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Old 11-03-2004
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I'm tired of my plastic box. I had to put something under it to keep it from sagging. I bought this from a fellow right down the road from me, on eBay -- what a coincidence. Saves shipping for sure and he wouldn't have shipped anyway.

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Here's the auction link. I jumped on it for the price since it's in great shape and I can't get new for close to that.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...RK%3AMEWA%3AIT

Pics when I get it mounted.
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Cool. Delta makes a good box. We have had the same one in my dad's truck for 6 years and it is still perfect...
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For a second I was going to say you cleared out your testing bench, but its the sellers desk, haha.

That should hold up a bit better than the plastic box, was the highlift, or metal bars you put in it not giving it enough support?
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It was sagging in general, Matt. I built a platform out of wood that sits between the bed and the box to hold it up. Pretty hokey but it worked.

It hasn't sagged anymore because of that, even with the high lift -- but this one leaks around the seals pretty bad. What do you want for $60? I'm hoping the aluminum box is a bit tighter. I'll see if I can mount the highlift to it as well.

Nice to know thay hold up. It'll look nice with the new wheels as well. I don't have many "bright" accents on my truck, but with the wheels and the box it will look well integrated, I think.
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I think it will be ok on water John, a buddy of mine has one of those, and it wasn't leaked, sagged, or done anything other than hold his stuff.

He just cut a big hole out of both sides of it to put some strobes in. so we'll see how it goes now.
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Looks good John.
Just bolt that HiLift right on the box.
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Thanks.

I agree about mounting the jack, Neil -- I just don't know how strong the walls are. I can always use a backing plate. The hi-lift is on the "Loc-Rac" system from Hi-Lift for that jack. I'd like to put it back on the box like that -- it's moderately secure, and very convenient. I"m sure this box is rigid enough for it.

Anyone out near me need a plastic tool box cheap? It's still useable and better than nothing.
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Why not put the jack inside the box? It should be way bigger than that plastic box you had...
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I thought of that, but doesn't the box look like it has a center partition? If not, that's a possibility.

Only thing is it looks so darned cool on the outside!
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You need to put a sticker on the jack then, something along the lines of "Jeep Recovery Device" :)
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Had I 4WD, I might be so bold!!!
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had a plastic tool box for about 2 yrs and it sagged so bad and leaked...granted i had a 2 1/4 ton floor jack in there with lots of tools and the box was a hand me down from my dad.

i got my new DeeZee diamond plate toolbox for $50 used, all it took was some cleaning and its like new. they dont leak, dont sag and can fit way more then those plastic ones. i love it.

on sarahs ranger i used the mounting kit from Bully (i think thats who). it had 2 plastic blocks that bolt together and clip under the lip of the bed rail. u do have to drill 2 holes in the tool box to mount the one plastic block but thats all the drilling. my dad has them on his truck also and they work great.
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Well, here's pictures of it mounted. I wasn't happy with it at first because it is a higher box than the old one -- but it's grown on me just since Friday when I mounted it. It's a very nice box, very roomy, and there is no center partitions so the Hi-Lift jack fits inside quite neatly. In fact, wth that and everything else that was in the other box and MORE, I still have room left.





In fact, it mountes higher, and there is much more room UNDER it than with the old box. I can actually slide my spare under there when I want to, or carry something longer (but not too tall) more easily then before.



Overall, looks great with the new wheels (which I have now put the one piece chromed lugnuts on).



Very happy with it! :)
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Lookin real good John, very nice...
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looks real good John....one question though. Did you just crank your tbars? or do you have type of lift...because when we cranked mine it didnt make that much of a difference at all...
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Nice toolbox
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wow i like your box and your truck i think this is the first time ive seen it... i love those rock sliders... looks great..
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may i reccomend a nice diamond plate skid plate?

box looks sweet!
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Wow, diamond plate skid plate sounds nice -- only I'll screw it up first time I hit the quarry, lol!

Thanks all.

It is a t-bar crank. That's about 6 full turns total (if I remember correctly, it may be slightly more) on each side, for maybe a inch to an inch and a half. I'll be probably cranking it a little more and putting up with the lousy ride when I add the lifting shackles to the back and take the back up another inch or so. Every little bit helps! :)
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how about a custom bumper made outta diamond plate. just something mayber 5 inches wide that wraps around where the valance would go. you can mount some more lights in there
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All nice ideas I haven't thought of -- I'll consider that. I am going to make a better skid plate, and maybe I'll incorporate something to host that diamond plate wrap around. It would complement the toolbox nicely.

I didn't want the bright aluminum box before because there was nothing else bright on my truck -- even the stock aluminum wheels are painted. But with the M/T's on, bright aluminum diamond plate is a possibility.

Thanks for the ideas! :)
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if you need any metal fabbed up let me know, i might be able to help with brackets or things like that
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Re: LeftofEDGE accident mod.....what's in your wallet?

Great, thanks! However, Tom Barcia is pretty good now, and I have a passle of millwrights at work that can fab things for me if I need them. One owes me and is going to help me make my skidplate. I have to get the dimensions off the truck and send them to Djaye, though. He asked me for them 2 weeks ago and I keep forgetting.
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Shiiiineee! Sweet!

Slightly OT: Is it my monitor, or are those pix kinda dark? Did you monkey w/ 'em John?! I ask 'cause I've got this friend at work that likes to post his pictures on his PC which has one of those new LCD monitors. It's bright as hell and he ALWAYS ends up w/ pix that are too dark on everything else! Even the color calibrated monitors the graphics guys have..
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john griggs... bitten by the mod bug yet again...

makes me feel all warm inside...
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