How to Install a Truck Tool Box?

So you’ve finally got that truck tool box, but now the question is, how do you install it? No problem as we have here a step by step guide that explains everything you need to know.

Materials and Tools You’ll Need:

  • Truck tool box
  • Working gloves
  • Measuring tape
  • Bolts, screws, nuts
  • Protective overalls
  • Foam/padding material
  • Spanner/screwdrivers

Step 1 Find the ideal location

Get the tape measure and measure the toolbox. Now check out your truck and find the appropriate spot whether it is side, front or the corners.

Make sure the toolbox not only fits but that you can open the lid fully. That is why you need to check the side rails if it makes opening difficult.

Step 2 Add the foam padding

Once you find the right location for your toolbox, put foam padding under the spot. This will protect the toolbox’s paint job as well as the truck’s surface.

There are different types of foam padding, but rubber foam works fine for most. Take your tape measure and cut the rubber foam so it will fit the toolbox.

Put the rubber foam in place. By the way, if your truck has a bed liner, there is no need to install a rubber foam as the liner is more than sufficient to protect the truck.

Step 3 align the toolbox with the truck holes

Examine your truck’s cargo bay. Look at the bottom surface and you will see rubber plugs on it. Take the plugs off and position the toolbox to the right.

If necessary, open up the cover so you can align the toolbox’s bottom holes with those on your truck.  Set the toolbox down on the bed rail.

Step 4 Set the J Hooks in position

Check the alignment of your toolbox. If you’re satisfied with it, fasten the bolts into position.  Depending on the design of your truck and toolbox, you may need to screw the bolts first prior to setting the toolbox down.

In most cases you’ll need just half a dozen bolts to fasten a toolbox, but it will depend on your truck’s construction.

Step 5 Tighten the toolbox

Once you’re done installing the toolbox, secure the box with your pliers or screwdrivers. You can also use a spanner to secure the nuts and bolts.  Don’t put too much force however as that could destroy the toolbox or the rails.

Tips and warnings

  1. Check the toolbox regularly to make sure the bolts are still secure.
  2. Don’t use to much force when tightening, but don’t be too lax either.
  3. Buy only a high quality toolbox to ensure it can take the bumps and hits when you’re on the road.


Putting that toolbox in your truck does not require a lot of effort. As the steps above show, even a first timer can do this. Just double check the screws and bolts, and if they’re tight you’re good to go.

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