Installing a truck tool box is a great way to save your truck from scratches, rust, and damage loose cargo can cause. Not only that, but it will keep your gear and cargo out of the harsh weather, ultimately extending its tools lifespan. It’s recommended that before you begin installing a truck tool box you protect your bed with a truck bed liner. Once you have that, let’s get started installing your toolbox on your truck bed.
When the install is finished you’ll have the best truck tool box securely fastened in place, so won’t move around when you’re driving on unfinished roads or trails. It will safely store your gear and equipment and lockable and organized box. Toolboxes come in many shapes and sizes and are made with various materials such as aluminum and stainless steel. If you’ve purchased a steel toolbox, you may need help lifting it into the back of your truck bed as steel toolboxes tend to be heavier than aluminum organizers.
How to Install a Truck Tool Box in 4 Steps – (Step-by-Step Guide)
Before we begin installing whichever of the best truck tool boxes you have, who want to make sure that you have the proper gear ready. Here are the most common tools needed to install an organizer safely.
- Protective or Thick Clothing
- Measuring Tape
- Screwdrivers or Cordless Drill
- Work Gloves
- Included Hardware – Nuts, Bolts, Screws
You may find you need something else not on this list, don’t be afraid to grab it. Without further ado, here are the five steps to installing a truck tool box (with bed liner).
1. Gather Materials
This step isn’t always required since your purchased toolbox may have already come with extra padding or foam type materials. This extra padding ( if you plan on purchasing) should be the same dimensions as the toolbox you’re installing. Use a measuring tape for exact measurements as this will help with the wear and tear of both your truck and the toolbox in the future.
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Most likely the toolbox you purchased includes the required bolts, nuts, screws that are required when installing toolbox to the truck bed or rails. If it doesn’t you should go to a hardware store or a local garage to grab some.
Asked about the measuring tape because were about to measure your truck to make sure the toolbox fits correctly (and remember to check if if it works with your truck bed tent). Inspect the area you plan on installing the toolbox. It all fits correctly or wipe down the surface and get your toolbox ready.
3. Lay down the Foam
This step is straightforward. Grab the foam material that’s either included with your purchase or that you picked up from the store and lay it down in the area you will be installing your toolbox in. Make sure the foam has been cut to proper measurements for installing.
4. Anchoring your Tool Box
In this step you will anchor the toolbox to your truck bed. Anchoring your toolbox will make sure it’s secure and won’t move on future drives. Firstly, make sure that your box fits under your tonneau cover if you have one. If your toolbox happens to be made of a plastic material, you should have your drill ready to drill holes through it for the bolts and nuts that will lock it into place.
If you’re installing a metal toolbox it should have came with the required hardware. Generally these are installed with a special sort of bolt – a J-bolt. These bolts Will be screwed into the pre-drilled holes and into the truck bed (like you may have done with your truck bed extender), securing it in place properly. Finishing this step with the metal toolbox is fairly straightforward. All you have to do is line up the holes with the truck bed or truck rail and set them into place. Ensure the foam padding is still lined up properly underneath and inside the toolbox.
Now that the toolbox cover to locate where the holes are. Underneath the toolbox position the hook of the J-bolt with the rail bed of the truck. Fix the rubber plugs that were included. Now finally, place the knots and position and begin to tighten them with pliers. Don’t screw them into hard or apply too much pressure, making them tight is enough.
Installing a truck tool box in a truck with bed liner is very straightforward. You’ll want to clean them once in a while to remove all the dirt and debris that builds up over time. Make sure when you’re finished a truck toolbox is securely fastened to the rail bed and don’t use too much force to tighten it as it may cause damage to the truck bed rail. I’m sure you’ve learned a few things I have amounts toolbox to your truck with bedliner in this article. You should be ready for DIY install of your truck organizer now. Thanks for reading, leave a comment below with any questions or information you would like to add to this article.