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    help on removeable truck box mounting

    my family has a 96 ranger that i just got a relatively-new aluminum truck box(something like this) for really cheap.

    here's the deal though-- the truck is used for, well, truck stuff, so this box cannot be permanently mounted in the back, because the bed isn't that big in the first place..


    i am looking for ideas on how to mount the box in the truck so that it won't move.

    i had a old box in it before-- a plastic version, that i screwed wood blocks to the bottom that went in the stake pockets to hold it in place. it worked, but the wood rotted/broke apart, and i can't help but think that there is a better way..



    the rules:
    can modify the box in almost any way needed.
    my family really frowns on modifying any part of the truck, so if at all possible, i want to avoid it.
    i would like that the box gets locked in place, though it would only be a added bonus, and is not required.

    thanks for any ideas!!

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    Do the same thing you did with the plastic/wood blocks but instead of wood, use aluminum blocks? Maybe coat them in that plastic dip stuff?

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    Are there tide down points so you could use a ratchet strap that you can lock?

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    not really, there are the square bed holes for stakes near the 4 corners, but there are not any other mounting points in the back...

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    Could you weld bars onto the bottom of the box that go through those bed holes and then put a pin in underneath the tray to stop he box being lifted off?
    Two should be plenty..

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    the bars would work, though the pins would require truck modification--which isn't very desirable..

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    Ah the holes in the tray don't go all the way through...
    Sorry not quite got the same picture in my head it seems..
    What else is there to tie down to.. Does it have cover hooks?
    Found a couple of pictures on the net and no hooks
    They really don't want you tying down to anything...
    I think you are going to need to modify it one way or another, whether you put a hard caover on it that you can remove or some tie down points..
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    i really never liked how these boxes mount to the truck-- the makers plan on you screwing it to the truck. really, the damage the box does to the paint is bad enough, and then i gotta put holes all over a rust-free bed as well?!?



    ok, well it looks like the old method i used might be the best-- i think i might try to update it a little though..

    either attempt to use a chunk of aluminum, and thread it so i can bolt everything together..

    or, i am also playing with the idea of using some of the stake pocket eyelets--like this, and then cutting a slot in the box, and then just padlocking the box to the eyelets-- the more i think about it, this is probably the simplest way, and only requires a couple parts--the eyelets can come in handy with other loads..

    thanks for the ideas though!!

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    I used industrial velco on the box I had in the bed of my old Chevy. Put the loop side on the bed rails, and the hook side on the box.

    The box will not move, even if loaded. Not real theft proof, but it did take a bit of effort to remove it.

    Other than that, you can drill holes along the bed rails and bolt it down. I know you said this was a no-no, but a few plug welds and a can of Dupli-Color will make it look like nothing ever happened.
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    This system was supposed to be a quick, cheap throw together that has now exploded into a budget blowing mess.

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    Those anchor points look great if they won't come loose and the padlock in a box sounds good too.
    Yeah I ditched my alloy tray before I drilled holes in it. The next one will be a custom steel job with lots of mounting options.

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