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Old 01-23-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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Rear seat gap cover

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I have been a proud owner of a 2010 JKU Sahara for the last week. I really love the Jeep but it bothered me that when you fold the rear seats down there is a huge gap that things (dog paws) can fall down. I searched the forums a bit before I made my covers and the only thing I saw that people did was stick a rubber mat or blankets down which doesn't really fix the problem unless you always want to keep that stuff in the Jeep. I had a Land Rover LR3 prior to my jeep and I loved folding down my seats and having a completely solid floor for my dogs to walk around on. I hope the following pictures will help someone else out in the future. Please note that while I know these are far from perfect and I am in no way, shape, or form a custom fabricator, I think they turned out pretty damn good for me not having any plans to go by.

1. I used a piece of 3 ply Oak cabinet bottom as the covers. It only cost $8 at Home Depot and easily stiff/strong enough to suit this purpose. To get the general curve I cut a small arch template out of cardboard then transferred it to the wood and cut it out. Through trial and error I ended up with a nice curve that clears the wheel well and provides enough coverage to my dogs won't fall through any gaps.


2. Once I had it fitting how I wanted I used that side as a template for the other side. Below are both pieces on the ground ready for carpet.


3. I had some extra carpet/felt laying around in my garage that was leftover from a previous project I did. If you were to buy the covering it would probably cost about $10 a yard or even half that at a fabric store. I used spray glue to keep the carpet on, which I also had on hand. I believe it costs about $10 for a large new can, which you can get at the fabric store with your fabric.


4. In this picture I have the covers screwed in and all set. You can tell I need to adjust the spacing to clear up the gap, but it came out pretty good in my opinion. The hinges I used were $3 each, but you could probably go a little smaller and cheaper.


5. With only one seat folded down it's an absolute perfect fit and sturdy as can be.



6. As you can tell there is a few inch space between the cover and the rear of the seat, but I don't think I've actually lost any usable space there.


7. In order to keep the cover tight against the back of the seat I used small springs that cost me $.85 each, and some picture hanging wire (I had it laying around). I used the Latch holder ( think it's LATCH...for the child seats to tie in to) at the very base of the seat and I zip tied the spring to the latch. I then tied a knot in the wire and used a staple gun to set the wire into the back of the cover. I put the seat and cover as close together as possible, then pull the wire as tight as you can so the spring is stretched out and pulls the cover to the seat on it's own. Tie off the wire so it stays put and you're done.


8. When you fold the seat up and down the cover stays taught against the seat.


I'm a new member and probably won't be able to contribute much, but I hope this will be beneficial to anyone that was looking for this type of fix to fill up their gap. In total I believe I spent about $20 because I had the felt and glue, but you can easily get away for $30 if you shop right. Money well spent in my opinion and these two girls are my reason for doing this.

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Old 01-23-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Very cool. The mods you do in your own garage are always the best.

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Old 01-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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Nice work. I've seen a few things done similar in the past and it is something I have considered as well. Just never gotten around to it. Again, nice job!
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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That's pretty slick. I was going to do something similar but I was never happy with the thickness vs strength of material. I run a complete cargo cover that covers up the back of the seats and I was going to have pieces sewn into them but I found a free alternative that has worked really well. I took several pieces of thick high density foam and glued them together to make one large piece that is thick enough to go all the way in the hole and be level with the top of the "deck". I then cut them to fit so you have two different sized triangular plugs. I never fold my seats up but the one time I did you just pop the plug out and toss it in the cargo area or leave it home. Worked great for the dogs.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:00 PM   #5
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Nice mod! I'm looking at this mod or one like it anyway.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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Those are some lucky dogs to have such a clever and resourceful owner.

Nice work!
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:37 AM   #7
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Looks great. Love the pic of your labs. I have two black labs also, a 2009 JKU, and the same problem. I tried blankets and foam, but finally bought a cargo liner from Quadratec that fits the back of a Jeep like a glove. It's very sturdy and covers the "crack" very well. My only problem was what to do with the extra material when the seats were up. Fixed that too. Put a couple of holes on the end and covered them with those rivet things and it's hanging from the back seat headrests by a bungee cord. Worked out pretty well.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:24 AM   #8
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This is so cool. As soon as my shop warms up again I think I am going to do this to my 07. How did you fasten the hinges to th Jeep? Ever think of selling the templates/pattern?
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:40 AM   #9
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Thanks for the thumbs up everyone. I figured people had worked around this problem before but I didn't see anything that stood out at me, or something that didn't take up more room. I like the other ideas I'm hearing though!

@kenB...I'm not trying to sell anything on here, I just wanted to pass along the information so others can hopefully make use of it. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to make some extra cash, but I think the point of forums like this are to spread the word and help each other out when possible. For your second question, I juse 1/4" #10 screws to tap into the hard backing for the floor matting. I did not want to drill into the body which is why I went with such a short screw. This mod was made with the intent that I could remove it and nobody would ever know it was there to begin with.
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Looks great. Love the pic of your labs. I have two black labs also, a 2009 JKU, and the same problem. I tried blankets and foam, but finally bought a cargo liner from Quadratec that fits the back of a Jeep like a glove. It's very sturdy and covers the "crack" very well. My only problem was what to do with the extra material when the seats were up. Fixed that too. Put a couple of holes on the end and covered them with those rivet things and it's hanging from the back seat headrests by a bungee cord. Worked out pretty well.
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Those are my kids so my wife and I spoil them rotten. They don't look like it but they're sisters. Their dad was a 110lb German Shepard and their mom was an 80lb black lab. It sounds like you have a good set up for your dogs as well!
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:46 AM   #11
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Nice mod! I'm looking at this mod or one like it anyway.
If you have any questions feel free to let me know. I posted everything I did, some which can be improved upon if anyone desires. My ideal hinge was a short piano hinge, but Home Depot only had 30" hinges and I only needed 24" max across both boards. I had the idea and was too impatient to order offline and wait to build it so I worked with what was available.
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Thanks for the thumbs up everyone. I figured people had worked around this problem before but I didn't see anything that stood out at me, or something that didn't take up more room. I like the other ideas I'm hearing though!

