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Unread 07-20-2010, 05:26 AM   #1
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Secret / Discrete Storage Compartment

Greetings Jeep Heads

As you all are aware the soft tops we have don't make for the most secure vehicle parked on the street. I am interested in having a secrete compartment in my jeep, big enough to hold a laptop or more. It would be perfect if it was completely unnoticeable. I was thinking that under the rear seat would work perfect because the floor is nice and flat, I haven't however mustered the motivation to climb under there and see if there's any extra space. You guys seem to know everything about every nut and bolt of the thing so I figures you would be the perfect audience to ask

I would love to hear all your advice on hiding your valuables inside or out of the jeep.

Thanks for your help!
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Unread 07-20-2010, 05:33 AM   #2
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...I would love to hear all your advice on hiding your valuables inside or out of the jeep...
Anything left unattended in a Jeep with no top or with a soft top is considered expendable and the owner should express no surprise or anger when the items are stolen.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 05:39 AM   #3
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Tuffy makes an under rear seat drawer for CJ, YJ and TJ. I've never used it and it seems pricey, but it would fit your needs.

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Unread 07-20-2010, 05:42 AM   #4
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Gonna make a trip over the border, eh. Good luck with that.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 06:10 AM   #5
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I have a secret hiding place in my Jeep.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 06:19 AM   #6
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Anything left unattended in a Jeep with no top or with a soft top is considered expendable and the owner should express no surprise or anger when the items are stolen.
This.

That said, my sister gave me a kick-*** lock box for Christmas that would be the ticket if it were larger. It's a frame that bolts to any mounting surface (vertically or horizontally) and a locked padded case that locks into the frame. The case & frame are 1/16" steel, the case itself is padded, about 2" X 10" x 10" - probably designed for a handgun. If it were big enough for a laptop, it would be perfect. There's no manufacturer's mark on mine, but with enough searching online, I'll bet you can locate something similar.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 06:22 AM   #7
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I just bought a lockable composite plastic bin at Wally-World that's made for the back of a pickup truck to put in the back of my LJ, I'm going to find a way to bolt it down (so it's removable). Is something like 31" long by 13" by 17". Don't think it'll fit behind the back seat of a TJ but fits fine behind an LJ rear seat. Been looking for something for a while to be able to lock things up since I just run with a bikini for half of the year.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 06:55 AM   #8
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Anything left unattended in a Jeep with no top or with a soft top is considered expendable and the owner should express no surprise or anger when the items are stolen.
Better not leave your girlfriend or wife in the passenger seat while you run in to prepay for your gas, then...if she gets abducted, you won't be allowed to express surprise or anger over it.

In all seriousness, I think I'm permitted to be just a little bit angry when someone steals from me or purloins my property...however, we must realize that there are elements within society that are pathetic enough to engage in such activities and thus, we have to defend against them. I suggest the under-seat lockboxes, as they're out-of-sight enough to not even tempt Jeep-raiding scum to try and crack them.

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Unread 07-20-2010, 07:01 AM   #9
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I usually keep my secretions to my self before or after riding in the Jeep. If it's an emergency, an old coffee cup works well, or maybe a tupper-ware container from lunch if I need a secrete compartment.

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Unread 07-20-2010, 07:18 AM   #10
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Anything left unattended in a Jeep should be considered expendable and the owner should express no surprise when the items are stolen.
Fixed the quote above for you.


Leaving items such as a handgun, laptop computer, cash, or really anything of any value in any vehicle, more espeically Jeep is just asking for trouble. Full metal doors and a hardtop is really not much better than having no doors or top. Having a visible lockbox bolted to your Jeep is about like having a large sign hanging over your Jeep that says "Valuables here" with an arrow pointing to the lockbox.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 09:20 AM   #11
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The small Tuffy metal drawers bolted to the floor will get very hot, too hot for a laptop. Some folks have fabbed a secret compartment under the body directly under the front seats.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 09:52 AM   #12
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Anything left unattended in a Jeep with no top or with a soft top is considered expendable and the owner should express no surprise or anger when the items are stolen.
Agreed...I leave chapstick that I pee on and wipe my dogs poo with in the cupholder and some really old gum
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Unread 07-20-2010, 11:08 AM   #13
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I have a secret hiding place in my Jeep.
Tell me!!! lol or is it a secret.....
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Unread 07-20-2010, 11:26 AM   #14
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Tell me!!! lol or is it a secret.....
Even if it is a secret, he can tell us as we won't tell anyone
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Unread 07-20-2010, 12:31 PM   #15
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something under the hood would probably be pretty descrete. But that would probably be to much heat for electronic items like a laptop.

Wonder if something bolted to the underside of the jeep wouldn't be a bad idea, something made to look like a skid plate?

Another idea maybe, I've seen bolt-on 2 or 3 inch cowls for your hood, you could probably install one of those, but don't actually cut a hole in the hood, so it would be a little compartment instead of an air vent. That would be large enough and flat enough for a laptop. Would still probably get hot, but probably not as hot as under the hood. Would probably be a PITA to actually use (having to un-bolt it each time you want to get into it) but you might be able to rig some sort of discrete locking pin or something. That would probably be quite discreet, a fake hood cowl.
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