The new-era modular drawer systems make a lot of business sense for both supplier and user. They pack into a relatively small space, which makes shipping to anywhere in the world a feasible thing. Also, you know that the components have been rigorously checked for size, fit and finish. That all makes it easy for the installer: it’s already been worked out and tested. Sure, these systems cost a lot more than doing the developing and construction yourself in the workshop at home, but, as we all know, that takes technical knowhow − and lots of careful thinking and planning.
Not everybody has those skills. Or a wide selection of tools. Or that amount of time. And, as with most home builds, there’s always something that doesn’t quite match what you had in mind, which you assure yourself will be sorted out the next time you make one. Or perhaps not. For the rest of us, happy to wield a power drill and a spanner or two, the ready-made option is very appealing. You know it’s going to work, and it’s conveniently quick. Most guys also have a big inner kid in them that can’t resist a Meccano set or an Airfix model, and that’s a big part of the appeal of the Front Runner system.
It arrives all neatly packed in labelled boxes, with packets of fasteners for each section of the installation. The drawer system itself is shipped in a large box comprised of interlocking plywood panels, secured with hex head bolts – all very professional. What’s clear, too, is that you don’t need a shedload of tools or deep-level engineering expertise. We opted to fit the Universal Roller Drawer system (SSDR010) with two specific kits for the brackets, and deck boards to match the donor vehicle – a post-2005 Toyota Hilux Double Cab. In the case of this kit, we used a 4mm hex head spanner, a 13mm and a 10mm ring spanner, a 10mm socket, and a power drill with a 6.5mm bit.