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Old 03-21-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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Instatrunk install?

I picked up used instatrunk for my 97 TJ..when Iwent to instal. I found four rubber grommet/inserts so I took them out and there is nowhere to screw in a bolt...looks like an anchor screw /toggle bolt could be used....can anyone give advice on what to use...thanks

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Old 03-29-2014, 11:12 PM   #2
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Not sure if you got your answer or not. You have to pull those out and install a "nutsert". You can find the kit you need from quadratec or search the forum. I don't have a link for it. I ordered mine new and they were part of the kit.

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Old 03-30-2014, 08:17 AM   #3
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Thanks..

Gonna head out and take care of it today
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:47 PM   #4
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How did it work out? I just bought an instatrunk(atleast I think) its metal, but I bought the installation kit from bestop and am kinda confused on installing the nutserts, I couldn't find a 13/32" bit unless it was in a big pack I didnt need, ended up getting a 7/16" but the hole seems too big for the nutsert...any input?

Also I noticed when that you wouldnt be able to fold the the back of the seat down because of the two pegs on the seat..is that right?
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:51 PM   #5
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You flip the back seat forward to install the nutsert the first time. The installation kit should have everything you need. You run the 4 nutserts in then the trunk is bolt in. Don't strip the allen bolts like I did...
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:55 PM   #6
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As in flip the whole seat forward not just fold it up? Damn I'm thinking that 7/16" hole is too big the nutsert wasnt really seated tight...
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:01 PM   #7
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I couldn't find a 13/32" bit unless it was in a big pack I didnt need, ended up getting a 7/16" but the hole seems too big for the nutsert...any input?
Use a little simple math when dealing with standard wrenches, sockets and drill bits. If it called for 13/32" and you used 7/16" (which would multiply out to 14/32") you went 1/32" too big. That's your problem. I'm really not sure what to tell you to do to correct this...
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:03 PM   #8
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Yeah I knew it was a little bigger shouldve realized, Home Depot didnt have 13/32 unless you bought the $50 pack of bits...
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:04 PM   #9
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It's a really odd size. Shame on them for using it. Dang man, not sure what you could do to fix it. Maybe someone else that's been in the same situation will chime in soon. Gluck bro.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:12 PM   #10
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It's a really odd size. Shame on them for using it. Dang man, not sure what you could do to fix it. Maybe someone else that's been in the same situation will chime in soon. Gluck bro.
Gonna go try Lowes tomorrow....may just try and drill it below as it seems like theres some leeway with the slots on the instatrunk being verticle...worst case I'll just sell it and the hardware kit and cut my losses.
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You shouldn't have to drill anything. Link me the installation kit you bought. I got mine in with all tools supplied
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:28 PM   #12
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I got it straight from Bestop had to call them and order over the phone, mine looks different than the instructions, has 4 circular holes in the vertical part of the case.

It came with 4 nut-serts, 4 bolts (one set of short one long) and a "flare tool" (basically a nut and a bolt to flare the nut serts, and some weatherstripping. Was like $25.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:03 PM   #13
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Heres a few pics of what i'm talking about, ended up picking up the correct bits and drilling the holes but misjudged the DS holes so I need some more well nuts...



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I didn't bother with the install kit. I used a couple of self-tapping screws, and attached the trunk to the tub. Works like a champ.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:45 PM   #15
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Gotta say I do like it. It's not a ton of space but I can easily get my daily essentials in there and i'm not worried about anything getting stolen topless.
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Gotta say I do like it. It's not a ton of space but I can easily get my daily essentials in there and i'm not worried about anything getting stolen topless.
Glad you got it worked out. Yea I'm the same way. Glad I can lock up my tools. Just watch what you put at the bottom of the trunk. The weather stripping on top is good but the ridges of the jeep bed can let water leak in from underneath.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:15 PM   #17
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Harbor Freight has a nutsert tool and serts for $16. I took the 1/4" ones and got a couple flange bots from Lowes. Installed perfectly in the holes already in the Jeep. Just pull the rubber plugs out and everything will line up.
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I ended up figuring it out and did end up using some self tapping screws, not that pretty but it'll work for now, right now its just held by one screw on each side in the top hole, planning on drilling a few on the bottom and replacing the weatherstripping, Really wish I had not wasted the money on the install kit as it was basically useless to me after messing up the hole locations..oh well live and learn
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:14 AM   #19
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Nutserts can be found on eBay for anyone with incomplete hardware. Probably hardware shop as well.
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:19 PM   #20
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Search "rivet nuts" at McMaster-Carr. They have a variety of sizes that may help fit an oversize hole.
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Resurrecting an old thread ... background ...

My '97 TJ came with an Instatrunk - from the factory according the build sheet. I used it initially but ended up taking it out in lieu of a tool box to keep things a little more weatherproof.

Fast forward to now ... the LJ doesn't have an Instatrunk and, according to the build sheet - didn't have one when new. Without researching more fully, I bought a used one off eBay and it's on the way here. However, I'm not sure that the LJ actually has holes for it. Essentially, it looks like this one on CL:

Jeep (TJ) Add a trunk

To be sure I haven't fully pulled the carpet to determine whether the holes are there but I peeled what I though was enough back and there didn't seem to be.

Guess my question is whether anyone has run one on their LJ? I know it won't cover the entire area behind the rear seat, which is fine - I just want enough lockable space to put my computer bag if I run into the store while still have room for my tool box and bike gear between the seat and the Instatrunk.
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Never mind...old thread.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:41 AM   #23
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Never mind...old thread.
Yeah, old thread that I revived as I had a question. If you have any insight, I'm all ears ... er, eyes.
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Yeah, old thread that I revived as I had a question. If you have any insight, I'm all ears ... er, eyes.
Sorry, don't own an LJ. I initially was responding to one of the other comments.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:58 AM   #25
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Ah, ok ...

It's probably irrelevant for me anyway as the Instatrunk I got off eBay isn't as big as I had hoped plus I'll have to drill to mount it. Likely going to ditch the idea after all.

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