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Old 05-16-2017, 10:14 AM
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Do you keep anything in the hidden compartment behind the passenger side tail light?

I dont know about other year jeeps, But my 2010 JK has a good sized void behind the passenger tail light. Remove two screws and it comes right off.

I've known about the compartment for years, but have still not stored anything in there yet.

So, what do you keep in there? What would you keep in there if you dont already?

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Old 05-16-2017, 10:47 AM   #3
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  1. I wouldn't want anything rattling around back there.
  2. I wouldn't want to waste time removing the taillight to get to anything back there.
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Between the wiring for my trailer hitch and the wiring for my towing plugs, I don't have much room.
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That's where I keep my extra air, in case my compressor craps out.
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Doh! Now everybody knows about it, meaning I have to find a new hiding spot.
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Between the wiring for my trailer hitch and the wiring for my towing plugs, I don't have much room.
isnt that usually on the driver side? thats why it has the foam at the bottom instead of being a sealed compartment like the passenger side.
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That's where I keep my extra air, in case my compressor craps out.


I'm thinking you were joking, but this might be a great idea for my onboard air project I've been working on. I put together a dual air compressor system and mounted the compressors on the underside of my JK. I silicone sealed the compressors to try and make them more resistant to moisture. However, I've been considering purchasing a back up compressor, for "just in case" reasons in the event I drove through mud/water which caused both compressors to stop working. I put the compressors in this location because I didn't want them taking up interior cabin space and rolling around, as well as easy access. If I can fit a backup of one of these compressors in that location for that just in case scenario, using that area as a storage space for an air compressor might actually work out really well for me.
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isnt that usually on the driver side? thats why it has the foam at the bottom instead of being a sealed compartment like the passenger side.
The fuel filler is on the driver's side behind that tail light.
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I'm thinking you were joking, but this might be a great idea for my onboard air project I've been working on. I put together a dual air compressor system and mounted the compressors on the underside of my JK. I silicone sealed the compressors to try and make them more resistant to moisture. However, I've been considering purchasing a back up compressor, for "just in case" reasons in the event I drove through mud/water which caused both compressors to stop working. I put the compressors in this location because I didn't want them taking up interior cabin space and rolling around, as well as easy access. If I can fit a backup of one of these compressors in that location for that just in case scenario, using that area as a storage space for an air compressor might actually work out really well for me.
I have seen compressors installed in those compartments so you are on the right track...I think.
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The fuel filler is on the driver's side behind that tail light.
Fuel filler and trailer wiring harness both are on the driver side. At least thats how mine came from the factory.
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Am I the only one who had no idea about this little compartment? Gonna check it out later today...
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Fuel filler and trailer wiring harness both are on the driver side. At least thats how mine came from the factory.
The passenger side isn't sealed it also has foam and a plastic piece.

OP I have the aqua bumper and the kit I have puts the water pump in that little compartment.
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Thanks, now I have to find a new " Secret" compartment.
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Am I the only one who had no idea about this little compartment? Gonna check it out later today...
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And I thought I knew everything.

I didn't even stumble upon this hidden storage compartment when I was running my camera wiring.
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If I had something that had to be in a secret spot, I certainly wouldn't broadcast it on the internet lol
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The passenger side isn't sealed it also has foam and a plastic piece.

OP I have the aqua bumper and the kit I have puts the water pump in that little compartment.
that is more sealed than the drivers side which just has that pull down foam piece which is what i was referring to.
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  1. I wouldn't want anything rattling around back there.
  2. I wouldn't want to waste time removing the taillight to get to anything back there.
Exactly.

Plus a waste of time to get to, IMO.
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I think calling that space a "secret compartment" is a bit of an overstatement
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I have seen compressors installed in those compartments so you are on the right track...I think.
Excellent!! I'm going to measure it out and see if the compressor will fit through that tail light hole. If it does, I'll put the compressor in a zip-loc bag, wrap it in a towel to keep it dry and snug, throw a backup coiled air hose in there with it, and forget about it and know it's there if I ever need it.

Removing 2 screws for a backup situation sounds like a great option plan to me.
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I think calling that space a "secret compartment" is a bit of an overstatement
You mean you don't store your wallet in there? Those Jeep engineers sure are good, It's only inconvenient when you have to take it out.




Only in a Jeep forum would you read about using a compartment behind the tail light.
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I keep my Corbomite Device in there.
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I keep my Corbomite Device in there.
That reminds me it may be a good spot to put my dihydrogen monoxide tank.
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Um yeah, I was kidding about keeping my extra air in there. Everyone knows I keep my extra air in the glove compartment with the blinker fluid.
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If this is actually a decent storage area, I've got a bunch of "emergency, but not that much of an emergency" items in the underseat lockboxes that I could move back there: fire starters, paracord, spare reading glasses, etc.

Wrap the items in rags and a large ziplock or two, stuff in some of those Amazon packaging bubbles, and everything should be waterproof and silent.

My heirs will enjoy finding my time capsule one day as there's no doubt I'll forget about it.
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Um yeah, I was kidding about keeping my extra air in there. Everyone knows I keep my extra air in the glove compartment with the blinker fluid.
The glove box is the absolute worst place to keep your extra air, even the secret taillight compartment is better than that
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Um yeah, I was kidding about keeping my extra air in there. Everyone knows I keep my extra air in the glove compartment with the blinker fluid.
Now that is just careless. Everyone knows blinker fluid is too toxic to keep inside of your Jeep. I hope you don't have any kids that you're exposing to that stuff. What's next reverse muffler bearing installation to increase performance in exchange of depleting the ozone, so our kid's kids have to wear SPF 10K lotion their entire lives? JEEZ!!!
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If this is actually a decent storage area, I've got a bunch of "emergency, but not that much of an emergency" items in the underseat lockboxes that I could move back there: fire starters, paracord, spare reading glasses, etc.

Wrap the items in rags and a large ziplock or two, stuff in some of those Amazon packaging bubbles, and everything should be waterproof and silent.

My heirs will enjoy finding my time capsule one day as there's no doubt I'll forget about it.
How are you going to see the screws to get them off if you don't have any reading glasses available?
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Perfect place to store valuables in...and you remember that's where you put them about 3 years after you sold the Jeep.
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Perfect place to store valuables in...and you remember that's where you put them about 3 years after you sold the Jeep.

Time to hit the Used car lot with a screw driver looking for Jeeps....
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