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Old 06-27-2011, 07:44 PM   #1
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home made trunk

Decided to make a trunk. Pretty simple but was kind of proud of it so I decided to share. Basically it is a piece of thick board resting right on top of the wheel wells. The only way into the underneath is through the back door. That is also the only way to take it out. Which was kind of the idea to begin with. Not the most practical, but it makes me feel a lot better running around in public with stuff in the jeep. There is a piece of wood on hinges right behind the seats so that nobody can pull out anything from that direction. Also, the bolts that are showing in top have been fouled up so no one can actually just un bolt the thing. Still planning on other modification for later on to make it easier to deal with and more vertical. The was just thrown together in a few hours with no real plan put together ahead of time.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:51 PM   #3
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Just noticed some of the words don't make any sense in the description. That's what I get for using my cell phone.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:38 PM   #4
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I was just talking to a friend yesterday about doing something similar. I am going to leave my rear seat in because I have the unlimited, which gives me plenty of space behind the seat. I like the idea of using the wood against my seat to prevent someone from just folding the seats up. Nice job! It gives me an idea of what mine could look like. Did you paint it and what did you use? I was thinking about using some kind of carpet to cover the board, but maybe paint/finish would be better.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:52 PM   #5
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Nice!!!!! Bet you could sell/share that design around here!
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:10 PM   #6
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I was just talking to a friend yesterday about doing something similar. I am going to leave my rear seat in because I have the unlimited, which gives me plenty of space behind the seat. I like the idea of using the wood against my seat to prevent someone from just folding the seats up. Nice job! It gives me an idea of what mine could look like. Did you paint it and what did you use? I was thinking about using some kind of carpet to cover the board, but maybe paint/finish would be better.
I just built a box for a down firing 10" Subwoofer in the back (I have '99 Sahara). painted box with can of Rustoleum truck bed liner. I did two coats and started to run out (Top of box was main concern at the time, going to go back over with another can later). I would get 2-3 cans. About $9 per can, but gives the wood protection against water and has a slightly textured look/feel.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:17 PM   #7
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I like. Thanks for the idea!!!
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:23 PM   #8
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Moody2000, the paint was stuff I had lying around. Was able to cover the entire top surface with a coat of rustoleum black truck bed liner. Then I covered it with this stone spray paint. Not sure what it was called. It wasn't like regular paint, real chunky with flakes of white in it. Gave it really good texture and a rougher surface for traction. Made it look pretty nice too.When I am done with all of the final modifications, I had thought about rolling some kind of bed liner on it. That may be a while though.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:26 PM   #9
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Moody2000, the paint was stuff I had lying around. Was able to cover the entire top surface with a coat of rustoleum black truck bed liner. Then I covered it with this stone spray paint. Not sure what it was called. It wasn't like regular paint, real chunky with flakes of white in it. Gave it really good texture and a rougher surface for traction. Made it look pretty nice too.When I am done with all of the final modifications, I had thought about rolling some kind of bed liner on it. That may be a while though.
I recommend spraying some of the bed liner on the bare parts of the wood at the hinges to prevent water from getting in there and expanding/warping the wood. JMO
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:48 PM   #10
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Wranglernut, I'm feeling generous.
2006 Wrangler x
-Top piece 52" x 35" (basic cut out)
-Front hinge piece 52" x 10 1/2"
Not load bearing, just hangs there.
Parts
- one 4 x 8 sheet .75" thick na on price
- 2 u bolts $0.75 each
- 3 4 x 4 hinges $4.99 each
- 2 what cha ma call its $2.49 each (things that anchor the board in place. Should be able to see them in photo.)
- paint na on price, had it around the house.
One thing to note, I had thrown this together not taking everything into consideration. This was done with the top down. Getting it in and out is pretty tight, and impossible with the top up. This is one of the modification I am going to work on later. I was going to create another hinge point towards the back door. Allows part of it to fold underneath while trying to take it out, but not be able to pull up when anchored in.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:53 PM   #11
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Can you stand on it?
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:11 PM   #12
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Yes you can stand on it. I would op for a little something underneath to help. This is me standing in the middle of it with very little flex. Also, I am a petite 270 ibs.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:17 PM   #13
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I would put some eye bolts on top for strapping down a cooler or whatever.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:10 PM   #14
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In an attempt to make it easier to take out, I cut it in half. Where I cut it at, I was hoping to be able to have two separate pieces that allow me to still have the back seat in. Both pieces are still anchored down like it was originally, but also clamped together underneath to make it one piece again. I also added some eye bolts up top for places to strap things down. Having the seat in didn't really work out because there is too much of a gap that someones hand can fit in. But now with two pieces, it is really easy to take in and out with the top up or down. In hind sight shouldn't of cut straight across, but oh well.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:02 PM   #15
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:53 AM   #16
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Sweet setup. I did something similar. Mine is 3/4 complete. Still have two pieces at the rear to make so I can latch it, as well as two pieces for the bulkhead to fit around the wheel wells. Mine is constructed of 3/4" ply coated in rubberized undercoating.










This setup sits on top of the tub with carriage bolts going down through the hard top mounting holes. The two missing pieces at the rear do require drilling two holes ( one for each side ) to allow the use of two carriage bolts to secure the small piece that will fit behind the roll bar. (got one piece made just haven't had extra time to make the other) The bulk head allows for mounting of two 6 X 9 speakers that are powered by a cheap Boss Chaos AMP. I am planning to redo the bulk head and turn the 6 X 9 's vertical and have a single 10 in a band pass in the middle. This will be done by cutting a slot for the enclosure and securing the enclosure to the back of the bulkhead with L brackets. (Nope was not going to try and just cut a hole and have a free air sub.) These trunks are a blast and handy. I use two ratchet straps wrapped around the roll bars to create a mini fence when I have my dog and his leash is wrapped around the center roll bar. He loves the ride as he can stick his head above the top of the jeep.

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