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Old 06-30-2010, 04:25 PM   #1
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Bed Storage Locks - Full DIY Write Up

Well after seeing various write ups on the bed storage lock idea I figured I would take things a step further and hopefully clear up the process. This is not a time consuming task and from start to finish I spent maybe 20 minutes converting/installing all three knobs.

Items needed:

- Phillips Screwdriver #2 bit
- Utility Knife
- Flush Cutters
- Step Drill Bit
- Power Drill
- Adjustable Pliers (not pictured)
- Loctite (if you feel the need / not pictured)
- X3 Utility Cabinet Locks 5/8" (16mm - Less than $5.00 each at HomeDepot) - CHECK FOR MATCHING KEY NUMBERS!!





Start by removing both doors. Turn over and remove all factory hardware (1 screw in each knob)





Then locate the "tab" on each door. Take your flush cutters and carefully remove each one. Once they have been removed you can use your utility knife to clean up the surface making things completely flush.







Then separate your locking components. The long locking rod works great as well as the 1/4" turn spacer. Place all other parts to the side, they will not be used/needed.





Then place your step bit into your drill (these are available at harbor freight for around $20. These are one of the best tool investments I have ever run across). Start from one side of the panel and slowly widen the hole to 3/4" . They flip the panel over and widen the opposite side to 3/4". (since this is a tapered drill bit you can not drill straight through!!)



Now assemble the locking mechanism according to the instructions. Make sure that your key alignment and locking tab are correctly oriented. Use loctite at this point to insure everything stays secure. Once you have verified everything works its time for the last step...



The last step is nothing more than taking your adjustable pliers and bending the lock bar for a more secure fit.





Obviously this is not going to stop anyone from getting inside of your storage bins but its a good way to make them move on to the next vehicle.

I hope this helps out...


Enjoy


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Great idea! Thanks
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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Great idea. Rep for you!
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:38 PM   #4
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Great write-up!
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:52 PM   #5
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sweet write up
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:49 PM   #6
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Nicely done, easy, cheap and a good description. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:54 PM   #7
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:56 PM   #8
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I've been thinking about doing this for a while now. I just don't feel comfortable leaving anything in those compartments right now.
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Nice write-up... subbed for a slow weekend when I have time for a quick project.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:08 PM   #10
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:14 PM   #11
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good stuff, FYI, long beds that don't have the power outlet will require 4 locks, my access cab has the same size compartments on both sides of the bed, each with 2 locks
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:50 PM   #13
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Great idea, and you did a great job on the write up and pics.
Thanks.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:47 PM   #15
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Sweet. I was looking at mine today and thinking about how to add locks.. Saved me some time.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:30 PM   #17
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:46 PM   #18
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Awesome... I'm going to do it just because the stock latches suck haha.
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