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Old 04-21-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Seating for 3 plus locking storage!

Like most everybody with a TJ, I'm always thinking of storage solutions that will allow me to carry a good amount of gear along with passengers...

Because I have a soft top, what I needed was a secure way to store the stuff that is always in the Jeep (compressor, tools etc...) and any other stuff I would just like to sometimes hide away in a trunk/box (cameras, camping supplies etc...)

In addition to the storage, I need seating for three for the times when the wife and daughter can come along...Here's what I came up with:



I used a center jump seat from a late 90's F250 truck for the back seat. These can fold down to allow flat storage on top of 'em or fold up to make a seat. You can even find ones that have flip up storage/cup holders in the lid. The one I used was given to me by a friend and I had it reupholstered to match my interior.

I made some simple bracket's out of angle iron to mount it and was even able to use the stock rear seat belt system for it...

For the locking storage, I used a 24gal. Action Packer from REI Rubbermaid Action Packer - 24 Gallon at REI.com along with the Baja Bin from Swag Offroad 24 Gallon Rubber Maid Action Packer Baja Bins. This system fits side by side in the back of the TJ and the Baja Bin can be locked with pad locks to secure the Action Packer and contents.

I'm really happy with the way it worked out and with the way I staggered the seat/Action Packer; I can fit a Jeep cooler between the drivers front seat and the Action Packer and over behind the jump seat, I can fit a 5 gallon Jerry Can of water.

I use a JP 28qt cooler for short trips and just add ice...JPCooler - Products - Soft sided coolers made for Jeeps, Boats, Rhinos, Trucks, and SUV's for longer trips I can fit a plug in cooler in the same space behind the drivers seat: Amazon.com: Koolatron Compact Kooler: Appliances

I fit tents, chairs, backpacks over the Action Packer & bungee 'em down. With this set up I can bring enough supplies for 3 people for an overnight outing, 2 people for 2 nights/3days or If it just me and the dog, I can stay out for 5+ days!

Here are some more pictures of my set up:











After I get my new rear bumper, I plan on adding one of those little racks that slides into the tow receiver to carry the tent/chairs for longer trips.

Happy Wheelin!

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Old 04-21-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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Great idea, I really like the Baja Bin with the holes for the bungees....very functional.

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Old 04-21-2013, 09:59 PM   #3
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Sweet setup. I have thought about this idea many times before, but never went past a thought.
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Any possibility you could show you you were able to mount the seat from the F250? I really like the idea of a 3rd seat and additional storage!
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Looks great man!!!! I think I will try something like that.... Could always use some extra storage space...
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I can't seem to get the pics to come through. Any ideas?
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:48 AM   #7
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Any possibility you could show you you were able to mount the seat from the F250? I really like the idea of a 3rd seat and additional storage!
X2...I would love to be able to do 2 of those seats in the back and sell my bench. How easy is it to remove? Would be great for beach trips where there is only 3 of us.
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Does the seat tumble forward as well like the stock bench seat?
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Thanks all!

The pics show up on both my computers so I 'm not sure if there is a problem with 'em.

Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures when I was working on the install

I planned the seat to be permanent, it's not that easy to get to the bolts to remove it... but I do plan to remove the seat soon to see if I can fit a power amp under there, so I'll take some pictures then.

In my set up, the seat doesn't fold forward like a JEEP seat, but maybe you could make the brackets to do so. I just flip the seat down to make a flat surface across the Action Packer and seat back to lay box's and longer stuff.

When you pull one of these jump seats, there will be a big mounting bracket bolted to the bottom of the seat...



I removed that base and then bolted angle iron to the bottom of the seat. Then I bolted angle to the floor and then bolted them together:



Here is a drawing (yeah, I got mad MS PAINT skills!) maybe it will help...
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Awesome design man! Looks good!
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Thanks all!

The pics show up on both my computers so I 'm not sure if there is a problem with 'em.

Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures when I was working on the install

I planned the seat to be permanent, it's not that easy to get to the bolts to remove it... but I do plan to remove the seat soon to see if I can fit a power amp under there, so I'll take some pictures then.

