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Old 07-07-2011, 07:19 AM   #1
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Does it hurt the convertible top if you don't put the boot on?

I have a 2011 camaro convertible and when I am driving on the highway with the top down and not booted it tends to flap. Will this hurt the fabric of the top? The boot is nice but a pain to keep putting it on and off.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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It shouldn't have an impact. When I drove on the highway last year in Florida it just fluttered a bit, which should be no problem.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:08 PM   #3
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No, GM sells some of these cars without the boot.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:50 PM   #4
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Mine flaps around without the cover on but having the cover on is scary. I'm afraid the toneau cover is going to go sailing off the car. It's happened once (before I installed the pins for the retaining clips) and it's just nerve wracking to drive the car with the cover on.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:56 PM   #5
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More folks have reported "damage" from having the cover on than off. The cover tends to create wear marks on the front section of the top. Some have resorted to putting a towel under the cover, or gluing fabric to the underside of the cover to protect it. Drago77's thread about the tonneau cover taking flight has allot of info on this.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132147
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:30 PM   #6
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The top does flap around a LOT without the tanneau cover on, which scares me driving without it... (I think of those older convertibles with the stretched out balloon looking tops) so whenever im doing any highway driving I have it on. Like others said, peruse the other threads on this topic, there's a lot of good, helpful tips to "save your top"... towel between top and cover, 303 fabric guard, washers on the tanneau posts etc... the joys of owning a convertible, lol!
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:44 PM   #7
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Fwiw.

Followed Drago's instructs on the tanneau post install, then went to Wal-Mart and bought a dozen 12"x9" pieces of black felt in the craft department, twenty cents a piece. I place three stacks of four sheets (middle and both sides) and overlap the front edge of the convertible top, prior to securing the tanneau cover. Generally around town and short trips, no cover, but on longer trips at interstate speeds, I have it covered. So far, so good.

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Old 07-07-2011, 11:28 PM   #8
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Fwiw.

Followed Drago's instructs on the tanneau post install, then went to Wal-Mart and bought a dozen 12"x9" pieces of black felt in the craft department, twenty cents a piece. I place three stacks of four sheets (middle and both sides) and overlap the front edge of the convertible top, prior to securing the tanneau cover. Generally around town and short trips, no cover, but on longer trips at interstate speeds, I have it covered. So far, so good.

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Even easier than multi-stacks- I bought a 36" x 48" piece of black felt at fabric store for about $2... I place it over the exposed section of top then tanneau cover (gives the cover less wiggle room too). When I take the cover off, I wrap it in the felt instead of the bag; win-win situation!
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:16 AM   #9
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My sales guy installed the boot cover when I took delivery of my car (note: despite GM marketing, it's not really a tonneau cover). That's the only time it's been installed. I do have rub marks on my top though. Nothing I'm worried about, it's a convertible, it'll get marks on the top. I'd be massively impressed at the failure of GM engineering if driving w/o the boot cover does any appreciable damage to the top. With that said, it is a little annoying to look in my rearview mirror on the highway and see all the flapping.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:25 PM   #10
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The tonneau is a pain in the Arse. I was left to install the posts with the help of the forum after I found them in a bag in the trunk and the salesman couldn't identify them. I just rolled 2000 km's (1200 miles) all with the top down. Now the post on the drivers side has lost it's ability to hold the "fork" on. The plastic fork has worn to the point that it does not snap into place any more. I am going in for first service next week. Should be fun!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:50 PM   #11
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I WAS THINKIN THAT SAME THING BUT!the 1 ss and 1 lt dont haveone so if it dont come with it so i guess it cant hurt to run with out it???????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:54 PM   #12
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Count your blessings you dont have one. Maybe the future sees a zippity do da retractable top into a hard cover tonneau???? SWEET
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:23 PM   #13
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Count your blessings you dont have one. Maybe the future sees a zippity do da retractable top into a hard cover tonneau???? SWEET
Aftermarket maybe? Would be SWEET indeeed!
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:26 AM   #14
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Yeh I would like to see an aftermarket cover that is leather and better quality, or maybe one that is all body color other than vinyl.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:07 AM   #15
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I'd like to see something aftermarket as well. I'm interested to see what someone specializing in these types of covers could develop.

However, without it being designed in as part of the top's mechanicals, I'm guessing anything will still require getting in/out of car to install/remove. And for me, that's the real PITA. The clipping and tucking isn't all that big of a deal once I'm already working on it.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:19 PM   #16
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(I think of those older convertibles with the stretched out balloon looking tops)
Do you think thats caused more by riding with the top down with no boot on, or by riding around with the top up with the windows down? I'd rather not see my top looking like that in 5-10 years
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