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Old 03-28-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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Trunk Mod.. Suggestions?

Hey everyone-

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!

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Old 03-28-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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I started with some shelving and built a box in the tub.

Then I added the rest of the boards. Screwed them down with deck screws that were countersunk into the boards. Also I used the bolt holes that held the seat brackets to hold the whole thing down

Then I topped it off with some diamond plate al. To smooth off the edges I took some door edge molding around all the edges.

To finnish it I installed 4 eye bolts close to the sides to hold a cargo net.

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Old 03-28-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:00 PM   #4
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that is a great idea!
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:47 PM   #5
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I used a 4" grinder with a cutting wheel to do the cutting. just flip it over and mesure it out mark it with a sharpie and go to town. Finish it off with a file and your done
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I built mine for deeper stuff. I liked what others did here and modified it for my use.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:18 PM   #7
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I built mine for deeper stuff. I liked what others did here and modified it for my use.
Any chance I could get the measurements and a list of supplies that you used on yours?
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:00 PM   #8
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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...
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:22 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:17 AM   #11
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Here is my trunk mod









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Old 03-30-2012, 05:50 AM   #12
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Like the idea of the speakers on the trunk box
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:53 AM   #13
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If you're not up to fabricating anything, you may want to check out the custom-made stuff that DD makes. I know these are made to compete with the Tuffy boxes and they look pretty thick/heavy duty:

Storage Boxes and Center Consoles - Double D Fab
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I love the idea the trunk box can i have the size of measurements and a list of things that you used ?
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I built mine for deeper stuff. I liked what others did here and modified it for my use.

Looks great!
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:46 PM   #16
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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.
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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.
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