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Old 01-27-2013, 01:16 AM   #1
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Cheap Hidden Cargo area for Two door JKs

After removing my rear seat in my JK I noticed that gear would slide/drop forward into the footwell behind my front seats if my wife and I traded seats and she slid the front seat forward to drive. When I drove, sometimes a gear rearrange would be necessary to get the seat back.

Solution....a cheap shelf board and some black carpet from Home Depot. The photos below show:

Pic one shows when the seat is all the way forward it reveals a lot space both under the seat and in the footwell. The seat slides over some of this space when slid back, but the usable space is still there since only the seat slides.

Pic two shows the wooden shelf cut to fit(when the seats are all the way back).

Pic three shows the shelf carpeted.

Pic four shows the shelf installed. It take three seconds to uninstall by just lifting it out.

Pic five shows what someone looking into my rig would see. The cargo liner is Quadratec.

We do a lot of expedition wheeling in the desert and like to keep our extra water low in the vehicle. In this space we can easily store 4 one gallon jugs plus emergency food for a week for two plus other stuff. Access is easily gained by just sliding the seats forward. Originally I though I would remove the shelf after every trip since I remove this gear for daily driving, but now I see that it pretty much looks like the floor of the Jeep so I leave it in as a sort of hidden storage area. It doesn’t lock, but in my hardtop what I am really looking for is to keep valuables (purses, laptops) out of sight. Total cost - Under $20.00.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:51 AM   #2
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Wow, what a great idea!

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:38 PM   #3
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Good idea.

What model/size is the Q-Tec cargo liner? I too have the rear seat permanently removed and I never knew what size liner to get.

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Old 01-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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Great idea, thanks for pic's. Love it!
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:52 PM   #5
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Good idea.

What model/size is the Q-Tec cargo liner? I too have the rear seat permanently removed and I never knew what size liner to get.

Thanks.
I got the Quadratec floor liner idea from another Forum member, 1Topp. I did a search and came up with this thread:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/wha...rt-183514.html
Scroll down to post #6 of this thread to see his pic and pn info link.

Also if you do a search on this Forum under Quadratec Cargo Liners there are lots of threads with opinions on the cargo liners from various suppliers.

I made my shelf from 10 inch wide shelf stock. You can see from the photos this means it sits up out of the footwell flush up agains the Quadratec cargo liner, one inch higher than the rest of the Jeep cargo floor. If someone wanted to have the shelf lower, flush with the rest of the Jeep floor, they could use 8 inch shelf stock. The shelf is supported in front by the drink holder, but requires about a one inch spacer if you want the shelf flush with the rest of the floor and two inch if you want it like mine. You can see the spacer (a smaller piece of shelf) under the carpet in pic 3.
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I got the Quadratec floor liner idea from another Forum member, 1Topp. I did a search and came up with this thread:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/wha...rt-183514.html
THANKS ! ! !

It's on my list for my next order with Q-Tec. I like the fact that if I decide to put the rear seat back in, I can cut out holes in the mat so the seat can connect.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:46 PM   #7
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Another item to added to the " things to do list"...
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Another item to added to the " things to do list"...
To show the amount of storage space available under the seat/shelf in the footwell, here is a pic with the seat forward and some gear in place (2 gallons of water plus energy bars). The seat slides all the way back against the shelf, right over the top what you see. Each one of the gallon bottles is 6 inches square, 12 inches tall. The shelf allows 7 inches of height between it and the bottom of the footwell. So my space on each side is roughly 17 wide x 12 deep x 7 inches high.

All the metal apparatus under the seat stays put. Only the seat slides within the track, so nothing hangs up, as long as I keep the gear under 6 or 7 inches in height.
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Funny, I was thinking of something along the same lines. I keep some wet weather gear under the driver's seat, today while I had my doors off for the first time going down the highway I noticed the wind would try to steal my wet weather gear. I thought I'd rig up something similar to what you did. Nice job.
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Great idea ! One of the first things I did after purchase was to pull the rear seat out...

The liner makes it blend in even better, looks like there are cut-outs for the seat attach points which make great tie down rings...

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:57 AM   #11
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This was a slick idea - just did the same over the weekend! Used a couple lengths of 1x4 with 2x4 blocking underneath to hold them together and prop it up level. Definitely a great place to store smaller items out of sight, itching to get the hard top off and Trektop installed now!
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I had a similar idea for that space,with the option to store soft top windows as well. The 3-4" of height are never really missed, and I still have all my floor space, and access to tool storage and jack. I simply used piano hinge on the two sections I wanted to be able to lift up, and used some rubber belting I had around my garage for covering it up.
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I had a similar idea for that space,with the option to store soft top windows as well. The 3-4" of height are never really missed, and I still have all my floor space, and access to tool storage and jack. I simply used piano hinge on the two sections I wanted to be able to lift up, and used some rubber belting I had around my garage for covering it up.
Thats really cool! Looks like the whole back of the two door floor space is now a sort of hidden compartment. Great solution to store the windows. I just eyeballed my Quadratec cargo liner and it looks like with a 3-4 inch rise there would be no real change in footprint, so it would still fit right over the top of your storage. If you want to put your rear seat back in, I assume your floor just lifts out?

