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someone asked me about how much ventilation the fridge ended up with, whether i need to drill holes in that divider... i think it has enough space on all sides, but we'll see when summer comes!

 

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That really came out nice K!

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That really came out nice K!

 

thanks D.

 

the new foam pad and a new sleeping bag comes tomorrow - so might have to test it tomorrow night!

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the final(?) sleep area issue

 

after testing out the sleeping arrangement for a few hours the other night, i was happy with everything except my toes always touched the tailgate area.

 

i'm just under 6' 1" and though there were a couple inches more space than that, i couldn't quite "stretch out". when laying down your toes point away, so you need more space that just your actual height... especially with size 13 shoes ;)

 

i figured i only needed about 3" more room, so i took the passenger seat out hoping to modify either the slide or the recline feature to get those few inches. i didn't want to just move the entire slide further forward on the base, as that would put the passenger seat always further forward than the driver side.

 

 

the "fix"

 

the recline mechanism doesn't have external stops, everything seems to be sealed up inside a little puck. however, the entire bracket for it was easily rotated forward.

 

the original position of the seat-back with the recline feature all the way forward:

 

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here is the seat back/recliner mechanism bracket that i was able to rotate forward a few degrees:

 

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i loosened the lower bolt, removed the front bolt, and then had to just eyeball where to drill the new hole. it came out fairly close, only had to go up one size on the step-bit to get the bolt in!

 

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on the inside part of the seat, the back edge of the seat belt receiver and emergency tensioner assembly would hit the rotated bracket. i was able to remove a little material from the seat-back bracket to make enough room to not pinch the leather cover.

 

here i have the seat belt receiver assembly temporarily removed:

 

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first attempt clearancing the seat-back bracket on that side (i ended up trimming just a bit more than this):

 

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all trimmed up and bolted in the new position:

 

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there was a slight drag when leaning the seat forward after all this. a couple washers to act as spacers between the seat-back bracket and the seat frame was all i needed to solve that issue (2 on each side, just on that forward bolt).

 

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the bolt for the seat belt (on the outside edge of the seat) just fit back in without needing to trim that side of the bracket, woot!

 

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of course i lost some of the recline by doing this mod. here's the new maximum reclined position of the passenger seat compared to the factory driver seat setup:

 

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...but i gained this much lean in the forward direction:

 

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conclusion

 

this took me about 45 minutes (with stopping to take photos). for my effort, i gained only 2" at the sleep platform... but if you take into account the height of the 3" foam and a pillow - i gained around 5" where my head actually rests.

 

i laid down briefly and my toes weren't touching the tailgate any more! i'll still have to give it a full night's test, but i think this whole sleeping area thing is finally finished. i'm looking forward to years of comfortable and easy sleeping arrangements at lots of interesting campsites!

 

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Good work K, now time to field test.

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Rear storage looks well thought, out and ingeniously executed. In following your threads, you seem to find the coolest little gadgets to complete your tasks. (I found ORP from one of your posts on Expedition Portal) Well done.

I wish the after market still catered to TJ/LJ, as well as the JK. I'd like to do something similar to the back of my LJ, someday.

 

What is the length of your shovels handle? Does it telescope in and out?

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Rear storage looks well thought, out and ingeniously executed. In following your threads, you seem to find the coolest little gadgets to complete your tasks. (I found ORP from one of your posts on Expedition Portal) Well done.

I wish the after market still catered to TJ/LJ, as well as the JK. I'd like to do something similar to the back of my LJ, someday.

 

What is the length of your shovels handle? Does it telescope in and out?

 

 

thanks for the kind words!

 

that is a 40" CESS Stainless Folding Shovel, the handle is actually 29" long and does not telescope. it's fine for emergencies and digging cat holes. i wouldn't go out with the intention of doing major trail work with it. not that it isn't sturdy, just the short handle would get old and it's not particularly "cupped" so slinging mud would also take forever.

 

CESS appears to be a random China importer or manufacturer. along with some really random stuff, they also make a non-folding version, and 28" one with wooden handle: http://amzn.to/2ksLjar

 

i also considered the SMS Aluminum Speed Shovel, but couldn't bring myself to pay over $100 for a short digging tool!

 

then there's the multi-tool type shovels... i used to carry a Max Ax in my XJ and though pricey, it's a very sturdy "real" tool (should have never sold it!). the Hi-Lift Handle-All is more popular (probably due to the cost). i've never tried the Handle-All, but it looks a little rickety to me.

 

P.S. i hear you on the TJ/LJ thing... when i got into the WJ there were really only a couple companies making anything serious for it... the support for JK's is great right now, but they will be old news to the aftermarket as soon as the 2018 Wrangler drops!

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Very very nice work Kris!! It always makes me smile to see how ingenious you are!

smiles, ladybug

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