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S3 coupe parcel shelf mounting

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:28 pm

I removed my parcel shelf to access the top of the rear struts but the mounting of the shelf doesn't seem
correct. I had to pull back glued in carpeting to access several mounting points, as seen in the pictures.

Is this the correct way to mount this shelf? It seems to me that it would make more sense to have the
shelf sit on a bracket, of sorts, rather than mounting it straight onto the back bulkhead.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:07 am

on my S4 coupe the rear shelf is resting in a similar fashion for the front, on small steel clips stuck under the rear window rubber for the rear ... very light but it does not move.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:37 am

Aha! Mine were screwed into the masonite bulkhead, which required pulling the carpet back to get to the
screws. Maybe they shouldn't have been?
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:10 am

gjz30075 wrote:Aha! Mine were screwed into the masonite bulkhead, which required pulling the carpet back to get to the
screws. Maybe they shouldn't have been?


well now that you're saying this I'm not 100% sure... must be getting old, it's been a few years since I last tinkered with it, and now the car is stored away so I can't look if there are screws or screw holes (in case I did not screw it back). Other issue is that I had a "pro" upholstery shop do the carpet, they may have messed the original installation...
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:35 am

Yes back of the shelf sits on clips mounted around the rear glass mounting fibre glass flange. The front of the shelf sits on the vertical board and is secured with the clips you show under the carpet.

Long ago I drilled a couple of holes in the parcel shelf and inserted rubber plugs as fitted in the DHC to give access to the top of the struts without removing the "parcel shelf". Who ever puts a parcel on it ????? :lol:

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:57 pm

Thanks guys. I recently found a private website (can't find it now) about a FHC restoration and it showed
several 90 degree brackets mounted on the bulkhead and the parcel shelf sitting on those. I'm thinking
velcro here. :-)
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:43 pm

rgh0 wrote:Long ago I drilled a couple of holes in the parcel shelf and inserted rubber plugs as fitted in the DHC to give access to the top of the struts without removing the "parcel shelf". Who ever puts a parcel on it ????? :lol:

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Now theres a good idea. Having to take the parcel shelf out to get to the rear shock adjusters means they're only adjusted whenever I strip the suspension down.
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PostPost by: SENC » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:21 pm

Mine are pop riveted - easy to drill out and replace quickly.
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