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Old 10-09-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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How much weight can I hold in the frunk?

I'm picking up a decent sized safe tomorrow (Sentry 1380 12x15x20) and wondering if it'll be ok to put in the frunk until after work when I can get it home.

I don't know exactly what it weighs, but it's gotta be 100lbs at least if I had to guess.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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Two pieces of luggage could weigh close, I guess point being a hundred is no big deal. What I would be concerned about is any potential for it to shift during transport or worse yet the awful angle for your spine on entry and extraction.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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I would bring lots of packing material as a shift would be devastating to the fenders and or trunk. Aluminum bodies don't like getting smacked. Why not just put it in the passenger seat and strap it down with the seat belt and a couple of straps around the seat. I have done that will heavy pelican cases and it worked just fine.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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I put 4 new rotors and brake pads in the frunk.. had to be about 80+ lbs..
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #5
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Tony, with them in the trunk do you get improved braking capability...


(ducks for cover on smart ass comment)
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I would bring lots of packing material as a shift would be devastating to the fenders and or trunk. Aluminum bodies don't like getting smacked. Why not just put it in the passenger seat and strap it down with the seat belt and a couple of straps around the seat. I have done that will heavy pelican cases and it worked just fine.
I would be more concerned about ruining the leather seats than having something in the frunk damaging a fender. There's no way something moving in the frunk can damage a fender. It's very well insulated.

The frunk should hold up to 100 lbs easily. 15 gallons of fuel is already 125lbs.
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Tony, with them in the trunk do you get improved braking capability...


(ducks for cover on smart ass comment)

lol.. no,they were actually slowing me down.. the weight gain...
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Election year shopping I see? lol.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:09 PM   #9
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Election year shopping I see? lol.
Lol upgrading from the smaller one I bought 4 years ago.

Thanks for the advice guys, I need gas anyway so I'll just get a quarter tank tomorrow morning until I get it home.
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I'd be more worried about denting something during the process of putting it in the front, like a fender.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:35 PM   #11
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The larger concern isn't how much weight the frunk can handle; it's how you will get the safe in and out without seriously injuring your back.

You can't use safe and proper lifting technique unless you're rather short. You need to squat low, and the front bumper gets in the way of your bending knees such that you can't reach into the frunk to grab what you want to lift. I had a cooler with two cases of beer and ice in the frunk and couldn't squat properly, so I did the stupid "bend at the waist and then straighten up" lift.

I lift weights 3-4 days a week, so it's not as though the 50-60 pounds was the problem; I use heavier dumbbells in each hand for bench presses. The problem was the strain on the back. Midway through the lift, I knew it was a mistake and felt my lower back muscles tweak. This was a cooler with handles, not a safe in a box with no good grip.

For a week, it hurt just taking a seat and standing up with regular chairs much less going down into the Boxster and then rising out.

My advice is to pick up the safe with a vehicle that isn't so low. If that isn't possible, be very, very careful and deliberate in how you do the lifting.

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I stood in there when I was wiring in a new amplifier. Started off spreading my weight with just one leg inside then cautiously with all my weight (170lbs). It was fine, nothing creaked, groaned etc. I would however put some foam or similar to spread the load & to stop the carpet from being marked.
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I put 150 lbs in there without any trouble.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:18 AM   #14
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I regularly put 2 50 lb. bags of dry dog food & a 40 pounder with a bunch of dog food cans probably another 30 lbs. in the frunk AND another 2 50 lb. bags in the back. Not scraping the ground either. We have a lot of German Shepherds that LIKE FOOD! I do this twice a month! So what is the MAXIMUM WEIGHT BEFORE YOU OVER-GROSS the vehicle?

Without using the seats, my little Pcar holds more than my wife's Honda or my old Mercedes. Course if you count the back seats….but just in terms of trunk space, we're pretty competitive - until you try to fit a BIG BAG OF GOLF CLUBS!
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:20 AM   #15
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rent yourself a truck from home depot - $20/hr or so and you won't have to worry about the car.
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I stood in there when I was wiring in a new amplifier. Started off spreading my weight with just one leg inside then cautiously with all my weight (170lbs). It was fine, nothing creaked, groaned etc. I would however put some foam or similar to spread the load & to stop the carpet from being marked.
Didn't even think about it being a problem….just jumped right in!

I was dancing around wiring my amp up!

So, the frunk alone is 'dance-tested' to 180 lbs.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:10 AM   #17
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I have had no problems putting dead bodies up to 215lbs in mine...just sayin'
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rent yourself a truck from home depot - $20/hr or so and you won't have to worry about the car.
Thank you, Tony !!! A safe in a Porsche ? Come on......... Danger, What say you ???
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:26 PM   #19
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Years ago, we had a Bunny in the trunk, a safe should not be an issue, either:

http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/16448-groceries-your-trunk-thread.html

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