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Old 07-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default Targa top on or off ?

When you park your Vette do you leave the targa on or off ? Not in the garage, but out in the real world. If it not is going to be too long I normally leave mine off with the windows up, rather than go back and fourth.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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Usually it's easier to roll up the windows and leave it off.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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I've got a C5 coupe and I leave the top on probably 98% of the time. My wife does not like all the wind when she is in the car so the top stays on and in the garage the top is on to keep the interior cleaner.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #4
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Probably not an issue in some places. Just don't leave anything of value in plain sight, if possible put anything of value in the console and lock it.
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I only leave the top off when I can see my car. I have an expensive stereo and live in NY so.......95% of the time I leave the top on but we do enjoy taking rides with the top off. I was pleasantly surprised on how little wind and noise there is.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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traderfjp, when I had my '09 coupe, I did the same as you...
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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I'll leave mine off and the windows up as long as I'm not going to be in somewhere too long other wise I put it back on.
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depends where i'm parked. usually i leave it off 90% of the time.
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I'll leave mine off and the windows up as long as I'm not going to be in somewhere too long other wise I put it back on.
Me too. I usually run with the polycarbonate top, which takes less that 30 seconds to swap and is easily done even by an old fart like me.
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We usually have the transparent top on, but when we take it off and want to leave the car in a normally safe area for a few minutes, we put this in place:

http://www.corvettemods.com/C6-C5-C4...on_p_5710.html

In place, it does look something like a poorly fitted toupee, but you remove it for driving.
Probably no quicker than installing the "real" top, but more convenient.
We don't use it very often, kind of a 50-50 on whether I would buy it again.

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I drive with the top off all the time, but when I park its always on and all latches locked closed.
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I never have and never will leave my car unattended with the windows down or the top off. There's just no point in making it easy for some random idiot to do something stupid.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:01 AM   #13
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I never have and never will leave my car unattended with the windows down or the top off. There's just no point in making it easy for some random idiot to do something stupid.
And my targa top stays on about 99.9% of the time.
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Mine stays on most of the time.
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Usually it's easier to roll up the windows and leave it off.
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My TT has never been off the car. In Western MA anyway, spring and fall are too wet and cool and summers are hot and muggy.
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I would never park my Vette somewhere with the top off!!! are you out of your freaking mind? Why invite trouble?
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:25 AM   #18
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Top off, windows up!
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With my Passport 9500ix at top of windshield why not ?
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Depends where I am. At work or a car show or somewhere I'm within an eye shot of the car I'll stash the 9500x and leave the top off. I'll also leave it off if I'm only going to be away from the car for a minute or two. Otherwise, it's on. I don't keep valuables in sight so I'm not too worried either way I just use some common sense. If someone wants in, or wants the car, bad enough they'll get it regardless. I used to drive one of several Miatas and wouldn't usually lock the doors because I'd rather anyone wanting to steal something open the door instead of cutting the ragtop
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