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Old 04-14-2015, 03:32 PM
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Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

Looking under my JGC Limited, I noticed everything from the front bumper to the rear axle seems to all be at about the same level under the vehicle. Even without skid plates, it's like a flat bottom boat.

Then I get to the area behind the rear axle, where the spare tire well is. It's about 5-6 inches higher (or more) until you get to the rear bumper where it's back down to the same level as everything else.

Since that extra height won't help when off-roading (anything that high would hang up on the bumper), I was wondering if anyone new of any kind of (lockable) tool box add-on that could be frame mounted underneath to make use of that dead space.

Personally, I wish they had simply made the wheel well a bit deeper to provide room for more tool storage over top of the spare tire. Heck, they could even sell a kit with two half moon trays with a set of tools with the Jeep name all over them.

The idea is, I want to find a better place for my socket set, recovery hitch and strap and other tools instead of having a tool box or bag in the cargo area where it takes up space and tempts thieves who might be able to spot it even through the tint.

Anyone know of anything?

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Old 04-14-2015, 04:59 PM
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

There is a seat bottom sized storage area under the floor under each front seat. Your battery is in the passenger side. The driver's side may be empty, providing a hidden, dry storage area or it may have electronics in it depending on the options your Jeep has.

Move the seat all the way forward and prise the top up from the rear.

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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

If you go south of the boarder you can get those storage(wink)areas made cheap.
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There is a seat bottom sized storage area under the floor under each front seat. Your battery is in the passenger side. The driver's side may be empty, providing a hidden, dry storage area or it may have electronics in it depending on the options your Jeep has.

Move the seat all the way forward and prise the top up from the rear.

Dan
Mine has a module in that compartment. I'm assuming it's for the Nav system since I don't have the Quadralift and I added the Nav system. I suppose it could be for the tow package (trailer brakes or controls for the wire harnesses), but I would assume it's for the nav system since that is sometimes a dealer add on.

I wish it were empty - that's some epic storage there.
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If you go south of the boarder you can get those storage(wink)areas made cheap.
Nah - those always go in the gas tank - and I want all 24 gallons...

If it were easier to get to the compartment where the air tank for the Quadra-Lift normally goes, I'd put some stuff in there....unless someone knows an easy way to open and close it without creating loose panels.
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

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Looking under my JGC Limited, I noticed everything from the front bumper to the rear axle seems to all be at about the same level under the vehicle. Even without skid plates, it's like a flat bottom boat.

Then I get to the area behind the rear axle, where the spare tire well is. It's about 5-6 inches higher (or more) until you get to the rear bumper where it's back down to the same level as everything else.

Since that extra height won't help when off-roading (anything that high would hang up on the bumper), I was wondering if anyone new of any kind of (lockable) tool box add-on that could be frame mounted underneath to make use of that dead space.

Personally, I wish they had simply made the wheel well a bit deeper to provide room for more tool storage over top of the spare tire. Heck, they could even sell a kit with two half moon trays with a set of tools with the Jeep name all over them.

The idea is, I want to find a better place for my socket set, recovery hitch and strap and other tools instead of having a tool box or bag in the cargo area where it takes up space and tempts thieves who might be able to spot it even through the tint.

Anyone know of anything?
I have all that stuff in with the spare tire. I put them in Klien canvas tool bags though, wrenches, sockets, receiver shackle mount and even a recovery rope.
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

I was thinking the same thing as the OP. If the spare was hung under the floor where all that open space is you could store all kinds of things in the area where the spare currently is.
I saw a '14 Overland the other day that had what looked like a skid plate between the rear bumper and axle. Would it be there protecting something or just covering the open space?
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

Ive been thinking about making a frame that swings down to hold 2 jerry cans under there.
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

The spare is mounted under the rear floor on the Durango in what is unused space on gas powered Grand Cherokees. I wish that they had done that on the Grand Cherokees as well; at least the gas powered ones, as the DEF tank is mounted there on the diesels. That is probably what Greg 63 saw. The SRT Grand Cherokees have a panel there to make the underside flat. I would think that having that big "hole" there wouldn't be great for aerodynamics.
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

Yep the big space you're referring to is where the DEF tank is located on the EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee.

First thing I thought of when I saw it was 'more fuel capacity'.
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First thing I thought of when I saw it was 'more fuel capacity'.
Only if you have the trailer tow package...
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The spare is mounted under the rear floor on the Durango in what is unused space on gas powered Grand Cherokees. I wish that they had done that on the Grand Cherokees as well; at least the gas powered ones, as the DEF tank is mounted there on the diesels. That is probably what Greg 63 saw. The SRT Grand Cherokees have a panel there to make the underside flat. I would think that having that big "hole" there wouldn't be great for aerodynamics.
If the Durango has the spare under there, is it possible to use some of the Dodge parts to do the same on the GC?
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