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Hi
I got round to taking pics of my rear shelf which as you can see does not sit right on the passenger side. Im hope someone (Tolak maybe) will tell me if adjusting the long bolts will cure this or is it another thing. All the brackets look perfect (no bent bits) so don't think its anything to do with that tho it could be the whole shelf is bent ?


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Yeah... that's like mine...

I can live with it not looking right... but I really want to stop the stuff under the shelf hitting the top of the roof when it's in the boot...

it's so very close to being fine, I'm using a little bit of foam to stop damage now...

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Yeah... that's like mine...

I can live with it not looking right... but I really want to stop the stuff under the shelf hitting the top of the roof when it's in the boot...

it's so very close to being fine, I'm using a little bit of foam to stop damage now...

Paul
Put a little felt material on the back side so if it touches the roof it will not damage the roof. Get the felt that you stick on the bottom of lamps that protect table tops. It comes with a stickey on one side.
 

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mines the same as that but nothing catches I checked at a friends car lot who has one for sale and that's the same too all have a bigger gap on the uk passenger side
 

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Not far off being perfect

Not far off being perfect

I suspect that the image of the hat-shelf when the boot is open (either incomplete roof opening or traditionally) will show the rest of this.
If the flap is up any more, then adjustment of the cable (and probably the wheels) is needed. If the flap stays in teh same (relative) position, then the hinge and its rubber stop (or if you have it, the rubber stop beside the pulley) will need adjusting.
There is also the option of improving the hinge line, so that there are almost no gaps each side of the hinges, but yours is (again) almost perfect.

And then the line of the main shelf (as it touches the boot) is controlled by those two bolts, which touch the edge of the metal hinge that the shelf itself is mounted on. (Unfortunately, there is very little extra mounting area or contact area around that bolt, so the idea of mounting one of those soft-close dampers from a kitchen drawer becomes unwieldy)

I'll get some pictures of mine (which I now hope will validate my comments) and then I can check how much room the hat-shelf has to avoid contact with the roof.
 

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The thing is on mine which you cant quite see in the pic is the boot (trunk) does not sit on the rubber on the passenger side.

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The thing is on mine which you cant quite see in the pic is the boot (trunk) does not sit on the rubber on the passenger side.

Dave
Yes, that is quite clear.
When the boot is shut, the reference is easy, because we all want a shut-line that is constant and negligible.
But when it's open, the photo may not say as much, but dropping your eye to look along the lines of the hat-shelf will show the "natural" line of the shelf, and even if the main shelf itself is bent.

I suspect there is a simple technique to improve these alignments, but most of those will be based on OEM standard components, and somehow these things get bent between the factory and now.
So we are learning techniques that were not included in the original repair documentation. And if it was easy, anyone could do it!
 
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