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Old 03-25-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Custom JK Storage Deck/Floor

Jeeps are like closets. You will fill it no matter how big it is. I sold my '03 Rubicon because it was too small inside. I could either take my camera gear or my girlfriend with me on the trails...didn't have room for both.

Even with the new Unlimited, I felt like there was not enough storage space. So I removed the 91-pound rear seat and had a friend make a custom floor/deck/storage thingy for me. I installed it yesterday and was surprised at the amount of stuff I was able to stuff underneath it. And it's pretty stealthy too. Photos below.

Items that I don't need to access very often are stored underneath the freezer. If I ever need to re-install the back seat, it's a simple matter of removing 5 bolts and one person can lift the deck out. Tomorrow, I will be installing the Tuffy 275 rear security deck, so I will have lockable storage plus more storage space on top of the Tuffy deck. If that's not enough storage, then I'm carrying around way too much crap. However, I do have a lot of rescue gear that I need to tote around.

I have not yet glued down the carpet on the new deck. It is held in place by the anchors. I may not glue it down at all. It only looks bad when one of the doors is opened and it flops away from the door. Maybe I'll just put some velcro along the edges of the trap doors.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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very nice.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:55 AM   #4
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That is very nice. You have tons of usable space now.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:09 PM   #5
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Will that work in a two door? I would get something like that.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:33 PM   #6
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Will that work in a two door? I would get something like that.

Sorry, I have no idea if it would work in a 2-door. I doubt that all the measurements, bolts, etc., are the same.
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That's nice. I have been looking at removing my back seats as well. I haul more floor jacks, tires and spare parts then in do people lately. So much space to be gained by doing something like this.
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Very slick. The daughters (and wife) may get a bit peeved if I pulled the back seat out from under them though... Gives me something to dream about for the 20 or 25th Anniversary Edition of the Rubi!
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Items that I don't need to access very often are stored underneath the freezer.
Rofl. Thank you! That statement brought tears to my eyes.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:38 PM   #10
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Rofl. Thank you! That statement brought tears to my eyes.
I can see how that might seem humorous. Hey, I don't bring the kitchen sink. I have refrigerator/freezers in both of my vehicles...have for years. When you live 26 miles from the nearest town and can get called out on a rescue while on the way home with a load of groceries (including ice cream), it's nice not to have to worry about anything going bad. It's also nice to be able to make ice out on the trail. I haven't bought a bag of ice in many years.

Screwing around with ice in a cooler is a pain...and most standard coolers don't last very long. The Coolmatic in the Jeep is 10 years old and still humming. The FridgeFreeze in the truck is much heavier duty and larger. It will last a very, very long time.

It's relatively simple to loosen the cam straps holding the freezer and pull them out of the carabiners so I can access anything underneath. That's where the compressor, jump starter, tow strap and other recovery gear is stowed. Previously, I had a very large plastic box in the back. Everything in that box is now under the deck...plus additional stuff.
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I have a FridgeFreezer in my jeep as well and love it. Nothing like having ice cream after a long hot day on the trails. My daughter made a few friends handing out ice cream to the other kids on one group ride.
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Lol. I needed the laugh earlier. It's all good.
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