Security for your Glove Box, Brought to you by Tuffy…
Do you have a soft top on your Jeep? Do you worry about keeping things safe when you’re away from your rig? Well, this plastic box isn’t going to keep anything safe!
Tuffy Security Products has a bunch of options to keep your things yours! Located in Cortez, Colorado and doing business since 1989, they offer premium, superior protection against theft. As Jeep owners, I know many of us worry about what to do with our “stuff” when the top and doors are off or even when all we have is a soft top to keep the elements away. Tuffy has a wide selection of security enclosures to make sure that when you return to your vehicle, your items are still there.
Today we’re installing one of their Security Glove Boxes in an LJ. A super easy item to install with a couple of hand tools that will keep a few of your smaller items secure when you are away.
The total time to install this item was about an hour, and that was mostly due to finding another portable light source after my first one died.
The only tools needed are: a phillips screwdriver; 1/8″ allen wrench; 3/8″ wrench; and a drill with a 1/4″ bit.
The included directions are very straightforward. Removing the stock glovebox is a simple process. Once you remove the strap from the door itself, it pretty much falls off from its hinges. Next, remove the two screws in the top portion of the frame that secure the stock latch and then remove the 8 screws around the frame.
Save the screws that you remove, as you will re-use these when installing the new box and frame. The only additional hardware that comes with the item are two screws, washers and nuts. These are used for additional security of the latch and will require two holes to be drilled into the rear upper portion of the frame.
It’s a tight fit when drilling the holes. I had to use a short body drill (my 1/4 impact) to drill the holes. A long body drill won’t fit into the space very easily if at all.
You can also see the adjustable stop on the back of the box. By dropping this part down, the glovebox can swing all the way open. Once the screws are all in and things tightened up, it’s time to test the latch and fitment.
In my 2004 LJ, the fit was perfect…even a hair tight which I liked. The problem was that the latch wouldn’t fully catch. The door would shut, and fit snug all around the edges, but would fall open since the latch didn’t catch.
The instructions mention that if this happens, its simply a matter of changing the angle of the steel catch “post”. I used a small pry bar since I couldn’t bend the steel with pliers. I actually loosened up the upper latch screws a little and bent the post out some. Like an 1/8″ maybe.
Slam the door and done!
Open the box back up and tighten the wing nuts that provide the rear adjustable box stop and you’re done! One thing that I did like about the stock box was the fuse box diagram located on the side. Im going to simply reprint this and store it inside the new Tuffy box (I tried to remove it from the factory plastic box but that wasn’t going to work).
This box not only provides a little piece of mind but it also looks good! Now I have to clean the rest of the interior of the Jeep!
Stay tuned for the installation of the Tuffy’s Full Security Console in the coming days!
I give this product a full 5 out of 5 Jeeps!
For additional information:
Tuffy Security Products
25733 Road H
Cortez, CO 81321