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Old 01-21-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
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tonneau cover modification **Pics**

Everyone seems to struggle with the tonneau cover wanting to fly off so either we modify them, take our chances with it, or don't use them at all...
I been thinking about this problem for awhile now. I have done some research and I have seen everything from velcro to sewing on custom made plastic clips to remedy this issue. I myself thought about this and I came up with a solution that literately costs less than 10 bucks and you can get the items needed from Walmart, Home Depot, or any craft store. Plus it actually looks pretty good and its very very easy!

So I used eyelets and some hairties. Here is what you need.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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Next you need to put the holes in to keep the wind from taking hold of it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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Now use two hairties as mini bungie cords.
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The post that you secure the hair ties to are for the bungee straps from the tonneau cover. Are you replacing that or are you adding to it?
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:20 PM   #5
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pretty slick..


my 2012 came with bungies already, but I might use this idea to add one to the center, not sure why GM failed to do so in the first place.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:20 PM   #6
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That's it.. very simple. looks pretty good and solves the problem. Hope this helps everyone out who has this problem. If you have any questions let me know.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:23 PM   #7
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I have yet to have a problem losing my tonneau cover. And I've had that sucker up to over 100. I have the elastic lanyard-type loops on it. Do you people that have issues have the two retainer bolts installed that go on the back of the rear seat?
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:23 PM   #8
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pretty slick..


my 2012 came with bungies already, but I might use this idea to add one to the center, not sure why GM failed to do so in the first place.

Mine had the bungies also however I don't feel like they actually solve the issue so now I use what I made and the ones that came with it at the same time.

That's not a bad idea either. I'm sure others will take this idea and run with it and make similar mods. The spot I put the eyelets in holds really good and you dont need to drill in more posts or anything.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:24 PM   #9
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This is a good idea. Have you taken her out on a spin? How did it do? How does that piece connect to the car? Any pics of that?

Works great, no issues so far at high speeds.
If you look at the pictures there is one that has the hairtie connecting to the little posts where the stock bungies connect.
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Looks great cruizin...necessity is the mother of invention...enjoy!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:32 PM   #11
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Looks great cruizin...necessity is the mother of invention...enjoy!
Indeed it is! It's unfortunate that "engineers" didn't already figure this out. Sometimes they just forget KISS.. Keep it simple stupid.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:40 PM   #12
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I have yet to have a problem losing my tonneau cover. And I've had that sucker up to over 100. I have the elastic lanyard-type loops on it. Do you people that have issues have the two retainer bolts installed that go on the back of the rear seat?

I do and mine still popped loose on the freeway. I was doing about 65mph and it was a windy day and the wind got under it and popped one of the side plastic pieces out so I had to pull over and take it off. Since that day I have done research and have tried to figure out the best way to fix this. So I have both the bungie I made and the one that comes with it attached.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:00 PM   #13
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I have yet to have a problem losing my tonneau cover. And I've had that sucker up to over 100. I have the elastic lanyard-type loops on it. Do you people that have issues have the two retainer bolts installed that go on the back of the rear seat?
Ditto.. not to say it can't or won't happen though.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:01 PM   #14
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I thought by now the aftermarket or GM would of made a hard plastic one like the 4th gens. Alas, my 1SS will still be flapping in the wind
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Anyone with the original '11 cover with plastic clips should get it replaced with the '12 version with bungee cords. The original clips snapped downward over the posts, and easily popped up under high speed and windy conditions. The clips are also very thin and wear out over time. There are several discussions on the risk and liability of a cover blowing off into highway traffic. I found during the redesign of my clips, that the originals were not always sewn straight on the cover so they lined up with the posts. Mine were misaligned by more than an inch. This caused the clips to pull inward from the post even sitting still. I also learned that the original clip design intent allowed the cover to "disengage" from the posts should the driver try raising the top with the cover still installed. This would avoid damage to both the top and the cover. Obviously, this was cheaper than a safety cut-off switch for an installed cover.
My concern for the '12 solution was the fact that bungee cords wear out rather quickly, especially when exposed to heat and sunlight. The nice thing about Cruuzin LV's solution is they can be easily changed (not so with GM's solution).
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:12 PM   #16
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Anyone with the original '11 cover with plastic clips should get it replaced with the '12 version with bungee cords. The original clips snapped downward over the posts, and easily popped up under high speed and windy conditions. The clips are also very thin and wear out over time. There are several discussions on the risk and liability of a cover blowing off into highway traffic. I found during the redesign of my clips, that the originals were not always sewn straight on the cover so they lined up with the posts. Mine were misaligned by more than an inch. This caused the clips to pull inward from the post even sitting still. I also learned that the original clip design intent allowed the cover to "disengage" from the posts should the driver try raising the top with the cover still installed. This would avoid damage to both the top and the cover. Obviously, this was cheaper than a safety cut-off switch for an installed cover.
My concern for the '12 solution was the fact that bungee cords wear out rather quickly, especially when exposed to heat and sunlight. The nice thing about Cruuzin LV's solution is they can be easily changed (not so with GM's solution).

I have '12 with the GM bungie's and the added protection of two more bungies that I added using my eyelet method. So I'm using 4 bungies and it doesnt pop up in the middle or flap at all.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:48 PM   #17
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Anyone with the original '11 cover with plastic clips should get it replaced with the '12 version with bungee cords.
I'm not sure if my dealer will just replace it. Since I'm not sure it will stay on, I don't use it much and it looks new.
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I'm not sure if my dealer will just replace it. Since I'm not sure it will stay on, I don't use it much and it looks new.
It's hard for them to refuse since they're the one's that engineered a solution to the clip problem in the first place...
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My dealer had a upholstery shop sew another bungee loop onto my cover - but instead of in the center, they did it on the left edge of the center flap. Once they have the shop put the bungee loop in the middle of the center flap, they are going to mount another one of the factory bolts in the center of the wall. This wway, it will look like the factory did it.
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My dealer had a upholstery shop sew another bungee loop onto my cover - but instead of in the center, they did it on the left edge of the center flap. Once they have the shop put the bungee loop in the middle of the center flap, they are going to mount another one of the factory bolts in the center of the wall. This wway, it will look like the factory did it.
Nice let us know how it works out... My only concern is the long term use of the same bungie.
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I'm not sure if my dealer will just replace it. Since I'm not sure it will stay on, I don't use it much and it looks new.
Throw it upside down on your driveway, scrape it up really good then take it in and tell them it flew off while you were driving and they will probably get you the new style...
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I have yet to have a problem losing my tonneau cover. And I've had that sucker up to over 100. I have the elastic lanyard-type loops on it. Do you people that have issues have the two retainer bolts installed that go on the back of the rear seat?
I have the 12 style cover and had zero issues either...
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:11 AM   #23
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I have a 2011 and my vert has cheapo plastic tabs to snap on to the metal posts. I think that Cruuzin LV's method is a lot more secure then these tabs.

As soon as it is nice enough out I plan on modifying mine cover the same way. However ... Let me give some tips to anyone who might also want to try this.

First. I went to our local sporting goods store and got a Grommet kit. You will need the KIT not just the eyelets because you will need tools that come with the kit. Below is a picture of the Grommet kit I picked up the other day for $8.99.

Next, here is a really good basic and short video on HOW TO actually add a Grommet to something. You need to punch a hole, then use the tools in the grommet kit. I will be using a grommet and washer when I do mine.

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Here is a picture of what my grommet kit looked like and the contents. 20 grommets and washers, the punch, the anvil (round thing) and the hammer tool.
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