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Old 07-17-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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GM owes me cover and shorts; Video of tonneau coming loose

Many of us have experienced the dreaded tonneau cover coming loose from either not having the newest revision or improperly installed retaining bolts for the cover, etc. Here is neither of those situations

Had been noticing some slight movement of the front edge (slight up/down movement) Crapped my shorts when and at how fast this happened. If it would've been the old clip design instead of the "elastic cord" it would've been gone. Thanks GM for letting me get out of my car on a busy interstate to remove this before it completely came off.

This should NOT be happening! Find a fix! And don't tell me to duct tape it like the "fix" for the tops!

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Old 07-17-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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Crap. Try now
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:38 AM   #4
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It stayed on

I've done 120 mph and the top never came off.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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It stayed on

I've done 120 mph and the top never came off.
I've been out at the track doing up to 95 multiple laps without issue. I was ding 79 at the time per inboard blackbox/GPS when this happened. I suspect the truck next to me had something to do with it, but still.... It shouldn't pop loose.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:50 AM   #6
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Been there, but with the old clips. Lost the whole cover into the median.

Now imagine it hits the car behind you and causes them to crash. Who's at fault?

To me, it seems like a very rushed design, and an even more rushed fix with the bungee cords.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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Mine has never even tried to lift up. Not on my 2011, and not on my ZL1 vert with almost 8,000 miles on it.

As long as the front flap is tucked down behind the rear seat and the rear trailing edge is tucked under the rear trim properly and the cord/clip is attached to the posts properly, it shouldn't come off.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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Do you have a camera mounted that way permanently? If so, what for?
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To catch his tonneau coming off, duh
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:46 PM   #10
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Mine has never even tried to lift up. Not on my 2011, and not on my ZL1 vert with almost 8,000 miles on it.

As long as the front flap is tucked down behind the rear seat and the rear trailing edge is tucked under the rear trim properly and the cord/clip is attached to the posts properly, it shouldn't come off.
Trust me. I know exactly how this is supposed to be installed/tucked, and all was good. I'm thinking about trying some velcro on the back edge to help secure it.

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Do you have a camera mounted that way permanently? If so, what for?
The Camera is a "black box" video that records front and back views, Speed, GPS, G-force and audio. Used for accidents or documenting other events. Nice to review and see what goes on at the dealership or when your sister goes joy riding and parks your car at a bar on a rock parking lot (Been there and done that).
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:54 PM   #11
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I have been north of 140 with it on and no issue. Any chance it was not in all the way somewhere?
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I'm guessing that a severe wind buffet caught it when he passed that semi, as the OP suggested.
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The Camera is a "black box" video that records front and back views, Speed, GPS, G-force and audio. Used for accidents or documenting other events. Nice to review and see what goes on at the dealership or when your sister goes joy riding and parks your car at a bar on a rock parking lot (Been there and done that).
Please provide details on camera. I have teen age drivers.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:57 PM   #14
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Please provide details on camera. I have teen age drivers.
Here is a link to just ONE of the many models out there. Just google Car camera GPS or blackbox car camera, etc.

http://www.spytecinc.com/car-camera-...-with-gps.html
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:59 PM   #15
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On the way to Camarofest last year I ran over my buddies tonneau cover. It blew off and I hit it at 70 mph. Fortunately I was able to buff out the scuffs on the front bumper cover.
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On the way to Camarofest last year I ran over my buddies tonneau cover. It blew off and I hit it at 70 mph. Fortunately I was able to buff out the scuffs on the front bumper cover.
The cover, not so much.

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Old 07-18-2013, 06:07 AM   #17
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Mine has never even tried to lift up. Not on my 2011, and not on my ZL1 vert with almost 8,000 miles on it.

As long as the front flap is tucked down behind the rear seat and the rear trailing edge is tucked under the rear trim properly and the cord/clip is attached to the posts properly, it shouldn't come off.
I agree, although I have noticed a slight buffet when passing semi trucks, I have never seen my cover raise up like that. You might try the loop/eye fix also that is described in one of the tonneau cover threads.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:42 AM   #18
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Ouch, the thought of those nasty metal hooks flapping around makes me cringe. You looks pretty calm in the video, I probably would have been swearing up a storm.

I have the tonneau with the bungees and I have never seen any real movement even at triple digit speeds and passing big trucks. I have heard of people having issues due to their convertible tops not dropping low enough into the body which makes the tonneau cover sit too high and not fit properly. You might want to look at your top in the down position compared to some other Camaros. If that isn't the problem I would get a new tonneau cover. Maybe it is a bit off and just doesn't fit right.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #19
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I was out on the interstate today and doing 73 and passed many semis and had a couple pass me and mine was rock solid. You are not missing the foam blocks that keep the sides taught up against the opening so air cannot get under it. I had one come off and it left a large gap on one side. I noticed it before I drove it like that and used some 3m headliner adhesive to put it back on and it hasn't come off again.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:36 PM   #20
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No, the foam blocks are there, and everything is (was) the way it was supposed to be. After watching more and more of the video clips (some that were not posted) it seems that the center of the cover where it folds and slides in behind the seat kept coming up and that is where the initial problem started if you look in the video. SO...... What I did was have a large piece of velcro sewn onto the little flap and attached it to the back of the seat where it slides in. This seems to make it were it doesn't move a bit. It's a PIA to get it loose when you want to take it off, but it should never come off again!
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:22 AM   #21
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Interesting idea. I was thinking of putting magnets inside the flap on mine. I haven't seen it lift even at high speeds, but sometimes the cover does sit a little high and the magnets would help pull it down so it sits flush with the hard plastic trim.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:50 AM   #22
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Don't drive with the tonneau cover on. Problem solved.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:18 AM   #23
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Don't drive with the tonneau cover on. Problem solved.
Or never drive the car at all, then you will never have any problems with anything...
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:48 AM   #24
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Or just take off the hood and trunk deck. It would look like chit, but wouldn' have to worry them coming off either!
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:08 AM   #25
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Wow, crazy! No problems at all with mine. Tonneau has been on since purchased with no issues (not my daily driver).
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