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Today 04:25 AM
BobnPaty
Build a comfortable sleeping area in your Wrangler Unlimited

We recently bought a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited but looked at the other true 4WD models on the market. A critical issue for me was the ability to sleep in my vehicle. We had AWD Chevy Astro vans in the past and experienced the benefits of bedding down in a vehicle vs. sleeping in a tent. I’m 6 feet tall so I need a long and flat cargo area.

We found the Wrangler Unlimited to be perfectly suited to our needs - with the addition of a few cuts from a sheet of plywood. I used 3/8” plywood, the distances to be spanned are small enough that there should be no problem with the boards flexing.

The rear seats fold down flat with an 8” gap between the seat back and the “trunk” area. There is also a 10” gap where the rear seat headrests butt up against the front seat. I covered the center gap with a 8.5” x 42” panel, and for the headrest areas I used panels cut to 13” x 21” for each side. Then I cut two 5” x 10” legs for each panel and connected them to the panels via hinges. The hinges allow the panels to fold flat for transportation and storage. I rounded all plywood edges to prevent splinters.

The legs are notched to use the front seat rails as a base. This provides stability and is very effective in holding the legs in place. The notches are cut 1” deep and 2” wide for the inside rails and 1” deep and 2.5” wide for the outside rails. As a result the sides are not interchangeable. You’ll have to mark the panels in place to assure that the legs are centered over the seat rails.

Many years of car camping has taught us to carry our camping equipment and supplies in plastic bins which can easily be picked up and set on the ground to make room for sleeping. Pull the rear cargo mat forward to cover the center plywood panel; it will flatten the surface even more. Then grab your pillow and a ¾ length Thermorest mattress and you’ll have all the comfort you could want.


Yesterday 10:03 PM
weissja36
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Originally Posted by GroovyGeek View Post
Good one. I have resorted to keeping my meter change in a plastic ziploc in the bottom to avoid this.
$3.99 from Pep Boys. It sticks well and doesn't come loose when I bring the entire armrest up. Happy so far. Can't believe jeep omitted a coin area.... I guess they made up for it with everything else

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Yesterday 09:40 PM
Lumberjack_MC Best $5 mod? Installing a Lego block on the dash to serve as a stand for your Lego friends. (My kids love this thing!)

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08-29-2014 05:14 PM
GroovyGeek
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Originally Posted by sltide View Post
Don't know if this has been posted as I haven't ready all 44 pages, but here goes: Spent about $3 on 1 inch foam and cut three piece the size of the inside of the center console lid. Glued them together with my granddaughters craft glue and then velcroed them to the inside of the lid. Know with it closed change and keys that are in the top tray do not move around or dump out when the bottom is opened.

Good one. I have resorted to keeping my meter change in a plastic ziploc in the bottom to avoid this.
08-29-2014 03:18 PM
sltide
My cheap mod

Don't know if this has been posted as I haven't ready all 44 pages, but here goes: Spent about $3 on 1 inch foam and cut three piece the size of the inside of the center console lid. Glued them together with my granddaughters craft glue and then velcroed them to the inside of the lid. Know with it closed change and keys that are in the top tray do not move around or dump out when the bottom is opened.
08-28-2014 05:26 PM
Bent jeep Mission COMPLETE on the trektop nx storage.

Here's how to do it:

4" THIN WALL PVC pipe. (For sewage.). The thick wall pipe WILL not work.
4" thin wall cap
4" thin wall female thread adapter
4" male threaded cap.

Here's how to do it.

I cut my pipe to 54". Then cap one end, put the thread adapter on the other and you now have a big tube with a screw on cap.

Rolling up the trektop windows to fit is tricky. You have to do it this way:

1: lay the rear window on the hood with the zippers on the left and right.
2: lay the quarter window on top (with the rigid plastic removed). You HAVE To lay the window so that both rigid sides from an L.
3: fold the top leg of the "L" down so that it lays flat with the other rigid section that is parallel to you. Now you should have rigid sections on both the top and bottom of the stack.
4: do the exact OPPOSITE with the other quarter window. Make a backwards L.
5: now that you have all the windows stacked in a rollable manner. Start rolling them up TIGHTLY.
6: shove the roll in your tube.
7: shove the tube under the passenger seat. Secure it with some ball bungees.

