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Install of Tuffy 299-01 in 2015 JKU.

Installed my Tuffy security enclosure today and thought I’d post pics and offer some thoughts as. I have seen a number of questions about this lately.

So I had a new stereo system installed this week and it included a nice Kenwood shallow mount sub. I also just ordered a Trek Top Nx. I have been concerned about someone having the ability to quickly yank the sub and run off with it so I was looking for some security for the back.

Your two options to cover the entire back from Tuffy include the 275 which has the ability to lift up and down or the 299 which is fixed. This is the less expensive option (model 299-01) $270 vs. $465is for the other.

Overall I am pretty pleased. First off, Eric from Tuffy was great at answering questions. I PM’d him here a few times and he answered all my questions. I ordered for 4WD Hardware, used the 5% coupon! and it got here in 2 days.

Install was pretty easy. It took about an hour, taking my time. You bolt everything together first. There are 5 bolts on each side. 4 of them hold some D rings in place, and there is one bolt in the middle. Once that 3 piece section is together you mount the rear piece in the Jeep via the torx bolts in the back (2 of them). Bring the three piece in through the back door and position into place, and then put 4 bolts in from the rear and side and tighten with the knobs.

I have seen a lot of questions about ease of removal if you need to take it out to carry larger loads. It actually looks pretty easy. You simply unscrew the knobs from inside (4 of them) and then pull the whole thing out.

There was no problem pulling the wires for my sub through the bottom and it fits just right. No vibration from the lid. Tuffy gives you padded Velcro for the D rings too which keeps them from vibrating. At higher volumes I get a bit of vibration coming from the tailgate but not the tuffy box itself.

All in all I feel pretty good about the product and the cost. I think that for those times when we are put after shopping or parked somewhere it gives us a place to secure our valuables and my new subwoofer is secure back there as well. For lighting I have the magnetic lee light they give you free at harbor Freight. It works great.

Great product. I think for the price I’d go this way again.

The Unlimited tailgate enclosure works in the 4-door model with the rear seat & the 2-door model with the rear seat removed. This all steel cargo enclosure is our simplest four-piece design yet that creates a lockable storage area completely protected on all sides.

In comparison with our #275 JK deck enclosure, the top is fixed and outfitted with tie-down anchors. It does not rotate open but instead can be removed for storage of taller items.



Thanks for your purchase from Tuffy Security Products.

Part arrived in Canada last week three days after dispatch! Outstanding quality, sound design. Installation in my Kioti tractor (CK30) was a breeze.


Perfect size and design to hang from windshield frame in cab. Looks like a factory fit. Delighted with your service and product.

Thank you. Jonathan


Single Drink Holder

Mounts to any flat surface. Great for heavy equipment, tractors, or add to the back of any Deluxe Stereo or Series II Console. Mounting hardware and rubber drink finger to reduce vibration are included.

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Kudos to Tuffy Customer Service

Bought a used Cargo Lockbox locally, but it was missing the hardware (mounting bolts, etc).

Sent an email to Tuffy, and Tim Pearce responded very quickly. Even though I bought this used, they are sending me some new hardware for it. I was impressed by their response time and attitude.

I’ll post some pics when I get it all cleaned up and installed. PO hadn’t taken care of it properly, and salt water caused surface rust issues. Taking care of dealing with that part myself.

Toddler accidentally shoots himself in chest while in car

Don’t trust your glove box. Lock up your handguns in a Tuffy Portable Security solution.


By Julianne Cassidy.

A Florida couple were moving out of their home Wednesday when they heard a “popping noise” coming from their car. Inside, they found their 2-year-old boy — Kaleb Ahles — dead from a gunshot wound to his chest.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Offices said in a media release, “[Kaleb] had entered the vehicle at some point as the family was loading the vehicle to move out of the house,” My Fox Tampa Bay reports.

Ahles’ parents will not face charges because the gun was secured in the vehicle’s glove box compartment.

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says, “I don’t think anybody can punish these parents any more than what they’ve been punished. This is something they will carry with them and live with the rest of their lives,” My Fox Tampa Bay further reports.

According to My Fox Tampa Bay, “The sheriff said investigators determined the parents had taken ‘reasonable steps’ to secure the gun.”

