(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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Hey, what's up, guys? I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain. And today I'm here with the Smittybilt rear storage vault fitting your '07 to '18 Wrangler JK. This is gonna be for anyone looking for some extra storage space to secure their items and wants a lockable box with a sliding drawer. This is a perfect upgrade for any Jeep owner, especially those of you who have soft tops or like to run around with the top down. This is made of heavy-duty 16-gauge steel so it's gonna keep those intruders out and it has a black powder coating that's not only gonna add a sleek look but it's gonna protect it from the elements. Now, this can fit up to 3.8 cubic feet of cargo and has steel sliders so you can store up to 350 pounds while maintaining smooth operation. Not only can you store a ton of stuff inside but it has rings on the top that you can add extra storage on top of it. Now, this has a nice aluminum handle allowing you to open and close the drawer very easily and even has a positive stop so if you forget to lock it, it's not gonna come open on you. Now, this comes as a complete kit with everything needed to install. And as far as install goes I'm gonna give this a one out of three wrenches since you can install this in about two hours using simple hand tools. Now with that being said, let's hop into the install.So, before you get your box installed, you're gonna wanna clean up the back area. If you have a two-door model, you're gonna need to remove your rear seat. If you have a four-door model such as this, the box is gonna fit nicely behind your rear seat. Another thing you're gonna wanna do is you're gonna wanna remove any items that you have stored in here along with your jack since once the box is in you're not gonna be able to access those. For our four-door model, we're going to remove this whole cover. So this just slides out neatly like that and then we can remove all our items in there. So once you have the back of your Jeep all cleaned out, next thing you're gonna do is slide the box in. Now, this thing is very heavy, so you're probably gonna wanna get someone to help you put this in.So the next thing we're gonna is to unlock the drawer, slide it out and remove the drawer. Once we get the drawer out, we're gonna center this box and start getting it installed. So you're gonna take your handle, pull it out, and then turn it clockwise. And that's gonna allow the drawer to slide out. Once you get the drawer out, to unlock the slider, we're gonna ahead and push down on this little tab right there. And that's gonna unlock that side. Once you get both sides unlocked, you'll be able to remove this whole drawer. So once the drawer's out, you can slide the sliders back in. Now we're gonna center the box the best we can, and you wanna make sure that your tailgate closes and does not contact the box. Once you have that all centered, we're gonna go to the front and start attaching some brackets. So since we have a four-door model, we are gonna take our rear seats and fold those forward. You can do this by pulling on these tabs here. And the whole seat is going to slide and collapse. Same thing goes for this one. So now that we have access to the back of our box, we can begin mounting our brackets.So there are multiple ways to mount this box. And Smittybilt provides you with plenty of hardware. They give you three brackets and they give you plenty of self-tappers and bolts. They recommend mounting on four points. Now, this is completely up to you, and you don't even necessarily need to mount this to the floor if it's something that you just like to take in and out. Since we have a four-door model, we have bolts in the rear that are already there for straps. So we're gonna utilize those by placing our brackets underneath, drilling holes into the box, and then bolting those on. If you have a two-door model, you're going to need to drill all four points and self-tap into the floor. Now you can use the brackets they provide. There's already four pre-drilled holes in the bottom of the box that you can put self-tappers through. Since we have our box in and our brackets we're gonna start by taking these two bolts out and get these brackets lined up.So we're going to use a T30 Torx to remove this bolt. After we get the bolt out we're going to take one of our brackets, place that on the floor, and reinstall that bolt. We're gonna leave this loose for now and get the other side done. Gonna do the same thing for the other side, remove that bolt, then install our bracket underneath. And you can choose to keep these strap hooks or you can get rid of them and just reuse the bolt. So you wanna make sure that these brackets are even on both sides as far as front to back goes, and then we're going to slide our box back. Once we slide our box back, we wanna make sure that our box is even in between our wheel wells and then we can take a marker or a pen and mark our holes to drill.So we have our box out and we're just about ready to drill our holes. Now, as I had mentioned before, there are four pre-drilled holes in the bottom of the box if you'd like to mount it from the inside using those self-tappers. So we're gonna start our holes with a pilot bit, I'm gonna use a 3/16 and then finish it off with a 5/16. So now that we have our holes drilled, we're ready to reinstall our box. So now that we have our box slid into the Jeep, we're going to take our hardware and insert that in the box. I'm gonna use these bolts with a washer on them, insert those through the brackets and the box and then place a washer and a nut on the inside. So after you get the bolt inserted, we're gonna crawl inside of the box and put a flat washer and a nut on the inside.So we have our box mounted and our hardware is installed and we're just about ready to tighten those Torx head bolts that are in the floor. Now, before we tighten those up you wanna make sure that your rear seat actually folds all the way back and locks and that the box is not shifted back too far. Once you have that we can go ahead and tighten those bolts up. So we are at the point where our box is installed and secured to the floor, so we're ready to reinstall our drawer. We're gonna do this by lifting it up and getting it started on the sliders and then pushing her all the way in. So Smittybilt even provides you with this convenient bag to store your jack if you had to remove it. However, this completes our install. If you have a four-door you can flip your seats back up and shut your tailgate.So that wraps up my review and install. 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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Design. The Smittybilt security storage vault is a lockable storage box that is made out of highly resilient 16 gauge steel. The drawer runs on smoothly operating, quiet steel slides made out of premium steel. A coating of black textured powder coat paint, applied in two stages, gives the exterior a rugged finish that resists rust, corrosive chemicals, and scrapes. The system measures 34.5 inches by 28 inches by 13 inches. The drawer is opened and shut using a large, ergonomic handle made out of aluminum.
Storage Benefits. This vault keeps up to 350 pounds and 3.8 cubic feet of possessions safe and protected from pilferage. The unit cannot roll open on its own even if it accidentally left unlocked because of a positive stop system built into its structure. The fully enclosed storage box also protects items inside from dust, grime, and water.
Application. The Smittybilt Security Storage Vault is designed to be used in all 2007-2021 Jeep Wrangler JK and JL models.
Please Note. If a 2 door model is being upgraded, the rear seats usually need to be removed. The mounting hardware is placed and then the vault is attached to this. A trigger release enables removing the vault temporarily from the vehicle at a later date.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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