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When to put the roof up?

Post by ElNumbre on Sun 31 Jul 2016 - 13:40

I know the advantage of having a 12 sec roof is we can drive with unlimited headroom for a lot of the time, but when you're having to bail out the car, is it time to put the roof up?

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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by colin565 on Sun 31 Jul 2016 - 14:44

My biggest dellemma is on motorways and your roof is down and it starts raining heavily.

Do I pull into the hard shoulder or not?

I have done this once due to safety, as its difficult to see with rain streaming down your face. Well that's my excuse officer Very Happy
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Post by Barbs on Sun 31 Jul 2016 - 14:50

Faced with that decision today. Sky was black so roof on but not a drop of rain. Darn..... a wasted chance of being topless.
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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by Araf on Sun 31 Jul 2016 - 15:10

It's a lot easier when you can raise or lower your roof on the go. Smile

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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by Bullyboy on Sun 31 Jul 2016 - 21:28

Roof down a bit this weekend overcast and then sunny. Not necessary to stop and put it up. I am sure that day will come
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Post by Barbs on Sun 31 Jul 2016 - 22:24

But when you need to it's quick.
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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by colin565 on Sun 31 Jul 2016 - 22:28

Araf wrote:It's a lot easier when you can raise or lower your roof on the go. Smile

It would be possible if you put a bypass switch on the handbrake switch, I have heard of owners doing that on other convertibles at their risk, as.....

You could warp the roof due to wind, unless going very slowly, and even then if a gust of wind got up at the wrong time, its bye bye roof  Shocked
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Post by Barbs on Sun 31 Jul 2016 - 22:38

Someone did try to open the roof while driving the car was written off. Too expensive to repair.
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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by Araf on Mon 1 Aug 2016 - 8:56

colin565 wrote:
Araf wrote:It's a lot easier when you can raise or lower your roof on the go. Smile

It would be possible if you put a bypass switch on the handbrake switch, I have heard of owners doing that on other convertibles at their risk, as.....

You could warp the roof due to wind, unless going very slowly, and even then if a gust of wind got up at the wrong time, its bye bye roof  Shocked
There will be a relay to control the roof.  One pin will check for handbrake operation.  You can wrap tape around that pin, and it will negate the need to have the handbrake up.

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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by ElNumbre on Mon 1 Aug 2016 - 19:57

Id love to see someone get hold of a W/O Wind and test the maximum speed of roof operation.  It must be reasonably strong otherwise there would be a warning not to raise the roof in stiff breezes.  lol!
Not 30mph strong, but maybe 5 or 10mph.

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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by Bullyboy on Mon 1 Aug 2016 - 21:13

Nice ideas but wouldn't want to break mine ! Lol
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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by Barbs on Mon 1 Aug 2016 - 21:16

Talking about roof opening and closing. They won't close on a steep hill.
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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by colin565 on Mon 1 Aug 2016 - 21:38

I remember in the literature somewhere it says do not open if parked with one side of car up on pavement, so Renault seemed real worried if car is not on the flat when opening or closing roof. Did not realise that it does not shut on a steep slope.

EDIT...just looked up handbook and it does say that, and it mentions not to open roof if winds are above 20MPH. 

We will need one of those spinning things (Anemometers) on our car roof that measures wind to check that  lol!

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Post by ElNumbre on Tue 2 Aug 2016 - 14:08

Ahh well spotted. So on a clear,still day, you could *theoretically* close it upto 20mph.

Id seen the clearance part in the parking garages as ive looked for that, but parking on a tilt. There must be some concern about the chassis twisting for that recommendation, despite those reinforcing struts in the boot.

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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by colin565 on Tue 2 Aug 2016 - 14:47

Yeh, do not use roof in a multistory car park, or it could be crunch time  lol!
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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by ElNumbre on Tue 2 Aug 2016 - 21:16

MRW its -11c and you're not allowed to put the roof up  lol!


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Re: When to put the roof up?

Post by Araf on Tue 2 Aug 2016 - 22:35

ElNumbre wrote:....despite those reinforcing struts in the boot.

And the other two cross-braces underneath.

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