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Old 08-08-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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Disable and delete the annoying vert top clearance net.

8/8/11 This has annoyed me more often than I can count. I am cleaning my car or out driving around and I want to put my top down. I pull off to the side of the road, unlatch the top and nothing happens. The damn safety net thing isn't pulled out! I have to get out of the car pop, the trunk, oh wait, the trunk won't pop unless I latch the top back up! I latch the top, pop the trunk, get out of the car, walk to the trunk, open the trunk, pull out the clearance net, try a couple of times to get both ends in the slots, close the trunk, get back in the car unlatch the to for the second time and now I can FINALLY put my top down!

I hardly ever have anything in my trunk, when I do it is not big enough to poke up past the clearance net, but I have to close the net to put in or pull out whatever goes in the trunk and then pull out the net in case I want to drop the top. It gets real annoying, real quick.

So i decided to find a way to bypass the (I assume it's some type magnetic type) net sensor. I was thinking maybe put a magnet on it or use a resistor to jump the sensor, turns out all you have to do is unplug it! So I unplugged it, used a 10 mm nut driver and pullet the net out. It weight a good 2-3 lbs and taking weight out of my car always puts a smile on my face!

Now i can operate the top with out having to go in the trunk to pull that annoying net out.

Another plus is that it gives yo a couple extra inches if you put something big all the way up against the back of the trunk, which would have been helpful on my trip this last weekend when i shoved some suitcases back there.

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Old 08-08-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
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Nice sux, Im with you there it is a pain... was that easy to do?
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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Nice sux, Im with you there it is a pain... was that easy to do?
VERY! Hardest part was pulling the carpeting wall thing out and using a little screw driver to unplug the sensor.Total time took about 5 min.
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info...where exactly is the plug?
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info...where exactly is the plug?
On the left side behind the carpeted wall where the bar on the net hooks in.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:20 PM   #6
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Hehe...I especially like the weight savings comment you make. Every day, trimming a little here, a little there...getting Ginger into 'bikini' shape soon.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:31 PM   #7
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This is a great discovery. I got locked out of the trunk for a while the first time I didn't have the net pulled out.I dont put anything in my trunk anyways.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:05 PM   #8
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got nailed by this "feature" a couple of weeks ago...thanks for the tip!
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:34 PM   #9
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Good idea.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:47 PM   #10
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Just an FYI. You guys don't have to remove the roll out net like I did. You can just unplug the sensor and get the same effect.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:03 PM   #11
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Thanks for helping,I was showing off one day and the top wouldnt go down,I had to get out to pull it out ,lost my show off stat quick,im going to unplug mine
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:26 AM   #12
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Yeh, got the smackdown by that stupid thing at a car show of all places.
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:21 PM   #13
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Do you know if there's any real function to that net being there? Maybe just a precaution so that the owner doesn't drop the top in a packed trunk?
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:22 PM   #14
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Do you know if there's any real function to that net being there? Maybe just a precaution so that the owner doesn't drop the top in a packed trunk?
That's it's only function. It's to make sure you don't lower the top with no room for it in the trunk.
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:08 PM   #15
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That's it's only function. It's to make sure you don't lower the top with no room for it in the trunk.
It's a pretty serious function. I really don't understand why anyone would want or even be willing to bypass it.

I guess I've never had a problem with my net, because I've never retracted it. The only time you're supposed to retract it is if the top is up and you want to load items in there that would interfere with the top.

I just know if I ever bypassed it, I'd end up crushing something important in my trunk, or more likely, ruining my top and paying for the repair out of pocket, since there's no way it would be covered under warranty.

Anyway, your cars, your decisions. =) Kuddos to the OP for figuring out a solution he likes.
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:27 PM   #16
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It's a pretty serious function. I really don't understand why anyone would want or even be willing to bypass it.

I guess I've never had a problem with my net, because I've never retracted it. The only time you're supposed to retract it is if the top is up and you want to load items in there that would interfere with the top.

I just know if I ever bypassed it, I'd end up crushing something important in my trunk, or more likely, ruining my top and paying for the repair out of pocket, since there's no way it would be covered under warranty.

Anyway, your cars, your decisions. =) Kuddos to the OP for figuring out a solution he likes.
The only things that have ever been in my trunk are groceries, a really nice canopy lawn chair that I take to car shows/meets and a couple of suitcases. All of those things I could not load/unload in the trunk without having to retract the net, load/unload the items and then put the net back. They all fit under the net and its just annoying to have to use that net all the time, just in case I want to drop the top.

Honestly it's a nanny sensor that I can do without, like the skip shift.
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:14 PM   #17
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I put no junk in my trunk... ever.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:42 PM   #18
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Same with me, nothing goes in the trunk of my car
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:17 PM   #19
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I just know if I ever bypassed it, I'd end up crushing something important in my trunk,
Like the 5th bow?
Yep I've been nabbed by not having the net in place too, but luckily never in a public place. I've done plenty of other things to embarrass myself in public or at a boat ramp though.
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The only thing I put in my trunk is the wife so as not to nag me when I plant it

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Old 01-31-2012, 05:29 AM   #21
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8/8/11 This has annoyed me more often than I can count. I am cleaning my car or out driving around and I want to put my top down. I pull off to the side of the road, unlatch the top and nothing happens. The damn safety net thing isn't pulled out! I have to get out of the car pop, the trunk, oh wait, the trunk won't pop unless I latch the top back up! I latch the top, pop the trunk, get out of the car, walk to the trunk, open the trunk, pull out the clearance net, try a couple of times to get both ends in the slots, close the trunk, get back in the car unlatch the to for the second time and now I can FINALLY put my top down!

LOL.. this is me .. often

But, I'm such a scatterbrain sometimes, I think I'll leave it plugged in for a while.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:58 PM   #22
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Doesn't the top sit on the net for a purpose? I would not recommend bypassing any intended feature to protect the top.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:30 PM   #23
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Doesn't the top sit on the net for a purpose? I would not recommend bypassing any intended feature to protect the top.
The top doesn't touch the net at all. It's just a dummy check to make sure you don't put something too tall in the trunk which would not let the top sit all the way down. It won't damage the top if you ever did have something too big in the trunk, it will only make it stick up a bit.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:06 PM   #24
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I believe the issue is with the glass window, NOT the top. If you lower the top with something too tall in the trunk it can break/shatter the glass rear window. Don't know on the new Camaro, but in some cars if you break the convertible glass rear window it requires the entire top to be replaced. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Knew someone (not in a Camaro) who put their top down while out and forgot they had stuff in the trunk. Powered the top down, almost down, motor strains/slows, POP!!!!!! Followed by the sound of the bits of shattered glass flying around in the trunk.


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"However, a surprisingly large number of breakages result from "operator error". These are situations where normal top operation is impeded in some way. In a very common scenario, the window breaks because items stored in the boot prevent it from folding down properly.

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Old 02-04-2012, 06:18 PM   #25
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if you were to lower the top on a dead hooker, it could break the rear glass. i'm just sayin' theoretically speaking of course....
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