How To Install A Truck Tool Box: A Step By Step Guide To Tool Box Installation

The truck tool box is deigned in such a way that it can be anchored on the rig’s bed to offer you a secure, lockable room for storing all your essential truck tools/equipment.

As more and more people are appreciating the need to have a tool box for their trucks, so is their rising interest on how to perfectly install the same.

If you’d want to know to successfully install a tool box in your truck, follow our complete, DIY guide below.

Oh! And something else- the method discussed in this post lets you install the box without necessarily drilling holes on your truck. Good news for those who don’t wish to interfere with the integrity of their vehicles.

Of course, you’ll need some tools before you start doing the job. These are:

  • A pair of pliers/screwdrivers/spanner
  • Foam/padding material
  • Protective Overalls
  • Bolts, screws, nuts
  • Measuring tape
  • Working gloves
  • And truck tool box itself

Assuming you’ve these tools by your side, let’s start installing the truck tool box right away

Word of Caution:

When looking for the materials to use for your tool box installation, always ensure you obtain high-quality materials only. Ensure the tool box as well as the padding materials are top-quality. Both the foam and the padding sheet ought to have the same measurements as your tool box dimensions. You can obtain this by first measuring the upper side of your tool box and then buying a foam with similar dimensions (this will help keep off cases of tear and wear).

It’s also important to buy your bolts, nuts, and screws depending on what’s needed to fit the tool box in place.

All these materials are cheap and readily accessible at your local hardware, garage, or mechanic’s store.

Step One: Identify The Perfect Installation Location.

Before any attempts to install the box, it’s always advisable to measure the size of your box and the spaces around.

So, grab your measuring tape and get the right box measurements. With that in mind, now proceed to inspect your bed truck, and look for the perfect position to place your appliance.

Is it on the corner, front or side?

Ensure the location you pick enables your box lid to openly freely, without being hindered by the side rails.

When you’ve discovered the right location, move on to the next step…

Step Two: Time To Fit The Foam Padding.

Other than protecting your truck cargo bay (both the sides and bottom) from any potential damages, proper padding also helps preserve the paint job.

With that in mind, you’ll need to place some rubber foam padding before installing your tool box. Using the measuring tape, take the measurements of the length or width (depending on your box type) and then place it on your truck’s bed rail.

A quick NOTE: If your truck comes with a bed liner, you can opt to skip this step as the liner will adequately protect your truck from any attempts by the box to interfere with the paintjob or cause tear and wear.

Step Three: Align Your Tool Box With The Existing Holes.

Your truck’s cargo bay usually features some holes on its bottom surface- usually plugged with some rubber plugs.

Simply remove these plugs and align your box to the right position.

Open the cover to make it much easier to align the holes on the box bottom with those on your truck’s bed rail.

Step Four: Fit Your J-Hooks Or Any Other Types Of Bolts You Have.

When you’re satisfied with the alienation of the box and bed rail holes, the next step involves screwing the bolts into place.

As you know, different truck and tool boxes come with varied designs, which means you might be required to carry out this step before placing the box on the rails.

On average, you’ll need around 4 to 6 bolts to successfully fix your tool box in place.

Step Five: Now Tighten Your Tool box To The Bed Rails.

Use your pliers, screwdrivers, or spanner tighten the nuts/bolts to give your tool box a secure fit on the truck’s bed rail.

However, don’t apply too much force when tightening, as this might result in damages to the bed rails.

At the same time, don’t use little effort- this might leave some gaps between your tool box and bed, resulting in vibrations.

Just use the right amount of force to make the box remain firmly attached to the truck floor.

Step Six: Re-confirm Your Job.

Congrats! You’re next to done now. At this point, you’d want to examine your installation to ensure everything has fallen into place.

Lift the lid to see if it opens easily and correctly, without any hindrances.

You can also shake your box to see if it displays any shaking or vibrations.

Confirm that no washers, nut, or bolts have been left behind.

Bonus Tips: How To Install A Truck Tool Box

-When purchasing bolts or nuts, look for those special designs that feature a nut resembling an aluminum block that easily hooks to the rail. This ensure that your installation doesn’t become lose with time, owing to the rough vibrations and terrains.

-inspect your tool box on a regular basis, and clean it to remove any mud, debris and dirt present.

Final Verdict

Hurray ! You’ve juts installed a truck tool box on your own! The above post is a simple a breakdown of all the essential materials, steps, and cautions you need to follow to properly anchor your tool box in your truck.

You don’t need to have any experience in the field or have prior installation experience to do this task. It’s really straightforward and takes minimal time and effort to complete.

Because this method requires no drilling of holes on your truck, you won’ interfere with the integrity of your vehicle. The padding too will help prevent tear and wear and make the paint job remain untouched.

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