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So, as I started the building process of my WK2 EcoDiesel the first thing I purchased was a Fridge. Granted, this isn't normally the first thing you purchase for a vehicle but we regularly travel 6-7hrs to destinations for the weekend and don't care to always have to deal with trying to get the basic necessities for our meals. Also, as I am able to get the vehicle built up for some overlanding it will be a great item for those weekend camping trips.

As I started to look at the cargo area I realized tying down the fridge would be an issue due to the metal track sliders that are back there as well as only have 4 tie downs in the corners.



By looking around at other people's more in-depth builds with drawers systems I noticed some people were leveraging the "airline" style aluminum tie down stripping. So, I started researching this type of tie down systems and came across Mac's Custom Tie Downs out of Idaho and started e-mailing with Jeremy. I told him I wanted to replace the sliders in the back of the Jeep with their aluminum tie down tracking. He said no problem, they could do it, so I sent him one of the sliders out of the back of the Jeep so they could align the holes with the factory mounting holes.



Within a few weeks I had their tracking at my door with all of the mounting hardware and I had purchased some tie down loops to go with it.



I was really impressed with the finish of the tracks and the quality of the hardware sent with them. That just left installing them. So I removed the rest of the factory sliders and bolted in the new tracks. The process took about 30 minutes.



I think the end result was well worth the wait and has already proved itself to work very well. The fridge is securely tied down now and rides perfectly on the tracks while being secured by the ARB tie down kit.



I thought this was a great solution for any of the WK2 owners out there that are looking for a better method of securing their cargo. My experience with Mac's was absolutely painless and the hardware passed my expectations.

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Re: Grand Cherokee WK2 Cargo Area Tie Down Tracks

Thanks for the info. None of your pics are working though
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Re: Grand Cherokee WK2 Cargo Area Tie Down Tracks

Since I was unable to edit my original post and the image links were not working here is the same post to the 1st but with pictures!

So, as I started the building process of my WK2 EcoDiesel the first thing I purchased was a Fridge. Granted, this isn't normally the first thing you purchase for a vehicle but we regularly travel 6-7hrs to destinations for the weekend and don't care to always have to deal with trying to get the basic necessities for our meals. Also, as I am able to get the vehicle built up for some overlanding it will be a great item for those weekend camping trips.

As I started to look at the cargo area I realized tying down the fridge would be an issue due to the metal track sliders that are back there as well as only have 4 tie downs in the corners.



By looking around at other people's more in-depth builds with drawers systems I noticed some people were leveraging the "airline" style aluminum tie down stripping. So, I started researching this type of tie down systems and came across Mac's Custom Tie Downs out of Idaho and started e-mailing with Jeremy. I told him I wanted to replace the sliders in the back of the Jeep with their aluminum tie down tracking. He said no problem, they could do it, so I sent him one of the sliders out of the back of the Jeep so they could align the holes with the factory mounting holes.



Within a few weeks I had their tracking at my door with all of the mounting hardware and I had purchased some tie down loops to go with it.



I was really impressed with the finish of the tracks and the quality of the hardware sent with them. That just left installing them. So I removed the rest of the factory sliders and bolted in the new tracks. The process took about 30 minutes.



I think the end result was well worth the wait and has already proved itself to work very well. The fridge is securely tied down now and rides perfectly on the tracks while being secured by the ARB tie down kit.



I thought this was a great solution for any of the WK2 owners out there that are looking for a better method of securing their cargo. My experience with Mac's was absolutely painless and the hardware passed my expectations.
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Re: Grand Cherokee WK2 Cargo Area Tie Down Tracks

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Thanks for the info. None of your pics are working though
Should be fixed now! Let me know if the pictures still don't work.
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All good now - thanks heaps.
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Re: Grand Cherokee WK2 Cargo Area Tie Down Tracks

Mate that is perfect! Our local auto parts shop sells the tracks with tie downs as a complete set. Im going to go and get a set and do this for my Waeco fridge too!!
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Mate that is perfect! Our local auto parts shop sells the tracks with tie downs as a complete set. Im going to go and get a set and do this for my Waeco fridge too!!
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Great! Post some pictures when you are done!
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Re: Grand Cherokee WK2 Cargo Area Tie Down Tracks

Isn't the mechanism for retaining the false floor a bit light duty for holding down a fridge? Perhaps make up a longer spare wheel retainer bolt which can then hold the false floor down too?

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Isn't the mechanism for retaining the false floor a bit light duty for holding down a fridge? Perhaps make up a longer spare wheel retainer bolt which can then hold the false floor down too?

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It seems like it should be strong enough as I have pulled up pretty hard on the fridge and the plastic shelf just slightly comes up on the outer edge but doesn't budge near the latch.

I don't think there is any chance for the latch to come undone and by the time you take the weight of the fridge and other cargo it would be pretty tough for anything to move. The tailgate also closes and covers over the plastic where the latch connects. Another layer of protection in my mind.

Does that mean a metal latch with some sort of reinforced metal catch wouldn't be better? No, but I have not been able to spend much time on it.

Another thing that could be done is using the strap from the ARB fridge to tie the fridge down to the attachment point as well as using the remaining strap to tie down to the attachment point near the tailgate that holds down the plastic surround as a back-up. I highly doubt it would be able to come up then. Plus, there will be plenty of other weight back there with remaining cargo.
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Re: Grand Cherokee WK2 Cargo Area Tie Down Tracks

Great mod, I am a huge fan of Mac's and saw the same right up in the Mac's monthly email. I am going to do the same to my GC

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Re: Grand Cherokee WK2 Cargo Area Tie Down Tracks

Brilliant. just brilliant. What I like about this system is that there are many uses for this. Not only the obvious things like outings for days on end, etc...but let's say more urban, local needs.

How many times have either your shopping trips been cut short by needing to hot-foot it home with your perishables...or completely planning your shopping around said perishables you desire to purchase? Voila! Now you can throw your perishables in said unit after purchase and go continue shopping & make other stops until you are done and want to go home... with your perishables minty-fresh and unspoiled.

PRICELESS.

Thanks for posting your project!
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Re: Grand Cherokee WK2 Cargo Area Tie Down Tracks

and if you're in an accident do you save enough with a 25+ kilo fridge bolted to pressed cardboard? also have a look at what those "tie down" hooks are screwed to, self tapping screws into, plastic & tin plate!
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