Retractable roof panel

  • US 6,494,528 B2
  • Filed: 11/20/2001
  • Issued: 12/17/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/20/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A roof assembly for a vehicle comprising:

  • a roof having a roof opening extending to a rear of said roof, said roof having an exterior surface and forward and rearward ends;

    spaced apart glide rails supported on said exterior surface defining a path;

    a guide member received in each of said guide rails movable along said path, said guide member includes a roller assembly received within a channel in each of said guide rails, said roller assembly includes a first roller having a horizontal rotational axis and a second roller having a vertical rotational axis; and

    a retractable roof panel with a portion supported by said guide members and movable along said path from an open roof position to a closed roof position in which said roof panel is disposed within said roof opening, said roof panel defining a rear header at said rearward end with said rear header moving toward said forward end when moving between said closed and open roof positions, respectively.

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