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Old 06-09-2003, 15:18   #1 (permalink)
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Holes in parcel shelf?

Hi guys,

i am reasonably new to this forum with this being my first post. I have just found out that cutting holes in your back parcel tray can defect your vehicle. A couple of years ago i cut 6x9 holes in my ED falcon and i want to know how i can go about getting it fixed. I live in Brisbane, so if anyone knows where i could go and how much it would cost i would be very appreciative.

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Old 06-09-2003, 15:30   #2 (permalink)
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Its a bit of an unclear subject this, some say its ok, some say not. I tend to beleive its not allowed. Not completely sure how youd go about fixing it. You may beable to cut around the speaker holes in a wrecked falcon and then get them welded into your car then get it inspected?

Its probably the sort of thing youd be best ringing somebody and making 'enquiries on behalf of a friend' haha.

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Old 06-09-2003, 15:48   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah it is a bit of an unknown, stupid RTAs can never give clear answers. It's all Stan's fault!

I heard from someone that it's legal if it's done professionally. Someone else told me that it's ok as long as there is a speaker in the hole. I say do it anyway, everyone does.

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I suggest ring your insurance company, if anyone regardless of the law is going to NOT pay it would be them, so if they are happy, then why wouldnt the local RTA or VICROADS or whatever be happy to.

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In QLD it's ok as long as you have something in the hole (speaker) as mine has them and I just had it regoed and a RWC done last week and they pasted it
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if its not ok, why would JB & strathfield etc... cut holes in the shelf, it would be leaving themselves open for a mass legal debate if a car was found defective?
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Hey,

The facts:

The reason cutting your parcel shelf is legal is because it acts as one of the main crumple zones in the back of the car and cutting holes in it makes it easier to bend. I reckon that it is crap. If you are going to hit something that bends the back of the parcel shelf if doesn't matter if you have 8inch holes or 6x9 holes. Some people believe that this is crap, but the insurance people dont and my dad works in this business. Make the insurance people happy they push "Bricks" (6x9 holders)

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In regards to the professional installers who cut holes, is it really there responsability to advise it is illegal or legal, is there really any recourse, they simply advise they will be cutting holes, and you say ok, so does that mean it is now your problem, as you agreed to the holes to be cut for the speakers to be installed.

Now if it the parcel shelf is a crumple zone, then does that also make fitting a sound board illegal wether you cut holes or not, as you are effectively reducing the ability of the parcel shelf to crumple...... that would make nearly every car with a decent sound system illegal ??

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In regards to the professional installers who cut holes, is it really there responsability to advise it is illegal or legal, is there really any recourse, they simply advise they will be cutting holes, and you say ok, so does that mean it is now your problem, as you agreed to the holes to be cut for the speakers to be installed.
I dont really know, just wondering.
either way, if that back shelf buckles/bends my gas tank will be next :(
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Wooden Parcel Shelves are legal beacuse they stop that part of the crumple zone from crumpling as quick and therefore reducing the inpact..
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