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Old 05-14-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Adding a Sunroof AFTER purchase?

So I've decided on a 2013 fully loaded 2SS 1LE, but the one in my state has everything BUT a sunroof. I can look to purchase one out of state.. but the logistics are crazy. Especially since I'm looking to trade my V6 2011 in as a down payment.

Would it be possible to do a power sunroof install AFTER I purchase the one here in state? And would anyone in CA recommend a place to do the sunroof install if so?
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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I saw one here somewhere on the forum and it looked really good. I am sure if you search around enough you can find it. Most people are going to say don't do it since you have to hack up a brand new car plus you need to make sure the shop does it right. With the right bracing for it. Good luck to you in which ever way you go, personally I wouldn't do it. I would find one with one installed already.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:27 PM   #3
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There are some people who would add an after market sunroof, but this is highly not recommended.

The unibody on a Camaro with a sunroof is different than the unibody of one without. Its more than just cutting a hole in the roof and putting glass in it.

If were to do it again, I would not get a sunroof. You loose out on the Mohawk and it takes up head room. Something to think about if you go to the track and have to wear a helmet.

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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Sure it can and has been done... but I sure wouldn't do it, nor would I ever consider a car that had an aftermarket sunroof. I don't care what the logistics are for finding the car you want, I'd do that before I let anyone wack a giant hole in the roof of my new car.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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Don't look out of state............ make the dealership do it for you.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #6
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Just get one with it, my first camaro didnt have a sunroof and I regretted it ever since. My Z has the sunroof and makes the car look ****ing evil when its open.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:42 PM   #7
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Post # 9 is the one I saw and was talking about

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245902
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:47 PM   #8
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:48 PM   #9
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Ask your dealer to search out of state for you for a car that matches. That is what mine had to do. The dealerships have this thing where they can sell cars that are on other dealership's lots. My dealer traded the camaro they had sitting on their lot for mine which came 500 miles away from Illinois. I think I paid them $700 to go down and get it with a trailer. And I'm pretty sure you could talk them down on the price of that, I just never bothered to. You can read more about my story on how I got my car in my build thread. Otherwise I asked my dealer about adding an aftermarket sunroof. They did not recommend it as it would have a likelihood to leak and not line up correctly.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:47 PM   #11
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There are some people who would add an after market sunroof, but this is highly not recommended.

The unibody on a Camaro with a sunroof is different than the unibody of one without. Its more than just cutting a hole in the roof and putting glass in it.

If were to do it again, I would not get a sunroof. You loose out on the Mohawk and it takes up head room. Something to think about if you go to the track and have to wear a helmet.

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whats the unibody on a Camaro.....when the roofs are made at the plant they either get stamped with a sunroof hole or not...whats so different
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:05 PM   #12
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whats the unibody on a Camaro.....when the roofs are made at the plant they either get stamped with a sunroof hole or not...whats so different
Sunroof model has different structural supports, also lacks the reverse mohawk. It's not just a simple cut out on the roof.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:17 PM   #13
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Just say no.....bad idea...
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:18 PM   #14
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the sunroof its self has structural support.,,the hole has a flange around the edge of the cutout, the roof itself is only .63 mm thick, it is stronger around the edge where its spot welded to the sidepanel, I don't think the car has extra support because it has a sunroof
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:25 PM   #15
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Looks odd with the mohawk roof IMO. Why pay for an aftermarket one when you could get one brought in from elsewhere or order one how you want.

The non sunroof coupe has 2 main supports at front and rear then 2 more supports in it. One running side to side by the rear quarter windows and one running right down the middle of the mohawk. Obviously you will have to cut out a good part of that one and need to add new supports that probably come with any kit just like they did on the Tjin Camaro.

Lastly, the only good way to remove the headliner fully is either remove the windshield or remove the passenger seat and go out the door with it. PIA
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:00 PM   #16
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I worked at an aftermarket auto shop way back in the day and remember when people would bring in their cars and have a sunroof installed (theses were just the manual popups).

I watched many of times a dude take a template, tape it to the roof and use a saw and cut away all the while hoping it was straight and centered. They were a 2 piece system where the top was fastened to the bottom and the fit and finish was horrible. Maybe they do them better today but I can't tell you how many came back when they leaked, caused the roof to dimple since the roof wasn't given any structural support since factory sunroofs have the support needed to eliminate them from shifting and causing damage to the integrity of the roof and I even saw many that shifted and came apart. Not too mention if they mess up the cut it ain't no easy fix.

Dave is right on the structural supports for you will be cutting right into it and run the risk of damage to the vehicle. I too as many have mentioned either get it with it factory or forget about doing it. It's not worth the potential problems you will have.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:11 PM   #17
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I wouldn't do it nor would I ever consider taking or buying a car that has an aftermarket sun roof. With that being said I love the sun roof on my Camaro. If I would do it over again it definitely would stay as an option
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:51 PM   #18
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In terms of resale value I would stay away. If you go to sell your car, people will find one with a factory roof way more desirable.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:54 PM   #19
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For all of the reasons above, I agree with the overwhelming majority: don't do it. Buy one with the factory sunroof, or do without.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:01 AM   #20
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Were you looking at the one in Tracy?
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:34 AM   #21
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Looks odd with the mohawk roof IMO. Why pay for an aftermarket one when you could get one brought in from elsewhere or order one how you want.

The non sunroof coupe has 2 main supports at front and rear then 2 more supports in it. One running side to side by the rear quarter windows and one running right down the middle of the mohawk. Obviously you will have to cut out a good part of that one and need to add new supports that probably come with any kit just like they did on the Tjin Camaro.

Lastly, the only good way to remove the headliner fully is either remove the windshield or remove the passenger seat and go out the door with it. PIA

Check the roof on the following. Short glance.
http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/hot-wheels-crafts-glow-dark-camaro-trio-hot-204127499.html
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:35 AM   #22
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