I set my MKIII up as a full drop butt. My trunk room is a joke. I can't even fit my helmet in the trunk. I go to the autocross with a Dahon folding bike in the passenger seat and it would be nice to fit the helmet and some other things in the trunk. What can you guys suggest for expanding the trunk area? How hard is it to do trunk mods on a built car?
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I suppose you could use a cut off wheel and cut out a square the size of the trunk opening in the lower panel. Then you could build an aluminum box to drop into the opening to give you some additional space. The thing is it would be a bit willy nilly as to what cross bars you were cutting and how much it would effect the strength of that area.
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I made a drop box to use the dead space above the fuel tank but didn't care for the idea of cutting out any structure. Even with the tubing in place I can still fit all kinds of stuff in there and my helmet easily fits in the center area. I did it while building; on a finished car I'd simply drop the tank to install the box from the bottom.
Well, that was a useless comment. Seriously, I did what J Kleiner did above but that was before /darkwater boxes were available. I would go with the darkwater solution so you don't have to remove your tank.
I made a drop box to use the dead space above the fuel tank but didn't care for the idea of cutting out any structure...
Like Jeff, I added a trunk box that's all one volume. I added mine after the car was done. I didn't want to drop the tank, so it was a bit tricky getting the pieces through the opening and assembling the box. I thought long and hard about the Dark Water Customs box, but I wanted something a little bigger and that was all one contiguous volume.
If I had to do over again, I'd consider dropping the tank.
With carpet & lid
Filled up with a full tool kit, an air pump, a jack, a towel, a windbreaker/ raincoat, bungees and some cargo straps.
I couldn't see the pictures and thought I'd do a quote and blank out everything except your picture descriptions. When I got the "quote" I noticed that the "img" notations were in caps. I changed them to lower case to see what would happen,...here goes.
Edit after the attempt, I still can't see the pictures.
Second Edit, I deleted my quote.
Driving a car like this is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.
I see the pics in my original post and in your quote of my post. Do you see the pictures in P_Matt, beeman, and JKleiner's posts?
You might check your options to make sure you have "Show Images" turned on under "Thread Display Options." Go to UserCP and select "Edit Options" on the left hand side, and then scroll down to "Thread Display Options."
i saw the ball-hitch above, i was going to suggest a bolt-in class 1 receiver hitch and one of them cargo trays from JC Whitney.
i've actuaully thought about this myself, i have a bike rack and a snowboard rack that bolts into a class 1 receiver hitch. used it for 20 years on my Integra.
your hitch doesn't really need to be so strong to tow 2000lbs. i took the hitch off my Integra when i sold it, i've been figuring out a way to bolt it to the roadster. it's not the "wide" kind, it' about the size of 1/3 a shoebox.
I have Earl's Touring Trunk mod. I don't think he makes it any more but it looks a lot like Cobra Davids. Cut out the frame members and drop in a box that goes down to the top of the gas tank.
I don't think it would be that tough to do in a finished car. Drop the gas tank, and either use the Darkwater set up or fab up a box of your own.
Either way, I would drop the gas tank so you don't hit any wires or gas lines.
Go for it, you have to have room for a small bag and your helmet.
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I did the half drop butt mod on mine and I modified the frame to allow me to drop the trunk down some for more room. I can fit my helmet and a small cooler in the trunk no problem. I am adding methanol injection to my car now and will need about 1/3 of the dropped section for the methanol tank. You should be able to do this mod it you remove the gas tank from the car. Sorry I could not find a finished trunk picture. Good luck.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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