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Old 06-16-2013, 06:41 PM   #26
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Here are the instructions for installing the bolts. Lower the top then put your fingers under the trim where the front seatbelt comes out and lift up. The trim will pop off. Lift the trim off the back and follow the instructions. The hardest part is getting the existing plugs out.http://www.camaro5.com/forums/attach...2&d=1299878914

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Old 06-16-2013, 07:32 PM   #27
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I am not sure about any barbs, I felt around and couldn't find anything but the posts you hook the tonneau cords on. I put it on the last two days and still not sure what you are describing.
When the top is down and the cover is not on, slide your hand in the open area between the back seat panel & the folded down top. Reach rearward and slightly inboard of where the cords would be on the cover if installed and feel around the rag top framing. There is a sharp rear-angled barb on each side to hook the cords too. I found them by feel trying to find the right place to hook the cords. I haven't seen them, just felt them but I'll try to take a pic when my wife gets back from Birmingham....
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:34 PM   #28
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That sucks.

We even had our dealer show us how to install the cover before we left. Nothing about the stretch cords on the cover. Started to investigate once we got home when we took the cover off and noticed the stretch cords that weren't attached on the ride home. (175 miles... Got lucky I guess.) That's when I found the rear facing barbs to hook the cords to but that didn't jive with the directions in the manual, that's when I asked here.

Still no thoughts from anyone on the barbs I hooked the cords too.....
Is it possible you're talking about the the locking pins under the front lip of the top? The cover shouldn't connect to those.
I can take a few pics of what I did and where the posts should go.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #29
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Still no thoughts from anyone on the barbs I hooked the cords too.....


I am not sure about any barbs, I felt around and couldn't find anything but the posts you hook the tonneau cords on. I put it on the last two days and still not sure what you are describing.




Sounds like some one at the dealership flipped the barbs around because they didn't know about the studs.

Angrybird, you didn't see the set up before the studs get put in. The barbs face the back seat. They look like a flush plug from the factory when looking forward with the top down. It's done thatcway since not all convertibles get the tonneau cover.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #30
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hworth,

It could be... Not sure. And I know that's where they're not suppose to go but I felt around feeling for some place they 'should' go once we got home from the dealer - After getting a tutorial before we left on how to install the cover which did Not cover the cord straps - and felt the 'barbs' but the barbs did not match the directions in the owners manual. But the 'barbs' line up & do the trick. So what would be the issue with using them?
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:50 PM   #31
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heymatt,

So are you saying I may actually be on to something using those barbs? (No liability to you of course.)
Why would they be faced forward originally though? What purpose did they serve before being flipped... If they were?
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #32
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They are faced forward simply to plug a hole. They are removed when the studs are installed.
They will not work long term to hold the tonneau secure. The plastic will fatigue either through tension or UV damage. The cover will come lose and either damage the car or the cover.
REMOVE THEM and install the studs.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:08 PM   #33
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Yes, they do feel like they have enough of an edge to chafe through the tonneau cord and I will install the posts but thanks for the insight on what the barbs are for! That was the mystery for me!
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:14 PM   #34
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... Waits, I think you're saying the barbs are in the same spot the tonneau cover is Supposed to connect to, only reversed. That's not the barbs I'm referring too. The barbs are on the rag top framing. I'll just let this lye until the wife gets back from Birmingham next Saturday and try to take a pic.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:40 PM   #35
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... Waits, I think you're saying the barbs are in the same spot the tonneau cover is Supposed to connect to, only reversed. That's not the barbs I'm referring too. The barbs are on the rag top framing. I'll just let this lye until the wife gets back from Birmingham next Saturday and try to take a pic.
Hello Chad, Those barb s like hooks are just what I use. When you go to close your top and you pull down on that handle in the middle, those hooks or barbs are what I'm stretching my bungee cord to. WHY because the dealer put mind on backward and I turned them around and really could not get a tight hold with the bungee cords. Anyway those barbs are not going anywhere and my tonneau cover I know is secure well. That's my 2 cent. I've had my car up to 119 with the top down and the tonneau cover stayed in place.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:42 PM   #36
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Chad, these are the Chevy instructions for installing the parts you found in the glove box. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/attach...2&d=1299878914 The hardest part is removing the barbed plugs in the hole where the posts mount. The dealer failed to install mine also. I found it took less time to install them myself than to drive to the dealership.

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:37 PM   #37
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Chad, these are the Chevy instructions for installing the parts you found in the glove box. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/attach...2&d=1299878914 The hardest part is removing the barbed plugs in the hole where the posts mount. The dealer failed to install mine also. I found it took less time to install them myself than to drive to the dealership.

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Yep, that's pretty much it. Pop of the end covers, remove the panel plugs and stall the posts. Put the end covers back on and you're done
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:27 PM   #38
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Rangmor,

Thank You!!!!
Yes, that IS where I connected the stretch cords. My wife made it to Alabama with the top down cover on strapped to those barbs & no issues.

On the way home from the dealer (175 miles all highway) she ended up putting the windows up to minimize the amount the cover was lifting, that's what made us investigate that something wasn't attached. I felt around with my hands, 'spotted' the barb, I told my wife where to feel on her side and she found the same barb. I thought all was right with the world until I realized how we had it hooked didn't jive with the manual instructions.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:02 PM   #39
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This is my solution to the cover tiedown problem. My tonneau cover didn't come with the hardware/posts so I used two cargo net hooks from the trunk, two 10mm allenhead screws and lock nuts. It works great!!! I took off the trim cover in the last two pics so you could see it better.
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Smart! Those will hold the bungee cord better with the hooks, rather than the posts with a lip.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:02 PM   #41
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This is my solution to the cover tiedown problem. My tonneau cover didn't come with the hardware/posts so I used two cargo net hooks from the trunk, two 10mm allenhead screws and lock nuts. It works great!!! I took off the trim cover in the last two pics so you could see it better.
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Smart! Those will hold the bungee cord better with the hooks, rather than the posts with a lip.
Looks like a GREAT idea! You might've stumbled onto something that might be the best solution yet.

I had my 'vert out on the beltway this past weekend and had her up to...20+ mph over the limit and my tonneau with the clips held rock solid. It inspired my confidence but I'm ALWAYS keeping an eye on it when I've got it on.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:20 AM   #42
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Looks like a GREAT idea! You might've stumbled onto something that might be the best solution yet.

I had my 'vert out on the beltway this past weekend and had her up to...20+ mph over the limit and my tonneau with the clips held rock solid. It inspired my confidence but I'm ALWAYS keeping an eye on it when I've got it on.
I don't watch mine anymore, it doesn't even wiggle at highway speeds.
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This is my solution to the cover tiedown problem. My tonneau cover didn't come with the hardware/posts so I used two cargo net hooks from the trunk, two 10mm allenhead screws and lock nuts. It works great!!! I took off the trim cover in the last two pics so you could see it better.
Is it safe to assume that when you're putting the tonneau on, you're unscrewing the cargo net hooks, lining up the tonneau clips with the (post) holes and then screwing the cargo net hooks back in through the holes in the tonneau clips (that's the way I imagine one would do this)?
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