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Installing a cam lock for your bedside storage mod

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Caliph420, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. Aug 17, 2016 at 6:54 AM
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    Caliph420

    Caliph420 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I had this in my build page but thought other people may be interested in the process I used to key my cabinets

    Note: Buy 2 keyed alike locks so you only have one key for the 2 cabinets, I ended up buying them online since the hardware store didnt have them to purchase like that

    1) Remove actual cabinet box from bed

    2) Take door to cabinet and use a [​IMG] step bit to drill a hole in the center the diameter of your [​IMG] file cabinet lock. You want it to fit snugly so the hex nut will pinch the plastic good when it is tightened and most come with a little metal circle with 2 sharp ends which hold the lock firmly in place once it is tightened down with the hex nut

    3) Put back the newly keyed door [​IMG] into the original place in the cabinet and put some caulking or paste on the [​IMG] ^ tab which sticks out the right. When you take the key and turn the lock it will leave a mark on the inside of the cabinet where you need to drill a slot.

    4) Drill a series of holes like this [​IMG] in the top of the cabinet so the lock can engage the top part of the cabinet when it is closed and lock and is secure. This part is super critial to meaure correctly because even a little play messes up the whole process. Also the cabinet boxes are fiberglass and no fun to drill in. I filed down the edges of the drilled holes so it makes a smooth slot like this [​IMG] The opening is larger at the front so the tab can catch the slot easier and then narrows so it fits snugly once its in the locked position. Very possible to jack up the whole thing up by not making the slot precisely where it needs to be to have a smooth action on the lock, just a heads up.
     
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  2. Aug 17, 2016 at 9:40 AM
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    Rambeaux

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    Nice job!

    Btw, at first I thought you keyed your bed with some cabinets. Glad that wasn't the case.
     
  3. Aug 17, 2016 at 11:12 AM
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  4. Aug 17, 2016 at 11:18 AM
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    :welder::sawzall:wheres the fun in that? :boink: if you see my build page Im not really about droppin tons of cash buying stuff for my truck, I have made a bunch of things for it though, backwoods custom stylie ;)
     
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  5. Oct 6, 2016 at 6:16 PM
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    Thanks Caliph420 for the great tip! If I pull the trigger on that 2017, this will be my first modification!
     
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  7. Dec 8, 2016 at 6:46 PM
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    If you look around enough you can find some lock kits that fit the standard hole avoiding the need to drill. I used mailbox locks for mine, no drill required.
     
  8. Dec 20, 2016 at 11:41 AM
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    You have a link or more info on these?
     
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  10. Dec 20, 2016 at 12:28 PM
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  11. Dec 20, 2016 at 12:40 PM
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  12. Dec 20, 2016 at 12:46 PM
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  13. Dec 20, 2016 at 2:17 PM
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    There are def advantages to replacing the knobs with locks as far as simplicity. The way I did it you could easily jack it up so it doesn't work good or at all. My main thing was wanting 1 key for 2 cabinets and 1 lock to open each cabinet for easier access.
     
  14. Dec 20, 2016 at 2:57 PM
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    I would do this if they weren;t plastic, so easy to bypass the lock.
     
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    I'm targeting that jerk walking by my truck in a parking lot or while my truck is parked somewhere in the woods. Anyone who really wants to get in there is gonna do it. Its just a deterrent against lazy thieves.
     
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  16. Dec 20, 2016 at 3:11 PM
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    I'm a lazy thief. I only steal ideas.
     
  17. Dec 20, 2016 at 3:14 PM
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    Thank you Tacomaworld for that. Great times browsing all this info and dreamin up random crap to change on the Taco.
     
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  18. Jan 10, 2017 at 8:21 PM
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    I just noticed the earlier Tacoma's have these extra storage pockets close to the wheel wells. Some are just in front and some are almost right over the wheel wells. I am thinking about adding these. Has anyone done this or does anyone know the part numbers? Thanks! I think 2014 and earlier.

    Screenshot_20170110-221103~2.jpg
     
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