Looking for cheap under rear seat storage in 02 TJ
Forget the Tuffy systems and everything else out there.
I am looking for a slim bag/plastic tray/container that will fit under the front of the back seat. The reason I am looking for this is because I noticed that there is some room under there and so far I put my jumper cables and tow straps under my back seat.
It is great because it is out of site and those items are bulky and could easily be taken if they were in plain view. The only problem, is that the space diminishes as you head towards the back of the seat so the storage is only near the front half.
Even some sort of tray or flat nylon bag would be perfect so I could easily pull my items out. Of course if it was black or dark gray that would be the most inconspicuous for my Jeep.
Anyone else use a stuff sack or tray with or without dividers? Here are a couple of pictures that got me thinking. Obviously on the TJ, it would have to pull out of the front of the back seat similar to under bed storage system at home.
I started looking everywhere at Walmart from the fishing department to arts and crafts to hardware. I even went to Home Depot and Lowes looking for some sort of tray or storage tray system. I found 12 inch painter trays and my mind started racing!
Here is my write up, unfortunately I will have to post the pictures in several different posts here. Enjoy!
What you will need:**UPDATED** -**2002 or older Wrangler ONLY. (Seats are changed in 03+, sorry guys)
-Buy (2) 12" paint trays $4.99/each
-Buy 1 can of plastic paint in your favorite color (optional) about $5
-Sawzall or hack saw
-1 inch wood drill bit and drill
-Speaker box carpet and spray adhesive (optional)
Step 1 - take the trays and cut off the support feet leaning forward
Step 2 - Carefully drill a hole so that you can stick your finger in there and pull the tray out from under the seat. I used a 1 inch wood bit, be careful when you get to the point where you are ready to punch out the entire circle, the bit can catch and rough cut the circle. (I used a one inch bit, pick one that works for you.)
Step 3 - Test fit them empty
Step 4 - Take all of your great stuff and fill up your trays and test fit the trays with all of your stuff.
I was really trying to find black trays because I wanted them to blend in and be less visible but I was unsuccessful so I had to paint them. For those of you rocking orange Wranglers, you may want to leave it like this.
Step 5 - (optional) Clean the dust and finger prints off of the trays with the cleaning spay/product/method of choice. I decided not to sand these trays down since the plastic paint is supposed to bond to the paint. It was the first time I used this stuff and it seemed pretty good.
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I wanted to keep the paint from potentially scratching off and also wanted to try to keep things from sliding around and making noise. I also wanted these trays to blend in a little more so I wrapped them in some extra black speaker box carpet.
Step 6 - (optional) Take speaker box carpet (color of your choice) and use some 3M Super 77 spray adhesive and line the inside of the trays. I also lined the bottom of the tray to keep it from sliding around under the seat.
I hope you guys like this, I look forward to any and all feedback, enhancements, options. Thanks guys!
I used it on my TJ...took several coats but it looks really good now and there is no signs of fading, peeling or cracking. There are some streaks but you would really have to be looking close. Just take your time with the application.
Oh and I think the trays will be ok with a 200lb person in the back. They seem pretty flexible. I would just be careful of what you put in the trays. As you can see, everything I have in there is either soft (tow straps, KC daylighter covers) or unbreakable (tools, etc). And if you break a tray, duct tape it back together or buy a new one! Good luck all!
Originally Posted by RowJ
Rust-O-leum Plastic Paint! Never heard of it, or seen it..... but I like it alot!
Ed - Think it would work on faded factory Fender Flairs?
Love the trays! What will happen to them if you get a 200 pounder in the back seat someday?