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Old 05-20-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
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ahhh dang stupid bestop box!!

So I purchased this Bestop Jeep Under Seat Locking Storage Box, LOWEST PRICES on Bestop Jeep Under Seat Locking Storage Boxes
and I finally had time today to install it. The directions said it would take about 15 minutes so far an hour later its still not done. Heres the problem technically it is installed and the seat is tightened down but the box sits just that much to high and the seat wont move forward or backward If I loosen the seat bolts it will slide but then the seat is not secured properly. So Im thinking I could just take some washers and put them between the seat frame and the box to raise it up enough so that it slides but I have something in the very back of my head saying maybe thats not such a good idea so if anyone has some suggestions let me know other than this little snag I like the box and think that it will work very good for keeping my stuff secured and out of sight from social predators.

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Old 05-20-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
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washers shouldnt be a problem i have seen some people put spacers under the seats to raise them up if they are taller than 6'1 usually, dont see washers causing a problem

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Old 05-20-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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washers shouldnt be a problem i have seen some people put spacers under the seats to raise them up if they are taller than 6'1 usually, dont see washers causing a problem
Oh yeah, I have 2 inch seat raisers installed on my Jeep. Considering that, washers doesn't seem like an issue.

I'm 5'2" with what I feel is a shorter torso. I love the view with the seat raisers. When I bought them, they said they were for offroad use only, but I feel if they give be a better view of the road, that is safer than having a worse view of the road.

My seat is completely grounded. I've experienced no 'looseness' at all in any on road or off road driving.
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:43 PM   #4
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In the fine print it says. "Not for flip and fold seat" could that be your problum?
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In the fine print it says. "Not for flip and fold seat" could that be your problum?
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:16 PM   #6
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thanks for the input. No I dont have the flip and fold on th drivers side just the regular slider seat forward and backward. Upon closer inspection it looks like the carpet might be bunched up a little I should have just taken that out anyway seeing as how I want to bedline my tub this summer. I will try and remove the carpeting under the seat and see how that does if not ill be getting some fender washers
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:57 PM   #7
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I put mine under my rear seat since I had the "flip and fold" seat. I bought it thinking raising the seat with 1.25" spacers would allow it to work, but it didn't. Here's my write-up.

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Old 05-23-2011, 07:29 PM   #8
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I put mine under my rear seat since I had the "flip and fold" seat. I bought it thinking raising the seat with 1.25" spacers would allow it to work, but it didn't. Here's my write-up.

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thats perfect looking Im getting tired of messing with this thing I tried using washers and thats not helping very much it seems whats happening is that that back part with the foot is raising up and stays up even with the washers under there I think ill give it one more shot then its going under the back seat. Thanks for the great idea
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:06 PM   #9
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Before you try the washers, see if just lifting the back end "foot" up a bit will solve the problem. Sometimes it sits a bit too low, and that evidently causes problems in the front.

The TJ one is undeniably more of a pain to install than the JK, just thanks to how the seats are designed. The goal was to create a box as large as possible for the space - I think the engineers may have hit that goal a bit too closely, personally.
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I originally had this box ordered, but then promptly cancelled it after reading too many bad reviews; I wish that wasn't the case because the price was right and Bestop seems to make good stuff (I like my instatrunk).

Could someone please enlighten me on constitutes the flip and fold seat? In my '97 Sahara, the passenger seat has a little nylon strap coming out of the front that I can pull on in order to fold the seat down and slide it forward. The driver side seat does not have this so does that mean that I don't have the flip and fold seat on the driver side?

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Just an update

Well I am fianally getting around to writing an update on this. I did end up putting some washers under the seat nothing else I tried would work. I decided against installing it under the back seat as I plan to remove it. It fits good under my drivers seat (now that its lifted with washers) I really like it I can put my Ipod, faceplate, gun or tools in there whatever I want out of sight and secured. The box seems to be pretty secure its definatly not going anywhere and its hard to see its tucked up under the seat nicely so I feel comfortable leaving my valuables in it while Im gone. Overall Im very happy with it and the only problem I have with it is that its such a pain to install I followed the directions to the letter the box is just a little to big but its in Im using it and liking it.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:43 PM   #12
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I have the same box as rebate with the purchase of the Instatrunk. How many and what size washers do I need to install this box and where do the washers go. Thanks for the posting the information as mine is still sitting in the box, and maybe this will motivate me to install it.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:27 PM   #13
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I just got done installing the box. I added a washer on each corner between the storage box feet and seat frame. I'm going to have to add another washer because I can't slide the seat back and forth. I also need to get an extension for the socket so I can tighten the bolt on the front right side, as it is very difficult to get to. I called Bestop and was told that it should fit just fine unless I had a "flip and fold" seat on the drivers sight, which I don't. I was thinking about getting a seat riser kit to increase the space between the storage box and the track that moves the seat. This definitely is not a 15 minute job!
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I put 3 beveled 1/2" washers under each foot. The only reason I used the beveled ones is cause I go them free from work. They are doing the trick quite nicely.
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Did you use longer bolts or kept the stock ones? I added one washer, but I'm going to try to add one more to see if that will allow me to move the seat back and forth. I thought about buying a seat riser kit, but they are rather expensive. I called Bestop and emailed Bestop, but they are unaware of the problem and didn't provide any help. Thanks for the help! Have a good one!


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I put 3 beveled 1/2" washers under each foot. The only reason I used the beveled ones is cause I go them free from work. They are doing the trick quite nicely.

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