I wanted to do my own wright-up of my Bestop locking box. There is already a review of it side by side against the Tuffy locking box, which costs around 100$:
I am not trying to bash David's great review from Northridge 4x4 here, but after reading it I felt his review was a little one-sided. So I went against the grain and bought the Bestop product anyway. I don't have the Tuffy box to compare it too, and I don't doubt it's superiority, but I also am glad I didn't spend the extra money on it.
As I am not planning on concealing a a weapon in it, the primary purpose of the box is essentially a lockable junk drawer.
Here are a few plusses I found about the Bestop product:
Price, I bought it from 4wd.com for 47.99$ 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: