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Old 08-22-2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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Cargo/Dog shelf; bye-bye back seat...

I finally gave up and, just like it says, built a permanent shelf. I needed a safe/comfortable place for Jessi The Wonder Mutt to stand guard, lay down, etc --- and I needed places for all of our gear. It was especially important that the chainsaw fit underneath and both jerry can and cooler fit on top.
The main board is OSB, the brackets are aluminum computer brackets, adjustable aluminum cargo managers from Home Depot, and a bunch of D-rings that I had laying around.
We covered it with a yoga mat and put some indoor/outdoor carpet over it.
The only things I bought were the cargo managers and sheet of OSB; the cargo managers were a little spendy at $30 for each pair but they're pretty neat and I spoiled myself...

The dog loves it and it works great.
Anybody need a never-used back seat? Yes-Essentials khaki....


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That is awesome, I 'd love to do something like that for my track gear when I quit hauling teenagers around.

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That's incredible! Are you that creative..or did you get this idea from somewhere else?
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That's incredible! Are you that creative..or did you get this idea from somewhere else?
Necessity is the mother of invention...
The poor dog was getting thrown around on the trail; at the end of the day she'd be so tired that she'd crawl up front and sit on my wife's lap (50 pound "little" pit mix). That had to end.
Needed a comfortable and safe dog; needed storage. So I tried a variety of boxes but nothing was right.
The platform was the easiest thing to build.
I considered the Tuffy drawers, the Adventure Trailer drawers, building my own drawers, but none of those are really as versatile as just a platform.
So now I can fit my chainsaw, generator, water jug, pelican cases, recovery bag, dog, etc.
But it does make hardtop removal too hard to want to do regularly... ...but this fits our lifestyle too.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:29 AM   #5
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We loaded it fully, chainsaw, gas, water, dog, supplies, everything but the gennie (that I haven't bought yet) and went for a spin with the new Max Coupler attached.

Perfect.

The springs from the Unlimited w/tow package smoothed it all out. The Max Coupler is a dream to tow with offroad. And the dogshelf does the trick.



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Where in the US can you buy that conqueror?
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I finally gave up and, just like it says, built a permanent shelf.

The dog loves it and it works great.
Anybody need a never-used back seat? Yes-Essentials khaki....

Ya I am fed up with my back seat too. I mean its not used why do I waste that precious space.

Also DOGS rule!
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Where in the US can you buy that conqueror?
The US Importer sold the last of his inventory for a huge loss and is trying to concentrate on selling Saturns (Decatur)...
He never put any effort into selling them. Just left them at a 4x4 shop (Southern Offroad in Alpharetta) for years and the rock-crushing crowd wasn't interested.

When the overland community heard about them, they were sold out in about 7 months.

You'll have to keep an eye on ExPo for used ones:
For Sale: Expedition Vehicles - Expedition Portal Forum

There's a company in Canada that has the rights to import them but the prices will be insane. You'd be better off with an Adventure Trailer or an Outlander....
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Nice! I have been thinking of doing a shelf in the back of my 4 door, behind the back seats & this has given me idea's. Plus the one that I can buy ready made is $350 I think is overpriced. Thanks, looks great
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Nice! I have been thinking of doing a shelf in the back of my 4 door, behind the back seats & this has given me idea's. Plus the one that I can buy ready made is $350 I think is overpriced. Thanks, looks great
If it wasn't for the tie-downs, I was only into the project for $10 or so. Everything else was laying in the garage already...
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Yeah! I ditched my back seat, seat brackets and seat belts early this summer. I built a cover nearly identical to yours. Its nice have a large lockable space when running topless.
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Had to build a new dog shelf for the new JK.

Made it from left-over stuff in the garage --- only had to buy one board. So my project cost me $2.06 with tax.

The Jeep with the seat out, the old mat from my other JK in back, and some rubber diamond-plate stuff in front:


The perch installed:




Wundermutt and Mirtes approving:




Now I'll need some sort of shelf or rack for the back too....
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Bill! Welcome back! What did you buy?
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Bill! Welcome back! What did you buy?
2014 JKU Sport, 3.73, manual, tow package, power, and a bunch of other stuff.

It's got Cooper ST-Maxx tires installed already in a 255/80-17 and the dog shelf.
Looking with lust at the JW Speaker 8700s for headlights and their drop in foglights as well...

It's good to be back. The PW just wasn't me....
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It's good to be back. The PW just wasn't me....
WE knew that, just took a couple of years for you to figure it out! I still have my 09 2 door and my wife recently bought a 14. She has 35" Falken Wild Peaks and I'm running 33" Cooper ATP's. Both are similarly equipped with manual, 3.73, Trac-Lok, etc.

Keep in mind that this place has changed a bit. Ignore the lighting threads. Halo's and HID's are the accepted norm lately.
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.... Halo's and HID's are the accepted norm lately.
Are the kids wearing their britches hanging low, gangsta style too?

I saw a local JK the other day with forward-facing red halos in both the headlights and foglights. Just so illegal, dangerous, stupid. Can't believe it really.
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2014 JKU Sport, 3.73, manual, tow package, power, and a bunch of other stuff.

It's got Cooper ST-Maxx tires installed already in a 255/80-17 and the dog shelf.
Looking with lust at the JW Speaker 8700s for headlights and their drop in foglights as well...

It's good to be back. The PW just wasn't me....

Welcome back - once a Jeeper....... I look forward to seeing your expert contributions to lighting threads, and all WF treads.

I've put the Cooper's on my very short list of what to replace the MT's with when the time comes, because of your endorsement. I hope you'll be able to contribute one of your thorough reviews when you've driven on them a while.
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Welcome back - once a Jeeper....... I look forward to seeing your expert contributions to lighting threads, and all WF treads.

I've put the Cooper's on my very short list of what to replace the MT's with when the time comes, because of your endorsement. I hope you'll be able to contribute one of your thorough reviews when you've driven on them a while.
Good to see that you're still around, Bill. And it's good to be back in a Jeep.
Wife doesn't quite get it though...

As for the Coopers, I've always had good luck with them.
This is a new thing for them in this brand; they've sold a hybrid for years under the Cepek brand --- I'm guessing that they know what they're doing since that tire has been a great seller and highly reviewed for years.
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Welcome back - once a Jeeper....... I look forward to seeing your expert contributions to lighting threads, and all WF treads.

I've put the Cooper's on my very short list of what to replace the MT's with when the time comes, because of your endorsement. I hope you'll be able to contribute one of your thorough reviews when you've driven on them a while.
Unfortunately under the new regime, his lighting expertise will go to waste.
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Unfortunately under the new regime, his lighting expertise will go to waste.
I thought "They" backed off on that overly restrictive policy a good while ago??? But, you are right, good, informative lighting threads seem to be a thing of the past...

Maybe Hilldweller will revive them?
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They used to get rid of the threads talking about the illegal lighting. Now every other thread is about that crap and no one cares.
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They used to get rid of the threads talking about the illegal lighting. Now every other thread is about that crap and no one cares.
Well, thanks to Hilldweller, D. Stern, and many others, I'm much more educated than I once was on the subject. And I'm not much interested in listening to fools opine on how 'cool' their lights look. I just care how well they function in the real world.

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