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Old 01-16-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Security Trunk Experiences? Bestop, Tuffy or Custom

Short version:
Please give feedback on (1) Bestop Instatrunk and/or (2) Tuffy Security Tailgate Enclosure.

Long version:

I'm going with a Bikini top and half doors soon, so I am thinking about a security trunk. Full time, I'll have a tool bag and jumper cables, and there are several options for securing those...

But will also frequently have a gym bag, so I'm thinking of a security trunk enclosure. A weather-tight enclosure would be nice because of the occasional rainstorm.

There seem to be three ways to go:

1) Bestop Instatrunk: ~$125
Bestop 42624-01 Instatrunk Storage Box for 86-95 Wrangler YJ : Amazon.com : Automotive

Doesn't get great reviews on Amazon. I've removed the carpet, and it sounds like it is 1" too narrow, and would be difficult to seal and less secure. Sits flush with the top of the wheel wells. Requires drilling holes in the tub.

2) Tuffy SECURITY TAILGATE ENCLOSURE ~$150
1987-1995 YJ Wrangler Security Tailgate Enclosure

Not as common, so no reviews are available. It is a little taller than the Bestop product, which would seem to be easier to seal against the tailgate. Uses factory screw locations.

3) Custom - wood is easy to work with, but doesn't seem secure enough to me. Could get some sheet aluminum and make a nice enclosure, but I'm not really setup for metal working. And not motivated to spend that much time.

I'm leaning towards the Tuffy enclosure. Feedback, please! Thanks, Stan

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #3
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Jumper cables and a tool bag?
A gym bag filled with smelly socks?
You aren't protecting the crown jewels here.

Couple of pieces of heavy wood 3'x1'x1".
And four big door hinges.

I like the hinges because I can just knock out the pins when I need that space.

My cost was $9. About 45 minutes labor.
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Jumper cables and a tool bag?
A gym bag filled with smelly socks?
You aren't protecting the crown jewels here.
Good point! Actually, my billfold, keys, phone and good clothes will be in the gym bag. I'll be wearing the sweaty clothes

Great writeup on the custom built full lid by Gilcano. I do want to keep the backseat in the Jeep. Since my enclosure would be so shallow, I wouldn't need a hinged lid. Good point about fitting an ice chest in there! An important consideration for the height!
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Jumper cables and a tool bag?
A gym bag filled with smelly socks?
You aren't protecting the crown jewels here.

Couple of pieces of heavy wood 3'x1'x1".
And four big door hinges.

I like the hinges because I can just knock out the pins when I need that space.

My cost was $9. About 45 minutes labor.
Do you have pictures of this?
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...Of course the back seat is out, but this is really inexpensive....

I can lock it up and I have cup holders too! It's bolted down to the backseat attachment. I would have kept the back seat but the box is a bit too big for that.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:28 PM   #8
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RIDGID Storage Chest | The Home Depot - Model 2032-OS

I got one of these on Craigslist and cut off the footing. took out the rear seat used existing hardware and mounting holes. it is small enough that you dont have to take out the seatbelts. works perfect!
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:20 PM   #9
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The PO bought a Tuffy trunk that is built like a brick sh!t house. I'm glad he did because I could not justify the $300 to safeguard the $100 worth of crap that is in there.
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I second making your own. I bought the Instatrunk used off of CL and I really like it in case you are still thinking of buying one.
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Do you have pictures of this?
I wanted the area as large as I could make it and still have a working rear seat. The opening in the lower left corner is where I access the seat release handle.
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The back board is cut 35 1/2" x 10 1/2".
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The top board is cut 35 1/2" x 11 1/4" (it overlaps the back board)
also the door latch cutout is evident, I added eyebolts at the corners for tiedowns.
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When the pins are removed and the boards taken out, this is all that's left.
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3/4" Birch - lightest weight of hard woods, and is commonly used for furniture and cabinetry. You'd have to really want in, and have some power tools or an axe.

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