D-Rings added to Prime cargo area...

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  1. Insighter

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    I had my stereo/alarm installer (Streetnoyz in San Diego, CA) add "D" rings to my cargo area. Something like these really should have been included with the Prime.

    The front rings (the ones closest to the rear seat) were simple to install. There is a recessed area on each side of the cargo area directly behind the rear seat. There's a plastic piece there that looks like it just pushes into place to hold the trim piece in place, but there's actually a threaded hole there. My installer had some "D" rings that he was able to bolt into place that fit neatly into the recessed area (see the photos below).

    The back rings (the ones nearest the bumper) were the difficult ones. They had to remove the bumper and attach the back rings to the body of the car. They used some sort of spacers so that they could be tightened without compressing the interior trim piece/panel they are mounted against. They are very secure.

    This job was almost all labor. I had some other things done, but I think this was about 3 hours of labor, so around $300.

    I ordered the cargo net on Amazon. It is 24" by 45", but is far too wide. It was $8.49. I'll probably continue to try to find a better-fitting net. My '03 Insight had one that might be around the right size, so I might buy one of those on eBay.

    The yellow cable ties on the cargo net are there to help me mark off how I was going to re-direct the bungee cord that is threaded through the edges of the net (I ran it further in so that the net wouldn't be so loose).
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    great job there, thanks for the pics!(y)
     
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    $300? That’s a lot for a few hooks.

    I installed mine a little differently and only took 15 mins bending some metal tabs.
     

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    That looks great. It is something entirely different in terms of what it will accomplish by way of securing things, but I'd love to do what you've done, too.

    I'd like to have a stand-up envelope net like that, too. Could you tell me what those metal pieces are that you've used, and where to get them? And where to get that cargo net, too? Is the net attached at the bottom, or at the top only?

    Thanks!
     
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    3209CAC3-AAEA-4B29-ABCC-D5A0A9FED30A.jpeg Looks like the cargo net and stow away pouch that comes with the Lexus RX350 part number
    PT912-48160 here is picture of it.
    Or, the 4Runner “envelope net” for about half the cost the Lexus one. It, the Lexus one, comes with a leather zippered stowaway pouch to stow the net when it’s not in use.

    I suspect all of these nets will be too tall. The Prime EV battery cover has has reduced useful space by about three inches from non plug Prius models.
     
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    Hi VVTiBob: About half of what? Is that the one in RandomWalk101's photo? Is it the right width? It looks like it might be too tall. Do you know anything about the attachments he used (that are shown in his photos in his post here)?
     
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    I reused the upright cargo net from my 2004 Prius in my 2016 Prius. My 2016 Prius had two lower "D" rings near the bumper as delivered. I used some wire to create rings that that were wrapped around the rear plastic tabs for the cargo security cover and these sufficed for the upper connections.

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    That sounds like it worked well for your Prius, but the Prime is much more shallow in the cargo area. I don't know if it would work well in the Prime.
     
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    Hey insighter

    The cargo net is a Lexus one I got out of my old LS 460 But any will work.
    The bracket is made out of a piece of flat metal I have in my toolbox. Just a few bends and drill a hole for mounting. The bottom is not tied down as I need to move it to open the little pocket to get the charger wire harness etc. the bottom doesn’t need tying down as the leather bottom has some weight and will stay in place.
     
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    The bends in this photo look very precise. The round part looks perfect. How could you bend flat metal so perfectly? Also, did you have to shave down the plastic piece for it to fit through? Flat Metal Custom Piece.jpeg
     
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    Oh I’m just that good. I/k. Good observation.
    The “spare” metal part is actually some type of bracket and that part is already there like that. Prob used to clip on a wire bundle in a car. Anyways I just cut off that section and bend the other end to an “L” shape & drill a hole for mounting. Yes, I also dremmel the cover a bit at the edge to make room for the bracket.
     
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    Here is my way of installing my old cargo net from my old Honda Accord. I have only used 3 hooks for this project... actually one hook dropped into the back my seat and still trying to fish it out. :)


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    My budget tight so it's Quick and dirty way but I have this configuration in my old Honda Accord since 2001.. so most likely will work.

    Just move your 40/60 section down and screw the hooks.


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    Thanks for those extra photos. I don't see the black plastic "T"-shaped piece I've pointed a yellow arrow to in my Prime Advanced. It looks like it's in the recess that the retractable Tonneau cover fits into. Is that piece simply not present in the Advanced?
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    Ic.. you have the high end version and I have the plus version. There must be a slight different between them. You can go to Home Depot and check out the hardware section for best fit. I'm sure you can find another clever idea to put it up.


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    As shown in my first photo in my original post, the first cargo net I tried with my "D" hooks didn't fit very well. I thought I'd probably be going through a series of them, but I lucked out and the second one I ordered (shown in the photos below) fits almost perfectly. It's also double-layered and has binding around all edges, so it's much sturdier.

    The last photo shows two adjustable flat bungee cords. Using the net and/or the bungee cords, I should be able to secure most things I'd carry.

    Here are links to the cargo net and flat bungee cords shown in the photos:

    1. Cargo net ($19.99):

    2. Flat bungee cords/straps ($9.99 each):


    All of this together, including the "D" rings, is only about $60 worth of parts (for anyone who has the time and ability to mount the "D" rings themselves).
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