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Cargo control done right, with E-track!

Discussion in 'Offroad Accessories' started by Stic-o, November 12, 2006.

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    1. Stic-o

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      Ever since I first bought my Explorer I have always used my cargo area tie down points. But they are never in the right place it seems. The ones that are near the rear seats are by far the worst, why could ford not put them closer to the seats?:mad: So I came up with a new idea, E-Track. What is E-Track you may ask, well if you have ever seen the inside of most cargo related trailers. you'll see this stuff lined on the walls mostly. The track is very cheap, so it just makes sence. So Let take a look at how it goes in, how it works, and how it looks.

      Needed for this project
      E-Track (10 ft piece in painted or Galvinized) $17.50
      40 1" x7/16" grade 5 bolts, locking nuts and washers(x2) $7.00
      2 7/16" Wrenchs
      Drill with 7/16" bit.
      A cute looking assistant is also quite handy;)



      So this is what we start with

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      First remove the carpet and padding then you'll need to take out those old pesky factory tie down hooks. At this point it's a good idea to sweep out or vacume out your work area. There could be a good amount of dirt under there.
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      Then you want to mark your holes to drill. I took my 10' piece of E-track and cut it down to two 38" pieces, which also gave me some extra for another project. (Be very carefull where you put the track, there are boxed supports that run under the floor. You want to mount the E-track so it straddles this. That way your bolts will be on both sides of the boxed part under the cargo area.) I but a bolt every other hole, but if you really want you could do every hole. Then you'll find out how the beadlock guys feel:( Once the holes are marked go ahead and driil your holes. Lay down the track to make sure your holes line up and then put in your bolts and washers. ( I only used grade 5 bolts, because you want the bolts to break if there is a problem. Using grade 8's wold just rip them thru the floor if there was a issue.) Now go ahead and put the washers and locking nuts on on and torqe it down. (At this point it's helpfull to have a cute assistant help you.)

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      One issue I had was that there is a gap where the bolts go on the back half of the track. This is because the back half is designed like a truck bed, with channels. You can use some sort of spacers if you like but I chose to just leave it. (It's a cargo area, and your not putting cars back there so it should be fine.)

      Once the the bolts are all torqued down, you'll need to put your carpet back in. Put it back in to make a patern to cut for the track to be exsposed. Once cut, put it back in and your done.

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      There are many different kinds of spring fiiting available for the track. I chose ones with a bit of webing on them. They have a 1000lbs. recomended ratting and 3000lbs break rating. I will now be able to tie down everything in the cargo area.:thumbsup:
       
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    3. MountaineerGreen

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      How come there are no pics of the cute assistant? :dunno: :(

      :D
       
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      She would't pose for pictures:D
       
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      Yea, pics or ban!
       
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      Stop winning...you guys get to see my cute assistant in person:D
       
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      But not often enough! You mention your cute assistant twice with no pics??? Whats up with that?? :mad:

      Oh and nice job on the tie down!!! Dam good idea!
       
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      Yea, I wonder if she's ok with being just 'Cute'..
       
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      Part 2: The Box

      So I also wanted a place to put everything, instead of everything just thrown in and some stuff tied down, and some not:rolleyes:

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      I ordered this 48 gal box from Target, they were by far the cheapest. Because I still need to use the Ex for moving large things every once in a blue moon, it need to be moveable with eas. This is why I did not bolt it down. Unfortuantly with all my crap in there and then some it probally weighs about 200lbs.:rolleyes: I still have room now toput the fridge at the back and tie it down.:thumbsup:
       
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      thats awesome, nice work!

      I have become quite creative with ratchting tie downs and rubbermaid boxes to get all my spare parts, tools, and crap strapped down int eh back of the BII, this would sure simplify the process....
       
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      Nice job man
       
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      Now all you need is a couple of pieces roller track then you would be able to just roll out that container bin out...but looks good as is

      Dave
       
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      You just gave me another idea, that's awesome. :D
       
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      Down the road I'd like to lose the rear hatch and put a new bulkhead behind the rear seats. Then move the spare in the cargo area, with a sliding system, that would have everything, tools, spare parts,etc.. That way you would just pull it out and everything would be there. Also give better clearance with the tire off the rear.
       
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      Instead of cutting the carpet so that the track is exposed you could probably just bolt the tracks down on top of the carpet?
       
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      Source for the e-track and fittings?
       
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      you could but ....1. it looks cleaner...2. it would look silly because it would pull the carpet funny....3. it wont be as solidly mounted...and 4. its a PITA to drill the padding/carpet/insulation.
       
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      Looks great, nice work.
       
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      That is so very cool.
       
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      this was an awesome find.

      good job man
       
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      Wow, another good idea. Where can I find that etrack ? hat is what I need for my mess oh I mean explorer.

      Tim
       
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      Browsing threw a tool store, and stumbled across an aisle full of E track stuff. This thread instantly popped in my head. Next thing you know, I'm walking out the door with an arm full of E track stuffs. :D
       
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      Still use it too! Only thing I would do differently is buy track going the other direction. It worked then with my setup, but I use the cargo area a bit different now.still works though.
       

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