JLU Rear Seat Replacement Platform Installation

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I had been looking for an option to give me more storage and a level surface in the rear of my 2019 Wrangler JLUR. I don't use the rear seats so removing them wasn't a problem. The solution I went with is a Rear Seat Delete/Sleeping Platform from Springtail. It meets my needs of simple, cost effective, and looks great. I didn't want to wait for the production model, so I purchased a pre-production model that is nearly identical. I paid for this, and am in no way affiliated with Springtail.

Here is my experience with installation. Please note that I am NOT a mechanic, have minimal tool skills, and am not claiming to be a professional or offer advice. This is for a 2019 4-Door JLUR.

Step one: Remove both rear doors. I have a thread up on this for the non-mechanically inclined (like me).
Step Two: Remove Rear seat. Also have a separate thread up on this topic.
Step Three: Install Platform. The platform came with thorough instructions. Please follow these. Doc at Springtail is very responsive. I found installation simple, even for a beginner.

I used the tools I had on hand: 11mm socket (instructions say 7/16" and I'd go with that if I had one), 5/32" allen wrench, and 18mm socket, and ratcheting wrench. I had difficulty finding a proper silicone plug, so I used Gorilla tape. The parts came packaged very well. Any white spots you see in the photos are from the packing peanuts, or dust from my workspace. The black powercoat finish was excellent.
Photo 1, is of all pieces.

I laid out the 3 large flat platform pieces. I will refer to the "Front" of the platform as the portion that goes toward the front of the Jeep. "Top" is the surface of the platform facing the Jeep roof when installed, and "Underside" (or "bottom" in the instructions) the part that faces downwards toward the floor when installed. All 3 large flat pieces were etched with their position on the Underside ("USA Driver", "Center", and "USA Passenger"). Photos 2 & 3.

I lined them up, in order, with the Underside facing up. Red arrows show the etches. Photo 4

I used the supplied hex-head bolts and nylock nuts to attach the two flat strips to the two end pieces first, then attached these to the Center piece using the 11mm socket and 5/32" allen wrench. I just snugged them all hand tight. Photo 5 & 6

Flat strips attached to platform pieces, nylock nuts on the Underside. Photo 7

I installed the "L" bracket on the top side of the front of the platform. Photo 8

Since I installed this in a rural and remote location, I was unable to find a suitable silicone plug for the hole where the 18mm bolt was removed in the flat bed of the Jeep body. I used what I had - Gorilla tape, and topped it off with red duct tape. Photo 9

I then replaced the four 18mm bolts that had been removed on the slanted part of the Jeep bed, noted with blue arrows in the photo below. The green star shows where a silicone plug should go, an the yellow arrows show the four, round spacer pieces that go over the four bolt holes in the Jeep floor.
Photo 10

I replaced the four M12 floor bolts with ones that were 1/2" longer, and bolted the four riser platform support mounts as shown below. The upright portion is closest to the front seatbacks. Photo 11

I looked at the ridges on the Jeep bed, and placed the foam cushion strips on the Underside rear of the platform, close to the edge, where it looked like the platform might contact the bed. Photo 12

Here's the install: Photo 13, 14

And with rear carpet reinstalled: Photo 15


The "L" Bracket mounted up, rear charging ports, window buttons, and vents still accessible. Photo 16


Lots of storage space underneath, and rear floor carpet remains for insulation: Photo 17

I put some rubber non-slip mat for my dog and her crate. It now sits level. Crate weighs about 40 ponds, dog weighs about 26 pounds (but don't tell her I disclosed her weight!) I duct taped the edge so that she doesn't catch the mat edge when she jumps in. I also want to be able to remove everything without marring the nice Springtail finish if I ever go with a different setup. Photo 18 & 19

Here's the link for those interested. Like I mentioned, I am NOT affiliated in any way with Springtail.
http://store.springtailsolutions.com/Jeep-JL-Unlimited-4-Door-Rear-Seat-Delete_p_84.html IMG_20191018_Photo 1.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 2.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 3.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 4.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 5.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 6.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 7.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 8.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 9.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 10.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 11.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 12.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 13.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 14.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 15.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 16.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 17.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 18.jpg IMG_20191018_Photo 19.jpg





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That’s awesome. I made a homemade version out of wood as I can’t stand the lack of storage and wanted to camp in the back

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That’s awesome. I made a homemade version out of wood as I can’t stand the lack of storage and wanted to camp in the back

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Very cool! I don't have the skills for that.
 

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Nice installation write up! Thanks!!

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