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Old 05-16-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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Locking jk rear seat

I have a 2dr jk and was wondering if anyone has attempted to install a lock on the release latch of the rear seat so that it locks in the upright position? The reason for this is that I am making a DIY rear security lid and by locking the back seat in the upright position, a back plate for the security lid would not be neccessary. Just one option I am looking at. Any ideas/thoughts?

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I had the same thought. I dug around a bit, not very much and found there is a hook located in the door side corner, but so far I haven't found a way to prevent it from unhooking. I was thinking/hoping some simple method could be devised so I could unlatch it if I needed but the casual crook wouldn't have the time to look under the seat.

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Old 05-19-2013, 12:19 AM   #3
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I was wanting to do the same thing since I am looking at buying the Safari Straps Cargo net to use when the top is off. After studying the workings of my rear seats (it's a 4 door but I assume it works the same) I went to Lowes and bought two 7-1/2 hook and hook turnbuckles for $1.18 each.

There's a small hole right above where the hinge mounts to the Jeep tub, which lines up perfectly with a rectangular hole in the bottom of the seat itself. Unscrew the turnbuckle enough to insert the hooks into each hole and then tighten it. Takes about 30 seconds to install or remove and the seat won't budge! I haven't figured out a way to incorporate an actual lock, but hopefully the casual thief will get frustrated enough trying to figure it out that he'll give up. And I've got a decent alarm in mine as well so that will definitely help deter against a quick grab at least.

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Old 05-19-2013, 12:23 AM   #4
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Hopefully this picture shows what I'm talking about well enough since I doubt I explained it very well.

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Old 05-19-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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Hopefully this picture shows what I'm talking about well enough since I doubt I explained it very well.
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Well I understood your thought process but the photo explained it perfectly. Great idea and cheap too. Thanks for sharing your solution!
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:52 AM   #6
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All great comments, but maybe I didn't explain my needs clearly. I want to lock the rear seat in the upright position (so that people can still sit in it) and have my security lid in place. I have attached photos. The lid is in its infancy so I will post futher photos when it is complete. As you can see the rear seat forms a back to the rear area when upright. I would lke to lock it in this position. The security lid is inserted in such a way that once the rear seat is up, the lid is wedged in and cannot be removed.
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The turnbuckle idea should work. You need to hook the turnbuckle to the lever that is released when you pull the seat strap, once you do that and hook the front and tighten it should prevent the seat from being released and flipped forward. I had to many projects this weekend but I'm going to swing by the hardware store and pick up a couple and give it a try, I'll report back.
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Yes, that is exactly what the above solution will accomplish, locking the seats upright. I was wanting the same thing to prevent people from being able to fold the seat down and pull stuff out from under my cargo net when I go doorless. If you notice, at least on the four door, when you fold the seat down the bottom part also moves forward. So by putting this turnbuckle in to prevent the forward motion, it also prevents the back from folding down and is more inconspicuous than if you attached something to the upper part.

Of course if the two door models don't require the forward motion of the seats then that might explain the confusion. In which case I'm sorry I can't be of more help.
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locking rear seat

Yes unfortunately, the 2 dr rear seat is a completely different animal, from waht I can tell. If you look closely at the pics I posted you will see a black lever located on the midle of the rear seat back. This is the lever that allows the seat to fold down and tumble forward. From what I understand it controls a cable within the seat. Not sure if it is accessible at all. I looked for the bracket that you described and did not see it. So maybe this fix will not work on a 2dr. Thats to bad because I really liked your solution. Thanks
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Are these the fold & tumble seats? It would seem that upon releasing the locking mechanism that he bottom seat must fold forward, is there a way to use a turnbuckle to keep the bottom seat locked down and force the rear back to then not be able to lay down?
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I don't think this will work but I saw a post on another forum about a home made rear deck and notice he used a turnbuckle to secure the rear seat. Seems like if somebody pulled hard enough it could break, but it was another idea. Scroll down to the post with photos by Finman99.


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Yes unfortunately, the 2 dr rear seat is a completely different animal, from waht I can tell. If you look closely at the pics I posted you will see a black lever located on the midle of the rear seat back. This is the lever that allows the seat to fold down and tumble forward. From what I understand it controls a cable within the seat. Not sure if it is accessible at all. I looked for the bracket that you described and did not see it. So maybe this fix will not work on a 2dr. Thats to bad because I really liked your solution. Thanks
I tried to take a look at my coworker's 2-door last night to see if I could come up with something for ya...but he had the rear seats removed. Sorry.
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I don't think this will work but I saw a post on another forum about a home made rear deck and notice he used a turnbuckle to secure the rear seat. Seems like if somebody pulled hard enough it could break, but it was another idea. Scroll down to the post with photos by Finman99.


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Looks like that guy also has a JKU so I think he's tackling it the same way I did by immoblizing the lower part of the seat. But in his approach the turnbuckle would be inaccessible to the user as well as the would be thief. More security, less convenience. But I do really like waht JIMBOX has done with his JKU!
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:27 AM   #14
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can u just build a little box up from your rear security deck to block access to the release? Then maybe rig a rope or something so you could reach under security deck to release seat.
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On 2Dr, Want to Lock Rear Seat Back Upright to Create Secure Cargo Area

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I have a 2dr jk and was wondering if anyone has attempted to install a lock on the release latch of the rear seat so that it locks in the upright position? The reason for this is that I am making a DIY rear security lid and by locking the back seat in the upright position, a back plate for the security lid would not be neccessary. Just one option I am looking at. Any ideas/thoughts?
I know this is an older thread, but I found it via google when looking for an answer to this same question, for the same reason - that is, how to create a secure "trunk" area behind the rear seat on my 2-door Sport by adding a shelf over the cargo area. Since the rear seat-back can simply be folded forward by pulling a clearly visible latch handle, the cargo area is not secure.

For lack of a better solution, I ended up simply putting a screw thru the rear seat-back latch handle so it cannot be lifted. This is not as secure as a real lock, but I think it will stop most opportunistic thieves from messing with it. I probably will buy a security type screw later to replace the Phillips head screw. Two photos below.

I've also attached three photos showing the security shelf itself. It is made from a 1x12 piece of pine. I spray-glued charcoal speaker cloth to the top and it looks factory-like.

I originally made the shelf long enough to be supported on the tub top rail on either side of the Jeep, but I found it was too long to be removed without removing the back corners of the soft-top. So I cut about 3" off each end of the shelf, and made some support plates out of 1/8" aluminum sheet that fit in back corners of the tub. The ends of the reduced length shelf (which is now short enough that it can be removed by just unzipping the rear window) rests on the support plates and is secured with a single carriage bolt thru each.

Before making the shelf, I created a cardboard template so I could get the shape right. This really helped - especially since the rear window bottom support bar is slightly curved.

I can remove the shelf and the seat-back locking screw, tumble the seat forward, and be ready to haul larger cargo in just a couple of minutes.

BTW, this is my first Wrangler, and I just got it a few days ago. Loving it!
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