Installation Time: Afternoon
March 20, 2019
Excellent Solution For Securing Valuables
Having been a victim of theft from my truck center console and glove box, I decided to see what was available for securing valuables in the vehicle. This product does not disappoint. It is very sturdy steel construction, with superb fit, to the millimeter. Installation started out smoothly till I hit a snag when the left front bolt could not be inserted because the left side of the bottom plate became bent when tightening the other three bolts. I assume it must have caught on something under the console, which caused it to bend towards the vehicle floor as I tightened the other bolts (was hoping that this tightening would bring the nut towards the bottom of the console so that the bolt would reach it). I could have finished with three bolts in place, but that is not in my OCD DNA. Thus I removed the other bolts and pulled out the bottom bracket, noticing the bend, which was easily straightened by hand.
After reinserting the bracket, I then had great difficulty in getting the bolts to gain purchase into the nuts, due to the fact that the bottom bracket has some flex, and tends to push away from the bolts, which just barely reach the nuts (having bolts about 1/4 inch longer would likely help). Also, the nuts at the front can be slightly misaligned with the holes in the safe due to the flexibility of the bracket.
After several attempts to remove, slightly bend and reinsert the bottom bracket, I was finally able to get all four bolts to align and thread into the nuts.
A couple of hints that might help:
(1) enlarge the holes drilled in the bottom of the console to closely match the pre-drilled holes in the metal bottom of the safe. This is a bit larger than the 3/8 inch bit, and helps in visualizing and accessing the nuts if they are slightly misaligned.
(2) When attempting to screw in the bolts, keep pressure on the rear fin of the bracket, align the bolts with the nuts as precisely as possible, and gently hand tighten while not pushing down hard on bolt. (Pushing on the bolt tends to push the bracket away, and causes misalignment).
(3) Consider buying longer bolts to start with.