Raingler Pet Barrier Net Install

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Chango Blanco, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. Chango Blanco

    Chango Blanco

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    Hello fellow Mudders,

    I decided that my first mods/accessories for my '93 should be safety-related. Therefore, this is my second after installing a fire extinguisher underneath the DS seat earlier this week.

    Not that I needed a pet net to restrain a vicious disobedient dog, but rather choose one to keep the dog, stroller, and any loose gear from launching forward in case of a rollover or collision...especially since my baby daughter will be rear-facing as recommended for up to three more years.

    There is some information on Mud regarding Raingler nets for 80s, but the install seemed a little improvised―strapped up using the second and third rows' "oh-sh*t-bars" or drilling hardware permanently in. I opted for getting four tabbed D-rings and strap extensions for the grab-bar application (Figure 1). After installing the D-rings using the grab bars screws, the strapping reached well over the second row seats, curving above your head, and would rub your head if sitting back there if you're somewhat tall.

    Afterwards, I decided it wasn't going to work that way so I reinstalled using the seatbelt bolts instead of the second row grab bar (Figure 2). The D-ring tab holes were a little too small so I honed them out to slide over the bolts. I'm contemplating using Tacoma truck bed D-rings instead since they're much larger and heavy duty than these little guys. This application doesn't require strap extensions either but I put them to good use by strapping down my tool roll.

    Now the net is entirely behind the second row seat with a few inches to spare, exactly what you want since the net will flex with any weight flying into it. Now both baby and dog are safe (Figures 3 and 4)! Also, Eddie at Raingler was very accommodating too, allowing me to swap out hardware packages without any problems.

    All in all, I'm extremely happy with this product and its quality. :cheers:




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    Figure 1. Raingler net installed using 2nd and 3rd row grab bars...confining.





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    Figure 2. Raingler net installed using 2nd row seat belt and 3rd row grab bar...mo bettah!





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    Figure 3. Lil Vivi safe and sound!





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    Figure 3. Good ol' Buddy safe and sound!
     
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    Very cool! Been researching this very topic and have not seen the nets before; I like the fact that it can be quickly removed.

    Our little buddies look suspiciously like your dog. Smart little buggers.

    I'm also looking for a way that we could slide open the rear windows without having to worry about them being able to jump out or get ejected in roll or collision.
     
  3. Chango Blanco

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    They probably have something that will work...looks like they have all kinds of different sized nets. If not, I'm sure Eddie could custom make one.

    http://www.raingler.com/#!pet-barriers/c74f
     
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    Food for thought - a real dog harness & keeping your buddy belted is a safer way.

    My boxer has his spot, a seatbelt harness & a rug in the back seat.

    People mention it all the time, plus he's safe if we get in a minor bender.

    The belt setup even got a chuckle from a state trooper who didn't bother to ticket me once he saw it, didn't even run my lisc & ins, just mentioned it being a good idea as fast as I was going (oops) & told me to ease up.
     
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    Nice solution to squash a potential problem. Been looking at something like this to jeep cargo from killing me if it breaks loose.
     
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    Corbet Speski OffRoad LTD. Supporting Vendor

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    If the net does not cut if for any reason.... Well click the link below ;).
     
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    Lol, that was on my list and still is but i want the kids yo be able to still get stuff from the 2nd row.