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Old May 27th, 2016, 11:24 PM
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Just one more thought on this. Instead of aluminum of any sort. How about 1" wide strap? This could be woven and spaced like cargo netting. Riveted at the ends and still very strong.
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Old May 28th, 2016, 09:38 AM
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Id guess that strap is heavier than aluminum.
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Old May 28th, 2016, 10:51 AM
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Looks great mate....I like the idea of aluminum with thick rubber matting. only observation - once welded how do you get it in the vehicle and positioned? Just looking at it it seems a little too big to get it in?
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Old May 28th, 2016, 11:22 AM
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At that point you may as well go with expanded aluminum mesh and reinforce it with cross bars. Perhaps use airline style tracks as reinforcements?
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Just one more thought on this. Instead of aluminum of any sort. How about 1" wide strap? This could be woven and spaced like cargo netting. Riveted at the ends and still very strong.
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Old May 28th, 2016, 11:26 AM
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Thanks! So far so good. Yes, I'll probably have some rubber matting over the aluminum. I plan to put my alu-boxes up there so the ability to strap them down and have rubber mat underneath would be good. I intentionally test fitted the L-angles before welding them together to make sure that the bump on the rear door would clear the shelf and to make sure I could fit it into the vehicle once welded. They shelf should fit through the gullwing window at an angle once welded but its very tight. Same way I got the shortened FR rack in there (see earlier photos).

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Looks great mate....I like the idea of aluminum with thick rubber matting. only observation - once welded how do you get it in the vehicle and positioned? Just looking at it it seems a little too big to get it in?
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Starboard is pretty resistant to everything, needs a bit of support but it's hardy.
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Did you install the side compartment hatches in place of the rear side windows? If so do you have the information and source of supply for them?
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Front Runner gullwings.

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If so do you have the information and source of supply for them?
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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:13 AM
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Fridge Size Opinions

I've mocked up the rear cargo system layout a little bit more to take into account the specific items I plan to carry (The jerry cans will most likely be water). I've come to realize that the MT60 Engel fridge that I ordered is fricken uuuuge. Particularly when fitted in to the D90 tub. The top left shows the MT60 fridge. The top right show the much smaller MT45 fridge. It makes me wonder if I should have ordered a smaller fridge?

The top shelf fits 4 x 73L Alu-boxes quite nicely. There is some room behind the fridge and cans as well as on top of the wheel wells as well. I'm also debating if I should hinge the sides of the top shelf so that I could access the wheel wells from the gullwing doors? The shelf itself will most likely be bent aluminum with Airline style L-tracks as reinforcement. I still need to work out the cargo slide design. I was going to make just one large slide but I am now starting to like the 60/40 approach. I think the fridge plus cans would too heavy for one slide.
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I picked up Mason's Front Runner Water Tank. I was planning on installing it between the dog guard and where the shelf is going to be but there isn't enough room. I like the dog guard a lot but I'm considering removing it to make more room. The water tank will cover the bottom part (to the top of the seat rests) so perhaps I can find or fabricate another solution for the top half that attaches to the cage. That prevents me from having to make the shelf any smaller than it already is plus I loose some weight. Since the bottom is covered with tank, the dog guard is a little redundant. Any thoughts on this?

The problem with the tank is that it does not appear to be compatible with the mats so I may have to trim the mats to fit I will ask FR about this.
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Old July 9th, 2016, 06:29 PM
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I had an idea. I can fab an upper guard that mounts to the shelf lip (toward where the water tank will be).
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