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Old 04-16-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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Just another trunk idea...

All right!Hello all!!!
Twenty days ago my son (just born) arrived, so i'm having two kids now(with
my daughter 3.5yrs old).
So far ,so good if it wasn't for my Tj(being my only car with NO intention of
replacing it)and it's limited storage.
Trying to find out a way to make more room for storage i tryed the following
project(hoping to get some feed back and advices).
For the next 3(at least) yrs both my kids would be using babyseats so the rear OEM seat would be useless.Went on and took it off.
The general idea would be to built a (safe)frame that i could strap the babyseats on.There is no need for foam so there would be more place under and behind it ,for storage.
First i had to be creative and find away to keep the rear door open while working...

No my rear door is not bent or twisted...my camera is playing games...
Here is a pic of the frame from behind...

And another pic taken from driver's side

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:47 PM   #2
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Main priority is safety so this is how i secured the frame using the factory
rear seat points...


I used black melamine(i hope this is th eright word) for the wood panels.
Black carpet will cover it later...
Here is one pic with the back panel installed

You can see that i cut a small opening so the safety belts will pass through.
They will secure the baby seat on the frame AND the frame on the tub...

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:51 PM   #3
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Here is the trunk closed from the front...
I will have access both from the inside of the Jeep and from behind...

Next you can see one of the two top hatches open

In the next pic you can see the one of the two seats(untidy)plased on the trunk so you can have an idea of the size...
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:43 PM   #4
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i dont have youngin, but i must say, im impressed.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:31 PM   #5
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Nice.
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Nice Job!

One thing to keep in mind though, make sure the seat belt webbing is protected from the edges of the wood and the hinges.
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:38 AM   #7
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Thank you guys for your comments...
I looking for the devil's advocate
I wonna make sure that there won't be any mistake...
@Jeepjohnson...You are right i thought of that and i'll do something about it.
Time for carpeting,gas struts(yes!) locks ect...
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:46 AM   #8
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Ok, as I see its a good idea... I ... Wow, yah know, you said you were looking for a devil's advocate, and I was going to try, but as long as the baby and the 3.5yo is on a sturdy frame inside of a car seat designed for their age range, there is nothing wrong with your design as far as I can see. I have two kids 6.5yo and 3.8yo lol and they both love riding in the jeep, kids have to be in some kind of booster seat until they are 8 in IL so you might want to keep that in mind in the next 5 years HA! ... again, good job.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:24 AM   #9
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It does look good. I also have no back seat anymore and my wife and I are looking at trying for a kid this summer. I have the Prp seats in the front so my wife is looking at Prp's kids seats. They are a more expensive alternative to booster seats but some things price isn't the priority.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:50 AM   #10
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@ CMEvans79...Yeah...I know... just for the next 3 yrs...
@ 1kooljee...I wish to you and to your wife the best...Just don't get stressed
and enjoy...
I have the OEM vinyl seats and i hope i could make it look as "a set"match to the front...The only thing i can get close ,is the color.

As far as quality of the babyseats come...they are "TUV approoved" 5 point seat belt ect...
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wow, guess all that patience comes from two kids lol. Thats a great trunk idea
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:23 AM   #12
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Thats awesome. Good craftsmanship. As long as the seats are good and secure with the seat belts, I see no safety concerns. Good work.
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wow, guess all that patience comes from two kids lol. Thats a great trunk idea
Yeahh
And a 55lbs Golden Retriever
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:52 PM   #14
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Is the Frame Metal? Also what about running a support about 2-4" in front of the bottom rear support, approx. where the hinges are. I feel that is where alot of the strength should be and you where asking for alittle D.A.
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Is the Frame Metal? Also what about running a support about 2-4" in front of the bottom rear support, approx. where the hinges are. I feel that is where alot of the strength should be and you where asking for alittle D.A.
Thank you for your respond!
Yes the frame is metal.Box tube(1"x2.5").
I don't think that there is a need for that.The baby seat is (actually) on top of
the metal members-left,right and back-(if i understood your point right...)
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:02 PM   #16
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Last weekend i've had some time to spare so i did some things...
Carpeting...

