Originally Posted by pinetar
That looks great! Nice work.
I really want to do something similar or just get the Front Runner Slimline model and get the light bar attachment.
Thanks mate—I'll take some more pics tomorrow once it's wired in properly and post up the results.
Originally Posted by Nikita
Very impressive wood working skills. From the photos, the drawer, etc. looks OE.
Did you tack or adhere the carpet to the pinewood? Looks like each piece of wood was individually covered.
Might be a challenge to get the spare out, I mean the whole assembly looks heavy. How easy is it to remove? Looks great. Nice work.
You mentioned new wheels for a wider stance, but if you like the current wheels, you could just get spacers.
Thanks—for the most part the carpet is actually stapled in place, but this has been done very strategically as to not have any of them visible, even when opening and closing the different parts. The only spot you would see them is if you separated the pile along the edge of the fridge slider. It was also mostly painted black to conceal any areas where there is no carpet. My aim was to have it looking as OE as I could achieve (it's not perfect, but I think I got about 95% of the way there), not like some scaffolding slapped together that you see in some other DIY jobs.
As far as accessing the spare goes, it was never really a great concern—I'm a pretty big dude (about 6'4 and 280lbs) so all I need to do is take out the hex head bolts securing the fridge, put it to the side and then lift up the drawer. I didn't weigh it when finished, but I can quite comfortably pick it up and move it around.
The wheels are a maybe one day kind of item on the list, after I've run out of other mods. Also, unfortunately in Australia spacers are extremely illegal—the kind that gets you a defect notice and a big fat fine. I'm certainly not unhappy with the current stance, but having said that, if some nice looking flares came on to the market allowing for 0 offset wheels to be run I'd give it a lot of consideration (again with Australian laws, your tyres can't protrude past the bodywork, hence flares).