When I installed the Rago Fabrications shelf into the back of my 4Runner, I wanted to find something to replicate the functionality of the grocery hooks I had in the back of my Audi and VW Passat before it. These hooks would pop out of the top of the trunk and hold bags to keep them from rolling around on the way home from the store.
The Rago Fabrications shelf is a great item to organize the back area of the 4Runner, and it attaches easily to the Rago Storage panels on either side of the cargo area. I attached my shelf a little lower than the instructions specify, but that’s the beauty of the system; you can raise or lower the shelf as needed (it’s not a quick process, but it is relatively easy). However, I didn’t want to install the shelf so low that it would negatively impact the usable space of the cargo area, but I wanted to have some kind of hook to hang grocery bags from.
I thought of using carabiners, but settled on the S-Biner. The S-Biner is a perfect fit for easily putting plastic bags onto while hanging from the Rago shelf. It keeps the bags from rolling around, while leaving the floor of the cargo area available for the heavier items that won’t roll around or be damaged if they do.
We kid about our “Mall crawlers,” but most vehicles are used as daily drivers, only going off-road for 10% of their operational time (or less). Most of us will find ourselves getting groceries more often than on a trail, and while it’s cool to make our vehicles more capable off-road, it’s also important to make our vehicles more capable of their daily duties. This is one small modification that improves our vehicles for daily use as well as Overlanding. The S-Biners can be used for hanging other small bags and items from the Rago Fabrications shelf. They are quick and easy to use, and they are very strong.
The one down-side of using S-Biners with plastic shopping bags, however, is that there is a small indentation on the inside of the body of the S-Biner which allows the clip to lock in which always catches on the plastic bag handles when I try to remove them. I think that if these were solid, it would make taking bags off the clips much easier, but I do understand why they are designed this way. I may modify my S-Biners to get rid of these cuts, but I haven’t thought much yet about how I will do this.
All in all, the Rago Fabrications shelf coupled with the S-Biners makes for an ultra-useful modification to the cargo area of any 4Runner.