Added the rear lid...

Which locks with the rear door closed...



Put some dome light...

Found 2 nice(right size) boxes with a very practical(two pices)lid.
With this i can have access from both inside(top)and outside(rear) of the trunk.





Some details now left...
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Well I like it. It looks heavy duty and very sound. I showed the pics to my wife and she says "that doesn't look safe". I asked why and she says "well they just made it in their backyard". What!? She said it can't be as safe as her van. Where does that type of thinking come from?

It looks great keep up the good work!
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Looks good. I went a little easier route to help fit my 3 kids (ages 13, 9, and 7). Just built some brackets and moved the back seat back 'bout 5 inches. Solved the 'fit-the-kids-in' problem, but not the storage problem.

...wonder if I mixed the two ideas
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Well I like it. It looks heavy duty and very sound. I showed the pics to my wife and she says "that doesn't look safe". I asked why and she says "well they just made it in their backyard". What!? She said it can't be as safe as her van. Where does that type of thinking come from?

It looks great keep up the good work!
Well.....I can't blaim your wife...And i don't claim that it can be as safe as her van...
But beleive me, when i came up with the idea and before i procced to the
constraction ,i played devil's advocate many times...
After all,it's my kids we're talking about...
The question is! Is the OEM rear seat safer than this idea?
To my opinion ,the OEM rear seat is not even a rear seat but just a bench
with NO lateral support and NO head rests in the year 2000+.
As I mentioned somewhere else,the only progress they made(comparing to
my former jeep m38a1 40yrs old)it is that it folds easier...
KNOWING that i drive like a P@@@@y with family on board and make sure
that details in the constraction(like what kind of wood to use) have been
very well taken care of...
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Looks good. I went a little easier route to help fit my 3 kids (ages 13, 9, and 7). Just built some brackets and moved the back seat back 'bout 5 inches. Solved the 'fit-the-kids-in' problem, but not the storage problem.

...wonder if I mixed the two ideas
Show us your result mate!!!
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Well you have me converted!! Great Build and the forethought is apparent! I like the carpet, makes it look factory! With the rear piece folded up can you fit larger things (stroller) behind the seat? Can You post dimension and cost write up? Great Build!
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Thank you!
I will tonight!
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Looks really well made and fits well, congrats...
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Half of the satisfaction is your approoval guys!
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Show us your result mate!!!
Here's a couple pics. In short built a ~1.5" x 1.5" square tube for both sides. Took off the stock brackets and bolted the tube into those holes. Then took the stock brackets and mounted them to the top of the tube about 5" back.



So by using the stock brackets, the seat still rolls forward.


Here's a pic of the added legroom.


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Old 05-11-2010, 05:38 PM   #27
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Hey!!!
Good idea!
Can i use it after 10 years when my kids will be tall enough?
I like that you improve and maintain stock set up in the same time!
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Well you have me converted!! Great Build and the forethought is apparent! I like the carpet, makes it look factory! With the rear piece folded up can you fit larger things (stroller) behind the seat? Can You post dimension and cost write up? Great Build!
The base of the trunk-seat is 35.5"x35.5"(same as the distance from one
wheel well to the other and from the front part of the box to the tailgate).
It is 8.5" tall.
The back of "the seat" is 26.5" tall and 12" long.
Dimentions can vary,but i wanted the outer dimentions to be as close
as possible to the OEM seat so i could use the seat belts with peace of mind!
You can skip the top lids if you wish or even add two sliding or opening doors in the front
compartment where the feet of the rear passengers should be in case you'd like
to put some long items under there...
Sorry i cannot give you an estimation about the cost 'cause you see i live
in a different continent.
A few feet of steel rect tube,wood(plywood would last ,but costs) a couple
square feet of carpet ,four hinges and some(top quality)hardware...
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Pretty innovative.....is your real name McGuyver??
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