The sheriff also confirms that authorities “are confident that the boy pulled the trigger himself because the shell casing was not completely ejected from the slide,” My Fox Tampa Bay details. “The sheriff says that would be consistent for somebody who has a weak wrist.”

New Products in October

The new Conceal Carry Passenger’s Side Security Drawer provides peace of mind by giving you a convenient, hidden & secure place to lock up items that have to be left behind. Super Easy Install and an extra 324 cubic inches of lockable storage space!

Don’t Forget. We provide a key-alike install service to match your existing tuffy products.

National Vehicle Theft Protection Month is in July

July is National Vehicle Theft Protection Month, according to the International Association of Auto Investigators and LoJack Corporation. Vehicle owners are encouraged to take necessary precautions to ensure their automobile and the belongings inside are safe from theft. For those looking to ramp up security in their ride, lock boxes are a great solution to keep expensive items secure and out of sight from prying eyes.

“The summer months of July and August are the top months of the year for vehicle theft, which continues to be a significant problem throughout the United States,” said Christopher McDonold, member and past president of IAATI. “Despite the common misconception that theft is often a result of teenage joyriders, auto theft cases often involve professional thieves using sophisticated technology and techniques. It is our goal to provide vehicle owners with tips and information that will help protect them, as well as their personal assets like laptops, GPS devices and cell phones, that are often at risk due to being left behind in vehicles.”

According to Lojack and IAATI, July and August are the two most popular months for auto theft, meaning vehicle owners need to be more cautious. The report also included a number of ways vehicles are stolen and what happens after an owner notices they are missing. For instance, many car thieves are professionals. In addition, many vehicles are being stolen inside the U.S. but are being exported and sold in other countries.

LoJack and IAATI also reminded motorists that older cars get stolen, too. Many thieves will strip the vehicle for parts, making just about any automobile a target for theft.

Improve security to keep a ride safe
Whether it’s to protect a vehicle from getting stolen or to discourage a thief from breaking in, security products are the ideal solution to avoid becoming a victim this summer.

For those looking for a practical solution to keeping their belongings safe, a lockbox is the best bet. As many thieves will scout out vehicles for expensive items before they break into a vehicle, keeping valuables in a lockbox that is mounted in the trunk will ensure they aren’t tempted. And for owners with a lot of gear they want to keep safe, a security box is the perfect product.

Tuffy Security Products has everything a owner needs for vehicle protection.

California city plagued with over 100 vehicle break ins

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department recently reported that since November, Fallbrook, California, has had more than 100 vehicle burglaries. Victims have had valuables stolen out of their cars – some items were worth thousands of dollars.

The report noted that most of vehicle burglaries take place from the hours of 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and, not surprisingly, most of the thefts have targeted unlocked vehicles. While some car windows were broken into, victims have realized that simply locking their vehicle might have saved them a lot of hassle.

Here’s a list of some of the items that were stolen:

  • Wallets
  • Bags
  • Purses
  • Cell phones
  • Identification
  • Credit cards
  • Social Security cards

The police report also noted that the thefts have had a resounding impact, as credit cards and ID have been used for other following burglaries.

In one particular case, a professional photographer left behind a wide array of expensive equipment in his or her unlocked car. A thief ended up making off with $3,000 in camera equipment. In another instance, thieves stole $16,000 in hang gliding and paragliding equipment from a vehicle in an open garage. Another case included the theft of a purse, laptop, iPad and $3,000 in cash. Police noted that the items were in plain sight, which is likely why thieves took the opportunity to break into the vehicles.

As a result of the high amount of vehicle break ins in Fallbrook, the Sheriff’s Substation is holding a community meeting on May 29 to address the burglaries. Fallbrook citizens are encouraged to always lock their vehicle doors and remember to roll up their windows. While it’s a good idea to take valuables out of a vehicle, getting them out of sight is a smart way to discourage theft.

That’s where a lockbox comes in
In a perfect world, theft wouldn’t happen at all and vehicle owners would be free to leave their expensive belongings behind. Since that’s just not the case, car owners are encouraged to take preventative measures to keeping their personal belongings safe.

And since removing expensive items isn’t always an option, products are available to keep them safe. Lock boxes can be mounted inside a vehicle – typically the trunk – not only keeping valuables out of sight but also locked away.

