When I purchased my new 2012 45th 2SS convertible, the tonneau cover retaining posts were in a bag along with the cover in the carrying case. I didn’t want to risk having the cover blow off. I thought I would install them myself rather than take the car to a dealer and lose the car for a day. The installation wasn’t too bad at all.
* Not all Camaro convertibles come with a tonneau cover. If you buy one for your Camaro later, you’ll need to install these posts to ensure your cover does not come off during use.
Step 1: Gather the tools needed, a pry tool, a 10 mm wrench and a T30 torx
Step 2: Pull off driver side rear molding
Step 3: Pull off passenger side rear molding
Step 4: Pull off center rear molding
Step 5: Using the pry tool, remove the top plastic push rivet behind each rear seat
Step 6: After the plastic push rivet is removed, insert the retaining post into the hole
Step 7: Here is a front view of the retaining post, the far end of the post and the end of the bolt create a small gap which will hold the tonneau cover strap in place
Step 8: Below is the rear view of the post with the nut in place
Step 9: Repeat the process for the passenger side retaining post
Step 10: Replace all of the molding you removed in steps 2, 3 & 4
Step 11: In the photo below, the tonneau cover strap is attached to the new retaining post
Step 12: Finish putting the tonneau cover in place
That’s it! Now get a beer and brag to your friends!