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Unread 10-07-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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Any LJ owners have experience with the Bestop Instatrunk?

Hello folks,

Newcomer to the forum here. I just bought my first Jeep a couple of weeks ago, an '05 LJ. I'm considering the swarm of upgrades and mods I need and want to do, and am hoping someone has tried the 4 piece Bestop Instatrunk in their LJ before. I like the idea of extra storage and the 4 piece modularity of this upgrade, allowing me to use my whole trunk when needed, is a nice perk.

What I'm wondering about is whether it will go or can be setup to make use of all the storage depth in an LJ (Without pushing the seats down), or whether I'll have a void between it and my rear seats from the extra length of an LJ.

Thanks in advance for anyone who provides me with info, and hello to everyone else.

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Unread 10-08-2013, 01:13 AM   #2
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Sorry you aren't getting many replies. I think you will find that most folks make their own..
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:16 AM   #3
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You will have a void as it is made for the TJ. My brother-in-law installed one in his LJ and to me it is stupid. However, he needed a quick and inexpensive way to be able to secure his tool and recovery bag since he runs topless all the time. If you are looking for an off-the-shelf solution, I'd consider the Gr8tops box: http://gr8tops.com/index.php?option=...art&Itemid=121
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:33 AM   #4
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Had my LJ since 06. I've thought long about getting some sort of lockable storage for the back. Experience has told me that if u need to haul something large, ie: new pressure washer from Lowes, or taking the fullsize steel doors off and putting them in back. It is best NOT to have a box. I did end up getting a box I can fit in there nicely. But I never really had to use it.
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Here is mine in my LJ. Rear seat is in and upright position too
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Unread 10-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #6
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05LJTampa, thank you so much for the pic. But that looks like the 1 piece Instatrunk to me, not the 4 piece modular instatrunk they recently came out with. Correct? Still appreciate the pic but it seems to me from the Bestop video they posted on Youtube that the 4 piece trunk requires you to slide 3 metal pieces for the top in and can go deeper than the regular 1 piece instatrunk.

Sure would hate to buy this thing only to discover it's not what I'm looking for. On the other hand, to be the first person to post a review and pics might be neat.
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05LJTampa, thank you so much for the pic. But that looks like the 1 piece Instatrunk to me, not the 4 piece modular instatrunk they recently came out with. Correct? Still appreciate the pic but it seems to me from the Bestop video they posted on Youtube that the 4 piece trunk requires you to slide 3 metal pieces for the top in and can go deeper than the regular 1 piece instatrunk.

Sure would hate to buy this thing only to discover it's not what I'm looking for. On the other hand, to be the first person to post a review and pics might be neat.
Ummm...its actually the same exact thing except now the 4 pieces bolt together vs how mine is one solid piece. Easier for shipping.
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Unread 10-09-2013, 06:04 PM   #8
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Here is what I had made for my LJ trunk.
Cost about $100 total to have made locally.

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Unread 10-09-2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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Im actually going to be building something like ^^^ myself soon. Just need to get my other projects buttoned up first. The instatrunk is nice for mylaptop and some tools but it doesnt fit nearly enough in there that I need it too.
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Unread 10-09-2013, 09:09 PM   #10
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After searching for another day and calling several companies including Bestop, I realized what I want is the Flexatrunk, which I also realized only comes for the 07+ Jeeps. And while the Tuffy secure trunk is also very nice, especially with the lifting top, it requires the rear seat to be removed (TJ) or pulled forward (LJ) permanently.

Basically, it seems there aren't enough LJs out there to warrant an LJ specific secure storage solution that takes up all the cargo room without affecting the rear seat.

my996duc1 that looks pretty nice. It seems you went what now looks to be the best route, to have a custom solution made. I've seen some cabinets and drawers for LJs coming in at $700+ online, which is insanely high. I will take inspiration from you, do some measuring and sketching and see if I can't find a local metal shop that will make it for me without breaking the bank. Unfortunately everything up here in Canada seems to cost more than down there in the US

Appreciate everyone's inputs, comments and especially pictures. Thank you.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 11:29 AM   #11
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my996duc1 that looks pretty nice. It seems you went what now looks to be the best route, to have a custom solution made. I've seen some cabinets and drawers for LJs coming in at $700+ online, which is insanely high. I will take inspiration from you, do some measuring and sketching and see if I can't find a local metal shop that will make it for me without breaking the bank. Unfortunately everything up here in Canada seems to cost more than down there in the US

Appreciate everyone's inputs, comments and especially pictures. Thank you.
No need to reinvent the wheel on the one like I have. I got the plans from the forum - right here :
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/lj...plans-1282569/

the plans are at the very bottom of the first post in the link above or you can try this link here :
https://docs.google.com/folderview?i...&usp=drive_web

The guy I had made it did some minor changes on the bends but overall about the same as the drawings in the above thread.
I had the turn-buckles that held it down put inside the storage area unlike the link above shows them outside the storage box but behind the rear seat.
Small variances.....

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