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    JK Enthusiast tidegrad's Avatar
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    Default Homemade Rear Cargo Trunk for $48!!!!

    UPDATED!!!!! I covered it with truck carpet. See the end...

    NO, it's not waterproof, and NO it's not as secure as a lock box, but it's sufficient to keep prying eyes out of my cargo area, carry my golf clubs or packages from the mall. I used existing holes & only spent $48.

    $ 9 one 8' sheet of 5/8" plywood
    $26 four 24" angle iron w/ holes
    $ 8 one quart of flat black exterior paint from Walmart
    $ 5 various nuts, bolts, washers & a can of Rustolem High Heat Enamel
    $48 total cost to build this trunk!!

    I had the guy at Lowes cut the 8' sheet of plywood down to 5' x 4' and 3' x 4' sections. You'll only need the 5' section to make all 3 pieces.

    Step 1 - paint the parts (those metal brackets get HOT in the sun!!)

    Step 2 - pull back the carpet & put one side under the side rails


    Step 3 - use the 2 rear most holes that your hard top bolts into & fasten the angle iron to the vehicle. I used 1.5" 1/4" bolts, washers and a rubber washer that sits on the paint to prevent scratches


    Step 4 - get another piece of angle iron & face it the opposite way, use 2 1/4" bolts to fasten it together. This will be the support for the cargo cover.


    Step 5 - I cut 2 pieces for the top, just for ease of lifting it in & out. Step 5 is cut the piece that backs up to the rear seat.


    View from underneath/inside the cargo area (yes I have a subwoofer):


    Step 6 - cut the 2nd piece to fit the top.



    I cut mine to fit WITH the bar that attaches to the rear window.


    Step 7 - With both top pieces in place, go to the underside of the planks & use a marker to color in the holes thru the metal brackets. This will show you where to drill the holes.


    Step 8 - Remove the planks, drill holes from the bottom side. Place them back onto the brackets & hopefully your bolts will slide into place from the top, thru the wood & thru the bracket. Secure w/ nuts.


    Step 9 - cut out the back piece that will go behind the rear seats.


    Step 10 - Secure with brackets from inside the cargo area



    Step 11 - Once everything fits perfectly with bolts, remove & paint. I applied 2 coats.


    Step 12 - Reassemble & all a cargo net if you like! It's pretty tough, but I wouldn't stand on it. I didn't want to have to cut metal to make a brace across the middle, but you could easily add a 5' length of bar across the middle, or whatever. From this, I'm sure you guys can modify & improve it.





    UPDATED - STEP 13!!!

    Step 13 - One $8 roll of truck carpet from Walmart (found in the floor mat section) & a can of spray adhesive. I covered it with the carpet & left the brackets exposed so that I can attach a cargo net or bungee cords on top if needed. You could cover it if you like...whatever suits your needs. I did, however, cover the rear edge so that it won't cut the soft top when it's folded down.



    Last edited by tidegrad; 04-24-2008 at 01:56 PM. Reason: UPDATE!
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    Great write up and cool dyi.
    Although I am wondering if it would be better to have the wood treated and the have bed liner sprayed on it. That way it's durable and waterproof.

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    Looks great, nice job.
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    I wonder where you found 5/8" plywood for $9 they are way more proud of it here in Texas. I work at the Home Depot and it is closer to $15-17. A+ for creativity and looks!
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    JK Enthusiast tidegrad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepin08 View Post
    I wonder where you found 5/8" plywood for $9 they are way more proud of it here in Texas. I work at the Home Depot and it is closer to $15-17. A+ for creativity and looks!

    It was originally $19 or $20 at Lowes. However, I selected a piece that was beat up by their forklift on one side, so they marked it down to $9. I only needed 1 smooth side. If you check out the underside pics, you'll see some of the scratches. I mentioned that I used the 5' section. The left over 3' section is what had the most damage. It was a deal. So just find a piece that has at least 5' of good surface & the other part is messed up...you'll get it cheap!
    '07 JK SAHARA 4 DR - BRIGHT SILVER
    18" BLACK MOTO METAL WHEELS/33" TOYO TIRES
    1.75" SUSP LIFT
    RUDGE RIDGE XHD FRT BUMPER & OVERRIDER HOOP
    6" KC SLIMLITE L/R 130W, KC FOG LAMPS & KC BRKTS
    SEAT GLOVERS SEAT COVERS
    GRILLE INSERT
    "JEEP" FUEL DR
    TAIL LAMP GUARDS
    DUAL TOPS
    HOMEMADE TRUNK

    R O L L T I D E,

    JEEPER GIRL

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    JK Enthusiast tidegrad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by defkon View Post
    Great write up and cool dyi.
    Although I am wondering if it would be better to have the wood treated and the have bed liner sprayed on it. That way it's durable and waterproof.

    I didn't try to make it waterproof. I usually try not to get caught in the rain, or just put my top up. I don't know how anyone would make the edges waterproof (where it bolts to the metal brackets). The tub of the Jeep angles/curves & it was a job getting it cut right to start with. I suppose if you were to use bracing through the middle to raise the plywood high enough to sit on top of the quarter panels, it could be done. I don't know...I just wanted my stuff out of sight.

    I'm sure someone will take this & run with it somehow. Thanks!!
    '07 JK SAHARA 4 DR - BRIGHT SILVER
    18" BLACK MOTO METAL WHEELS/33" TOYO TIRES
    1.75" SUSP LIFT
    RUDGE RIDGE XHD FRT BUMPER & OVERRIDER HOOP
    6" KC SLIMLITE L/R 130W, KC FOG LAMPS & KC BRKTS
    SEAT GLOVERS SEAT COVERS
    GRILLE INSERT
    "JEEP" FUEL DR
    TAIL LAMP GUARDS
    DUAL TOPS
    HOMEMADE TRUNK

    R O L L T I D E,

    JEEPER GIRL

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    Some people will do anything to hide a body.!!!


    Good write up, thanks for taking the time to share with us.

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    Looks good. I did a similar one for my TJ several years ago. I lined the top of it with gray vinyl to match the interior.

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    Nice... I've been kicking around the idea of something like this.

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    nice write up

    i might have to do this one
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