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MAG00 07-02-2013 10:32 AM

Underseat Box - Tuffy or Bestop
 
From my research there doesn't seem to be much of a difference between the Bestop and Tuffy brands in regards to the under seat lock box. It looks like the drawer on the Tuffy extends out further than the Bestop. However, for the price difference, just it justify getting the Tuffy (more expensive)?

What do ya'll think? Or am I missing something on the differences between these two units?

Thanks.

Gjersey84 07-02-2013 10:47 AM

I have the bestop drivers side and tuffy passenger side. The tuffy does pull out farther but I'd say to me it doesn't justify the extra cost. The one thing about the tuffy I'm not too thrilled about is how the tuffy rattles going over bumps. I think it's the drawer itself. I might not have done something right installing it and I do need to take a look at it to see if its possibly an error by me or if its the box itself.

The tuffy does have the added security feature of being able to bolt it down to the floor, which may be why mine rattles but I'm not quite sure. Hope this helps!

panthermark 07-02-2013 10:52 AM

My tuffy does not rattle at all. Posters on here convinced me to get the tuffy because it opens further.

Up Hill Bill 07-02-2013 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 3920240)
My tuffy does not rattle at all. Posters on here convinced me to get the tuffy because it opens further.

I wish I'd gotten that advice! I have a Bestop, and I'd buy the Tuffy next time, just for the extra opening.

I've got some photos somewhere showing the difference with the same "item" in the box - dramatic difference. I'll see if I can find and post them.

Found them:

Bestop:

Attachment 267940


Tuffy:

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Guess who's gettin' it out faster..... :angel:

JK-linux 07-02-2013 11:04 AM

My Tuffy doesn't rattle on my 2013 Unlimited. I bought mine in 2009 for my 2009 Unlimited and moved it to the 2013 this past weekend. It isn't bolted to the floor. I put a rolled up microfiber cloth under it to level it out and glued a piece of leather to the outside part that comes closest to contacting the chair support bracket base. It didn't rattle before I did those things, but I had the free time so I did it as a preventative measure. Long ago I also lined the interior of the pull out drawer with outdoor carpeting to keep my pistol and radio from rattling around inside so much. Used this stuff and some Loctite spray adhesive:
TrafficMaster Fallbrook - Color Sandcastle 12 ft. Carpet-HDB6666100 at The Home Depot

chcg12 07-02-2013 04:32 PM

Tuffy all the way-solid.

viperx6x9x 07-02-2013 04:56 PM

I got the bestop cuz it was cheaper, haven't had a problem with it. And it does bolt to the floor as well. You unbolt the seat and put it under the rails, then bolt the seat back down.

Installation was annoying because you have to use one of those u joint adapters to reach the bolts and tighten them up, space between box and seat is too tight to get most tools into. But on the other hand it makes it that much harder for someone to take it out.

can't speak for the tuffy, but i am happy with the bestop. No rattling or anything.

sunnykk 07-02-2013 05:29 PM

I went with Tuffy. No issues whatsoever. One definite advantage to going with Tuffy is I have other Tuffy items on my Jeep (Glove Box, Hood Lock, Rear storage under cargo area) and I have them all keyed alike so I only have to carry one key. :thumb:

n3tfury 07-02-2013 05:33 PM

Tuffy by a long shot. No contest.

viperx6x9x 07-02-2013 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by sunnykk (Post 3921397)
I went with Tuffy. No issues whatsoever. One definite advantage to going with Tuffy is I have other Tuffy items on my Jeep (Glove Box, Hood Lock, Rear storage under cargo area) and I have them all keyed alike so I only have to carry one key. :thumb:


Yeah that's a definite plus. I have one key for the jeep, 1 for the bestop box, one for the locking radio dash box. I want to put a locking gas cap on but don't want anymore dang keys.

another odd thing about the bestop, it comes with a locking cable so you can put it anywhere and loop the cable around something. But that cable has a seperate key. You would think both locks would be keyed the same. Either way though, that cable is pretty thin and kind of useless, bolt cutters would go through it like butter.

jwilson2598 07-02-2013 08:32 PM

I had the Tuffy on my old 08, and it was very nice. This time on the 13 I went with the Bestop boxes, because i could buy both for less than 1 Tuffy box and have storage on both sides. I still need to figure out a key alike solution for them so i can cutback a key on my ring.

viperx6x9x 07-02-2013 08:41 PM

Can the lock portion be removed? I never looked that closely at mine. If so call bestop up and see if they can send you a new lockset keyed to match one of the boxes.