The golden rules for heading off road

Taking a vehicle off road can be a thrilling experience. Whether it’s trekking through a river or scaling a huge hill, an off-roading adventure can be rewarding. However, the road less traveled can bring about a number of challenges, so it’s important to follow some rules.

First and foremost, those heading off road will need to prepare. That means a variety of things, from inspecting a vehicle to gathering the necessary items for an emergency kit. Motorists will want to thoroughly check their vehicle before heading off road. Here are some things to consider:

  • Check the battery for corrosion
  • Make sure belts and hoses are functioning properly
  • Check the oil and other fluids
  • Ensure tires are properly inflated and tread levels are safe

Aside from making sure a vehicle is up to snuff for an off-road trip, it’s also important to prepare by adding some security. When it comes to any adventure, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Someone who is heading off road could be traveling into territory they’ve never been before. That’s why it’s essential to install a lockbox to keep valuables safe. This goes double for Jeep owners or others who don’t have a top on their vehicle. Mounting a lockbox inside a vehicle will give an owner peace of mind while they are away from home, knowing their personal belongings and expensive items are safely locked away. Here are some other critical items to bring on an off-roading trip:

  • Shovel
  • GPS and maps
  • Water
  • Food
  • Extra gasoline
  • Two-way radio
  • Tow rope

Take it slow
Once a vehicle is all set to take off road, the fun begins. Navigating rough trails and obstacles is the best part of off-roading, but it can present some challenges. That’s why it’s best to take it slow, especially when deciding how to best conquer an a boulder or make it over a stream.

A driver should always have control over a vehicle, applying pressure to the throttle slowly and decelerating smoothly. Steering should be precise, and the brakes should be used only when necessary. However, when faced with an obstacle, here’s how to pass it safely:

  • Get out of the vehicle and assess how to go about getting around it
  • If it’s a rock, log or ditch, ensure three of the wheels are always in contact with the ground
  • If its a ridge, make sure to take it straight on
  • Tires should be inflated to the proper pressure (if caught in the mud, reducing pressure could help get a vehicle unstuck)

Post-riding checks
Even when a ride is over, the off-roading experience isn’t. Motorists will want to check their vehicle thoroughly before parking it at home.

Some things to watch out for include any minor damage to the exterior of the vehicle and potential tire damage. Additionally, off-road drivers should make sure no debris is lodged under the vehicle and should double check that lights are functioning properly.

For those who follow a few simple rules, there’s no reason an off-road adventure won’t be fun and safe.

Get tough on home storage with lock boxes, security products

A closet might be a convenient place to store your belonging, but it won’t stop a thief.  Too often, homeowners can avoid becoming victims of theft by getting tougher on their home storage and security systems.

Most criminals want to be in and out of a home in just minutes. They search common areas where one would assume you’d find jewelry and other expensive belongings, then they get out of there quick. Homeowners who aren’t prepared can see thousands of dollars disappear in no time. However, if they take a few preventative measures, they can minimize the financial toll of a theft.

Homeowners looking to get tough on storage are encouraged to purchase a lockbox. This innovative little item can make all the difference when a thief is around. A lockbox can be mounted into a vehicle or practically anywhere in a home where there’s room. So not only is a lockbox doing a heck of job keeping expensive items secure, but it will also keep it out of sight, depending on where it’s mounted. Homeowners have gotten creative with where they hide there lock boxes, making it impossible for a thief to find in a short amount of time, much less get it open once they’ve found it.

Lock boxes are also ideal for storing a hand gun. Homeowners can breathe easy knowing their gun is locked away, out of the reach of both criminals and children.

Tuffy has security solutions for homeowners
When it comes to a leading security products brands, no company can hold a candle to Tuffy. Their innovative products will give home and auto owners peace of mind, letting them know their valuables are safe.

Tuffy’s lockboxes are ideal for transporting and storing firearms. They allow an owner to safely lock a gun away, while still enabling them to quickly access the weapon with a push button combination.

In addition to its popular lockboxes, Tuffy has a wide array of security solutions homeowners are sure to love. A mini safe is perfect for storing larger items in a home. While a lockbox can be concealed more easily , a mini safe can be ideal in offering both more secure storage space and a subtle location to hide belongings. With any of Tuffy’s products, homeowners can rest assured that their valuables aren’t going anywhere.