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Old 07-06-2014, 07:51 AM   #1
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Ideas for the back seat area?

A buddy of mine never used his back seat and has removed it.. We are trying to come up with some ideas to build something in the back. I wanted to see if y'all could give us some ideas? (Toolbox, storage, etc.) pics if you have them

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Old 07-06-2014, 08:11 AM   #2
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I installed a Tuffy cargo box in the rear of my rig. The box fills the entire rear cargo area and is bolted down using the original hardware and mounting holes for the rear seat.

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I"m sort of planning to build a box that fills the area, is easy to get in from the tail gate, goes up to the tub rail, and I can throw my spare inside when I'm around town and and can mount my spare on top when off roading or traveling.
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Harbor Freight and I built a rack for mine for use when camping/4 wheeling. It also allows me to store a large Rubbermaid type tub under it that cannot be removed or opened as long as the tail gate is locked. I normally put it on in the spring when I take the top off, and it lives there til fall when I put the top back on.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:25 PM   #5
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I found a black anodyzed aluminum box at Harbor Freight that fit where I took the rear seat out. Got a piece of flat steel stock 1"x1/4"x24" and drilled it to use the stock seat mounting bolts inside the bottom of the box to make sure it was anchored and secure.

Filled it with tools and survival rations and gear and have been in some hairy wheeling situations without movement. I access the tools every single trip either me or my buddies always need a tool. Very convenient.

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Old 07-06-2014, 08:10 PM   #6
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I cut down a truck side tool box to mount along the back and leave room in the back for kid seat and an ice chest.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:13 PM   #7
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I built a box that slanted down from the front to the back. Wide enough in the front to house a couple speakers. I bolted the back seat to the top of it. That was in an old CJ I had once.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:16 AM   #8
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Just did this last Saturday:


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My Jeep is dedicated to hunting without the need for the rear seat. So the seat is stored elsewhere. I leave the hardtop on, since wintertime hunting requires all-weather protection.

To make the back seat area most usable for my needs, I cut 2x4s and laid them side-to-side across the back, resting on the ledge and long enough so they won't move in a rollover. On top of the 2x4s I screwed 3/4 inch plywood as a floor. This creates a two-tier upper/lower storage area.

In the lower tier area I store my heavy gear, such as the hitch-mounted Warn 8000, a 48-inch Hi-Lift, chains, shovel, and various tools. All this stuff should be, and now is, in a protected area to keep it from killing me and my passenger or dog in the event of a collision or rollover. I also secure the winch and Hi-Lift to the chain, which in turn is secured to the rear seat anchors, as a double assurance they don't go nuclear on me in a crash/rollover.

In the upper area, I put all the light stuff that is less dangerous, such as tarps, clothing, padded gun cases, meals, etc.

In the even that I get stuck in the mud way back in the sticks, it takes me a while to deploy the winch and Hi-Lift, but that's the incentive to not get stuck. A front-axle Aussie and Common Sense usually keep me from the inconvenience. But if they aren't enough, I break out the last resorts to get me home.

Works for me.
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I've seen a false floor installed. Cut from 1/2 or 3/4" plywood, to match the contours of the sides. Supported underneath by 2x4 or 2x6 and covered with black carpet; from outside no one sees the difference. Open the tailgate and you have a 4 to 6" tall space across the entire floor to conceal tools, straps, or anything else you need to conceal.
Still plenty of storage above for coolers, spare tire, whatever.

