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Sunshade for the Roadster?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by MileHighMotoring, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. MileHighMotoring

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    Has anyone found a windshield sun shade for the Roadster? I have one for all of my other cars and use them regularly in the summer heat. Thanks!
     
  2. MileHighMotoring

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    Doh, I love Heatshield brand, I thought I looked there. Thanks!
     
  3. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    I use a Lotus Elise "shower cap" as a sunshade, it also serves to protect the fabric roof (or in my case a Visum clear top) as well as prevent any roof/window seal leaks during rainy periods. So it is multi-purpose. I always keep it in the trunk, takes up very little room, much less than the semi-rigid sunshade on Amazon. See Shower/Sun-cap - Elise car cover to protect the interior of your Lotus - Sector 111

    I certainly will concede that it does not block as much heat as the Amazon sunshade, so for those in hot climates the sunshade will be superior, but it is just so bulky and the Roadster trunk is so tiny that I don't want to bother with it. The "shower cap" product offers other benefits as well. The sunshade will not block the heat that is absorbed and transmitted through the black Roadster soft top. If you have a Roadster hardtop than that is not an issue.
     
  4. mookhead

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    I use the shower cap as well. On my lotus, the seat leather eventually cracked from UV exposure (never really put the top on except at the track). With the top off, it keeps the seats cool and is loose enough to allow ventilation. I could put the softtop on, but using the shower cap reduces the wear and tear on the tension cables in that top (they like to break), and the shower cap is slightly faster.

    Ecarfan, do you attach the show cap to the back of the roll bar (with the included velcro pads)? I was worried about scratching the carbon fiber, so I just tuck the cap behind the seats, but I'm curious as to whether scratching is something real to worry about.
     
  5. sethr

    sethr CPO Roadster #1089

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    As hjr posted in another thread, I tuck it around the bottom/back of the roll bar, and use 3 binder clips to hold it in place. Since the fabric is between the clips and the carbon fiber, no worries.
     
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    Will that Heatshield fit behind the passenger seat if it were folded instead of rolled?
     
  7. ecarfan

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    Yes I use the heavy duty Velcro pieces that came with the cover (they are a grade above standard Velcro) to attach the rear edge of the shower cap to the underside of the roll bar. It works well, hasn't become detached even in high winds, and I don't see any way that the carbon fiber roll bar cover piece could be scratched. No scratches on mine after many uses of the shower cap over more than a year and a half.

    I really like the UV protection the shower cap provides. I only wish that the shape of the shower cap was designed such that it came farther down over the side windows. However, I have had my side windows tinted and supposedly the tint blocks a majority of the UV, as well as a lot of the IR transmission.
     
  8. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    I think that is unlikely to be the case unless the passenger seat is well forward. I keep both my seats all the way back. I have to keep the driver's seat fully back because I'm tall.
     
  9. MileHighMotoring

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    Exactly what I plan on doing. Or shoving it down the passenger footwell.
     
  10. nsxpert

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    Wait, wait.
    Your passenger seat moves? Mine is totally fixed in place.



     
  11. ecarfan

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    Sorry, my mistake. What was I thinking?

    I never sit on the passenger side, and forgot it was fixed in place. :rolleyes:
     
  12. nsxpert

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    haha ok just checking. I am still relatively new to these cars. :)

     
  13. DaveD

    DaveD EVs Kick Gas!

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    This is slightly off-topic, but, I think, it's well worth reminding people, especially new Roadster owners, that there is an aftermarket mesh top made that can replace the soft top, and is quite nice on hot, sunny days. I've had one for several years, and still make use of it often during the summer months. But, I don't know if it's still being manufactured.

    Shade Mesh Screen Top
     

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