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#1 mcneillchris9

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:20 PM

Hi Guys,

I'm new here, I have just past my test a couple of months and my first/current car is a 2003 Focus 1.8 TDCI LX. I love the car, I havent made much changes to it yet but I am wanting to gradually do some little mods to make it look nicer (even if some are internal for now so I dont effect my already high insurance cost.. I will post some more details when I can on the things I have done so far and what I'm planning on doing soon etc.

Anyway.. my question :)

The shape of the boot gives a fair bit of "wasted" space that's hard to use. and I want to know if anyone has come up with any smart ideas/ways of using this space easier (or if there is a reason not to do anything with it)..
The space I mean is the part above what I guess is the wheel arch, were some people have a little elastic cord holding a first aid kit or something. Like in the picture attached (borrowed from this guide ).

I would love to see any ideas/suggestions on how to make this space easier to use (obviously it would be great is whatever idea there is, is removable easily if transporting things that need that little groove (like maybe a bike or akward shape something) so I can maybe apply something similar.

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#2 Stoney871

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:28 PM

It's a pity that Ford doesn't do some sort of utility storage unit that fits the contours of the wheel arch for storing all the sort of maintenance junk that builds up over time.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:34 PM

It's a pity that Ford doesn't do some sort of utility storage unit that fits the contours of the wheel arch for storing all the sort of maintenance junk that builds up over time.


I agree.. I would love some sort of "pocket" that fits.. so random small things can be put into it so they aren't just lying on the floor; or without having to use a "boot tidy" which takes up normal boot space. Things like torch/gloves/snow shovel/warning triangle, and even some clothes like gloves/hat for when its cold in case of breakdown etc.

I would love to make something, but I don't know where I could really attach it too; or what the best thing to use might be so its ligt enough to hang (maybe some paper mache waterproofed somehow! :D)

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:49 PM

Surely they could design a velcro on pack designed to fit the gap with spaces for the most likely items.
I have to use boot tidy's as i need to carry all my work kit to and from work and still fit two dogs in too.
Utilising the dead space would free up a lot of flat boot space for me.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:51 PM

The Estate (2008 0n) has small doors with storage behind them filling in the gap behind the wheel arch, Have a look at the Estate and see if you can construct something similar.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:53 PM

Maybe someone who is a bit handy with fibreglass and with some spare time could take this up and see what comes of it.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:14 PM

...or if there is a reason not to do anything with it)...

There's two main reasons:

1. It is cheaper to follow the body shape with carpet than to deisgn, manufacture and install cubby holes
2. The nooks and crannies all add up to increase the advertised boot capacity. If they were filled in, the measured boot space would be smaller

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:36 PM

There's two main reasons:

1. It is cheaper to follow the body shape with carpet than to deisgn, manufacture and install cubby holes
2. The nooks and crannies all add up to increase the advertised boot capacity. If they were filled in, the measured boot space would be smaller

In addition to the above, the 'wasted space' is not necessarily wasted.
There are some items (folded push chair for example) that would not fit between the wheel arches, but can fit in the extra space that would be taken up by said cubby holes.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:46 PM

Fair one about fitting in pushchairs etc, but if that's not needed surely they could do an optional extra for people who want to use what in most cases is dead space.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:00 PM

I was wondering if there was a reason against me doing something, maybe access to something in an emergency or anything etc, I understand exactly why they wouldnt do it as standard..

As for the push-chair thing, I agree it is usable in some scenarios, but I don't need it right now (past the push chair phase and daughters bike is too big now for the boot :) ) that's also why I would preferably have somethin removable also.

Looks like I have a project to do when I get time :) I'm thinking of taking a 'mould' of the space using some expanding foam (and plastic bags to keep it off the carpet) and then maybe trying paper mace first to see if its possible/viable.. since its the cheapest way to make something.. coated in yacht varnish should give some protection too (http://www.papiermac...papier-mache/1/)

I will.update with any progress if/when I get around to doing it :)
Thanks,
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:01 PM

I would be vey interested in the results.


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:15 PM

you can always fit stealthboxz's either side: http://www.auto-acou...98-04-263-p.asp

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:35 PM

Shame they don't do them as storage.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:38 PM

you can always fit stealthboxz's either side: http://www.auto-acou...98-04-263-p.asp


They look like a good option.. however I dont think I could justify spending ~£400 on something to save a little space :blink: Thanks for the option tho

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:02 PM

Also if the space was filled i would not get my Golf clubs in there :) and i would not want to drop my seat to get them in.

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