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How to Install a Truck Toolbox

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How to Install a Truck Toolbox

A truck toolbox is a great way to store your tools for road trips, camping, or just going to work. Truck toolboxes are designed with a durable material to protect the tools from damage and theft. Because of the overall weight and size of the toolbox, one might need help installing it correctly. While putting it in may seem daunting at first glance, it’s an optimized and quick process that will get you on the road in no time. That said, here is how to install a truck toolbox!

Find the Right Toolbox

To easily install a truck toolbox, you must buy the right one ahead of time. Measure your truck bed and determine what width and height your vehicle can handle. No one wants to purchase a big metal toolbox only to find out it can’t fit! To ensure it is the proper size, try lowering it into place and opening the lid, ensuring that nothing is blocking the hinges of the box.

Identifying the Tools, You Need Ahead of Time

Before installation, gather the tools you need. It would be best if you secured a drill, J-hooks/nuts, measuring tape, and a wrench ahead of time. It is a good idea to find some safety gloves as well.

Protecting Your Truck From Scratches

Although toolboxes offer your vehicle many benefits, they can also cause a lot of harm if you are not careful. Due to the size and material of the toolbox, as it comes into contact with your truck bed, there is a decent chance that both surfaces will rub against each other and scratch. To prevent these damages, you should lay down some foam or rubber padding ahead of time. Remember that you can skip this step if your truck already has a durable bed liner installed.

Truck Toolbox Installation Guide

As mentioned previously, Sometimes trucks have pre-drilled holes, and sometimes they do not. If your vehicle already has these holes, then skip the first step. 

  1. Measure the box placement carefully and drill four to six holes in the bed with a power drill where the bottom of the toolbox will rest. 
  2. Lower the toolbox into place, and once everything is aligned, use J-hooks or nuts and bolts to secure the box into its location.
  3. Tighten the bolts until they are snug and the box no longer has any freedom to shake around. While doing this, it is vital to ensure that the bolts are not overtightened, as this can cause rail damage.
  4. Make sure that everything is working correctly, and Enjoy! 

How to install a toolbox without drilling?

Many trucks come with pre-installed holes in their bed. They often are plugged with rubber stoppers which can be taken out at any time, which allows you to install a toolbox when you please. This is handy as many truck owners would hesitate to drill a hole in their vehicle. 

Installing a toolbox without drilling is nearly identical to the steps you take when you drill. You must skip the first step, and you will be well on your way to having a truck bed toolbox.


Installing a truck toolbox is relatively straightforward. However, if you’re having a hard time, consider reaching out to an expert for help.

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