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Updated:
8/3/2003 

Audi Cargo Net

Instructions for improving the hooks on the OEM Audi Cargo Net

You have probably noticed that as nicely as the cargo net is made the hooks donít work real well. They donít stay put when they have to. Iíve fixed this both for my S4 and my wifeís A6 Avant by putting some new hooks on the net. Itís simple but I thought I would document it:

Common sense alert: use eye and hand protection as appropriate. Measure twice, cut once. Use these instructions at your own risk.

 Heres the stock hook. Itís too shallow to stay put, especially in the S4 (A4 probably the same).

 

 

 

 

First, here are the tools you need:

  • Drill with bits
  • Small fine toothed hacksaw
  • Caliper
  • Knife
  • Sanding paper (optional)
  • 4 Hooks (I used Baron Utility Snaps, C424-2-1/2, $2 each)
  • About those hooks. I bought them at Orchard Supply Hardware which I donít think is a national chain. Iím sure any decent hardware store has hooks that would work. I recommend you try the hooks in your car before deciding to modify your net. When you start cutting you are commited. Be sure the hooks you choose work with the eyelets in the car. I noticed that these work better in my S4 that my A6. Itís still a ton better than stock though.

    Here are the steps:

    First cut of the hook. I recommend you use the line in the middle to guide your saw so it cuts straight. Even if it doesnít itís no big deal. Most people wonít ever see this hack job. Use a sharp knife or some sandpaper to deburr the edges.

     

     

     

    With a sharp knife make a little pre-hole in the plastic to help guide the drill. You can also do this with a center-punt but I was afraid that might shatter the plastic.

     

     

     

     

    Using your caliper find the drill thatís just slightly wider than your hook. In my case that was a 13/64Ē bit. Carefully insert the bit in the little hole you made in the previous step and slowly drill through. Slow is better since you donít run the risk of heating up the bit and melting the plastic. Be sure your bit is sharp. As the drill goes through it will probably grab the plastic and try to twist the hook from your hand. Use common sense and be careful.

     

     

    After you deburr the hole on both sides you insert the hook as shown.

     

     

     

     

    When fully inserted the hook looks like this. Repeat on the other 3 and enjoy!

     

     

     

     

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