I am not trying to bash David's great review from Northridge 4x4 here, but after reading it I felt his review was a little one-sided. So I went against the grain and bought the Bestop product anyway. I don't have the Tuffy box to compare it too, and I don't doubt it's superiority, but I also am glad I didn't spend the extra money on it.
As I am not planning on concealing a a weapon in it, the primary purpose of the box is essentially a lockable junk drawer.
Here are a few plusses I found about the Bestop product:
Price, I bought it from 4wd.com for 47.99$ shipped.
I found the construction of the box to be very good, everything seems heavy duty from the keys, to the locking mechanism. I can fit almost everything that hangs out in my center console in it.
The bolts that hold the seat to the car, and also the box, are in real tight. I had to use an impact wrench to get them off, a socket and a wrench wouldn't do it for me. Definitely discouraging for a thief to bother with.
The carpet in the bottom keeps stuff from rattling inside.
Yes the bottom is held together by screws, but if a thief can get that box out, no matter how well it's built they will be equipped with the tools to get the box open, or to cut it.
The box doesn't open all the way, but you can easily reach your hand to the back of it.
Key's come out even when open - Yes, annoying, but still not a big deal.
Here are some crappy pics. It's hard to take them once it's installed.
Here is the box under the seat, upside down?
The Bestop Key is all the way to the right and it is thicker than any key on my keychain:
I have the Bestop one also. My wife bought it for me as a gift. Im not picky and any free mod is OK by me. Plus im not going to tell the wife to send it back and get me the Tuffy. I like to sleep in my bed.
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I see that one of the diferences in the two boxes is the slides. Hows the quality of the slides on the bestop? Also is the box sealed up well, not in terms of water but I frequent the sand dunes and wouldnt want anything to get full of sand if I was driving around with the doors off. Thanks for the great review on it and Im just about ready to pull the trigger on this one.
Looks good man. I have the Tuffy. I went off of davs review more than anything. But mine is used to keep in valuables, not junk so I wanted the best. But I agree, you don't need the best if its just for space. Save the money and get more stuff. Looks good though. Also the Tuffy has a gasket type strip in the top opening to keep out the dust. Does the Bestop?