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Old 10-27-2011, 10:51 AM   #151
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Thanks! Not sure how many people actually follow, but I like keeping my progression documented anyway.

The fixed-back Corbeau seats I am also considering would be a bout $70 cheaper for the pair, which would almost cover one of the adapter brackets, but I am just not sure I want to give up that reclining/folding function.
At some point, there will be a harness bar behind the seats, so there won't be much of any reclining anyway, but the forward folding function seems like it would be missed trying to get kiddos loaded in the backseat with the top on.

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See if you can get a volume discount for 4 seats. *yeah, that's a hint*

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Old 10-31-2011, 11:45 AM   #153
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I started on my 'trunk' sub enclosure yesterday. I got the top, back, and one side of the sub enclosure done. It's far from done, but is coming along. The back will be cut out at the bottom on the sub side. There are changes to come, so don't judge my work just yet.


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Old 10-31-2011, 12:01 PM   #154
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looks good. how are you securing it to the jeep. i've been trying to figure a quick release for mine so i can take it out quick.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:21 PM   #155
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Katy to Waller is about a 40min drive. My buddy has land out there....good for the 4wheeler

I just ordered a set of quick disconnects from Rough Country. The plan is to ultimately run a Currie Antirock, but that won't come along until after I get the 3" coils. These will suit my needs well for the time being; plus, they will be useful when I do get the lift coils where I won't have to get the Antirock immediately.

The RC design is similar to the Rubicon Express Gen II discos, but RC uses a 'tie-rod' style joint at the top of the link instead of the 'heim' style joint that RE uses. The reviews are good on them and for the undisclosed price I paid for them....well, way better than a set of homemade discos.
I like this ones.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:08 PM   #156
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looks good. how are you securing it to the jeep. i've been trying to figure a quick release for mine so i can take it out quick.
At the moment, I don't have anything in mind. The fit is extremely tight. I used a few test pieces to get the fit around the tailgate latch as close as I could. The final covering will fill in any defects.





The way it is designed, with the tailgate closed, the tailgate will actually keep it in place.....from being lifted out or in a rollover or something.
The cutout on the passenger side needed where the brake light cover is and the cutout on the driver's side where the latch is (on the tub part) will keep it 'locked' in place since the trunk will fit all around it.

There are no provisions for folding the rear seat, so that latch is not accessible, cancelling that entry point. The seat has only been removed for stereo work, and must remain in place for my son, so something like that is not necessary.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:32 PM   #157
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that's cool. i was just thinking for when the cabin is full of people and i need a little extra room for junk. that way i can take it out quickly and have instant storage room. i have a receiver rack to carry junk but sometimes i'm lazy and don't want to hook it up and strap stuff down especially when it's not that big.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:58 PM   #158
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That makes total sense, but that won't even be needed. With the rear seat in place and the tailgate locked, there will not be any way to remove the trunk....accidental or intentional.
Once you open the door, you will be able to remove it.

That plastic triangle piece will sort of 'complete the puzzle' and lock the trunk in place. You can see in this pic from www.just4effect.com on the far right, the cutout for that plastic cover on the tailgate. Once the door is closed, the piece will fit inside that cutout which will prevent it from coming out. Opening the tailgate is your 'quick release'.



From what I understand, his stuff is top-notch. He builds provisions for folding the rear seat, but that is not needed for me, so I opted for maximum storage.
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yeah, i keep telling myself i'm going to make something like that but haven't gotten off my lazy arse to do it. at any rate, the box looks great so far. i may have missed it somewhere but what are you covering it with? i'm planning on bedlining mine so it won't get ruined if it gets a surprise shower or two.
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I actually wanted to do the inseat, rear seat enclosure, but I just don't have the time, and I really won't mind having lockable storage.

I will likely bedliner it, but I have another idea in my head.....I'll save the reveal of that for the event that I actually do it. I think it would turn out pretty cool if I go through with it.
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Looks good, Patrick.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:28 PM   #162
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Great thread, just read it front to back, great stuff. I'll be watching TST8tj you do a great job of posting your progress and love your patient sanitary way of handling each project.
Keep up the good work and keep us posted!
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:39 AM   #163
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Thanks. I get bored at work sometimes and use that time to update. It will be fun to look back in a couple years to see how it started, and where it's at.
I went back to the start of the thread and laughed at how some plans have already changed in the last year and a half.
I guess it's good that I am moving so slow with the big mods, because I keep changing my mind!
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:53 PM   #164
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Got some work done on the trunk this morning. The only wood part left is the mounting surface for the sub. I'll be getting that in place after some lunch.

I am pretty happy with the fit of it so far. The lower cutout will only be on the front side (seat side). No need to keep it open toward the tailgate, and I wanted the left side of it (toward the middle of the trunk) to be closed off so nothing could roll under the sub and damage it.....didn't want to have to buy a grille cover.
I hope to get started on the wood covering today too.





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Old 11-07-2011, 04:35 PM   #165
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Got the sub installed. It sounds AWESOME. I almost forgot how nice it is to have a quality sub in the Jeep.

I just sprayed it with bedliner before I headed to the airport this morning. Should be good and cured by the time I get back.

You can see here how the enclosure opens up toward the rear seat.


