The busy hands will know that it is a good thing to have your tools handy at all times. In fact, I’m sure that’s the reason you bought the truck in the first place, is to help you make your work easier. But your truck seats might not be able to take all your tools, at the same time, you might have to carry some people along with you.
However, it is important that you get a toolbox to help you arrange your tools in order, and make it easy for you to retrieve them easily. As a result, you will need to learn how to install a toolbox correctly into your truck with a bed liner.
In this post, we will be showing you the essential tools you will need to use without having to drill a hole, and the processes involved to help you come out with a fine finish. A truck toolbox is a great way to keep your tools safe and sound at the back of your truck protecting it against the elements. You will also be learning step by step in order to do it the right way.
WHAT TOOLS YOU NEED TO USE FOR THE INSTALLATION
Surely, you must know that before you begin the installation there are certain tools you need to put in place to be used throughout the entire process. You will be needing screws, screwdrivers, bolts, nuts, a spanner, measuring tape, protection for yourself, gloves too. Make sure you purchase high-end materials so you don’t face any interruption due to the poor quality of the tools.
THE TYPE OF TOOL BOX YOU NEED
Your needs should pretty much inform the type of toolbox you need to get. There are basically two types – the detachable and the fitting one.
The detachable one, as the name implies, is one you can use without having to leave the toolbox permanently. There are different brands and types, you can get the best brands after finding out the different brands.
All you need is as much as ten minutes to mount it on your truck. When you need more space at your truck’s bed liner you can always remove them. It is very easy to install and remove once you get the right size for your truck.
For the purpose of this post, we will be dwelling on the fitting bed liner. Now let us begin with the installation process.
THE PROPER INSTALLATION GUIDE
First Step: Measure and know where to fit the box
The first step should be for you to select the best place to place the toolbox. Once you have made up your mind on where you want it to be, then you can start taking measurements. This is where the measuring tape comes in handy.
Once you know the size the box, then you can go right ahead to look for where best to fit the box too. Be careful to place the box where you can open the lid easily.
Second step: Properly Align the Box with the Bed Rail
You will need to align the box with the holes made by the truck’s manufacturers. Most of these trucks come with holes just in case you want to add a toolbox, and if you have them, the first priority is fitting the box with the hole.
If you can’t see the holes, try to look for rubber plugs and pull them out, they cover the holes most times. Once the cover plugs are off, you can see the holes clearly, and aligning should not be a problem anymore.
Third Step: Place your Bolts
Now that you are sure you have aligned the box well enough, you need to place your bolts on. Please, check again if the box and the bed liner rails are in sync. If they are not aligned, you will have a tough time driving the bolts from one end, and seeing it through the other end.
However, if you are sure of the placement, you can drive in your bolts. They should be able to fit in smoothly without finding any friction.
Please note that there are different toolbox designs. That said, you might need to set the bolts before you even aligning. Ideally, you need about four to eight bolts for the entire process.
Fourth Step: Tighten the Bolts and Nuts
The fourth step is the final step in the installation procedure. Here, you have to make sure you tighten your bolts and nuts together. The way you tighten it is what makes it either firmly or wobbly. You will need to tighten it as securely as you can so that it can sit well in your truck.
Be careful not to tighten it to the point where you damage your railings. You might need it for something else some other time. Your screwdrivers or spanner would find their use here.
Be sure not to leave gaps between the bolts and nuts. If you have gaps, it will make it easy for the bolt and nuts to loosen one day because of constant vibrations. Only exert the necessary amount of force required to have the job done neatly.
When you go to the store to get bolts, you might need to take your truck along so that you know which one fits so well. This will save you from future problems and you don’t have to worry about any vibration.
Fifth Step: It Doesn’t Hurt to Check Everything One Last Time
After all, must have been set, it would be very helpful to check all ends properly one last time. This will help you gain more confidence about what you have done, and it will also help you see if you have left out a part. Just take precautions.
In conclusion, you can see that we have broken the entire process into little achievable bits. You do not need any prior experience as you may think, all you need to do is just to follow our easy guide, and you will be able to install your toolbox in no time. The instructions are very direct and simple.
You should never forget to regularly examine your toolbox to watch out for any loose ends. Clean it if you have to. Make sure it is neat enough and doesn’t cause any friction when you need to open the lid. If it is stained by anything, be sure to remove it.