Now when you want to store the windows you can roll them up, unscrew the cap and shove them in. The rigid plastic pieces and sleeves will fit under the seat as well. You might be able to fit them in a tube if you used 6" pipe, but I don't know if 6" tube would fit under the seat or not.

Pics!

All rolled up:



In the tube:



Capped:



Under the seat:



All in all cost about 18 bucks.
08-27-2014 05:08 PM
The Green Manco
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Originally Posted by Gord P View Post

First post demonstrating a cheap mod. Nice. Welcome to the site!
Thanks!
08-27-2014 04:36 PM
Gord P
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Originally Posted by The Green Manco View Post
DIY Sunshade mesh and zip tie/velcro safari top.

6ftx20ft Sunshade mesh bought from home depot for about $34

Zip ties pack $7-10

You can cover the whole top and more. I'm not completely done cleaning it up to look better but here is some pics
First post demonstrating a cheap mod. Nice. Welcome to the site!
08-27-2014 03:59 PM
The Green Manco DIY Sunshade mesh and zip tie/velcro safari top.

6ftx20ft Sunshade mesh bought from home depot for about $34

Zip ties pack $7-10

You can cover the whole top and more. I'm not completely done cleaning it up to look better but here is some pics
08-27-2014 03:45 PM
Bent jeep
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Originally Posted by daletwomley View Post
Looking to buy a straight Rubi... Recommendations?
I would stay away from any dealership flying a rainbow flag.
08-27-2014 03:06 PM
GroovyGeek
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Originally Posted by daletwomley View Post
Looking to buy a straight Rubi... Recommendations?
Way to go! First post completely off topic and in the wrong thread. Welcome to the forum... I guess.
08-27-2014 08:25 AM
Makaha
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Originally Posted by daletwomley View Post
Looking to buy a straight Rubi... Recommendations?
Stay away from those Frisco Rubis :o

Just kidding,

Are you looking to buy new or used, 2-door or 4-door, keep relatively stock or lots of mods??
08-27-2014 08:02 AM
daletwomley Looking to buy a straight Rubi... Recommendations?
08-26-2014 02:20 PM
GroovyGeek
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Originally Posted by roberthleeii View Post
can these be used to hold the hard top on?
They are the right thread (M8-1.25) so they will screw into the threaded u-nuts at the bottom (is this what they are called)? Not sure if the length is sufficient, the eBay seller specifies the shank length so you might want to make sure they are long enough. If they are sufficiently long I see no reason why they would not be able to hold the hard top down. Unfortunately my hard top is in the garage, I have no plans to put it on until I convince myself that I can live without it in SoCal and sell it when I need a new soft top to fund the purchase.
08-26-2014 12:04 PM
BJT a real quick and dirty shopping bag hopper so that the groceries don't slide around. Two hooks, a yard of fabric and a loop of bungee cord. I thought I would have to tie the bottom down but as it turns out that hasn't been needed.
08-25-2014 08:25 PM
Bent jeep I've got an idea for a window storage solution that involves a 4" piece of PVC, some screw on caps and two cinch straps.

Stay tuned.
08-25-2014 07:41 PM
valery7
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Originally Posted by espo78 View Post
post up some pics! Great idea valery7!
Whoops silly me, the pic didn't show up! If you couldn't tell I'm a newbie...I can't even figure out how to post a picture! haha

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08-25-2014 07:03 PM
Espo78 Post up some pics! Great idea valery7!
08-25-2014 06:43 PM
valery7 I made a window storage bag!!

It hangs on the back side of the back seat. There are 4 handles/strings that slip into where the head rest connector is (not sure that that thing is called). The windows stays up straight and flat against the back of the seat. No bending and you don't even have to roll them! And I lined the inside with felt. So no scratches for my windows! Cost me $20 for fabric+felt.

