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    Question about "in car" T-TOP storage...

    Just wondering if my storage mounts have been installed wrong. I finally got some nice enough weather to remove them and enjoy the wind in my hai.. well the wind on my scalp, but, when I stored them in the rear of my car, they fit in the mounts alright, but I can not close the rear hatch without laying down the hatch spacer insert. Looks like they (the t-tops)should lean toward the rear of the car, when in the mounts, with the hatch spacer in it's normal (up) position to hide them from view... Am I correct in this, or is this the normal setup, t-tops leaning toward the front with hatch spacer layed down?
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    i think you have then in backwards

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    That's what I thought, but the pre-drilled holes for mounting are stagered and if I try to swap them around, they will not line-up with the mounting points. Maybe someone with a similar car can post a pic of their t-tops in the storage mounts and I can see for sure??

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    You can't have the trunk divider up while the t-tops are stored back there.

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    yeah, it has to lay flat.

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    OK, thanks. I guess it's in there the right way.... just seems a bit wierd to me.

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    nope, what they said above it correct. cannot have the divider up. i think if you try it the other way, the t-tops might hit the inside of the hatch deck...

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    well just dont take your tops off too much....they'll begin to leak over time

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    Yes you have to leave the divider open when storing the t-tops in the back.
    Try a hat -lol.
    I was told when I bought my Z-28 new that it's very important to lay the tops in the channel and slide them in the last couple of inches before laying them in place. So far so good with mine. No leaks except in the corners by the windows when in the drive through (touchless-it's cold outside!) car wash. Other than that no leaks. I've heard it's not that hard to replace the seals if you do have problems-I mean what good is a t-top if you can't take it off every now and again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02z28ls1 View Post
    Yes you have to leave the divider open when storing the t-tops in the back.
    Try a hat -lol.
    I was told when I bought my Z-28 new that it's very important to lay the tops in the channel and slide them in the last couple of inches before laying them in place. So far so good with mine. No leaks except in the corners by the windows when in the drive through (touchless-it's cold outside!) car wash. Other than that no leaks. I've heard it's not that hard to replace the seals if you do have problems-I mean what good is a t-top if you can't take it off every now and again?
    I've got the same leak.... When I use a regular (hand-wand type) carwash, no problems, as long as I don't hit the side windows full force with the water jet. But, even the most WUSS drive through carwashes will leak at the back/top corners of both driver and passenger windows. Other than that, no leaks, even in South Louisiana's heaviest rains. And believe me..... it RAINED when I went there right after New Years.... Thought I was in a hurricane... LOL

    PS.. Thanks for all the replies and info on t-top storage, I was getting worried, but now I'm at peace with it. Thanks again, all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02z28ls1 View Post
    Yes you have to leave the divider open when storing the t-tops in the back.
    Try a hat -lol.
    I was told when I bought my Z-28 new that it's very important to lay the tops in the channel and slide them in the last couple of inches before laying them in place. So far so good with mine. No leaks except in the corners by the windows when in the drive through (touchless-it's cold outside!) car wash. Other than that no leaks. I've heard it's not that hard to replace the seals if you do have problems-I mean what good is a t-top if you can't take it off every now and again?
    Page 2-71 of your 2002 Camaro owners manual states that you should NOT slide your T-Tops in because it could damage your seals!!
    It also goes futher to say on page 2-72 that high pressure car washes will cause leaks.
    READ YOUR MANUAL.....Good info in there

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    Re-read what I wrote there-maybe I didn't make it clear enough. I was told at the dealership when I bought the car -slide them in the last couple of INCHES. With the T-Tops still tilted slightly up at the end in your hands. I could show it better than explain it maybe..

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