In Reply to: Boot cover frustrations!! Any answer...??? posted by GeneB on June 10, 1999 at 11:48:23:
Gene, seems that most people have problems with their boot when it is new. My boot is the same stiff boot as yours, just exposed to the sun all the time and probably a little more flexible by now, finally.
Try two things first: Look at the center of the two inside fasteners. If you don't see three wires in each one or if the wires are bent, bring the boot back to the dealer and have that fastener replaced. Next, holding the boot to your now-extended pins, notice that the fasteners are probably slightly closer together than the pins (unless you have the boot with the fasteners in a slot). This means that you will need to pull and stretch the boot as you attach the second inside fastener.
OK, now affix the first back fastener. I usually do the driver's side first as, when I do the passenger side, I then can pull on the boot with my stronger right hand while affixing the fastener with my left hand. I leave the wings tucked in while doing this. I also try to keep the roll of the wing as close to the fastener as possible so the fastener has more of a chance of sticking out and grabbing the pin. With your third hand keep any mesh wind screen up and away from this operation. ;-)
After these are done, slowly unroll the wings and tuck the inside flaps and affix the side fasteners, one at a time. Then go around and tuck the outside of the boot. Note that I had to use two washers on each of the back pins and one washer each on the side pins.
Taking these recalcitrant pins off for removal can be another problem as CRA Z can attest. I sometimes need to press the boot to the pin with one hand while pulling out the fastener with the other hand.
Yeah, its a royal pain, but it does get much easier to do the more you use it as the boot eventually stretches somewhat between the pins and becomes more flexible where the wings unfold. Mine now goes on in less than a minute and removes in about 30 seconds. Sure keeps the inside of my top and my rear window clean. I'm glad now that I persisted in using it.
: I downloaded an article by Michael W in January ohis "VERY easy to do" method. However, I've had no luck. Maybe he didn't have the stiff cover that comes on my '99. I extended the fasteners with washers last night per Robert's article. Still no luck in getting the center fasteners to work.
: Any secret to fastening this gem? Or would this be a subject for a clinic at Homecoming??