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Old April 4th, 2016, 02:34 PM
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James Perakis
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NAS ST Cargo Mat Install (+ Question about rear speaker box fit)

PO did a piss poor job of lining the rear of my truck.

It's rhino lined up to the cappings but he/she had zero prep work done and all the bolts and brackets were lined as well.

Spend a couple hours removing my rear seat and associated hardware, then did my best to clean the ridiculously faded lining.

Topped it off by installing a LR branded rear cargo mat.

I love the look of the mat. High quality thick rubber that should do a much better job of keeping my dog from sliding around in the back - and it acts as a solid sound dampener to boot.

The only issue I ran into was the installation of the rear speaker boxes.

Since there is now a ~1/8" thick mat the boxes don't fit flush.

Would love some tips to deal with that
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Old April 4th, 2016, 09:22 PM
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Robert Lynch
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as a tip pull up the rubber lining and fit them in then lay the mat over the speaker box lip.. (the mat is cut for this btw..)to hide the screw at least mine is ..

or trim the top of the speaker box plastic.. they are basically force fit with a screw to keep them in.. get them under the top lip and shove them in gently they should flex.. but remember they are old, cheap plastic, be easy with it..

otherwise your looking at a shorter aluminium one

(Edited to change the order of advice.. Force fit without trimming, pull the mat up then trim..)

Defenders don't wear out they just need more parts.

95' D90 - daily driver..
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Old April 4th, 2016, 11:49 PM
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Jim Cheney
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Another tip- pull the mat back out and use pond liner with contact adhesive to reinforce the places where the mat bends. Otherwise you run the risk of having split edges in the most annoying and inconvenient places.
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