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Unread 01-23-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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gear storage box

flip flopping ideas on making/buying a storage box for the jeep. Before anyone even says Tuffy, I'm not paying 500-1000 dollars for a solution.
I don't care to make it ghetto but not looking at spending a fortune.
I've tossed around the idea of building it out of wood but would have to factor in cost of tooling which I dont have. Not worth it as the price will go up a lot.
Ive read that the rear of a tj is 36" wide. Haven't measured at the time of this post but will. Has anyone used this product before? http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ec...1#.UQCstifnOSo and there's also this at HF for a really good price. http://www.harborfreight.com/35-inch...box-66244.html

Looks like a great solution but its only avail. online so I'd have to buy it, try it and possibly end up returning it which is a hassle. Harbor freight also has boxes for about 100 but also online. Has anyone bought a similar set up with good results for a TJ? Any help is appreciated.

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Unread 01-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #2
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flip flopping ideas on making/buying a storage box for the jeep. Before anyone even says Tuffy, I'm not paying 500-1000 dollars for a solution.
I don't care to make it ghetto but not looking at spending a fortune.
I've tossed around the idea of building it out of wood but would have to factor in cost of tooling which I dont have. Not worth it as the price will go up a lot.
Ive read that the rear of a tj is 36" wide. Haven't measured at the time of this post but will. Has anyone used this product before? http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ec...1#.UQCstifnOSo and there's also this at HF for a really good price. http://www.harborfreight.com/35-inch...box-66244.html

Looks like a great solution but its only avail. online so I'd have to buy it, try it and possibly end up returning it which is a hassle. Harbor freight also has boxes for about 100 but also online. Has anyone bought a similar set up with good results for a TJ? Any help is appreciated.
I believe that you can order them for in-store pickup and try them out before paying for them.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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I have a wooden box that someone built, then sold on craigslist. They did a nice job with it. Not a lot of work
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Unread 01-24-2013, 06:58 PM   #4
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Well I got tired of looking for a reasonable product out there that doesnt require me to take out a personal loan or wait for a potential tax return. I got up early today and decided to just go ahead and make a wood one.
I didnt do a detailed how to or anything as every jeep is minutely different and owner preferences vary as well.
1). 4x8 1/2" highest quality sanded plywood that Lowes had
2) wood nails
3) gorilla glue
4) 90 degree brackets
5) circular saw. (didnt have any tools so I gave in and got one. )

Out the door everything cost me about 100.00. I'm planning on returning the saw since I used my jigsaw and it worked rather well so that will make the cost 55.00.

Dimensions for the top and bottom pieces were 35.75x35 (2 pieces)
sides were 10.75x 35 (3) this includes the center section

the front was 10.75x 35.75 if I recall

I was in serious slow/lazy mode today & took my time. It took all day just to get where I got. Cloudly weather has me lagg'n.
The top piece had to be notched where the tailgate lock goes & the left vertical piece had to as well.
A good tip for drilling the holes for the stock seat bolts: use a sharpie & mark the bolts up & then pressed the wood against it, gave it a wack, pull it off & there'll be an impression to drill. Easy breezy. The two torx bolts on each fenderwell & the 4 up front on the floor for the seat are plenty to keep this thing from coming out. I will probably add another section of 1/2" on top so the ply will run the full length side to side fwd of the rear rollbar tie in. As it is it looks to boxy. It'll look more tonneau-ish when I'm done.
Anyways, here's a few pics of the 1/2 finished job. It doesnt show the center section in the pics so no need to comment on support. I'll also be using rubber/oil resistant on the bottom of it & carpeting the rest inside and out. I should of done this mod yrs ago.


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Unread 01-27-2013, 02:42 AM   #5
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http://www.amazon.com/DFS-Aluminum-A.../dp/B000GZQVY8


These work really well. I was able to use the old seat bolts to bolt it in, pretty secure for honest thieves
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Unread 01-27-2013, 08:08 AM   #6
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thanks but to late. I saw some atv and also trailer boxes but I think I'll get much more storage and weight savings with what I'm making.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 04:07 PM   #7
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thanks but to late. I saw some atv and also trailer boxes but I think I'll get much more storage and weight savings with what I'm making.
Did you make it removable?
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Unread 01-27-2013, 04:48 PM   #8
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8 factory located bolts and it'll just come right out.
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Looks good. I have a bunch of super heavy duty drawer slides if you are going that route.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 05:51 PM   #10
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Ive contemplated that. Not entirely sold on the drawer thing though. I might just use plastic containers and such. Trying to keep weight at a minimum. The pig is getting to heavy as it is. I do need to tune my cb with your swr though.
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Ive contemplated that. Not entirely sold on the drawer thing though. I might just use plastic containers and such. Trying to keep weight at a minimum. The pig is getting to heavy as it is. I do need to tune my cb with your swr though.
Get my meter from Express.
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Ive contemplated that. Not entirely sold on the drawer thing though. I might just use plastic containers and such. Trying to keep weight at a minimum. The pig is getting to heavy as it is. I do need to tune my cb with your swr though.
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Get my meter from Express.

I have not had any luck finding the SWR meter at the house but it will turn up eventaully.

Next time you're around check out my box. I would guess the drawer adds no more than about 10# and makes the whole thing a lot easier to use.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 02:26 PM   #13
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I could handle 10 lbs but not 10 #'s. Do you know how much a # weighs now-a-days? Do ya?!
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Unread 01-28-2013, 02:32 PM   #14
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I could handle 10 lbs but not 10 #'s. Do you know how much a # weighs now-a-days? Do ya?!

About 1kg per hour, but it depends on if the squares are filled with X or O
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Unread 01-28-2013, 05:41 PM   #15
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Hey Moose, can i use that thing when you get it back? my CB needs to be tuned badly! its cool right up close but its all garbled when you get more then i think about 20 or 30ft away give or take
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