It flaps in the wind without the tonneau cover on, and it takes 10 mins struggling to get the clips onto the posts. The design is horrible, I doubt many weaker persons could even snap the top on. Has any one heard of anyone modifying the the hooks, to make it easier to fasten. I think some heavy duty snaps would work great, or very strong magnetic fastener. Please let me know, I will design my own soon. Thanks.
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Hello,
New to this forum, but been driving Camaros a long time. I ordered a nice new SS 2011 Convertible, upgraded the exhaust, sounds great, but only problem is the top. It flaps in the wind without the tonneau cover on, and it takes 10 mins struggling to get the clips onto the posts. The design is horrible, I doubt many weaker persons could even snap the top on. Has any one heard of anyone modifying the the hooks, to make it easier to fasten. I think some heavy duty snaps would work great, or very strong magnetic fastener. Please let me know, I will design my own soon. Thanks.

Sounds like the dealer didn't show you how to put it on correctly.... snaps first, tuck in ends, the tuck in the back under the lip. It should not flap.

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its not that hard. I can do it myself in about 2 mins tops. tuck in front flap first then the sides then the back. then snap in the front sides
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-23-2011, 12:47 PM
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I found the engineering behind how the convertible top stowed to be very poor with this plastic tourneau cover and there is also something you have to do in the truck (looks like a roller shade). Why couldn't they have done a system like what is on the Corvette with the trunk style tourneau. I sincerely hope they change it, then perhaps I would consider buying one.
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Here's my advice on the posts/clips...

You need (2) sets of washers, x2 each. Both the inner diameter to go over the post thread, one set, a thin washer, equal to the diameter of the post itself. The other, a 2.5-3" diameter...

Take out your posts (be careful not ton lose the nut down the frame) install the smaller washer between the post before it hits the plastic frame... this will serve to "elongate"thebpost and give a bit more room to grasp when installing. Then install the large washer at the very front, against the trim plastic... this will hold the plastic from buckling up when the bolts tightened and interfereing with attempts to get the clips to secure.

Been running this way for over a year, tanneau is the least of my complaints now, lol!
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If you go to my pix, I up loaded the photo instructions. Very crude but it helped me....Hey! I got it to attach! Hope this helps.
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What's your advice?

This week the weather is warming enough to drop the top for the first time since purchasing my Camaro. It's the first convertible I've owned.
My commute is 12 miles / 35 minutes, 8 of which are on a freeway, with brief spurts hitting 55 mph.
Would you forgo the time involved in putting the tonneau cover on/off or spend the time putting it on/off?

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I do in town trips without the cover, but my work commute is about 25 minutes at highway speeds. I never do that without the cover. I have a 12 with the bungie straps and have modified it with the Velcro as discussed on this forum.





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I really really have to stop letting my tonneau cover sit in the trunk collecting dust. I'm going to make the move this weekend to actually take it out and see if I can attach it and NOT lose it (as quite a few have on the freeway). Hmmm....maybe I should pull the wind deflector out of the trunk while I'm at it.
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