Hope your dog gets well, we have noticed that area to be a problem also as we have dogs. If i were to put them in with the seat down i would just stuff it with a blanket. I usually let them ride in the cargo area and i have a Safari strap pet divider on order, only 9 more weeks till i get it, lol.
I agree that this is a bad design. I do fill the gaps with towels and have a rigid carpeted mat that I cover over the area. I had the mat from a previous vehicle and it fits OK. Would love to purchase a clean aftermarket solution.
Buy a truck bed mat for a short box truck. Cut it so it so it fits in the back area and continues up over the back of the seats when they are folded down. get Buy the one that is a thicker. Measure before you buy to be sure it goes from the gate to the front of the 'dogs' area . You have to take it out when you fold the seats up or it will dis form it. This also helps a lot with the hair.
I don't have a jk but from the picture I see I have a suggestion. There is an infomercial for a product that fixes sagging couches. It basically a piece of plastic that gets put across and then cushions get laid across. If you were to get a piece of durable plastic or even plexiglas then you could mount a hinge to it and drill the other side of the hinge to the floor of the Jeep allowing it to drop down when you fold the seat down.
On another angle to the gap problem, a friend and I slept in the back of the Jeep on a 3 day camping trip. Life is grand as long as the gap filling shoes and blankets don't shift. I was imagining all kinds of solutions in the wee hours.
I was going to try to cut some triangular pieces of foam and have my mother in law sew some black covers for them.
That would create a couple of soft "pillow plugs" that can be removed for when the seats are up.
It's the best thing I've been able to think up, but I haven't implemented it yet.
2012 Unlimited Rubicon - Natural Green
Every Day Driver
When my rear seat is removed completely, I also remove the center floor bolt, that secures the seat belts. I then took a carabiner ring (smaller diameter than bolt) and threaded the bolt through the ring, fastened the bolt back in place on the floor bed and then connected the dogs leash to the carabiner, but shortened the leash enough so that the dog can only get to the edge of wheel tubs, tailgate, and rear floor board gap. That way the dog can still be mobile and stick her head out, yet not jump out or over into the front seat. It also secures the dog in case of accident or such, more so than with without.
I just harness the dog and leave the leash connected, so pet can be hooked or unhooked easily. I carry a second lead for once we are out of the vehicle. I dont ever have passengers, so the set up stays in place always. Quick and easy. Plus safe for the dog.
just cut a piece of 3/8 or 1/2 plywood and cover top side with any rug covering.
You only need a small piece the width plus another 6" to 12" each side.
Attach a 2x4 (length of opening) on the bottom running back to front on left
and right to keep it from slidding. I have something similar on my Wife's Avalanche
when we put the back seats down for our dogs.
Yellow journalism, for sure... messing with all us animal lovers out there
Interesting thread, for sure. Since I don't have a divider yet, every time I put the dog in the back she sits up front anyway. And if someone is sitting there, she tries to be a lap dog, which is kind of awkward for a bulldog.
Never owned a Jeep before - 'til now!
2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sport; Gecko green, half doors;
255/80/17 Pizza Cutters; 2.5" Teraflex BB with JKS Quicker Discos
Rigid Dually spots
This is one of the reasons I just took the whole back seat out. I was going to cut a sheet of something hard to cover the whole deck with but then I thought...."Why add more weight, and why not get rid of the weight of the back seat, as well as make more room back there?. It's a pretty good solution if you don't need the seat for passengers.
Go to an online place like Knox Foam (or local) and get the FIRMEST pieces of closed cell foam you can get. I would carefully measure and cut the piece to fit. if you do this, make sure you keep it a bit bigger to squeeze in and not too small. To further reinforce, you can put a heavy rubber mat over it all.
A chair mat, purchased from any office supply store is a stiff enough plastic to cover that gap & not sag into it. We found one that fits across the width of the JKU without any cutting. The excess length slides under the cargo area mat.
'09 Wrangler Unlimited X
Red with mud accents.