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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 find it difficult to install properly. While putting it in may seem daunting at a first glance, in reality, it’s an optimized and quick process that will get you on the road in no time. With all that being said, here is how to install a truck toolbox!

Find the Right Toolbox

In order to easily install a truck toolbox, it is imperative that you buy the right one ahead of time. Measure your truck bed and find out 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! As a means to make sure it is the proper size try lowering it into place and opening the lid ensuring that nothing is blocking the hinges of the box.

Identify what Tools You will Need Ahead of Time

Before installation, gather the tools you need. You should secure a drill, J-hooks/nuts, measuring tape, and a wrench ahead of time. It is not a bad 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 and scratch. In order to prevent these damages, you should lay down some foam or rubber padding ahead of time. Keep in mind 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 truck already has these holes then skip the first step. 

  1. Measure the placement of the box carefully and drill four to six holes in the bed with a power drill where the bottom of the toolbox is going to rest on. 
  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 important to make sure that the bolts are not overtightened as this can cause rail damage.
  4. Make sure that everything is working properly 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 comes in handy as there are many truck owners who would be hesitant to drill a hole in their vehicle. The process to install a toolbox without drilling is nearly identical to the steps you take when you drill. All you have to do is skip the first step and you will be well on your way to having a truck bed toolbox.

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

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