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Old 10-10-2005, 09:55 AM   #1
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Instatrunk - Add a Trunk

I see they sell a thing that goes behind the back seat to create a trunk type feature between the back seat and the tail gate. Instatrunk is the Bestop brand name. You can get a genuine Jeep brand one too called Add-a-trunk. I'm wonderering what you are getting with these. Is it just a flat plate that I could duplicate cheaper with a little plywood? Or does it have a 90 degree kink in it so that if you tumble or remove the seat the Instatrunk stays there and the trunk still works and does not have an open forward side? Or would it leave you with a short obstuction going across the top of the rear fenders, but open underneith? Are they mounted so they can remove quickly without tools in case you want to remove the back seat and haul more cargo, say maybe a big ice chest, sleeping bags, and some camping gear? Are they just screwed a few times across the top right under the lid of the thing. Or are they screwed to the seat, floor, etc. I want to know what I am getting before I flank out $100+. And if it is just a flat plate with some 90 degree brackets screwed to it, I can make one myself a lot cheaper.

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Old 10-10-2005, 10:14 AM   #2
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I see they sell a thing that goes behind the back seat to create a trunk type feature between the back seat and the tail gate. Instatrunk is the Bestop brand name. You can get a genuine Jeep brand one too called Add-a-trunk. I'm wonderering what you are getting with these. Is it just a flat plate that I could duplicate cheaper with a little plywood? Or does it have a 90 degree kink in it so that if you tumble or remove the seat the Instatrunk stays there and the trunk still works and does not have an open forward side? Or would it leave you with a short obstuction going across the top of the rear fenders, but open underneith? Are they mounted so they can remove quickly without tools in case you want to remove the back seat and haul more cargo, say maybe a big ice chest, sleeping bags, and some camping gear? Are they just screwed a few times across the top right under the lid of the thing. Or are they screwed to the seat, floor, etc. I want to know what I am getting before I flank out $100+. And if it is just a flat plate with some 90 degree brackets screwed to it, I can make one myself a lot cheaper.
My Jeep came with the Add-a Trunk from the factory. It is a little plastic 3-sided box that is independent of the seat, so you can fold and tumble/remove the rear seat and you still have a lockable storage compartment. I didn't like it simply because I usually don't run a rear seat, and I hated reaching over it to pack/unpack groceries, trail gear, whatever. I sold mine about a year ago on ebay. Try there, you may be able to find one cheap.

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Old 10-10-2005, 07:44 PM   #3
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Mine is made of metal, not plastic. It has a hinged lid that can be propped up vertically. It's not easy to remove, it has bolts on each side that go into the tub. I sometimes wish I had the extra space it takes up, but seeing it's the only lockable storage I've got, I live with it.
btw, got mine at a swap meet for $30.
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Mine is metal as well.. factory as far as I know came with it when we bought. Let me know if you what some pic's. Gives us a place to hide the soft side windows, not much room as stated before, but kind nice..removing it would take a while from what I can tell.
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Right now I keep a tow strap, small floor jack, and a tool box behind the back seat. So I would like a way to hide it from enquiring eyes. Plus it would be nice to have something the restrain the stuff in case of a wreck or roll over so it doesn't come flying forward and knock my noodle. But I would like something that quickly releases in case I want to pull the back seat and put something bigger in there. I was hoping the add-a-trunck was a setup that had hinges that allow it to fold flat to the floor after unscrewing some wing nuts or something. Inventors, there is an idea for you!
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Right now I keep a tow strap, small floor jack, and a tool box behind the back seat. So I would like a way to hide it from enquiring eyes. Plus it would be nice to have something the restrain the stuff in case of a wreck or roll over so it doesn't come flying forward and knock my noodle. But I would like something that quickly releases in case I want to pull the back seat and put something bigger in there. I was hoping the add-a-trunck was a setup that had hinges that allow it to fold flat to the floor after unscrewing some wing nuts or something. Inventors, there is an idea for you!
The factory Add-a-Trunk that I got had 4 thumb screws to release it. I could have it out of the vehicle in 5 minutes. I don't know when they switched to that design though. Mine is an '03.

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