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Old 04-06-03, 14:29   #1
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installing a parcel shelf!! THE HOW TO GUIDE

a few people were asking in the forum, so in a few lines i'll describe how easy it is to do!

1. take your back seat out
- start with the bottom bit you sit on theres a bracket that looks like
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(excuse the dots, the forum gets rid of multiple spaces so my pic looked all screwy without them)

so you kindof have to push it in towards the boot and pull it up to get it over the little lip at the bottom indicatied by an arrow on the pic. sometimes to get the seat out, you'll have to knee into the seat while lifting it.. they're a bitch to get out sometimes!!

2. if you have back head rests there will be two black plugs (grommits) on either side, they're plastic, just pull the headrest up and fiddle with them until they pop off (they are screws in, but half a turn will release them)

3. take the back rest off by lifting it towards the roof and pulling back towards the front of the car

4. disconnect speakers if you have them in the car and remove at this point.

5. the parcel shelf may be screwed in, unscrew if it is, and just lift it out..
if its not screwed in, it'll just lift out!

6. put the new parcel shelf in, place the speakers in there and replace the seats...

7. have a beer
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Old 04-06-03, 16:08   #2
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what do you think mods ? make this a sticky in the audio section?
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Old 04-06-03, 18:53   #3
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Old 20-06-03, 17:18   #4
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People making a parcel shelf ain't all that hard.

Trial and error.

But i guess this is worthy of being posted.
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Old 23-06-03, 23:03   #5
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I made mine, it will be out again soon so i can drill holes and bolt it to the baby seat points
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Hehe baby points another modification to the car ay? :banana:
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Old 24-06-03, 12:29   #7
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I made mine, it will be out again soon so i can drill holes and bolt it to the baby seat points
Yeah but just be careful you don't get done for having no child anchorage points... i'm sure if a cop decided to be really picky he'd have a go at you for it.
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Old 25-06-03, 07:08   #8
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"Child anchorage points?"
I my car doesnt even have seatbelts in the back, modern cars are for pussies
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Old 26-06-03, 15:38   #9
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He could suck me off while he watched me rip my back seat out, unbolt them and remove the parcel shelf......
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Old 15-07-03, 16:10   #10
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I got a canary about 6 months ago for not having the baby seat things. :evil:
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Old 15-07-03, 18:42   #11
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They are still there, just screwed some bolts in them........I have no kids, and none EVER get in my car.......They destroy cars without even knowing it
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I immagine the Vk would be exactly the same for removal?
I was thinking about making one but having the speakers and grilles recessed into the parcel shelf and then covering the entire shelf so the speakers cant been seen from the outside. Dunno what to use without muffling the sound though.
Any thoughts?
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Old 24-07-03, 14:20   #13
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Old 24-07-03, 15:28   #14
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house speaker cloth works fine to cover up speakers without muffling the sound.
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Old 15-10-03, 02:24   #17
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just wondering what you use to make your new parcel shelf?
mdf seems like a logical choice to me. what thickness do you use?
also, do u bother cutting in the little vents at the back of the shelf?

another thing, what are good yet cheap speakers to replace the little bog stock ones at the front. i literally know nothing about stereos so anything would be helpful.

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sorry if this is such a dumb ass question but im new to this whole thing
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Old 16-10-03, 07:15   #18
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titicaca I removed my parcel shelf last night and found that it was not damaged. I was planning to use 8mm mdf but the factory shelf has sound proofing stuff on the bottom and is fairly rigid. So I am just using my factory shelf and have cut the holes towards the centre. the conversion to 7x10's will be finished by tonight. As for your speakers in the front theres a thread covering that.
On the weekend im converting the headunit (soon see how easy that is).

Thanks for the guide mark, it took me ten minutes to remove the back seat and shelf. crap missed step 7.
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Old 16-10-03, 11:39   #19
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yeah i spotted that thread but everyone is talkin in hundreds of dollars, where as my budget is in tens. im sure for $10 i could get something better than whats in there at the moment.

ill seconds the thanks to the guide. i went and took it out just so i could see what would be involved and it took 10 minutes. unfortunately i didnt find any money under the seat but i thought it would be a goldmine under there.

so basically if there is nothing wrong with the original shelf then its better to use that? sounds alot easier and less costly, which is the main problem for me.

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Old 16-10-03, 23:48   #20
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like it or not it might be a little bit more costly to put another one in, but unless u want **** tinny bass from ur 6x9's and ugly uneven holes cut, then putting in an MDF shelf or equivalent is ur only option.

the reason being is that MDF has a better acoustic sound for bass and by making the custom shelf just a little bit bigger u can sit the 6x9's on this whithout even cutting into the sheet metal. Easy as that.
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I was at a car wreckers in Melbourne & saw a vl there that had a custom parcel shelf in it still. As I was with a mate at the time, I couldn't get it because it wouldn't fit in a 2dr sports coupe. But doesn't really matter as I already have a custom made parcel shelf that I made myself.
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What is wrong with just using the original parcel shelf when installing speakers?

As long as the job is done proper the first time there shouldn't be any problems with sound or other noises.

Thats why i found anyway.
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Old 20-10-03, 14:54   #23
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ive decided to make my own parcel shelf so that if i **** it up i can chuck the original back in.

i just want to know what thickness mdf is the best choice. im only putting in some pisspoor 6 x 9's (the stock ones out of a mates 91 magna) so it shouldnt vibrate too much. i was thinking 6mm cos it would be strong enough for the speakers but still flexible enough to fit in there nice and snug.
measured it up and figured id have to get a 1800 x 900 sheet, which will be a prick to get home, even though all i need is 1600 x 400. guess ill have enough for 2 shelves

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i have 19mm in my vl with 300w max Kenwoods and it sounds pretty good. (the thicker the mdf the deeper the bass).

if ur puttin in crappy speakers then u dont really need 19 mm but i think that why go to the trouble of making one, carpeting it and all when u might want to use it to put some better ones in.
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hey guys,

i just recently put 17mm MDF in mine and a quick way to cut out the correct shape (rather than trial and error) is get a ball bearing straight cutter for a router. cut out the approximate shape leaving about 5-10 mm overhang on the edge. secure the old shelf on the bottom of the MDF board and set up the router so that the ball-bearing runs along the old parcel shelf and cuts the the MDF board. once it's set up it's easy as **** to cut out and you get a perfect fit. the only thing with using thicker MDF (15 mm and above i think) is that when you go to put the seat back in, the thing wont fit cos the lip on the top of the back seat sits up on the MDF. i had to recut my shelf so that it sits flush with the seat now, but depends on how much time you wanna spend on getting it right.

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