You can make the false floor removable too.
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Harbor Freight and I built a rack for mine for use when camping/4 wheeling. It also allows me to store a large Rubbermaid type tub under it that cannot be removed or opened as long as the tail gate is locked. I normally put it on in the spring when I take the top off, and it lives there til fall when I put the top back on.
What hardware did you use to secure the rack to the tub?
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Yeah, what are the bottom most square tubes used to secure the rack to the tub Water Dog? This seems like it would be a quick easy option if I was doing a long weekend without the wife and kid.
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Harbor Freight and I built a rack for mine for use when camping/4 wheeling. It also allows me to store a large Rubbermaid type tub under it that cannot be removed or opened as long as the tail gate is locked. I normally put it on in the spring when I take the top off, and it lives there til fall when I put the top back on.
Wow, that's nice. I'm going to copy that. Did you drill into the tub to attach the cross bars?
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Yeah, what are the bottom most square tubes used to secure the rack to the tub Water Dog? This seems like it would be a quick easy option if I was doing a long weekend without the wife and kid.
I used two pieces of 1" x 1" aluminum square tube that I got from a local metal supply, and some Black square leg plastic insert ends from Ace Hardware. I think Home Depot also carries it. I used 4 of those 1" self stick pads under the square tube where it sits on the tub. I then just made some clamping pieces out of a couple of short pieces of 1" x 1" aluminum angle. If I were to do it again, I would bolt the angle pieces to the inside lip of the tub so that the 1x1 tube set down on the angle (between the tub walls) instead of up on the tub. That would allow me to leave the rack in with either top on. I may still do that when I have time. Here's some pics of when I built it a few years ago. There's already a thread, but I can't find it.
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I stopped by Harbor Freight and bought my rack for $60 after a 20% off coupon. I'll try to incorporate the "between the tub walls" idea if I can do it cleanly without a welder. My dad and I are planning an 8 day camping off road trip around SW Colorado next month and this should be just about perfect for cramming all of our stuff in my Jeep.

Here is the original thread on the HF rack with a few different versions of the installation.
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I stopped by Harbor Freight and bought my rack for $60 after a 20% off coupon. I'll try to incorporate the "between the tub walls" idea if I can do it cleanly without a welder. My dad and I are planning an 8 day camping off road trip around SW Colorado next month and this should be just about perfect for cramming all of our stuff in my Jeep.

Here is the original thread on the HF rack with a few different versions of the installation.
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I guess my pictures got lost on the original thread. FWIW, the ice chest sitting on the HF rack in the picture above is a Coleman Marine one that I bought at Walmart and it perfectly fits those racks right down to the radius-ed corners. When I was looking for one, I took a tape measure with me. The wife still gives me a hard time about it...!
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I guess my pictures got lost on the original thread. FWIW, the ice chest sitting on the HF rack in the picture above is a Coleman Marine one that I bought at Walmart and it perfectly fits those racks right down to the radius-ed corners. When I was looking for one, I took a tape measure with me. The wife still gives me a hard time about it...!
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Harbor Freight and I built a rack for mine for use when camping/4 wheeling. It also allows me to store a large Rubbermaid type tub under it that cannot be removed or opened as long as the tail gate is locked. I normally put it on in the spring when I take the top off, and it lives there til fall when I put the top back on.
This is an awesome idea. Lovin it.
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I cut down a truck side tool box to mount along the back and leave room in the back for kid seat and an ice chest.
Lots of great ideas in this thread but yours, Super, works best for me as I have an 11 year old daughter that rides with me sometimes along with the better half...and other times it's just my daughter and I along with one of her friends. That said, I really like (and need) the tool box back there like you have. Was wondering if I didn't mount the jack on it, how much room do you have from the back of that tool box to the back of the passenger seat? Trying to figure if there'd be enough to put a full size single seat back there in place of the baby seat with that box in there.
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Water Dog's rack is so awesome, I copied it.
I used two existing hardtop bolt holes, and drilled two more in front of the rear seat belts. I mounted the rack supports to the tub with my factory hard top bolts.
I also welded on a support to hold a shovel and ax with Qwik Fist clamps.
We spent the last week camping and running trails. My cooler never budged.
The whole thing can be removed in minutes if I ever need my back seat.





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I also welded on a support to hold a shovel and ax with Qwik Fist clamps.
We spent the last week camping and running trails. My cooler never budged.
The whole thing can be removed in minutes if I ever need my back seat.
Looks good Dave. I just got a couple of those Quik Fist clamps for my shovel. Hadn't ever seen them before. They are a little pricey, but they sure work good.
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Water Dog's rack is so awesome, I copied it.
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One thing that needs to be clearly stated is that this particular design does not work with the full soft top. The cross bars block the soft top frame from folding into the tub. Plus the rack itself is about 1/2" too wide for the soft top frame to pass by with out a little persuasion. I just figured all this out an hour ago...

None of this is insurmountable. Now that I bought the thing, I'll figure out how to make it work. I still really like what it could be. I wish I had a welder.
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Box is secured using the seat belt buckle bolt on the tub.



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