Doesn't look like the G5 threads are active of recent. Hopefully, someone knowledgeable will stumble across my question and know the answer. Certainly, of all the sites I've been reading to mod my G5, this one has been the one I find myself coming to most often.
Are the latches on the side panel part of the top shelf or are they separate from it?
I'd like to replace the top shelf with a flat piece of aluminum but I don't want to do it if it means I'll lose the functionality of the latches. The shelf itself looks like a giant pain in the butt to remove, therefore, I'd prefer to not unnecessarily do it.
It looks as if the latch mechanism is only part of the support bar but I'd like to know for sure.
That helps quite a bit thanks! I had scoured these forums, bit-tech, insanelymac, tonymacx86, overclockers, and more trying to find the answer with no luck. Wherever you found these, they are the best pictures I've seen.
That said, looking at them it certainly looks as if it is possible to remove it while keeping the latches. But, it also looks like I'm just going to have to take the plunge and remove it to find out for sure...
I know you have probably since removed or found out how to remove the top shelf.
If not the three latches that hold the side panel on have a clip on the back of them. Flip case upside down. They are simply pressed in and easily removed with a small screwdriver. You pop those clips off and the three latches pull right out after that. Then you undo the screws along that channel, I think there is 5 or 6 of those, they are torx bit (forgot what size). Once that is done you need to go to where the latch is connected and remove the little c clip on the pin and pull out pin from inside. Once the plastic rail is unfastened from the latch lever and all screws are out you can see that it is slotted with one end of each slot wider for the screw studs. You move that plastic rail so the wider openings are aligned with the studs and pull rail out with a slight twist. Once removed you then do all the little black screws along the other panel holding shelf on. And that should be it, shelf should be easily removed and you can cut to size if thats what your doing. May I suggest though leaving just enough of the metal on the front edge so you can mount it back in with the plastic tray like the photo above. It keeps it tight together along the rail with the metal.
That is a how to if not done already. I just joined today and was prowling the G5 mods because I just finished mine a month ago.