Bolting a box to a tray/tub

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Bolting a box to a tray/tub

Unread post by Jase81 » December 4th, 2009, 7:07 pm

I bought one of these for a steal, a hundred bucks off.

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It fits pretty well between the wheel arches in the tub of my hilux. The only issue that I have is that it's not fixed down. I need to bolt it down somehow. The tiedown points closest to the cab have been removed because they were in the way of the tub liner. The local ARB chaps suggested i put a hole in the tub, weld a nut to a plate and weld the plate to the underneath of the tub lined up with the hole. Then I just have to bolt through the tub into the nut.

I'm after ideas on how to fix it down. The weld thing is fine, but I'm after other ideas. I want to be able to remove it from time to time, but it's gotta be solid.

Any Ideas?

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Unread post by cac » December 4th, 2009, 7:13 pm

i think the ARB guys have come up with a fairly solid way of mounting it down....you aren't going to get too much better than that....particularly if you use put a bolt in each corner of the space case....
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Unread post by Jase81 » December 4th, 2009, 7:17 pm

I was a little reluctant to drill holes through the tub AND the tub liner, thats why I was searching for other methods.

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Unread post by Pog » December 4th, 2009, 7:24 pm

Put something really heavy in it :D
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Unread post by Muckinhell » December 4th, 2009, 7:27 pm

if your just welding a nut to a plate then lining it up with the hole then welding the plate to the tub then you should be able to unbolt it at will, its just a laymans captive nut really id say. just make sure you repaint the welds etc to the tub and paint the bolt and plate etc and treat the hole to stop any rust getting a hold.
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Unread post by Suzie.no.9 » December 4th, 2009, 7:38 pm

Liquid nails should do it or otherwise make a bracket to fit inside the box to then be bolted thru the tub. Job finished. Otherwise liquid nails.:thumb:

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Unread post by Jase81 » December 4th, 2009, 8:23 pm

I could always weld the nut to a plate, and sikaflex the plate to the tub. Liquid nails goes hard and any body twist could break it, where the skia would flex...hahaha, sika-flex.

The other thing I was thinking of is some sort of locking cam attached to the box which locks into a bracket inside the tub, that way I can unlock and slide out. Means that i can get ***** in and out, AND take the box out when its got stuff in it, rather than having to pull it all out and unbolt it.

Putting something heavy in it wont work..... (I tried). It just makes it slide round the tub and hit harder.

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Unread post by cac » December 4th, 2009, 8:30 pm

jase....i thought about suggesting a ratchet strap around it, but did wonder how solid that would be off road...

if you are going that way, i'd be putting a couple of hooks on the front of the tub, but just inboard of the space case, that way it is being held by all four sides....
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Unread post by Jase81 » December 4th, 2009, 8:34 pm

Cac, Thought about that one too. But because of the tubliner not lining up 100%, the front tie down points are no longer there. so nothing to attach the straps to in the tub.

Any other brilliant ideas?

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Unread post by cac » December 4th, 2009, 8:36 pm

i know you don't want to drill holes in the liner, but that might be your only choice....certainly i'd want the tie down points reattached in my ute if i had a liner fitted....
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Unread post by FrogInASock » December 4th, 2009, 8:45 pm

If it has handles, how about a short tie down/ratchet strap through them then to some immovable object? Not thieving ba$tard proof, but not likely to move either.

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Unread post by Jase81 » December 4th, 2009, 9:00 pm

Cac, The holes are all good to be drilled and used. My issue is how easy it is to remove with gear in it, and if I have to take the gear out to put it back in the ute.

No handles frog, although I will probaby attach some.

The tub liner has 45 degree angled corners where the front tiedowns used to be, and I am still trying to figure out a nice neat way of getting them in there. Still not sure if thats a good place to tie in the box, I sort of want it thief proof (honest thieves that is)

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Unread post by Jase81 » December 5th, 2009, 11:09 pm

Anyone got any other ideas?

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Unread post by clayplay » December 5th, 2009, 11:25 pm

Dont drill hole in your tray liner as once a bit of moisture get under there it wont dry for ages any slight scratches will start your tray off to an early grave. You'd be better of taking liner out to bolt box in. Post a pic of box in tray so we can see other ways to mount it.

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Unread post by whizzo » December 5th, 2009, 11:35 pm

Velcro.????


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