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Old 06-12-2011, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to figure out a permanent storage box solution for my tin top. I removed the back seat and I have eye bolts in the holes that once held the seat fasteners and seat belts. For now I have straps that I ratchet down to secure stuff in the back. However, I'd like to maybe bolt in something permanent that can securely store all the gear that I don't want free floating in the back. Has to be inside. Appreciate any ideas.


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I'm using this box when I need semi-secure storage;
Amazon.com: Stanley Consumer Storage 037025H 50 Gallon Mobile Chest: Home Improvement Amazon.com: Stanley Consumer Storage 037025H 50 Gallon Mobile Chest: Home Improvement
I got it for $60 at Home depot.







Here is something more upscale. I don't know if it would fit though, but may give you an idea.
Tuffy 054-07 - Tuffy Security Products Aluminum Rear Cargo Storage Box for 76-10 Jeep® CJ-5, CJ-7, CJ-8 Scrambler, Wrangler YJ, TJ JK & Unlimited - Quadratec



Do a google search for Jeep Rear Storage for more stuff.
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Oh, and I want one of these too;
Jeep Trunk Kit: Trunk Cargo Storage Compartment with Seat.
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That is a very creative storage / seat solution! But part of my goal with the Sammy is keeping it cheap. Therefore, the cool metal boxes are out. I really like the Stanley tool box. The specs say it is 37" wide but the Sammy is only 35" wide between the wheel wells. Does it actually fit between them so that the box is resting on the floor? Price is nice at $60 or $54 if you print a Home Depot mover coupon. I'm wondering if it is 37" at the top and maybe narrower at the bottom?
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Yes, it is narrower at the bottom. About 35" from one side to the wheels on the other side. About 34" not counting the wheels.

It is perfectly sized to fit in back of a Samurai with the seat folded forward.

The pictures above are from one of our camping trips and the box is sitting level.

You could easily drill the bottom for bolts. I thought about that, and decided I'd just use cable locks, but I don't leave it out if it is going to be out of my sight for more than a few minutes.

I too am on a budget, which is why I went with the Stanley box, and it has worked out well. At some point, I intend to get a receiver hitch bumper so I can put a rear tray on for carrying it outside and still be able to have people in the rear or be able to carry more. As you can see from the above pics, It is tight for us to go camping in and the seat is out for those trips.
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Thanks for the info. On my way now to see if my Home Depot carries it. I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon so I was surprised they cost double at Amazon! Might also swing by the Army surplus store and see if any cool containers there for cheap. But they are often over priced at our surplus store.

Space is at a premium in the Sammy so trying to finds a solution to keep it neat without stuff floating all over the place. The Stanley box so far looks like a good solution that stays in budget.
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Wow, that is a huge toolbox! I think it will work perfect. For now I will probably use the 4 eye bolts to temporarily strap it down. Later I will bolt it in after making sure I like it there. There is still a good amount of space in front of the box for something like sleeping bags, etc. However, the box is so big I think it will fit everything I would ever take with me. For $54 after my 10% coupon that is a heck of a deal on the box. Here are some photos of it inside the tin top in case anyone else is interested.









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My solution is one of those heavy duty sports equipment bags...ones with the wheels that the hockey guys carry their stuff in.
Since it is soft it forms itself around what ever else is in there with it.
I used the seat belts that were already there but since it is easier to access the bag from the back I turned them around so they load and unload closer to the back door. Don't want any floating items in the back to fall forward on the back of my neck.
When full of stuff...it fills the rear compartment to the window level and allows me to tie other stuff...tent and sleeping bags on top of it.
It also allows me to recline the seat on the way to the trail head...think rest areas and waiting for the other guys to catch up.
I also use an anchored cargo net over the whole thing...everything in the back.
Tighten it down with ratchet straps and it stays put.
Cost...mine came from a garage sale for $5 filled with other junk that I didn't need...oh except those puck proof knee pads they are always useful when kneeling in gravel and broken rock, like we find on the trail.
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storage brisbane is my choice in putting storage facility in my car and in our house. they will never regret you and you can decide what you want.
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personaly i would go with a lockable draw system to maxamise space in the back as there ain't much you can get them custom made or pre made i run the lockable draw system with a fridge slide on top with my fridge bolted in as i have a soft top
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