I'm considering trying to put in a trunk mod on my 2002 TJ and wanted to see if anyone has done anything like this before. I have removed the backseat because I'm running one of the those bikini, duster, windjammer combos (all one piece), so the entire back is covered where the seat would be. I want to install basically an oversize insta-trunk. In other words, I want something that extends from just behind my front seats, all the way to the tailgate. So when the tailgate is shut and locked, I can store things in the trunk without someone being able to just open, or cut, the the duster cover and get inside. Does anyone have any suggestions? I thought about just cutting some plywood and covering it with carpet or bed lining or something, but just throwing this out there in case someone has a better idea. Thanks!
Dude that is exactly what I need. The diamond plate is a great idea, I just don't know where I would get a piece cut like that. Did you say that you bolted the sides down to the tub using the rear seatbelt brackets? Using shelving is also a great idea because the wood is already cut. Thanks alot for the info and the pictures. Huge help.
I will measure it up for you. I made mine short so the soft top can tuck behind it. I think you can see that. If someone really wanted to get in they can by lifting up the soft top. But the cooler that I put back there can not be taken out unless you open up the tailgate. Also I can put my soft uppers behind the seats and in front of the trunk. I built it to keep stuff from flying out of the back. I am thinking of cutting a hatch in front so you can get into the back from the front on top. Still thinking on that yet. One thing I can say, when I put the top down along the sides, the soft top frame will rattle against the sides of the trunk. I fixed that by putting a cloth between the frame and the trunk. Probably a nice piece of carpet would work, but I have not got that far yet....LOL Still fine tuning it yet. Here is the trunk after I took the Jeep down a mud road. Notice the mud on the trunk...
Here it is on paper. The wood is 1/2" ply wood and 2X6 construction lumber. I painted it black to match the Jeep. I did not put a 2X6 across the back as you can see. If I did my cooler would not go in the back. I put blocks of wood back there so the screws would have something to bite into and not just the 1/2" ply wood. Any other questions just ask.
Hey guys, I just wanted to say thanks for all the great info. I'm currently building mine and i hope to have it together. I'll try to remember to take pictures as I finish. So far I have about 15 bucks in wood and 10 in carpet. No hardware yet cause I'm not sure how im going to secure it.
Hey I know this thread is pretty old, but wanted to post my project, which borrows from some of the ideas already here. This is for my son's TJ. He is a catcher on his high school baseball team and routinely carries around an equipment bag that holds probably $1,500 worth of gear. We needed a way to keep it hidden and secure when his Jeep is sitting in the school parking lot. I like the look of the diamond plate, but know nothing about working with metal. My solution was to build a box out of 3/4" plywood and then cover the top with diamond plate vinyl that I ordered off the Tuffy website. It's held in place by clevis pins inserted through the rear seat brackets. Still need to add the eye bolts for securing a cargo net....I like that idea as well.