@kenB...I'm not trying to sell anything on here, I just wanted to pass along the information so others can hopefully make use of it. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to make some extra cash, but I think the point of forums like this are to spread the word and help each other out when possible. For your second question, I juse 1/4" #10 screws to tap into the hard backing for the floor matting. I did not want to drill into the body which is why I went with such a short screw. This mod was made with the intent that I could remove it and nobody would ever know it was there to begin with.
Well if you ever want to share your pattern I would gladly pay the postage. Just thought it would save some time from the trial and error fitting process.
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Very nice i did the same with mine
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:25 PM   #14
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Thanks for the great ideas. I am planning on doing something similiar for my two dogs. I do have a questions though. You mounted the hinges to the floor padding with screws. Are you concerned about this holding up? I am thinking about using some bolts with large washers or a thin strip to spread the load over the width of the padding.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:30 PM   #15
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Thanks for the great ideas. I am planning on doing something similiar for my two dogs. I do have a questions though. You mounted the hinges to the floor padding with screws. Are you concerned about this holding up? I am thinking about using some bolts with large washers or a thin strip to spread the load over the width of the padding.
I'm a little concerned about those little screws holding it in, but it won't be the end of the world. I was originally looking for about a 28" long piano hinge which would have provided at least 5x the screws holding the covers down. I got the itch and bought what was available at the given time, and Home Depot only had 30" plus hinges on display. You have to figure that of the 14" depth, well over half of that is resting directly on the seats and it goes flush to the floor. There is a little bit of stress on the screws going into the padding but it seems to be holding up well....and the dogs love it back there! If the small screws didn't work then I was thinking of small bolts with washers and trying to secure the hinge to the floor and have large flat washers on each side of the padding.
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Very nice i did the same with mine
I like it! I'm curious what the indention is for right in the middle of yours? It also appears that you made yours one solid piece which would have solved a couple of my problems.
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I cut mine to fit around the rear cup holders im very perticular with fit and finish.i also put a piece of foam insulation underneath where it sits on cup holder to level it out .i bought a cheap roll of headliner fabric from autozone .sprayed it down with 3m glue spray and applyed
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:52 PM   #18
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Just wondering, how is the mod holding up? I'm looking at doing this too for my 2 dogs.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:43 PM   #19
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Sorry for the delayed response, I was traveling around Scotland for a couple weeks....only 1 Wrangler sighting the whole time! The covers are holding up great, an I've only had to tighten the screws on the drivers side once. In my opinion it's definitely worth the time and money.
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Smile Great Idea

I have been looking through accessories all week looking for a solution to this specific problem. I have dogs too and would not want them to have a leg caught in the rear seat hinge and me have to hit the brakes to avoid an accident and injure one of the dogs. This will work great. You should build these and sell them on the aftermarket market (ebay). I suspect there are many other dog owners who are looking for this solution.

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Old 04-27-2013, 08:12 PM   #21
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I bet you could use a small bearing and rail so that it rolls up the rail and keeps the clearance to less than .0125 inches but does not scrape the back seat carpet where it slides across. But that may not be necessary if you don't raise or lower the back seat often
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This is definitely a great, inexpensive mod for those of us with dogs. I used this as a basis and made my own. Basically went without attaching them, and made them a bit shorter, so the actually fit in the cut out. I used a rubber backed mat that I picked up at Lowes, and it has held up quite well. Very glad I found this mod because we were stuffing blankets in the holes before and this is way better.
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Awesome!

Thanks so much for this! I was having the same problems with my pup. About how thick is that board?
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This thread inspired me before I even ordered my JK. Thanks for the inspiration, I finally got around to it after 2 years.

I used the stock mounting hardware (with some spacer washers) and did not use a spring. The hinges stop just past 90 degrees, so it holds tight against the seat in the upright position. I also used a thinner white board instead of plywood. Not 100% stock looking, but no one would bat an eye if they didn't own one.











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This thread inspired me before I even ordered my JK. Thanks for the inspiration, I finally got around to it after 2 years.

I used the stock mounting hardware (with some spacer washers) and did not use a spring. The hinges stop just past 90 degrees, so it holds tight against the seat in the upright position. I also used a thinner white board instead of plywood. Not 100% stock looking, but no one would bat an eye if they didn't own one.












Did you bolt into the floor?
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I used the existing bolts for the rear seats.
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I used the existing bolts for the rear seats.
Sorry for all the questions but where did you get hinges like that?
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Sorry for all the questions but where did you get hinges like that?
Np. They are gate hinges from home depot. I had to dremel out the slot a bit to fit the seat bolt since the slot was rectangular.

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