BOLT Toolbox retrofit


BOLT toolbox handle retrofit kit utilizes pickup’s ignition key to secure latches; reduce time fumbling for toolbox keys with simple upgrade


by Bruce W. Smith

Tired of spending time fumbling through a half-dozen keys just to find the one that fits a toolbox latch? We were.

So we turned literally to BOLT and installed their new ignition key-coded toolbox latches on the the UWS crossbed toolbox and side toolboxes on our 2011 Ford Super Duty, Project Super Crew.

BOLT’s one-key lock technology allows a contractor to conveniently use the pickup ignition key to open padlocks, chain locks, tailgate handle locks, toolbox locks and hitch pin locks.

The Toolbox Latch Retrofit Kit, which retails for around $45, eliminates the need to carry extra keys for truck-mounted toolboxes by permanently programing the toolbox lock to the specific vehicle’s ignition key.

Here’s how the technology works: When drivers insert their ignition key into the lock cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down until they are matched exactly to that key.

Simply insert the truck’s ignition key into the toolbox lock, turn it once and the lock learns the key.

The BOLT Toolbox Latch Retrofit Kit works with DeeZee®, UWS Truck Accessories and other toolbox brands featuring a paddle-style handle.

Using one key for all the locks saves time — and time is money.

David “Chops” Adair at Truck Supply and Outfitters took us through the steps. it’s a simple retrofit anyone who can run a drill and pop in four rivets can easily handle (pun intended.) It should take less than 20 minutes per latch.