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Looks good. Will be nice to see it mounted and finally covered.
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Yeah buddy. I was able to spray two coats of liner on it yesterday morning. I have no idea how that stuff is going to turn out....we'll see when I get home on Friday. I used the Rustoleum spray-can bedliner. I guess if it doesn't turn out nice enough, I will just get the small can of Herculiner and go over it in that. I know that will work well.


It was a fun project, but it reminds me how much I need a table saw.
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It was a fun project, but it reminds me how much I need a table saw.
You're talking to the guy who has been reinforcing joists in a crawlspace for 2 weeks before installing new flooring. Wanna talk about needing a table saw? lol I REALLY wish my tile wet saw could be used with wood! I'd be golden!

I could see how you could 'add on' to that thing with a full rear tub cover/security setup. Have you considered putting sheet metal over it for more security and some water protection? I'm sort of seeing a modular trunk setup where the edge of that sub setup could have a hinge for a storage area that covers the rest of the tub area...

Get Mrs TxSt8TJ to get some cell shots of your sub setup and send em to ya. I wanna see how it looks w/o waiting until Friday.

How was Wurstfest?
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No, it sounds like you need a 12" double compound mitre saw like I have.... . Move to Houston and you can use it anytime you need to.

If I could ever have the backseat out, it is likely that I would build something like you are talking about. However, Bryce would be VERY upset with me if he couldn't ride in the Jeep.

I think my wife might be afraid of my garage at the moment. I have to admit that I did not exactly 'clean up' after myself when I was done. With that said, count on Friday evening pics

Wurstfest was GREAT! We had an awesome time. With this being the first year for bringing the kiddos (our son and our friends' daughter), it was the earliest we got there, and the earliest we left. Let's just say, we left around the time we usually arrive. The food was great, the beer was great, the music was great, the friends were great....can't wait for next year.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:23 AM   #170
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All done. I'm not happy with the Rustoleum spray liner. I was expecting a better/thicker finish....perhaps I should not have.
I do feel better about the coating protecting the trunk from some moisture, it's just not what I was hoping for.

Otherwise, I am very happy with the project and I enjoyed the drive in to work this morning.

I am ready for the carpet to be gone, so I figure I will coat the trunk in whatever bedliner I spray in the rest of the Jeep (monstaliner, raptor, etc).



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Old 11-14-2011, 09:39 AM   #171
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In other news, I am getting the Corbeau Baja RS seats for Christmas. The rear bench will have to wait, but I might end up just going with the seat cover for a while.
I am pretty pumped about new seats!!
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:58 AM   #172
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Awesome! I love those seats. Your Jeep is coming along very nicely. Keep up the documenting; I enjoy reading this thread.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:17 AM   #173
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Sweet seats, as far as aerosol bed liners go the rustoleum sucks in my opinion I tried it on prefer the duplicolor
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Nice seats! Ordering the install brackets too I assume...

Would your sub enclosure work for a 10 or 12" sub?
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Nice seats! Ordering the install brackets too I assume...

Would your sub enclosure work for a 10 or 12" sub?
Yeah, brackets too....all $200 worth
I hate that part of aftermarket seats.

My driver's seat is busted, so I need a new seat. I have been pricing used OEM seats and people are pretty proud of them, even in moderate shape. The best price I have found on a pair is $400. While that is half of what I'm going to spend on these seats (with brackets)....that is half toward what these will cost Then I would have to get seat covers so they would all match.... + $200 or so.

These were on my list for down the road, but my direction with this Jeep does not include redoing things too many times...especially not things like seats; suspension/axles is one thing, this is another.

This enclosure holds my 10" sub. It is pretty tight front to back mounting the 10" sub. A 12" sub could fit if the piece where the sub mounts was lowered about an inch (down toward the tub). There would be that much less clearance between the sub and the floor though.
I'd have to measure again, but I want to say I have about 3" of space between the floor and sub at the most, and then it tapers down to about 2". Without some redesign overall, that could be a little tight for a 12", but it could certainly be done.
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Want to do one for my 12" Alpine Sub?

You know what the back of my TJ is like with my rack on top. I'd love to have an enclosure that works for that area, fits under the rack, and provides some security. Heck I'd love to see a 'cover' that projects forward to create a raised 'floor' to keep the amps covered.
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Which lift did it come with. At first pro comp 4" then later rc 4".
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^^ yeah, honestly I'm not 100% sure. It seemed to be a mix of kits.

The coils seemed taller than 4", so I figured Pro Comp because they had a 5" coil.
The shocks were Pro Comp by the "Explorer" stamp on them.
The lower control arms looked like Rough Country...texture and non-greasable
The rear trackbar bracket could've been RC or PC.
The sway bar links looked like Pro Comp, but could've been older Rough Country.
The front track bar bracket was from Tuff Country...only company that makes it.
Not sure where the dropped PA was from.
The t-case drop looked like RC, but the bolts didn't.

I guess there were times when I called it Pro Comp and times I called it Rough Country. In the end...it's long gone...I really think it was a mix of brands.
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Want to do one for my 12" Alpine Sub?

You know what the back of my TJ is like with my rack on top. I'd love to have an enclosure that works for that area, fits under the rack, and provides some security. Heck I'd love to see a 'cover' that projects forward to create a raised 'floor' to keep the amps covered.
We will discuss in the email you sent.
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