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Old 10-10-2010, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default $15 DIY rear cargo mat for 5-door

I just picked up my '11 base WRX hatch last week. I put in some floor mats and wanted something for the cargo area. I decided to make something and it turned out to only cost me $15 or so. I put together a "how to" in case others might be interested.

Here's the link to step-by-step guide:
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Let me know what you think (please be nice).




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Old 10-10-2010, 08:09 PM   #2
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not bad at all.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:09 PM   #3
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That looks great, I like it!
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:39 PM   #4
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Might do this for my sedan.. the stock carpet is a little whimsy.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:44 PM   #5
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Freakin sweet I'm doing this for my wagon this weekend. Good write up
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:27 AM   #6
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Nice writeup! Bookmarking that guide as something to get to before snow comes for sure
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:37 AM   #7
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Nice. I think I'll be making one of these for my Impreza this weekend.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:08 PM   #8
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Thanks for the positive feedback. For those of you who are going to give this a try, post up pics here and let us see how it turned out.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:05 PM   #9
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looks so good! I would do this except my subwoofer is screwed into that flooring so i cannot get that piece out. I have the rubber trunk insert, but it looks bad because its folded to fit my subwoofer.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:18 AM   #10
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looks so good! I would do this except my subwoofer is screwed into that flooring so i cannot get that piece out. I have the rubber trunk insert, but it looks bad because its folded to fit my subwoofer.
If there is a way to take out the sub temporarily, you could do this project. The only difference would be you would have to trace the speaker hole in the mat, and probably cut it slightly larger to account for the woofer's surround and grill. Once you put it all back, you could then removed the mat to clean while leaving the flooring in place. Again, this is assuming you can unbolt the speaker and it is not permanently mounted somehow.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:51 AM   #11
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Anyone get a chance to try this? I'm interested in seeing pics of how other people's cargo mats come out.

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Old 11-14-2010, 08:44 PM   #12
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I finished mine this weekend! Great idea, thank you very much! (the brown spot in the middle is a worklight I was using lol)
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:46 AM   #13
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Any reason why you didn't glue the rubber trim (on the corners) under the main piece?

It seems like you could have made it nearly invisible that way.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:01 AM   #14
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Yeah, I thought about that right after I had it cut, but at that point there was no turning back lol. I think it turned out ok for the most part...
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:56 AM   #15
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I finished mine this weekend! Great idea, thank you very much! (the brown spot in the middle is a worklight I was using lol)
Great job! I really appreciate you taking the time to post a picture here.

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Old 11-15-2010, 11:19 AM   #16
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Any photos of the overlapped, glued portion? I'd be interested in seeing it from the side or bottom.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:31 AM   #17
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Unfortunately, the only pics I have currently are already in the blog posting. Sorry.

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Old 11-15-2010, 12:31 PM   #18
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I looked at your photos again. You overlapped the two edge section (the rubber, non-carpeted part). That makes more sense. I suppose overlapping with the carpet would have caused it not to sit flat.

This looks like a good, cheap mat. I may have to try this for my car.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:34 PM   #19
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I looked at your photos again. You overlapped the two edge section (the rubber, non-carpeted part). That makes more sense. I suppose overlapping with the carpet would have caused it not to sit flat.

This looks like a good, cheap mat. I may have to try this for my car.
Yeah, you got it.

Overlapping the rubber allowed it to sit flat, and since it was in the corners it doesn't look terrible. If the mat was bigger, there would of course no need to do this, but the tutorial was for the cheap Lowe's mat and the '11 5-door body style.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:49 PM   #20
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I was looking at this one:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Costs a couple bucks more, but it should be able to be cut from a single piece.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:11 PM   #21
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I was looking at this one:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Costs a couple bucks more, but it should be able to be cut from a single piece.
Great find. That looks like a perfect size. If they had that one at the store I would certainly have chosen it instead. Matter of fact, I will update my blog post with that link. Thanks!

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Old 11-16-2010, 08:37 PM   #22
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Today I went and bought the 36"x60" mat from HomeDepot (click photo for link):



It looks a lot like the one the OP used, but it is 5 feet wide instead of 4. This allows the entire mat to be cut in one piece!

I just traced out the stock floor panel and traced it onto the back of the door mat (exactly like the OP's guide). I ended up having to buy a decent scissor to cut through the mat, but once I did it went quite quickly. I did a test fit and ended up trimming a hair off of the lobes on either side. With a good scissor it was not hard to trim off 1/8" or so around the edges of the rounded portions.

After the trim it fit perfectly. It honestly looks and fits as good or better than an OEM product. The color match is great, and the fuzziness of the mat makes the edges blend in perfectly with the sides of the car. The overall fit and look are flawless. It looks like it came from the factory like this.

Tough lighting in my garage, but here are a few photos:





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Old 11-16-2010, 08:40 PM   #23
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Also, I don't know if it's just the lighting in the OP's photos, but my interior is black, and so is the mat. The flash in my photo's may make it look a bit grey, but it is really actually close to black. The OP's photo's appear to be taken during the day and the mat looks quite grey, much moreso than my mat.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:29 PM   #24
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Wow! Terrific job! That really looks great. Thanks for posting up.

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Also, I don't know if it's just the lighting in the OP's photos, but my interior is black, and so is the mat. The flash in my photo's may make it look a bit grey, but it is really actually close to black. The OP's photo's appear to be taken during the day and the mat looks quite grey, much moreso than my mat.
Yeah, it was really sunny the day I took my pics. Yours are a much better representation of the actual color. Mine looks exactly like yours in both color and fabric texture.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:23 AM   #25
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[email protected] that looks really good! Great job!
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