So I am waiting for other people to finish up at work, and all I want to do is go home. Because I have to be here tomorrow anyway. So I decided to use a couple of things lying around to do a proof of concept for having the parcel shelf lift up when the tailgate comes up. I found some ear plugs, and binder clips and went to work. And about 5 minutes later I had this working very well. Here is the lifted parcel shelf. Works much like my GTI did, but with the hinge it isn't quite as nice. The earplugs were run into the crack in paneling and are held in place by friction, and the expanded ear plug itslef. Binder clips are placed, on the shelf, where they meet with the magnet in the rails. They should hold down the shelf a little bit better now. They also are holding the ear plug string. Here is a picture of it closed. Everything lies flat. For my permanent solution I hope to have a small piece of steel attached to the underside of the shelf, to hold down to the magnets. I also hope to have a weighted end to the string, and feed it through a hole. This way you wont have loose string showing above your shelf. I will probably move away from yellow, and go with dark charcoal or black. As for adhering to the liftgate. I think my method is great. Easy to take off and on, and very stable otherwise. I hopefully will be able to make a string work as well as the ear plug plastic lanyard.