In my set up, the seat doesn't fold forward like a JEEP seat, but maybe you could make the brackets to do so. I just flip the seat down to make a flat surface across the Action Packer and seat back to lay box's and longer stuff.

When you pull one of these jump seats, there will be a big mounting bracket bolted to the bottom of the seat...



I removed that base and then bolted angle iron to the bottom of the seat. Then I bolted angle to the floor and then bolted them together:



Here is a drawing (yeah, I got mad MS PAINT skills!) maybe it will help...
I wonder if you wanted to do 2 removable seats, this is what I would like to do, if you came from underneath the floor with some sort of grade 8 bolt and made quick disconnects for the bottom frame or even where your lower brackets attach to the upper seat brackets.

How much smaller in width are those seats than the OEM side to side? I cannot tell if that jump seat takes up half the width of the tub or not.

I got to say this is the best idea I have seen other than sending the OEM rear seat to a company (i know the thread is here someplace just cannot find) to have it split in half. I am not even sure if that company is around anymore but you send your seat, the cut it in half and redid it in 2 pieces, sent new center hardware to mount it and the individual seats still had the fold and tumble feature.

This had made my TO DO SOON list! Great job!!
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All of the later pics show up for me so I think I'm good. Nice work btw.
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It is good timing that you posted this, since I have set the wheels in motion to do this with the rear of my TJ myself! Looks like you did a good job with your set up. I evaluated using the Ford bench seat from the F-series trucks but decided to forego that in lieu of using a (don't laugh) Honda Odyssey middle seat from the 2011 model. The Honda seat is narrower, has a headrest, and is designed to clip/unclip from floor bolts for easy removal. I plan to use either door strikers bolted to the floor or u-bolts bolted through the floor to rely upon the built in locking mechanism designed into the base of the Honda seats so that the seat will be fully removable as it is designed to be.

I assume you had to lower the gas tank to secure the bolts to the tub?

This is the seat I purchased which should be in this week. Can't wait to get this installed and appreciate your post!

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I wonder if you wanted to do 2 removable seats, this is what I would like to do, if you came from underneath the floor with some sort of grade 8 bolt and made quick disconnects for the bottom frame or even where your lower brackets attach to the upper seat brackets.

How much smaller in width are those seats than the OEM side to side? I cannot tell if that jump seat takes up half the width of the tub or not.

I got to say this is the best idea I have seen other than sending the OEM rear seat to a company (i know the thread is here someplace just cannot find) to have it split in half. I am not even sure if that company is around anymore but you send your seat, the cut it in half and redid it in 2 pieces, sent new center hardware to mount it and the individual seats still had the fold and tumble feature.

This had made my TO DO SOON list! Great job!!
With the design I am planning on you could do this with fully removeable seats. Although don't quote me on that until I make it work!
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Picture of the bottom of the seat where the clips are built in:



Picture of the door strikers I plan to bolt under the carpet to the tub to connect the seat:

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Picture of the bottom of the seat where the clips are built in:



Picture of the door strikers I plan to bolt under the carpet to the tub to connect the seat:

Now that looks very interesting. There would be less bolted to the floor to hinder putting storage buckets in when one of the seats are removed. Do you remember how the connections/brackets were on the odessey? UBolts might be a bit long and interfere with the latches. I would think longer screws that will take nuts like them in the picture would be more structurely (sp?) stronger.
Having said all that I am definately interested in how it turns out.
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All of the later pics show up for me so I think I'm good. Nice work btw.
Same for me the later pics work, but not the first of the actual setup. It may have something to do with mobile app vs computer. I do not use a computer for this forum, only the mobile app on my phone.
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That looks pretty nice. I may have to look into trying this out with two of them.
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Picture of the bottom of the seat where the clips are built in:



Picture of the door strikers I plan to bolt under the carpet to the tub to connect the seat:

Any updates on this?????
I still have not found decent priced jump seats but we do have a new PAP opening 9/1 nearby so I will be checking there.

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