Well I've given it a week and haven't been able to come up with anything other than moving the box back 1 1/2"
There are two issues, first is the 'hump' in the tailgate where the lock and catch are on the drivers side, the drawer will not slide out unless you have it raised to it's fullest 4" above the deck, this works for me as I was planning to put my soft upper under there.
Second the tailgate support wire and bracket add another 1 1/2" to the 'hump' which prevents the tailgate closing with the box in it's designed position. To fix this you need to move the box back, this requires the drilling of 3 holes and making of one new bracket, the bracket that attaches to the striker plate on the drivers side need to be 1 1/2" longer. The bracket that attaches to the factory sub is fine but you need to drill an new hole in the top plate to attach it, and the brackets that attach to the footmans loops on the floor need to move back 1 1/2" you can use the rear hole and just drill a second hole in front of it.
Thats how to do it, but the top of the drawer will not be flush with the side panels it will be raised 4" then you have to figure out how to mount the spare. The box 'should' be able to hold the weight and there are plenty of ancor point secure it, but having it behind the drivers and passengers heads in an accident might prove to be a bad idea.
So I decided to sell the box, mount my tire to the bed and get either a duster cover or enclosure to go over the top !
Yes it can be done, but time, effort and money could be used elsewhere right now. With the money I'll get for the box I plan on getting some RROR corners!
08' Jeep Wrangler
08' Dodge Avenger SXT (winter beater)
64' Plymouth Sport Fury(sold)
58' Triumph TR-3A(in 1,000,000 pieces)
Last edited by Iron; 03-27-2011 at 09:46 AM.