Trunk lid liner

The MX-5 trunk lid is bare metal, with a bunch of holes and exposed cables. I wanted to make it look nice, so I designed a panel without the use of sheet metal screws to attach it.

 

liner baseboard assembly

3D model of baseboard assembly

 

For my first prototype, I used a 3mm (1/8″) Hardboard.  To make it bend in the middle, I made a 1.5mm deep V cut.

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The panel was covered with speaker carpet, which I found on Amazon.  For mounting, I designed a few 3D printed parts, including mounting clips.  The lid has a few openings, which I used to hold the plastic clips (see picture below).

 

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3D model of mounting clip

Amazon has lots of options for carpeting, but I think the best way to find it is at a local Car Stereo shop; this way you can check all the available options before buying it. I glued the carpet to the baseboard, using 3M adhesive spray, which I found is very good for this kind of work.

The attachment procedure is simple: First, the bottom clips go into the lid openings. Next, insert the two middle clips to the mounted 3D brackets, and slightly shift to the right, to align the top 2 holes. Finally, insert two plastic retainers into the top holes.

lid mount clip

 

liner on hardboard

This looks good in my car, but extra weight is 2lbs (940g) and this is preventing my Trunk lid popper from functioning properly.  To reduce the extra weight, I replaced carpet with felt and made the baseboard from a new material, which I found on Ponoko (laser cuting service company),  1.5mm (1/16″)  Taskboard .  This is very light material, easy to trim and can be formed in to 3D shapes.

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Felt sheet  – I used a felt sheet with adhesive on one side, which is easier to put on. The new assembly weight is only 11oz (300g)  and it works with my lid popper. This looks great. The only concern is if it will be demaged somehow by big items in the trunk, if it gets poke.

liner-felt

Design files are available on the Thingiverse site.

Fully assembled version with mounting clips available from my store.

Lid liner panel installation

5 thoughts on “Trunk lid liner

  1. I’d love to see a trunk lid organizer…basically the same thing you have here, but with canvas rather than felt and pockets for things like first aid kit, tire kit, etc… things I want to be able to get to without having to unpack our luggage when we’re on a trip. I’ve found them for earlier MX-5 models, but not the ND.

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