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Old 01-26-2006, 12:11 PM
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Question Tool box solutions

I was thinking about adding a tool box to my truck. I'm gonna go with a WeatherGuard if any at all. They make a pretty slick looking black diamond plate box that I just saw this week. My only apprehension is having a short bed, would I lose alot of room. I would like to have the box and still enough room to put a quad in the back. My friend and I go out every once and a while, he has a little 300ex he lets my mud around in. But I DO need the storage. Are there any alternatives? I have the soft, roll cover on now that you can see in my garage. I like it and if anything would slip underneath, that'd be nice too. Big description but a simple question over-all. Thanks for the help guys!

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Hey Nate! I thought about getting one myself but like you I was concerned about my ATV. My ATV is a monster and as it is I can get it in and JUST close the tailgate. If you measure though I'd be willing to bet you could still fit your ATV but you'd just have to leave the tailgate down and strap it in if you had a toolbox.
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I have a pretty large tool box from Adrian Steel, it's a stainless steel box. Pretty nice, it just needs cleaned up as it's dulled a lot from the weather. I had it on my old chevy which had a 6.5 foot bed. Most of the time I pulled the box off to haul my dirt bike because it wouldn't fit with it there. With my 8' bed on the psd I could fit the bike and the box, I just had to angle the bike to close the gate. I ended up taking the box of and leaving it off because I didn't wanna drill through the bed to mount it. Plus every time I smashed th pedal it'd go sliding back until it hit the wheel wells, and the near 400 pounds of tools inside surely had a small impact on miles and power...I know i'll never have a bed less than 8' again....
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what about an over the wheel well type box, they dont have quite the capacity, but take less of your usable bed up.......
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what about an over the wheel well type box, they dont have quite the capacity, but take less of your usable bed up.......
Right i was gonna sugest one of those rear conner boxes (we had a thread on them a long time ago) and if you go to a lowes (where i got my Better Built) brand box, they have little ABS two piece clamps which clamp to the bottom lip of the bedrail, tightened by one horizontal allen screw, then the box sits on the rail and has two allen screws per side that go vertically down into the clamps inside block.

Hopfully i didn't confuse you guys

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I was thinking about adding a tool box to my truck. I'm gonna go with a WeatherGuard if any at all. They make a pretty slick looking black diamond plate box that I just saw this week. My only apprehension is having a short bed, would I lose alot of room. I would like to have the box and still enough room to put a quad in the back. My friend and I go out every once and a while, he has a little 300ex he lets my mud around in. But I DO need the storage. Are there any alternatives? I have the soft, roll cover on now that you can see in my garage. I like it and if anything would slip underneath, that'd be nice too. Big description but a simple question over-all. Thanks for the help guys!

-nate

Buy a trailer! I did this because I was fed up with trying to load my quad in the bed of my old Sonoma after racing all day, so its turned out to be the best investment I've ever made. Plus, if I don't want to unload it when I get home at 11pm, it stays in the trailer.
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Good idea, but not as economical for some people........
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I have an Ultima, which is the same as a Delta or Challenger; it's annoying...make sure you get the type of latch that has a teired post lock and not a loop and catch arm...especially if its a single lid, you want the handles on the end...mine are in the middle and they're a pain...but i think Weatherguard's don't have that...good luck...you might check out UWS...they have a lot of nice boxes, regular and odd shapes also.

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Nate,

Here's my take. I recently went with Sears Craftsman Tool Box - over the rail type, that sits off the bed. It is stainless steel, and has a 3 year guarantee. Regardless of the box you decide to go with (stainless steel is stainless steel - your just paying for the name), ensure you by one that does not require it to bolt directly to your bed. Craftsman's Tool Box came with mounting hardware that does not require you to drill through the bed rails and mounts perfectly. I have an 8' Bed and although it does take some of my bed-space, I enjoy the ability to carry the stuff I need securely. Since it sits off the bed, I still can slide plywood, or whatever I want underneath the box.

Frankie

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Yeah that's how my adrian advantage box is, off the bed, on the rails. I can fit about 10-12 sheets beneath it, actually a 6x6 post fits just perfect underneath it. I had a box from Tractor Supply, it was a dual lid box and they opened like butterfly wings...I left one up and pulled into the garage...yikes....ripped off the door and bent the sucker in half. Learned my lesson!
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