Took some time off from work so decided to tackle the project I had been planning.
My neighbors daughter made sure everything fit just right and helped with the Herculiner.
Got the diamond plate, hinge, rivets, screws,grinder, file and everything I thought I needed and went to cutting and fitting.
This is what I came up with.
Trunk cover with piano hinge so I can open the lid to get to stuff at the rear of the trunk - that sucker is pretty deep when what you need is at the rear!
how much weight can you put on that? No support underneath?
I think it turned out great! congrats.
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There is a piece of steel angle iron that runs just underneath the hinge from side to side. Plus the back piece behind the seats adds strentgh to the edge, my little helper stood on it (40lbs) and it did not bend at all. Figure it should be good for at least 60-80lbs the piece is relatively short so the back & angle iron should be good for it. I really don't plan to load a bunch of heavy stuff on top especially now that I can lock it away. Maybe a cooler and some sleeping bags or just the mat for the dog to lay on. The front or "door" will probably hold a lot less as the only thing holding it up is some aluminumstrip providing an edge for it to sit on and it is clamped underneath with some toggle clamps - I'll get pics later.
Where did you find the Diamond Plate? I found some online but having a hard time finding any locally.
I am in VA, I got the metal from Potomac Steel near Springfield.
If you are familiar with this area they are on Lois-Dale Rd near the Springfield Mall. The sheet of 1/4" 4x8 was I believe around $230 and they did the big cuts for me before I picked it up.
Hope this helps
Some people have asked me how did I attach the panels so let me see if I can explain this so it makes sense.
I didn't want to drill too many holes in my tub so I came up with sort of a clamping system.
The rear panels are bolted together at the inside by the rollbar and screwed thru the tub to a piece of steel under the edge of the tub.
The hole or notch at the rear panel is so I can run my washer and elecrical lines to the hard top as the panel will fit with the hard top in place.
The side panels are screwed to 2 pieces of plate the clamp or squeeze the edge together as you tighten the screws.
For the access panel I lock it wit a pair of toggle clamps (Ithink that's what they are called with some foam seal added to prevent rattles.
I also added some foam to the lip the panel rests on and so far it seems to work as it does not rattle at all and stays nice and tight.
Here are some pics to hopefully show how it works.
I also added 4 more tie downs so I can tie down the soft top, but now can strap down cooler, sleeping bags or any other items that I don't stick underneath.
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Why didn't you run it all the way so that the hard top sits on the outer edge? And how did you taper the edge facing the tailgate with that curve? Just asking cause I need this badly. Already had my JK broken into once.
this is perfect and exactly what i am looking for. Did you have the metal shop make that bend for you behind the rear seats? I really like how you made it able to open and close i was thinking about doing that but i think just a flat piece would be much easier haha, any way looks great man i will be using your write up for mine as soon as i can find the diamond plate.
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