08-24-2014 10:48 PM
DRC32 Plastidip the grill, removed silver bumper cover
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08-24-2014 09:02 PM
roberthleeii
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Originally Posted by GroovyGeek View Post
Earlier I posted about some marine-grade eyebolts I got from eBay for $14 shipped
6pcs Eyes Bolts M8 Metric Threaded Marine Grade Boat Stainless Steel Lifting | eBay

I received them a while back. Despite my fears about cheap junk from eBay they are well made, the treads work great, and they look good. I mounted them with a rubber washer from Lowes. Unfortunately the front door surrounds get in the way of installing all 6 of them.

can these be used to hold the hard top on?
08-24-2014 08:53 PM
Mono
Cheap Mods

If you want to tint your plastic windows, plasti dip them for like 20 bucks..

The Jeep also sounds sick if you remove the axle back exhaust, just behind the resonator, plus its free if you have tools, and WD-40

and Something that really makes it stand out is Rhino Lining random things, I did my fenders and bumpers, but overall amazing look.
08-24-2014 05:12 PM
PrecisionPowder
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Originally Posted by GroovyGeek View Post
Earlier I posted about some marine-grade eyebolts I got from eBay for $14 shipped
6pcs Eyes Bolts M8 Metric Threaded Marine Grade Boat Stainless Steel Lifting | eBay

I received them a while back. Despite my fears about cheap junk from eBay they are well made, the treads work great, and they look good. I mounted them with a rubber washer from Lowes. Unfortunately the front door surrounds get in the way of installing all 6 of them.


I had been looking for something just like this! Thanks for posting the link, I just bought a set. The only change I will make is the color. They wont flow with everything else so I will end up powder coating them black.
08-24-2014 03:00 PM
Mr_Gigglz
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Originally Posted by GroovyGeek View Post
Earlier I posted about some marine-grade eyebolts I got from eBay for $14 shipped 6pcs Eyes Bolts M8 Metric Threaded Marine Grade Boat Stainless Steel Lifting | eBay I received them a while back. Despite my fears about cheap junk from eBay they are well made, the treads work great, and they look good. I mounted them with a rubber washer from Lowes. Unfortunately the front door surrounds get in the way of installing all 6 of them.
I like this. I may have to use it!
08-24-2014 02:44 PM
GroovyGeek Earlier I posted about some marine-grade eyebolts I got from eBay for $14 shipped
6pcs Eyes Bolts M8 Metric Threaded Marine Grade Boat Stainless Steel Lifting | eBay

I received them a while back. Despite my fears about cheap junk from eBay they are well made, the treads work great, and they look good. I mounted them with a rubber washer from Lowes. Unfortunately the front door surrounds get in the way of installing all 6 of them.

08-24-2014 03:42 AM
custer3_5
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Originally Posted by ds1948 View Post
I believe this qualifies as it cost less then $20. I did a write up on it also. Just search 4 door trench if your interested.
I like that. It woulda came in handy yesterday. I keep some small stuff in my trunk and had to put the seats down to haul a dresser.
08-24-2014 02:59 AM
ds1948 I believe this qualifies as it cost less then $20. Attachment 1420074 Attachment 1420082 Attachment 1420090 I did a write up on it also. Just search 4 door trench if your interested.
08-23-2014 09:58 PM
ArmyofMike Added $10 Harbor Freight car horns to my 2012 JKU to replace the original crappy horn. SIGNIFICANTLY better sounding and tone. Very easy to wire using stock wiring fasteners. The second horn, I cut 8" wires and soldered to #1 horn, then put fasteners on ends and then fastened to horn #2. Kinda janky, but works.

08-23-2014 07:51 PM
rusticoaf It's adhesive. It wasn't hard at all, I took my time and was watching a movie at the same time. Took me about an hour to do. If you're having a hard time getting it to work, you can warm it up with a hair dryer or something.
08-23-2014 06:37 PM
weissja36 Looks great. Is it hard to apply?
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