< Does quick google… > Well I’ll be damned. So much for that idea. I might, one day, be able to talk V into being cool with my dropping $1500 on a pair of front seats if it meant total comfort, but putting $3,000 in seats into a $2,500 truck—nevermind I’ve easily got $7k into it at this point—just doesn’t make sense.
Here’s to figuring out which Mercedes S-Class seats had heat, cool, and massage, and picking up a pair for $500 all-in. (Or something like that. I really don’t want power seats.)
That’s a good point. And reminds me I had forgot another mod I have planned for the headliner which actually kinda requires the headliner. It’s a roughly 300-strand fiber optic twinkle light kit like they have on them Bentleys and Rollers.
I’ll still be installing Noico in the ceiling, but I’ll be retaining the headliner. Or replacing it, maybe? I have tear in mine and it kinda bugs me. Then again, maybe I can just fit one of these slim, aluminum LED pods in that location. I’d like to have optional, white reading LEDs for the back, but not sure if I want to go with straight LED strips back there.
Orlly? If only mine had theater seating or whatever. Sometimes I like to think about raising the roof, Troopy-style, or installing a pop top a la Tim & Kelsey, but those are ideas for well, well into the future, imo.
Oh yeah, and a V8, too. Although, another quick google gets me even more curious. Apparently the 4.0 in the Disco II is good for something like 185hp/250tq, while the 3.5 V6 in the Pajero NL is 205hp/221tq. And yet I’ve watched the Disco just walk away from the Pajero when the road starts climbing. Hmmm…
Moving on to tailgate tables…
I think that’s totally doable, Chazz. If all I need from the toolkit is a couple pieces for the jack, I could put them in a pouch with the jack under the second row. (I currently keep a dozen or more empty plastic bags there for trash bags so I know there’s room.) This would allow me to remove the tool kit piece altogether, maybe removing the plastic trim from the upper ledge down.
Of course, that’s talking homebrew table. Not a bad idea, to be honest. Here’s the two kits I was looking at on Amazon.
E-Cowlboy’s Mopar Bootleg — $65.
- “About 27.6” x 12.4" x 1.5" when folded."
- Designed for Jeep Wrangler JL
Hooke Road Tailgate Table — $55.
- “Measures 24.7” x 12.3” x 1.5” when folded”
I don’t have a preference between these either way. I like the cup holders in the former, and the beefier, yet cleaner frame on the latter. Neither goes the width of my 44-inch-wide door, and both have reviews mentioning dodgy hardware and instructions.
A better bet would likely be doing something custom with the piano hinge. So long as I could attach a pull cord to the door handle and access the rear washer reservoir filler from time to time, I think a full-width shelf would be ideal.
Also seems like I should figure out the drawer setup first, though. Not only do I not want the folded table interfering with the floor or carpet trim, I also don’t want to lose access to a drawer on the passenger side. Not sure if I’d rather have a table to the right of a slim, slide-out stove or behind me, given a stove sliding out on the driver’s side.
I also saw the one with the extension, Phil. There were comments that it did not work as well as you might think. If I’m gonna make my own, though, I think I’d have it work like this:
- Unlatch, fold table UP, hung from stainless wires. (There goes molle storage underneath!)
- Unfold wing out to the right, slide simple, flat support beam across bottom of hinge, hang with wire.
Add a little shelf at the base of the window for, say, seasonings and such, and a switchable LED strip under the third brake light—all tucked nicely under a simple, DIY awning, and I’d be sitting very pretty, methinks.
To this day I am still jealous of Chazz’s setup when we stopped for lunch at the abandoned fuel station in the desert en route to AAV’s MR in Big Bear. Shit you not, it’s 110°F/43°C and dude gets out of driver’s seat, flips a couple latches, extends a generous awning, and grabs a sandwich in the time it takes me to dig through all my shit deep enough to access the cooler in the backset, at which point I had to make sammiches on the seat in the sun.
CC: @MrGalantguy I know you’re thinking about this stuff, too, brother. What you figure?