Outback Cargo net mounting instructions

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by Greg Morris, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. Greg Morris

    Greg Morris Guest


    Picked up a cargo net from my Subaru dealer for my 2001 VDC wagon.
    Instructions say I have to drill holes for upper attachment hooks.
    Unfortunately, the plans don't match the physical layout of my car. I
    suspect they are for the pre-2000 model.

    Does anyone have the installation instructions for a 2000+ OBW? Don't want
    to start drilling holes back there without knowing what I'm doing.


    2001 Outback H6-3.0 VDC Wagon
    Greg Morris, Oct 27, 2003
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  2. Greg Morris

    Debra Co Guest

    I have a 2002 LLBean and I bought the stock cargo net. It attaches to the
    hooks that are already there near the hatch opening (don't remember if they
    flip out or they are already flipped out). No holes necessary. Are you
    positive there are no hooks already there?
    Debra Co, Oct 27, 2003
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  3. Greg Morris

    Greg Morris Guest

    Yup. There are existing hooks along the floor, one set near the tailgate &
    another halfway to the seatback, but nothing along the top.
    Greg Morris, Oct 28, 2003
  4. Greg Morris

    Alan Guest

    It's not the pop-out hooks. Those are for plastic grocery bags (or whatever.
    The hooks you want are close to the hatch, and there are four of them, and
    are sort of T shaped.
    Alan, Oct 28, 2003
  5. Greg Morris

    Bruce Pech Guest

    Greg --

    I installed a cargo net on my 2002 H6-3.0 VDC Outback Wagon shortly after I
    bought it in the fall of 2001. The instructions for drilling the upper
    T-Anchor holes read:

    1. Locate the tail light access door and mark a point 1" back from the
    rearmost edge, placing your mark along the horizontal crease as shown in
    Figure 1. (Figure 1 shows the crease extending horizontally toward the hatch
    from the bottom edge of the tail light access door.)

    2. With a drill and 3/16" bit, drill a hole thru plastic panel and sheet
    metal underneath. Make sure drill bit does not penetrate second sheet metal

    3. With a drill and 1/2" bit, enlarge hole in plastic panel only.

    4. Install large (self-tapping) T-Anchor assembly into 3/16" hole and hand
    tighten. See View 'A', Figure 1. Repeat for other side. (View 'A' simply
    shows the T-Anchor assembly being inserted through the 1/2" hole in the
    plastic panel and screwed into the 3/16" hole in the underlying sheet metal

    These instructions for installing the lower T-Anchors in Outback models

    1. Using flat head screwdriver, remove lower cargo hook mounting screw cover
    to access mounting screw as shown in Figure 2. (Figure 2 shows the hinged
    cargo hook folded down with the plastic cover in the center of the hook
    mounting assembly inset into the interior wall removed to reveal a
    Phillips-head screw.)

    2. Using Phillips screwdriver, remove screw and keep both the screw and
    cover for future use if necessary.

    3. Install small M6 T-Anchor (machine thread) assembly with spacer into
    lower cargo hook weld nut hole and hand tighten. See View 'A', Figure 2.
    Repeat for other side. (View 'A' simply shows the T-Anchor assembly being
    screwed into the hole from which the Phillips-head screw was unscrewed.)

    These instructions matched the physical lay-out of my 2002 VDC Outback.
    Either you have different instructions or Subaru changed the lay-out when
    the 2002 model was introduced.

    Hope this helps.

    Remove "NOHORMEL" to reply.
    Bruce Pech, Oct 28, 2003
  6. Greg Morris

    Debra Co Guest

    Yup. There are existing hooks along the floor, one set near the tailgate &
    Ahhh, the set near the tailgate was what I was talking about. Perhaps you have
    a different, taller/larger net.
    Debra Co, Oct 29, 2003
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