With the ever growing rate of vehicle break-ins, owners had little available options that offered easy accessibility and maximum security. Luckily, the folks from Tuffy Products out of Cortez, Colorado have made state-of-the-art products for many types of vehicles. Since 1989, Tuffy Products have been manufacturing a variety of high-quality security solutions for law enforcement and security firms. As a growing company, they have expanded their capabilities into custom applications for the average guy who wants the best in the industry to protect his valuables.
Our test mule is a ’15 Ford F-150 FX4 that gets used daily in the city to go to work and used out in the country on the weekends hunting wildlife. With various demands for this truck, a variety of maximum security lockable boxes were chosen from the Tuffy Products website for installation—PN 316-01, the full width under rear set lockbox, PN 317-01, a console insert, PN 303-01, a Portable large safe, and PN 088-005, a one-key-alike kit.
The folks over at Tuffy Products have this DIY process down to a science. Not only was installing their product easy for any DIYer, but they also use high-quality materials that have a proven track record for making high-tech security products. So, if you ever happen to find yourself wanting the peace of mind knowing your valuable items are safe inside your vehicle, look no further than Tuffy Security Products. Follow along below as we make quick work of the install, and make sure to check out the Tuffy website to see just what is available for your vehicle.
| We needed added security for our ’15 Ford F-150, so for this install we picked out four different Tuffy products: the full width under rear seat lockbox (PN 316-01), the console insert (PN 317-01), portable large safe (PN 303-01), and the One-Key Alike Kit (PN 088-005).
| We like the simple design of the Tuffy large portable safe that allowed us to either lock-up items inside the safe box or take the whole unit with us indoors if desired.
| The portable safe is installed under the front passenger seat. We took the supplied cable and made a loop around the rear seat mounting bracket, then back through the end loop on the cable.
| The safe has a cutout in the front to secure the open-end loop of the supplied cable as shown.
| Next, you can add whatever you want locked up inside the safe and close the lockable lid.
| Now you can slide the safe under the seat for transporting to your destination.
| If you want to take the safe with you, just unlock the lid with your key, remove the attached cable, and close the lid.
| For the F-150 crew cab full-width under rear set lockbox, we were quite shocked to hear that the custom specific under seat lock box did not require any modifications to the truck and only used the factory mounting locations to secure it. First, we unboxed all the brackets and hardware supplied with the lockbox.
| We flipped both rear seats bottom up and remove all your personal items from the factory storage area.
| Starting on one side, we used a 13mm socket to remove the OEM outer seat mount bolt that secures the seat to the floor.
| This allowed the seat mount to move enough to slip the bracket and carriage bolt under the mount as shown.
| Next, we the same to the other side of the truck.
| We placed the lockbox inside the truck and aligned the carriage bolts up to the mounting holes on the back of the box.
| With the carriage bolts through the lockbox back wall, we installed the supplied washers and Wing Knob nuts.
| Now we laid down the seat bottoms to check the side-to-side alignment.
| Once we were satisfied with the alignment, we tightened down the lockbox to secure it in place.
| Finally, we reinstalled the factory seat bolts and enjoyed the newly installed lockbox.
| We were quite happy with the amount of space the lockbox provided.
| Now we were on to the F-150’s Flow-thru console insert install.
| First we removed all contents from the center console including the rubber bottom mat.
| We opened the lid of the insert and installed the supplied hardware.
| Proper installation required placement the console insert into the console on edge diagonally, with the upper surface of the insert facing the driver side as shown.
| Then, we rotated the insert with the logo facing up.
| Next, we inserted the rear mounting plate and secured it in place with the supplied screws.
| Install the front mounting plate and secure with supplied screws.
| Next, lift the main lid assembly and push down the front/back mounting legs.
| Install the two bottom plates and secure in place with the supplied screws.
| Reinstall the factory bottom rubber mat.
| Place your lockable items into the lockable console as desired and lock.
| Finally, place the factory coin tray back in place over the locked console and close the main console lid. You are all set and you can now feel confident that your valuable items are now secure.