I started out my project thinking I would just paint bed liner over the wood, then saw the black carpet at Home Depot for only $ .45 sq/ft, so just bought that because it was so cheap. If I had it to do over I would have looked around to better matched the black since finding a match to the OEM factory carpet probably wouldn't be that hard. The belting you used is another great idea.
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Just keep in mind on the Quadratech- I have one of those cranky rear seats in my 2012 2 door. It doesn't like to stay forward- and it also doesn't like to lock back in. Especially with the Quadratech liner. I only use it with the seat out now. In which case I wish I didn't have holes cut out. (Fur trap).
Won't apply to everyone but FYI.
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Subscribed going to try this tonight when I get home.
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Just keep in mind on the Quadratech- I have one of those cranky rear seats in my 2012 2 door. It doesn't like to stay forward- and it also doesn't like to lock back in. Especially with the Quadratech liner. I only use it with the seat out now. In which case I wish I didn't have holes cut out. (Fur trap).
Won't apply to everyone but FYI.
The liner is definitely a PITA when putting the rear seat back in, which doesn't like to play nice to begin with. I leave it out as much as possible, but when friends/family visit I have to drop it back in. I'm in the same boat - wish I'd left the mat without cutouts.
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Yes JK Coaster, I just have to lift up on one side of the false floor and it pulls right out.
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Just keep in mind on the Quadratech- I have one of those cranky rear seats in my 2012 2 door. It doesn't like to stay forward- and it also doesn't like to lock back in. Especially with the Quadratech liner. I only use it with the seat out now. In which case I wish I didn't have holes cut out. (Fur trap).
Won't apply to everyone but FYI.
Good insight on not cutting out the rear seat cutouts of the Quadratec liner. I didn't, thinking I would just pull out the liner on those days I need to put the rear seat back in (pretty rare). Also, my cargo liner slides forward and back a little whenever there wasn't a load on it, which bugged me. The new shelf lines up with the front end of the cargo liner and blocks it in place.
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If you had only posted exacting dimensions for those of us who are often incredibly lazy!

Definite on the to-do list. I hate when everything falls down under the seats.
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I like the little black hole down there. If I ever get in an emergency situation, I know I can fins all sorts of useful items!

but really, will probably be doing this!
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I'll be doing this so my dogs stop sliding down there when I have them in the back, I'm afraid if I press the brakes they'll fall and get hurt. Plus it's great storage! Great job
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Just keep in mind on the Quadratech- I have one of those cranky rear seats in my 2012 2 door. It doesn't like to stay forward- and it also doesn't like to lock back in. Especially with the Quadratech liner. I only use it with the seat out now. In which case I wish I didn't have holes cut out. (Fur trap).
Won't apply to everyone but FYI.
I too have the Quadratec liner (Came with my used 2012 JK) and it was interfering with the rear seat locking. Removing the rear seat isn't currently an option due to kids but I'd hate to remove the liner. For now, I've tossed the liner aside so that my kids have a safer ride.

What I'm getting at is, does anyone know which part of the Quadratec liner is preventing the rear seat in a JK from locking? I'd hate to start cutting away at the liner and guessing at which would be the correct cut.
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I too have the Quadratec liner (Came with my used 2012 JK) and it was interfering with the rear seat locking. Removing the rear seat isn't currently an option due to kids but I'd hate to remove the liner. For now, I've tossed the liner aside so that my kids have a safer ride.

What I'm getting at is, does anyone know which part of the Quadratec liner is preventing the rear seat in a JK from locking? I'd hate to start cutting away at the liner and guessing at which would be the correct cut.
Not sure about yours - but mine jams the locking mechanism because when you lower the rear seat to click it into place, it slides the mat forward, which then blocks the clips on the body of the jeep. Maybe if you extended the cut outs further back, it would help...I just stand on the mat so it can't slide on me. Seems to help.
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Great idea!

I don't have a back seat or carpet in mine but I need this mod for my dog.
She falls down behind the seats all the time.
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I realized that if I simply pull hard on the seat back when lowering it will lock in place - even with my quadratec mat in place. I no longer consider this an issue and I'll just use extra muscle when unfolding the seat.

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