Now lower the Tuffy Console into the bin.
The blue arrows point to the two
The red arrow points to a hole where you can drill a
5/16" hole down through the OEM console, and through the body.
Before drilling, look under your vehicle ot make sure you won't be drill
through anything other than the bodies sheet metal.
If you do decide to install this 5/16-18 x 3" grade 8
hex cap screw, mark the hole, remove the console, then drill out the hole
after checking underneath the vehicle first. It will make for easier
drilling without the console in place. Once the hole is drilled,
then put the console back in place.
Now install the two 2 6mm X 25mm hex cap screws along
with the two ¼" washers and tighten the bolts. (Blue arrows)
Then install the 5/16-18 x 3" grade 8 hex cap screw
along with the 5/16” washers (one in the box and one under the vehicle and
secure with the 5/16-18 Locknut.
Once the security console is installed, re-install your
driver side arm rest. The passenger side arm rest, if you have one,
can be sold on eBay since a lot of earlier models FJs didn't come with one
for some reason though the bolt hole is there.
There you have it! A lockable security console.
What do I think?
Here's My Review:
It's a great addition to the FJ's interior.
It has never felt like it was in the way, and now there is a safe place to
stash my valuables out of sight and behind locked steel. It looks
great and locks and latches just fine. The only complaints I'd have
is that it's not always easy to get my hand on the push button lock to
open it. Perhaps it's just something I'm not used to and I have to
give it a different approach to grasp it. But it's no big deal.
It's not a huge volume for a lot of junk but it's ample. I'd imagine
that a larger box would require the removal or a hack of the OEM console
to gain access to the floor and more space, but for now that's not
I have more storage elsewhere.
The side tray is nice as is the arm rest on top. Overall I'd have to
give it an 9 out of 10. I'll give Tuffy a 10 for making a console
that fits well into an existing hole, requires no modifications over OEM
(other than the removal of the arm rest) and the strength of the lockable
box. Well crafted and good to know I have a place to put valuables
now within reach of the driver seat.