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I went with black Home Depot milk crates (no logo). I zip-strapped two together to form a single unit. The holes allowed bungee cords to be passed through and clipped to the interior cargo hooks next to the seat backs.

These hold everything I need (hand tools, air compressor, ww fluid, oil, chocolate/granola bars/candles, and flashlight).

If I need to remove them, they pop-out as a single unit. In a pinch, one could rest the chassis on them (lots of guys did this with their project cars in the 70s -- those crates are incredibly strong).

Price: Ten bucks versus $40 for the Subaru soft-sided start tote (which is very nice, mind you).

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I went with black Home Depot milk crates (no logo). I zip-strapped two together to form a single unit. The holes allowed bungee cords to be passed through and clipped to the interior cargo hooks next to the seat backs.

These hold everything I need (hand tools, air compressor, ww fluid, oil, chocolate/granola bars/candles, and flashlight).

If I need to remove them, they pop-out as a single unit. In a pinch, one could rest the chassis on them (lots of guys did this with their project cars in the 70s -- those crates are incredibly strong).

Price: Ten bucks versus $40 for the Subaru soft-sided start tote (which is very nice, mind you).

Now that's a good idea, beats the $105 Thule option that Subaru Australia are offering! Thank-you

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Got any pics of what it looks like?
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Got any pics of what it looks like?
I'll take one tomorrow and post it.

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Here are the pics. The second one shows how bungie cords/occy straps can be used to keep the milk crates in place.

The two crates have the capacity for: FA kit, four litres windshield washer fluid, litre of oil, compressor, light blanket, traffic cones, chocolate & granola bars (in case of breakdown), etc. My tool roll and a heavy wool fire blanket are to the left, held down by the bungee cords.

P.S. The crates hold a 20b propane bottle perfectly, which also makes them handy for runs to the refilling station (the crates and cords prevent the bottles from rolling around).
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I went with black Home Depot milk crates (no logo). I zip-strapped two together to form a single unit. The holes allowed bungee cords to be passed through and clipped to the interior cargo hooks next to the seat backs.


Great! You didn't happen to measure whether 3 would fit, did you? From the pics, it looks like it might.
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Three definitely won't fit. The interior dimensions are about 4 inches too short, though 6 inches wider would realistically be needed to get to the hooks that fasten the bungee cords to the tie-downs.

On the plus side, the space that's left with two crates is enough to still have a functional pass-thru for several pairs of skis etc.

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Three definitely won't fit. The interior dimensions are about 4 inches too short, though 6 inches wider would realistically be needed to get to the hooks that fasten the bungee cords to the tie-downs.

On the plus side, the space that's left with two crates is enough to still have a functional pass-thru for several pairs of skis etc.
Maybe you could use skim milk crates instead of whole milk crates?
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Posted this in https://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...-today-28.html

Last weekend I installed footwell lighting. Crappy pic, but it really looks cool in person. The blue matches perfectly as it's a kit for the forester/impreza. Gives the dash a cool floating look, and some extra ambient light at night.
Bought the kit off Ebay for $85 shipped. Took about an hour, popped off vent/hazard assembly with a trim pry tool, snaked the wires down each side of the dash, mounted the lights, hooked into hazards wiring, popped the vent assembly back in....and done. comes on when parking/headlights are on, and dims with interior light dimmer.
actually found this mod over on Legacygt.com more/better instructions here:
Footwell lighting - Page 7 - Subaru Legacy Forums

first mod to the car, looking at other ideas, think I'm hooked.
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Grimsurfer thanks for the idea of the milk crates. I put some in today. I just got my 15 Outback the Friday before Christmas so I am a newbie. My wife has a 13 CrossTrek, so we are liking Subaru.
I do have question to some other post,what is the plasti-dip? It may be very noticeable to all of you, but hey I am new.

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