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This is a discussion on T-Top flew! within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Originally Posted by Speed Psychosis how so? i heard they prevent twisting that can lead to leaking, but how do ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed Psychosis View Post
    how so? i heard they prevent twisting that can lead to leaking, but how do they keep the tops on without the lever?
    The flex has been known to release the t-tops with them latched.. thus the SFCs would prevent the flex and not allow the t-top to let go...
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    My big ass head wont let me drive without them locked. Its in the damn way

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwoodDavid View Post
    Ok, I was already running late for work. My car was going to be sitting in a sunny parking lot all day so I figured I would put the shades in. Well did my dr side first but didn’t lock it because I was going to center it better well finished with my pass and I took off.

    Getting on 820 a minivan wont let me in so I leave it in 4th and pick it up to 80 85ish no big deal. Well just before I let off, I here this big gush of wind I put my hand up and knew I had something on my head and yea, I was holding the shade against my head.

    Look at my side mirror and see traffic splitting and breaking. Check my pass top it was locked, so I put it back in 3rd and hit it. Stoped at a gas station took the other one off and drove 55 the rest of the way. Went by after work and picked up the little pieces.

    After searching all day I found a savage yard that had one, he look through the window at my car and said “yep got one left 250” im like WTF I just need one “yep 250, you will be back”After about a week found one in Kennedale guy was like give me 45. So I took them both, now I got a spare, lol.

    Sorry for the long read. Just check your tops.

    another reason I luv my Hardtop!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Streak View Post
    The flex has been known to release the t-tops with them latched.. thus the SFCs would prevent the flex and not allow the t-top to let go...
    I cant see how "flex" could release a t-top. I got t-boned @ a red light by a 18 wheeler in my 95 camaro and t-tops didnt even crack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed Psychosis View Post
    when you guys say lock each time do you mean with the key of just lever? does the key help keep it there at all?

    I latch and key lock them. Only takes a few extra seconds to key lock them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnb View Post
    I latch and key lock them. Only takes a few extra seconds to key lock them.
    True... but then you'd need to shut off the car to unlock them.. I like to pull over and run around pulling them off and quick back on the road.. don't need to tunr it off and turn it back on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    Take the door key off the ring

    I knew someone was going to say that...

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    sorry bro had to do it.. I usually dont lock mine. My dad/uncle always told me to lock them(multiple bird owners) but i usually just latch mine and push up hard on them and if they dont move(never do) then I usually say screw it. I kept mine locked over winter tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    sorry bro had to do it.. I usually dont lock mine. My dad/uncle always told me to lock them(multiple bird owners) but i usually just latch mine and push up hard on them and if they dont move(never do) then I usually say screw it. I kept mine locked over winter tho.
    I've only locked the 02's once.. (the g/f said we should do it at Bristol's track), and I think I locked the 85s a few times back when I bought it 11 years ago.. but then it was to omuch of a hasle for me and I said screw it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    Take the door key off the ring







    I keep my house key and door/t-top key in my pocket (off of my regular keys) cause I ALWAYS lock my keys in my car...also makes it easy to take the tops off with the car running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Streak View Post
    True... but then you'd need to shut off the car to unlock them.. I like to pull over and run around pulling them off and quick back on the road.. don't need to tunr it off and turn it back on...
    I usually put them back on when I get home after a cruise. After I put the car inside, I shut it off, then lock them. it's not a bother for me....

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    With the door open mine wont lock... must be a 98 thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    I keep my house key and door/t-top key in my pocket (off of my regular keys) cause I ALWAYS lock my keys in my car...also makes it easy to take the tops off with the car running.
    Or pull the e-brake so that it lets you open the trunk

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01ws6er View Post
    Or pull the e-brake so that it lets you open the trunk
    I meant so i could unlock the tops...not the trunk

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    I meant so i could unlock the tops...not the trunk
    Ah, thought you meant so you could start the car, then take off the tops. I haven't ever locked my tops, I just latch them and that's that. I don;t even know if the locks work.....

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    i don't think the lock is there for structural reasons. i always thought it was so someone can't steal your t-tops if windows are open. they are worth a lot and a lot of people seem to get leaking ones...

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    ^yeah that's what i thought too, but i never leave my windows down. i few times i ran into the store with the tops off but only in good neighborhoods.

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    ^ yeah I leave them off too. I just close my windows so No one can reach inside quickly without being noticed.

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    yea i had mine do that shifting from 2nd to 3rd while i had my sfc welded on...still lost a d/s t top...pissed me off but not so much losing it as having to explain it to the wife...

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