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Old 06-11-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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something non diy and less expensive than tuffy security deck?

I'm putting in some expensive audio gear and wanted to get an enclosure to protect that area with the top off, Tuffy security deck enclosure looks perfect, but for $450!!! That's insane and costs almost as much as the gear I wanted to protect making it a bit pointless.

Any other options out there?

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Old 06-11-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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Just get a 3/4" sheet of plywood, cover it with outdoor carpet of your choice. The carpet hides lots of imperfection, I've seen them painted and with Bedliner and it looks rough. Then used the existing holes for the hardtop and bolt it down. $60 dollars. Bam!

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Old 06-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
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Not a bad idea...hmmm
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #4
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It's a solid piece, I put a cooler on top and bungee it to the headrest support metal
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:03 PM   #5
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Just seems ridiculously expensive...is install easy?
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Is that sarcasm? To install it bring it in between the roll bars at a 60 degree angle then let the high end come down flush between the roll bars
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How does the plywood bolted to the hardtop holes make this secure? Anyone with a torx40 (I think that's the size) can remove this in about a minute I'd imagine.

I'd love to make a diy cover but I want it secure too. The Tuffy is great but almost too pricey for me too.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:27 PM   #8
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How does the plywood bolted to the hardtop holes make this secure? Anyone with a torx40 (I think that's the size) can remove this in about a minute I'd imagine.

I'd love to make a diy cover but I want it secure too. The Tuffy is great but almost too pricey for me too.

Any ideas?
Buy same thread bolts and round them off or buy special head bolts. I drive my jeep around like this and no issues. I also have a proximity alarm.

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Is that sarcasm? To install it bring it in between the roll bars at a 60 degree angle then let the high end come down flush between the roll bars
Sorry, no...just didn't fully read, somehow thought you were someone else saying the tuffy was a solid piece
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:53 PM   #10
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Buy same thread bolts and round them off or buy special head bolts. I drive my jeep around like this and no issues. I also have a proximity alarm.

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That's another question I've had, and always forget to ask...is the keyless entry on the jku's only that, keyless entry, or are they alarms as well?
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How does the plywood bolted to the hardtop holes make this secure? Anyone with a torx40 (I think that's the size) can remove this in about a minute I'd imagine.
Honestly its not like people are cruising around expecting to jerk out a T40 to take the plywood off the back of a jeep and HOPE there is a big amp under there....

I mean, that guy.. the one thinking like that, would be happy to bust your windows out or any of 1000 other things to get your stuff. He's the reason for insurance.

What this does is prevent the casual guy walking around a parking lot from thinking your truck is an attractive target.

So is it absolutely secure? No. Is it going to stop most parking lot opportunists? Yes. So, for the difference in price between the Tuffy and this solution, really its giving you 80% of the security.

Ultimately, anyone who wants your stuff bad enough is going to take it. Its a question of where we draw the line.
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Honestly its not like people are cruising around expecting to jerk out a T40 to take the plywood off the back of a jeep and HOPE there is a big amp under there....

I mean, that guy.. the one thinking like that, would be happy to bust your windows out or any of 1000 other things to get your stuff. He's the reason for insurance.

What this does is prevent the casual guy walking around a parking lot from thinking your truck is an attractive target.

So is it absolutely secure? No. Is it going to stop most parking lot opportunists? Yes. So, for the difference in price between the Tuffy and this solution, really its giving you 80% of the security.

Ultimately, anyone who wants your stuff bad enough is going to take it. Its a question of where we draw the line.
Yah you're right. If I did this I would probably just have my softop windows in a roll back there. I wouldnt leave anything of much value.

The price certainly sounds right to me. I should do some measuring and make something up.

Thanks
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How does the plywood bolted to the hardtop holes make this secure? Anyone with a torx40 (I think that's the size) can remove this in about a minute I'd imagine.
If you're that concerned screw an eye-hook into the underside and run a piece of chain to the cargo tiedowns. With the tailgate locked there's no way to unhook the chain and lift the cover.

Or keep an angry badger under the cover.
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Honestly its not like people are cruising around expecting to jerk out a T40 to take the plywood off the back of a jeep and HOPE there is a big amp under there....

I mean, that guy.. the one thinking like that, would be happy to bust your windows out or any of 1000 other things to get your stuff. He's the reason for insurance.

What this does is prevent the casual guy walking around a parking lot from thinking your truck is an attractive target.

So is it absolutely secure? No. Is it going to stop most parking lot opportunists? Yes. So, for the difference in price between the Tuffy and this solution, really its giving you 80% of the security.

Ultimately, anyone who wants your stuff bad enough is going to take it. Its a question of where we draw the line.
Totally agree with this statement....

With that being said, I made a diy cover ( turned out pretty bad since im not that handy) and it worked for what kurt above explains. I wound up spending the money on a tuffy deck cover anyway, mainly because it was difficutl to take out/put back in and I do that often.

If you want more security, use nuts and bolts to secure it through the existing hard top holes.

Check out these pictures if this link still works - DIY trunk - Imgur

Please! do not rip me a new one on the quality, I know it turned out shitty but worked for what I needed it to do. These pics can atleast give you ideas. Oh and don't buy particle board, big mistake. You can see in a few of the shots the wood is just getting eaten alive by the bolts.
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If you're that concerned screw an eye-hook into the underside and run a piece of chain to the cargo tiedowns. With the tailgate locked there's no way to unhook the chain and lift the cover.

Or keep an angry badger under the cover.
I LIKE the way you think.. On both of those suggestions!
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That's another question I've had, and always forget to ask...is the keyless entry on the jku's only that, keyless entry, or are they alarms as well?
I have an aftermarket alarm set at about 6 inch proximity, warns if close, break perimeter by reaching in it will go off
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Sorry, disregard. Meant to reply elsewhere.
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If you're that concerned screw an eye-hook into the underside and run a piece of chain to the cargo tiedowns. With the tailgate locked there's no way to unhook the chain and lift the cover.

Or keep an angry badger under the cover.
BAH! Angry badger... I literally lol'd... Where does one get an angry badger btw?!

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