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    Securing Luggage Idea (997 Cargo Area)

    During my latest trek out in the cabriolet I finally gave some thought to how to secure luggage effectively in the rear storage area. As modern 911 owners have learned there is no way to effectively keep things from moving around on you as you're doing the public roadway slalom.

    The solution is ridiculously simple,--why I hadn't thought of this much earlier is beyond me. Keep in mind that many years ago Porsche used to include tie-down points which gave you pick up points for straps. They were located where your heels would contact the rear footwell area, and back on the "package shelf" behind the seats. I have no idea when they dropped these things but it may have happened around 1978-1980 when they started putting sizable speaker enclosures on that package shelf,--eliminating a pickup point.

    All it takes is some 1 inch nylon tape, some 1 inch plastic buckles (side squeeze) and an industrial sewing machine to sew the nylon onto the buckle.

    I chose about 57 inches of nylon for each strap which handles anything that might fit back there, even with the seat back top. You can go with a single strap on each seat back or go fully bomb-proof with two each.

    The trick to it is to thread the unsewn end behind the seat back (tilt it a little to pull it through) and then draw it up to the front. It's not really designed to be strong,--just enough to keep the stuff from shifting on you when you're cornering (like we're NOT going to do that!)

    With all the nylon types out there you can find any color you like to match your interior. It will save on your interior from getting trashed by the constant rubbing of luggage over the backs of the seats, not to mention the safety aspects. You can leave them on the seats all the time if you like,--they don't look that bad (especially on the black interiors I would think).

    Why Porsche doesn't MAKE these things and then SELL them to us for a ridiculous markup is beyond me.

    If anyone wants some of these let me know. (Maybe I'll go into business...)
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    997S Hard-top Cabrio 6-spd 3AS 'Turquoise' Natural Brown, PCCB

    Re: Securing Luggage Idea (997 Cargo Area)

    This is a neat idea. The only refinement I can think of would be to have felt pads on the straps where they run across the leather surface of the seat back to stop chafing.
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    997S Cab Seal Gray

    Re: Securing Luggage Idea (997 Cargo Area)

    I did a similar setup to secure luggage and my road cooler to the back seats.  I attached "D" rings to the back bulkhead cover, and then created straps that clip to the "D" ring.  The straps hold things pretty good to keep them from sliding around.  All of the materials can be purchased at any Fabric Store.

     

    [img]http://www.gjlenterprise.com/coolerweb.jpg[/img] 


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    Checkout the Orient Express!

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    Checkout the Orient Express!

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    Well I have to say that this new format is somewhat vexing.  For example, I have yet to figure out how to edit a previous posting, hence all of these sub threads.  All I want to do is post a picture!
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    Checkout the Orient Express!

    Re: Securing Luggage Idea (997 Cargo Area)

    Nice job for the cooler.  What I was shooting for was something that would not require me to drill any holes, etc.  

    Have not seen a chafing problem as things merely stay put now.  Roughly $2.00 in materials from REI for a set of two straps.

    Dan


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    997S Hard-top Cabrio 6-spd 3AS 'Turquoise' Natural Brown, PCCB

    Re: Securing Luggage Idea (997 Cargo Area)

    That looks nice and stable... but I have always wondered... is there a reason that Porsche can't design these rear seats so that the entire back folds flat against the lower seat?   This historic "split back" design seems to produce a space beneath the shelf that is not very efficient to use.  With a full folding seat, there would be more height for storage, and any soft luggage would tend to nestle further down and be supported by the center  tunnel. 

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    Present: 2005 STi,  2002 M Coupe

    Future: 2009 Cayman S - pending;  2010? Audi RS5 ??


    Re: Securing Luggage Idea (997 Cargo Area)

     

     

    I just had to drill 2 small holes in the back bulkhead panel to run tie-wraps around to secure the D rings.  I'm like you and I don't like to mutilate my car, but this was essentially elective surgery Smiley.

     I tend to like the split level shelf that you get in the back with the seats down.  When we travel, my wife and I each get one travel bag that fits in the front trunk, and my wife gets another soft bag that fits under the seat shelf, the cooler goes on top, and the other cubby hole gets the camera, computer etc.  When we stop, that stuff is essentially out of sight. When we take the dog, he can sit on the other shelf.

     


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    Checkout the Orient Express!

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    Finally!  A picture of someone sitting comfortably in the back seats!

    I'll agree, this new board software is so different from the current generally available varieties we encounter, it will take some getting used to and configuring.

     I still need to understand why  the button doesn't say [POST] but rather says [Approve].


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    94 Golf /// -> 09 997.2 Targa = Keeping it in the family

    Re: Securing Luggage Idea (997 Cargo Area)

    "Approved" may be the word that translates best for the Europeans,--vice "post."

     Recall that most of the Rennteam members are European based.

    Question for you on your cabriolet with the dog in back,--why do you keep the small protective tabs on the car (jus aft of the caps which secure the hardtop?

    They should only be put on to protect the soft canvas top from marring when mating the hardtop,--but be left off the rest of the time.  I wouldn't want to lose one that way.

    Dan


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    997S Hard-top Cabrio 6-spd 3AS 'Turquoise' Natural Brown, PCCB

    Re: Securing Luggage Idea (997 Cargo Area)

    For the 2002 year and earlier, the black plastic tabs you refer to were pre-installed on the back header.  Later year cars did not have them installed.  
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