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Bed Storage Locks - Full DIY Write Up

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by floridaoccifer, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Jun 30, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    floridaoccifer

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    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!!

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!!)

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    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...

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

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    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 :)


     
  2. Jun 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    Primersinmyshoe

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    Great idea! Thanks
     
  3. Jun 30, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    kramer2k

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    Great idea. Rep for you!
     
  4. Jun 30, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    ppham444

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    Great write-up!
     
  5. Jun 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM
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    brutalguyracing

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    sweet write up
     
  6. Jun 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM
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    RainDodger

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    Nicely done, easy, cheap and a good description. Thanks for the idea.
     
  7. Jun 30, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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    rex99

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    :popcorn: for later use
     
  8. Jun 30, 2010 at 5:56 PM
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    AndrewFalk

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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.
     
  9. Jun 30, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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    SlurpeeBlueMetallic

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    Nice write-up... subbed for a slow weekend when I have time for a quick project.
     
  10. Jun 30, 2010 at 6:08 PM
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    HondaGM

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  11. Jun 30, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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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
     
  12. Jun 30, 2010 at 6:15 PM
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    Beautiful. I've been wanting to do this for a while but wasn't exactly sure how. Looks great!
     
  13. Jun 30, 2010 at 7:50 PM
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    Great idea, and you did a great job on the write up and pics.
    Thanks.
     
  14. Jun 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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    Just added this 2 my favorites. Great idea!!
     
  15. Jun 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM
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    Sweet. I was looking at mine today and thinking about how to add locks.. Saved me some time.
     
  16. Jun 30, 2010 at 8:48 PM
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    same
     
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  18. Jun 30, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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    Awesome... I'm going to do it just because the stock latches suck haha.
     
  19. Jul 1, 2010 at 8:45 AM
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    Subbed this is awesome......rep
     
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    great write-up
     
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