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Old 08-25-2014, 06:21 PM
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If you use your cargo tie downs... Read this!

Took the grill off my boat last Friday to clean it at home.
With all the coolers in there too, it didn't roll around.
Cleaned it and put it back in the Jeep for the next boating trip, but on the way to work this morning it was rolling around in the cargo area.

I got to work and went back to tie it down and discovered one of my cargo tie downs was so loose that I pulled it out!

You will need a 7mm socket and a flat screwdriver or pry tool.
For the rear tie downs, pry up on the forward part of the plastic to flip up the cover and then use the 7mm socket to tighten them down.

For the front tie downs, you have to lay down your rear seats and then pull up the flip-down cover (covers the space when the seats fold down). This cover is just a 'press in' cover, so just start at one end and gently pry it upwards and it will pop out.

Then use your screwdriver/pry-tool and start at the rear of the plastic cover for the front tie downs (there's a slot). There is one catch at the rear of the cover and 2 catches at the front of the cover (relative to the vehicle). Under that cover is a phillips screw.

I used a phillips bit in an adapter connected to my 1/4" socket to make sure I got them tight (but not too tight! you don't want to strip them).

I'm pretty sure I put at least 1 full turn on the 3 tie downs that hadn't completely loosened.

The 1st pic is what happened when I tried to use the tie down.
The 2nd pic is what the rear tie downs screw into (under the panel).
The 3rd pic is what the front tie down (with the panel pried up) looks like from the 'front' relative to the vehicle.
The 4th and 5th pic is what the tie down (with the panel pried up) looks like from the 'rear' relative to the vehicle.

It's about a 10-20 minute job, but if you use your tie downs I would recommend you take the time so your cargo doesn't go flying when you thought you had it tied down.
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