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Old 08-04-2012, 07:38 AM
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DIY GE8 Cargo Cover (Lots of Pics)

I was so impressed with the DIY talent on this board and disappointed by the high cost of the OEM cargo cover, that I thought – I can make one of those too! I have lots of wood scraps kicking around, so I figured it wouldn’t cost me much to give it a try.
First, I made a cardboard template of the contours of the back of the car:
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Then I transferred this to a sheet of luan underlayment:
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I wanted to take advantage of the pins on the shelves in the back to lock the tray in position and lift it to a height consistent with those shelves on the side. I had some 5/4 (1” thick) deck board scraps that did the trick:
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Glued & screwed the side supports and luan board together and test fitted in the car:
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The underside of the cover/support:
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The luan alone was not strong enough, so I ripped a piece of ¾” lumber to 3” thickness for this purpose. I wanted to hinge my cover like the OEM, so I glued & screwed the board where I wanted the cover to hinge:
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Next, I ripped the cover down the middle of the reinforcement board I’d just added on the tablesaw:
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I didn’t take pictures, but next, I mortised the supports to accept 4 small hinges. The test fit after hinge installation:
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Hinge up:
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Then I painted the cover black:
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I had found some dark grey fleece fabric at a discount fabric store to wrap the cover in. I stitched “FIT” into the fabric in blue thread to go with the Blue Raspberry paint (not my best work, but I can live with it) Finally, I wrapped the cover in a dark grey fleece-like material and had the final fitting:
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The only thing left to do is add the cords to the hatch so it’ll go up when the hatch is opened. I’m pretty happy with it, considering it cost me $6 for fabric, $8 for hinges and $2.00 for screws, the rest of the materials I already had. I’ll take <$20 over $160 for the OEM cover.
My thanks to you, fellow FitFreaks, for your inspiration!!!!!
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:33 AM
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Looks Great- the color coordinated stitched Fit logo is a nice touch!
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:27 PM
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Man that looks great.Please tell me you got a A in wood shop lol
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:31 AM
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OP knows his way around the power tools. Nice job!

I would do similar but I have found with my dark tint you cannot see inside and I seldom leave anything in there.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:32 AM
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Looks great man. Alot of time and dedication there!
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Great work

As for your cost estimate, I would have to add the cost of the ER visit after operating the power tools. Looks good!
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Do you have exact measurements? If so can you help me out with this project!
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Do you have exact measurements? If so can you help me out with this project!
Sorry it took so long to respond, I took my template to work, scanned it and traced it out in CAD so I could create a digital template. I also have a pdf version to scale on a 24" x 36" sheet which I can email to you if you'd like - just shoot me a pm!

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Thanks will try it out
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Ah, gotta love CAD. This is great!
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good write-up! thanks!
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Pretty Good
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:54 PM
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That is far better than the dealer cover because there is a 3" gap between the cover and the seat. I am very disappointed with the factory stock cover gap.
I am going to make one now and return the new one.
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errr recline the seat and gap goes away.
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errr recline the seat and gap goes away.
Pity Honda parts manager has so much to learn....LOL
Thanks again.
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Can you send me the dimensions of the templet you made
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Smile Homemade cargo cover using fleece covering

Quote from Brindle:I had found some dark grey fleece fabric at a discount fabric store to wrap the cover .... Finally, I wrapped the cover in a dark grey fleece-like material and had the final fitting....

Your cover looks great! How did you attach the fleece fabric to the cover? Did you cover the bottom of the cover with fleece also?

PS, I made my own cargo cover using gatorboard (a tough foamboard) and didn't use the hinge.

UPDATE: I used an air-powered staple gun; is that what you did?

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