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Old April 8th, 2016, 04:51 PM
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Load area drawer experience

I've searched the forums, but can't seem to find anything.

Does anyone have experience with either of these drawer sets from FrontRunner?

https://www.nakatanenga.de/zubehoer/...ntrunner?c=120

https://www.nakatanenga.de/zubehoer/...ntrunner?c=120

They are pricey, but I can buy it w/o paying VAT and have it shipped back to the states this summer when I move back essentially for free. I was striking out on trying to find the either of these at a US location (my Google skills are suffering from a long week).

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Old April 8th, 2016, 06:54 PM
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Frontrunners has a US headquarters in agoura hills ca. Maybe they could help you out with more info or shipping?
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Old April 9th, 2016, 01:38 AM
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Tuffy make some as well. They say they are for Wranglers, but they work in Land Rovers as well. -Jeff
Agreed. I have the tuffy drawer and it's a perfect fit. High capacity and well built but a bit too tall after I re-installed the side facing jumps. So it's either or.

Where are you located? I'd probably sell it to you cheap if you could pick it up. Well built=heavy, and it's far from small.
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Old April 9th, 2016, 02:43 AM
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Agreed. I have the tuffy drawer and it's a perfect fit. High capacity and well built but a bit too tall after I re-installed the side facing jumps. So it's either or.

Where are you located? I'd probably sell it to you cheap if you could pick it up. Well built=heavy, and it's far from small.
I'm currently in Frankfurt, Germany. But I'll be moving to San Diego this summer. Any picture of it installed? Thanks
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Old April 9th, 2016, 02:52 AM
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It's at my place in Napa, CA. San Diego isn't too terribly far. It could work out that somebody could RURR it. Let me know if want to go that direction, with the Tuffy that is ;-)
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Old April 9th, 2016, 10:10 AM
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Tuffy make some as well. They say they are for Wranglers, but they work in Land Rovers as well.

-Jeff
Which Tuffy model? Any photos? I want to see how well it fits.

I want to see a shot of the Frontrunner Td5 installed in a 110- from above to see how well it spans the cargo area.

I've ordered some stuff from Frontrunner in CA and they are awesome to work with. Quick to ship and super professional. They have offered to have stuff from SA shipped here too.

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Old April 9th, 2016, 01:22 PM
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Thanks Jeff.

Neither of those create a flat deck across the wheel arches. The front runner Td5 looks to be the best option for that- flat surface and drawer.
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Old April 9th, 2016, 02:57 PM
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Agreed. Without the risers, mine is just about flat (slightly lower) to the wheel wells in the tub.
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How do you use the fold down jump seats...do you have to refab the front U hoop under each seat?
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Old April 9th, 2016, 05:51 PM
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there are several US retailers for front runner, including Front Runner USA. You can order anything from ZA through them.


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BTW, drawer system is one of the best mods for a D to deal with space management.
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Old April 9th, 2016, 06:15 PM
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How do you use the fold down jump seats...do you have to refab the front U hoop under each seat?
I don't. It's an either/or thing. Right now the seats are in and the drawer in the garage.
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Old April 9th, 2016, 06:48 PM
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BTW, drawer system is one of the best mods for a D to deal with space management.
I'm really leaning towards buying or having a drawer built for the back of my truck. There isn't a lot of usable space in the back of a D90 with a dog back there. What drawer are you using?
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I just went out and did a quick measurement of my truck. It looks like the Frontrunner drawer for a Defender would interfere with the roll cage. I'm curious if it could be notched, but that'd be an expensive gamble for something that might not fit.

This should fit, but its Terra Firma, so the quality is probably quite poor.
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I'm not a fan of drawer systems. They waste a lot of space and the space near the floor is your most valuable--it's where you want your heaviest items to keep your COG low. I like cubby systems instead. I haven't built my next-gen storage system yet but this is the basic design:



The platform is built around an Engel 60 fridge and matches the fridge's height so that the fridge top becomes part of the platform. There is one small drawer at the rear to hold food and other things that need to be quickly accessible. The space further inside is divided into top-loadable cubbies. The ones closest to the rear of the truck will hold camping gear and extra food. The ones closest to the front of the truck are for tools and spares--heavy things--to keep the COG as centered and low as possible.

I have looked into aluminum construction and this is a consideration but I will probably just end up using baltic birch covered in commercial grade black carpet like I've used for all of my past cubbies and platforms. You get the carpet at Lowes and it's bomber. Mine has held up to years of abuse and still looks good. Carpet is adhered to the birch with contact cement. The top of the platform has Mac's low-profile anchor plates with detachable tie-down rings for when you want to strap down additional carrying cases or cargo on top.
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I'm really leaning towards buying or having a drawer built for the back of my truck. There isn't a lot of usable space in the back of a D90 with a dog back there. What drawer are you using?
I made my own. very pleased with result after 3 generations
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I was talking to Brian at http://www.goose-gear.com about making something like this for my 110 before I sold it they can make anything you want
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I always admired this system. http://www.mantec.co.uk/productdetai...202EF90B419B55
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I seriously thought about getting one.
Even looked at the tuffy that was FS locally to me.

Couldn't get over the fact that once its installed, there is a utility of the truck that gets lost until its removed.
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Old April 10th, 2016, 08:39 AM
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I'm not a fan of drawer systems. They waste a lot of space and the space near the floor is your most valuable--it's where you want your heaviest items to keep your COG low. I like cubby systems instead. I haven't built my next-gen storage system yet but this is the basic design:
I would tend to agree with you, but seeing as when my truck is loaded with gear, I have very little room in the back with the dog. The design of the tub isn't great for stacking items. Basically we end up with the cooler pushed all the way forward, then everything else shoved/strapped to the side. The tent, sleeping bags, ect. all end up on the roof in Pelican cases. I hate that the floor is not level in the D90.
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It's at my place in Napa, CA. San Diego isn't too terribly far. It could work out that somebody could RURR it. Let me know if want to go that direction, with the Tuffy that is ;-)
Any pictures of it installed? Did it cover the floor from the door to the rear bulkhead?

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