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Old 05-06-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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Space between JKU rear seat and Tuffy trunk enclosure

So I finally got my soft top on....love it (even if I have to go back and re-install the side windows). Can't say enough about the flexibility of the soft top and the spiderwebshade.

Anyway, I have a question. For those with the Tuffy trunk enclosures, have you managed to do anything with the wasted space between the rear seat and the enclosure? I could not get my freedom panels to fit there, but I'm wondering if anyone has managed to get somthing useful there? Right now I've stashed my fire extinguisher, rope, atlas, and roadside kit in that spot...but I would love it if somehow for instance the rear softtop window (or all three windows) could be easily hung there.

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I like this idea, so far, for various reasons, I've been installing and removing the front piece to have more cargo area. I wonder if one of those MOLE tailgate things would work there.
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Right now I've stashed my fire extinguisher, rope, atlas, and roadside kit in that spot...

I run the Tuffy box and a bikini top in the summer. I stash a nylon half-Jeep cover, old towels (in the event of rain and bikini-only, just to wipe things down), some bungee cords. I don't store anything I would mind being stolen, like the stuff you list. That's just the kind of little, but important stuff, theives of opportunity pluck.
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I like this idea, so far, for various reasons, I've been installing and removing the front piece to have more cargo area. I wonder if one of those MOLE tailgate things would work there.


The one thing that I didn't like about it was the inability to store my freedom panels without having to squeeze them in and slam the door on them (thus rubbing away the paint.

It never occoured to me to remove that front panel.

It might be time to glue some velcro straps to to that panel...or see if the rear window can simply hang there.
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If you remove the front panel doesn't that mean that someone can access the stuff in your trunk by just folding the rear seats forward?
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If you remove the front panel doesn't that mean that someone can access the stuff in your trunk by just folding the rear seats forward?
Yup....
I would not do it if I had something back there that i was worried about. This would be for special occasions when the hard top was on, but I wanted the freedom panels off, and I had people in the rear seats (where I usually put them when I'm by myself...but there will be a car seat back there soon.)

Right now the soft top is on, and the freedom panels are sitting on the roof of the hard top in the garage.
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I bought some felt fabric at a local fabric store, cut it into two pieces, and I use it to roll up my soft top windows. It's a DIY window roll, like the ones you can buy, but it only cost me $5. I use two nylon straps to keep it rolled up. It fits perfect between the tuffy bulkhead and the rear seat. I also keep the tailgate bar and rear window clips back there. Makes it easy to put the windows back in, no matter where I am.

There's still plenty of room back there even with the window roll. I sometimes stick my CB antenna back there.
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panthermark, maybe you can answer a question for me. I'm looking at tilting the rear seats back a bit so they are a bit more comfortable. I can see the space in the lower part of the seat, is there any space from the back of the seat to the front panel or are they pretty much butted together? If there is any space, any idea how much there is?

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panthermark, maybe you can answer a question for me. I'm looking at tilting the rear seats back a bit so they are a bit more comfortable. I can see the space in the lower part of the seat, is there any space from the back of the seat to the front panel or are they pretty much butted together? If there is any space, any idea how much there is?

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I'll look tonight, but I think there may only be 2 or so inches at the top. Of course, being able to tilt the seat back even two inches would make it soooo much better.
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Thanks, that is a big help/relief. I can't do the Tuffy box this summer but gives hope that maybe I can keep the seats modified when/if I get a Tuffy.
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I have been trying to come up with ideas for this area since I installed the Tuffy. Emergency top, rope and such so far but will come up with something a little more substantial when I figure out what I want to put back there.
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Thanks, that is a big help/relief. I can't do the Tuffy box this summer but gives hope that maybe I can keep the seats modified when/if I get a Tuffy.
About 3 inches at the top on mine. But I do wonder if people install them differently.

It almost reminds me of the space behind mini pick-ups.
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About 3 inches at the top on mine.
Sweet that's better then I'd hoped for! Thanks for checking.
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Sweet that's better then I'd hoped for! Thanks for checking.
I measured again this morning....in the light. It is just under 2 inches...sorry. There are two levels, and the 2nd level is closer than the first.
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I just put my side windows back there and they stay no problem even on the highway.
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Thanks again for measuring again, I'll see how far the seats go back based on some of the methods here, should give me some idea if 2" will be enough - but anything is better then the way they are right now.
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The one thing that I didn't like about it was the inability to store my freedom panels without having to squeeze them in and slam the door on them (thus rubbing away the paint.

It never occoured to me to remove that front panel.

It might be time to glue some velcro straps to to that panel...or see if the rear window can simply hang there.
I realize this is an old thread, but I have to say that I just put the hardtop on my jku for the first time with the Tuffy security deck installed and I have no problems storing the freedom panels in their bag in the trunk area. It did take a few minutes to figure out which way to orient them, but if you put them in so the contoured/scalloped corner is in the rear left corner of the trunk then there is no interference with the tailgate whatsoever. The bump out in the tailgate where the latch is intrudes into the trunk, but the scalloped part of the panels accommodate it.
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Side windows (soft top) go there. Never had any issues with them thinking of coming out at highway speed with the top down.
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I cooked up a system that hangs my side and rear soft top windows there. Also, I have my HiLift jack (the handle and main I beam piece--the base and jack mechanism live in my tool box in the back) attached to the front panel of the Tuffy enclosure.
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So I finally got my soft top on....love it (even if I have to go back and re-install the side windows). Can't say enough about the flexibility of the soft top and the spiderwebshade.

Anyway, I have a question. For those with the Tuffy trunk enclosures, have you managed to do anything with the wasted space between the rear seat and the enclosure? I could not get my freedom panels to fit there, but I'm wondering if anyone has managed to get somthing useful there? Right now I've stashed my fire extinguisher, rope, atlas, and roadside kit in that spot...but I would love it if somehow for instance the rear softtop window (or all three windows) could be easily hung there.

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I was thinking of posting something similar. I have a JKU with the Tuffy Security Deck Enclosure and was looking for a better way to store my windows. For now I put them in the space between the back seats and the Tuffy enclosure. It's about 2.5" wide and perfect for the windows but they flop over at the top. I'd love to find something that was rigid that could hold them in that space. Most of the window cases I saw make you roll them up (Bestop, Rugged Ridge, Mopar, and others). I saw an interesting product from a company called KangoPod but it looks like it's 4" wide so I think it would be too wide. KangoPod - Soft Top Window Guard. Anyone have any suggestions on something to hold the windows straight to fit in that space?

I was thinking of an art supply store that might have a padded folio to hold a large picture which could do the trick. For example I saw this ToteFolio XL product which looks like it's right size for the side windows but too small for the back window. http://youtu.be/69uFGJj-cIo.

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