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Want some bag hooks in the back?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Chris TX, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Chris TX

    Chris TX Active Member

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    Several years ago, I had an '06 VW Jetta which I had installed some factory bag hooks for the trunk. The car came with just one, and a place to put a second one. I've since sold the Jetta, but have used these hooks in my R-Class (mounted on the cargo cover bar.) They come with the proper screws, too.

    Here there are, mounted in the back of the MS:

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    My kids can also hang stuff on them for trips in the back.

    Super cheap from Amazon, too.
    Cargo Trunk Bag Hook Kit For VW Passat CC B6 Jetta Audi A4 S4 2002-2012 : Amazon.com : Automotive

    Cheers!
     
  2. EdA

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    Very practical...
     
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    Great idea, got mine today.
     
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    Great idea! Thanks for the link!
     
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    Thanks for the link as well. Just ordered mine too.
     
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    Did you drill a pilot hole to make it easier to get the screw started into the mounting points or is that not necessary?
     
  7. ZBB

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    I had been thinking of doing this before I got my car. Had a loaner about a year ago with a fixed version of these (a Chrysler). Surprised more cars don't come with them -- and I really like the folding VAG version, so I just ordered 2...
     
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    Drilled a pilot hole just a bit smaller than the core of the screws. You want the threads to bite as much as possible into the plastic.
     
  9. ZBB

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    Looks like you used the bolts that came with the hooks. Did you put the metal anchors on the other side of the plastic after you drilled the holes? Did you take those parts off, or just drill in place (after contorting into the trunk?)
     
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    I just drilled straight into the plastic. I don't plan on hanging super heavy stuff from them, so I didn't use the metal backing. The plastic is thick enough to grab a bit of the screw's threads.

    The screws that come with it are self-tapping with plenty of bite.
     
  11. ZBB

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    Thanks... However, the package I received came with bolts, not self-tapping screws. I'll figure out how to install tomorrow -- may need to remove the shelf support and do the work outside the car... The location you mounted is really the only place they will fit and fold back...
     
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    Nice mod. Very well done.
     
  13. Chris TX

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    VW must have changed how they are mounted to the underside of the parcel shelf. Surely, Home Depot or Lowes will have some self tapping screws that are the correct size. I don't see how you could put something threaded inside the plastic shelf support, but good luck.
     
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    The bolts have a threaded clip. The clip fits over the edge of the shelf support, unfortunately the VW bag holder is too long to fit in the Tesla that close to the edge. My thought is to pull the support out of the car (looks like only one bolt holds it in), which should give me access to the hollow part of the shelf support, drill holes for the bolts in about the same place you mounted, then mount the holder with the clips on the inside the hollow part of the plastic support. Should only take a few minutes unless I can't get the supports out...
     
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    Take pictures and post please !!!!!
     
  16. ZBB

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    I got them installed. Here's a DIY write-up with pics. The write up is just for one side -- just repeat for the other side if you put these on each side.

    Step 1:
    Mark where you want them mounted -- put some masking tape on the underneath side of the parcel shelf holder brackets, then hold them in place. You will need to position them so they have a place to retract into -- there is really only one spot to put them, and you want to make sure the hooks retract and touch carpet, not hard plastic to avoid rattles. I then marked an outline on the tape with a pencil, as well as marked both bolt locations).

    Step 2:
    Remove the parcel shelf bracket. There is a single screw, plus some hidden clips holding them in. The screw has a star-shaped head -- once you get the right bit, it was easy to unscrew. The hidden clips take a little bit of force to pull out -- start from the back (near the hatch weather strip), and pull until 1-2 sets of clips unhook (there are 3 -- rear, middle and front. Once the first 2 are out, you can reach behind to get a grip to pull the last one out. There are some pegs that help tie these into the ceiling liner piece, but that piece does not need to come out (it may start to come out -- the peg helps tie them together).

    Step 3:
    This step might be overkill -- but I decided to mount the bag hooks to a metal plate inside the parcel shelf bracket. I went to Lowes and bought 2 6" mending plates -- the holes were not in the right place, so I had to drill an extra hole in each one. I used a drill bit about the same size as the existing holes in the bracket (and had to drill a small pilot hole first to align the larger bit. The threaded clips that come with the bag holders fit over the metal plate, and the bolt will go through the holes in the plate before threading into the clip.

    Step 4:
    Prep the parcel shelf bracket for drilling. With the bracket outside the car, I made sure the marks for the holes still made sense and that both were the same distance from the edge (so the holder would be parallel with the shelf bracket when in use). Once ready, drill holes in the parcel shelf bracket -- I used a drill bit that was the same size as the holes in the bag hook. I drilled all the way through, but was careful not to hit the other side of the shelf bracket (since that is the side visible when you load thinks in the trunk).

    Note -- I only marked the exact location in the car for one of the bag holders. For the other side, I transferred the hole locations to the other one (they are near mirror-image parts) -- which worked well.

    Step 5:
    Mount the bag holder onto the bracket -- put the bolts through the holder, then through the shelf bracket. Place one of the clips over a hole in the metal plate (thread side of the clip furthest from the bag holder), then reach inside the bracket and get the plate and clip into the bolt -- thread the bolt just a turn or two, then do the same for the other bolt. Tighten the bolts (these have a hex head...)

    Step 6:
    Put the bracket back in the car -- I found it was easiest to slip the back edge back under the weatherstrip, then snap the clips back into place from the front to the back (otherwise the weatherstrip gets a bit stuck behind the bracket -- it pulls out fairly easily though). Once the clips are all hooked back in, replace the one screw.

    Repeat for the other side...

    Here's the pics:

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  17. Chris TX

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    Looks great! I never anticipate hanging anything from those hooks that would require that amount of reinforcement. I wonder how long Tesla takes o add these to future production. Better yet, how much will they charge for it? ;)
     
  18. ZBB

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    Yeah -- it's a bit overkill. I mostly wanted something to hold the clips and I knew where to get those brackets. A plastic piece would also work...
     
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    The VW grocery bag hooks works well but has any placed one of those in the frunk yet?
     
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