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Old 04-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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(Another) Homemade Insta trunk build

After reading posts on the forum about making an Insta Trunk I decided to tackle the project today. Ill post a few pics. First I measured and cut two L brackets and predrilled holes on the fender wells and attached with sheet metal screws.



Then I cut a sheet of 1/2 plywood to the rough dimensions of 35 1/2 inch by 10 1/2 inches. After dry fitting the board across the 2 brackets I had to trace out the locking mech from the tail gate door and Jigsaw it out. This took a few time to get a good fit. note. I allowed approx 1/4 inch of space around all sides of the wood to allow for the carpet. Next I bought some black indoor/outdoor carpet from home depot. After the wood was cut out to my liking I sprayed the deck lid and back of carpet with some 3M spray adhesive.



Allow both sides to get tacky before pressing. If you did this right it should be adhered pretty well. I also sprayed the sides of the plywood and a small border on the back side to wrap the carpet. Folding the carpet on the corners can be a bit trick so as not to bunch it up but if you take your time it should go pretty smooth. You can also put some shallow staples around the border if you'd like to hold it better. After your done its time to flip it over and dry fit it again.



It fit pretty well and the tailgate opened and close without and binding so I attached the deck from the bottom with some short wood screws.



And here is the finished product with the gate closed.



Im pretty happy with how this turned out although If I were going to be carrying heavier items in the future I would have used 3/4 inch plywood instead.Its getting warmer and top down weather is around the corner. I never did this with my old 98 Tj and I always dreaded going into 7 11 etc and wondering if my stuff was gonna get swiped on the way out. cost for materials was approx 25 dollars and took about 45 minutes to make,what do you guys think?

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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That turned out nice. I had a post not long ago about the same thing. I am currently waiting to build one untill after I get the tub raptor lined. I thought about doing the same as you except using some small c channel for the top and back piece to slide in and out on. I am going to cut the top piece a little longer to allow it to cover up the rear board for the trunk. I figured that way you wouldnt be able to flip the seat up and get to the trunk area from behind.

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Old 04-03-2012, 12:35 AM   #3
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Looks great! I might make one this weekend. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #4
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Very nice, I have been planning on trying something like this for a while...think I will go to home depot in the am and get the materials....thanks for sharing the project.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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wow really clean and nice!
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:53 PM   #6
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My Homemade Insta-trunk

Thanks for all the great ideas. I just finished mine, with security lock on the rear seat. Used 4" hinge to secure the seat release, 3/4" plywood, and carpet runner from Home Debit. Made it over the rear fenders to get a little more room. Had to cut the plastic on the rear seatbelt covers to clear the plywood. Check my profile for some other pictures.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:01 PM   #7
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This looks great, definitely going do this myself.
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I just finished mine, with security lock on the rear seat. Used 4" hinge to secure the seat release, 3/4" plywood, and carpet runner from Home Debit. Made it over the rear fenders to get a little more room. Had to cut the plastic on the rear seatbelt covers to clear the plywood. Check my profile for some other pictures.
I made mine to cover the fenders as well, but was able to slide the 3/4 inch plywood under the seatbelt covers. I used footman loops and cargo straps to secure the top down, and used a USGI waterproof bag turned inside out to cover it for water proofing. I love your idea of the pad lock. I have been meaning to secure mine, but this time I was overthinking it. (I even have a spare pad lock laying around...)
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I just finished mine, with security lock on the rear seat. Used 4" hinge to secure the seat release, 3/4" plywood, and carpet runner from Home Debit. Made it over the rear fenders to get a little more room. Had to cut the plastic on the rear seatbelt covers to clear the plywood. Check my profile for some other pictures.
Glad to see you finally posting. Now get some pics up of all the hard work you have done to make it new again.

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