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#107 of 134 Stuff I found in cargo area, 2011 forester. What is it?
Apr 21, 2011 (8:50 am)
We just bought our 11 forester a couple of weeks ago and I was wondering if anyone can let me know what this stuff is I found in the cargo area.
Under the floor cover and in the cargo tray there was a small plastic subaru snapped pouch in there. But it was empty and I'm wondering if there was supposed to be something in there?
There are also 2 hard plastic, interior colored, looks-like-they-belong-somewhere, corner type pieces, just thrown in and not attached to anything. They really look like they should be part of the interior but are just hanging out there, loose, and I can't figure out what they might be. Anyone know what these are??
#108 of 134 Re: Stuff I found in cargo area, 2011 forester. What is it? [pip3]
Apr 21, 2011 (8:58 am)
The snapped pouch is a bag for accessory tools, such as the hex tool for the screws on the roof rack's cross bars. However, if you did not purchase any accessories that require tools, you won't need to use the bag for anything.
I'm not sure about the plastic pieces... how big are they? I don't recall my car having any loose pieces like that in it, but then mine is a model-year older....
#110 of 134 Re: Stuff I found in cargo area, 2011 forester. What is it? [pip3]
Apr 21, 2011 (9:06 am)
Both my wife's and my 2010 Foresters have those plastic pieces too. I believe they are to snap into the slots where the tonneau cover mounts should you chose to remove it. I haven't tried this but that has always been my assumption after I found them, as you did.
#111 of 134 Re: Stuff I found in cargo area, 2011 forester. What is it? [bigfrank3]
Apr 21, 2011 (9:15 am)
Interesting; I guess that makes sense (though I have no idea why someone would actually take the time to insert them). Where did you find them? Just under the cargo floor? I use that area extensively and I've never noticed them.
#112 of 134 Re: Stuff I found in cargo area, 2011 forester. What is it? [xwesx]
Apr 21, 2011 (9:39 am)
I didn't have to dig for them, they were just tossed in there under the cover, loosely, on both vehicles, very obvious.
#113 of 134 Re: Stuff I found in cargo area, 2011 forester. What is it? [xwesx]
Apr 21, 2011 (11:37 am)
Hmmm, wonder why the plastic pouch is even in there if I don't need the tools it should contain. Just strange.
The pieces are 2 different sizes..one maybe a smallish fist size, the other kind of L shaped is a little bigger....don't have them in front of me now.
#114 of 134 Re: Stuff I found in cargo area, 2011 forester. What is it? [xwesx]
Apr 22, 2011 (12:45 pm)
Happened to be in the back of my Forester yesterday so I tried out those pieces. They are exactly what I guessed they were. They are different sizes because the ends of the tonneau are not the same, there is a button/latching mechanism on the passenger side.
I had a slightly difficult time getting them out once I put them in, had to use a small screwdriver to pop them. I am guessing that if the tonneau is port installed they just remove them and keep them with the vehicle. The only benefit I can see of reusing them with the tonneau removed would be to protect the area where the tonneau needs to sit and lock into.
Probably something I will never use so I wouldn't sweat it if you don't have them.
#115 of 134 Re: Stuff I found in cargo area, 2011 forester. What is it? [bigfrank3]
Apr 22, 2011 (1:56 pm)
Heck, for all I know, they are attached to the points where the cover would go. I honestly have never noted it since I don't have the cover. I did note that the under-storage area is molded to store the cover when it is not used above. I lamented that a bit when I first bought the car - I would have preferred the molding to accept the aero crossbars when not in use!
#116 of 134 Re: Passenger seat [xwesx]
Apr 26, 2011 (1:18 pm)
you may be able to replace the bolts with longer units and install bushings between the rail and floor
I checked where the seat is fastened to the rail, and the bad news is they are not bolted on, there appears to be very strong rivets there instead. Bummer.
Maybe the tracks are bolted to the floor, but you'd have to remove carpeting and hope the angle is flat to put a spacer there, also. My 1998's seat track was not flat at the front, so not an option.
Cushion may be the way to go...
If anyone is more adventurous than me, please take photos.