A Jeep Wrangler, especially the soft-top varieties, isn’t exactly the most secure of locations. And, those of us who drive Jeeps often have a love of things we don’t like to leave lying around in easy reach. So, how do you protect sensitive items like, say, your favorite banana (fresh fruit, ahem, is a serious thing), from theft?
Bestop is one of a few companies that offer Jeep owners a solution. The company’s under-seat lock box is available for either driver’s or passenger’s front seats, and consists of a locking 16-gauge lined steel drawer.
- Bestop Under-Seat Lock Box (Part No. 426400-1)
- Phillips screwdriver
- 18 mm socket and ratchet
- Torque wrench
- Zip ties (2011 and newer)
Using a Phillips screwdriver and the seven included screws, secure the forward mounting bracket and rear riser plate to the lock box.
Step 2: Remove forward seat-riser bolts
Using an 18 mm ratchet, remove the two front bolts connecting the seat riser to the floor. You may need a breaker bar to get these broken loose.
With the bolts removed, you may wish to clean the risers and carpet. (This project showed me I don’t clean the inside of my Jeep nearly as often as I should!)
Step 3: Slide the lock box under the driver’s seat
Step 4: Reinstall bolts
Reinstall the seat-riser bolts and torque them to a final spec of 55 foot-pounds. That’s it, the installation is complete!
I like the quality of this drawer. While I would have preferred a tighter fit between the latch plate and the lock’s striker, a couple of wraps of electrical tape eliminated the rattle that presents itself on launch and braking. The poorly formed bracket is a bit annoying, as a simple change in the bend would completely eliminate this problem. I was concerned I’d be able to tell a difference in the seat height from side to side, but that isn’t the case. I can definitely detect the subtle shift up in the forward edge of the seat. It’s nothing the Jeep’s seat incline lever can’t resolve. Overall, I like the extra measure of security this box provides!
Total time to complete
About 20 minutes
Total project cost
Free, thanks to an Extreme Terrain contest ($78.99 value)