It may have a serial number or code on it somewhere so they know which key it was. I lost the keys to a toneau cover i had once (undercover) and they told me where to look for the code and sent me another key. Bestop may work the same and be able to send you a lockset.

KC_Hawker 07-02-2013 09:17 PM

I have both Bestops. While the stuffy looks bigger and prob is better, I got both mine for the price of one tuffy

floridajpr 07-02-2013 09:56 PM

I have the Bestop driver side box and it suit's my XDS and four mags fine.:angel:

Up Hill Bill 07-02-2013 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by KC_Hawker (Post 3922219)
I have both Bestops. While the stuffy looks bigger and prob is better, I got both mine for the price of one tuffy

And that, good sir, is why people have such trouble deciding between the two!

Tuffy is ridiculously expensive. But, it's a better design and more useable than the Bestop.

But, not enough for me to shell out 100 bucks instead of 55!

Up Hill Bill 07-02-2013 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by floridajpr (Post 3922380)
I have the Bestop driver side box and it suit's my XDS and four mags fine.:angel:

Yeah, I took my S&W 686 out - just to big for the box - and put in..... well, ....... something else that fits just fine, with 3 mags and a box of 50 rnds.... :D

panthermark 07-03-2013 12:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Up Hill Bill (Post 3920252)
I wish I'd gotten that advice! I have a Bestop, and I'd buy the Tuffy next time, just for the extra opening.

I've got some photos somewhere showing the difference with the same "item" in the box - dramatic difference. I'll see if I can find and post them.

Found them:

Bestop:

Attachment 267940


Tuffy:

Attachment 267939


Guess who's gettin' it out faster..... :angel:

You sir, were one of the main people who had convinced me to go with the Tuffy in the first place. :D

Up Hill Bill 07-03-2013 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 3922811)
You sir, were one of the main people who had convinced me to go with the Tuffy in the first place. :D

Yeah, wish I'd learned all that BEFORE I bought my Bestop box. Based just on price. The difference in opening was a big surprise! Can't figure why Bestop used such short drawer slides. I've thought about replacing them with longer, but...... I'm a bit of a procrastinator.

Up Hill Bill 08-23-2013 01:40 PM

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Just reviving this thread to show that even an idiot like me can retrofit the Bestop box to open ALL the way, just like the more expensive Tuffy.

After re-reading VASYLfromUKRAINE's thread here: here-we-go-again-bestop-underseat-storage-box,

I picked up a set of AccuRide 16" Full Extension slides (ACE Hdwr - $14.) Installation was a breeze after I figured out I had to unscrew the bottom plate to gain access to replace the glides in the box. They lined up perfectly with original mounting holes - unscrew the old (2 screws/side), mount the new. The new slides on the drawer needed 2 new holes drilled in each one to line up with the original.

After a little fine adjustment for drawer alignment, it all went back together...

.... And, it opens ALL the way! :thumb:

Before: (10" slides)

Attachment 289307


After: (16" slides)

Attachment 289308


Tuffy (not mine) for comparison:

Attachment 289309

viperx6x9x 08-25-2013 07:23 PM

hmm, must try this now. would be nice if mine would go that far out.

thanks for the update.

NMBruce 08-25-2013 09:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Up Hill Bill (Post 4112517)
Just reviving this thread to show that even an idiot like me can retrofit the Bestop box to open ALL the way, just like the more expensive Tuffy.

After re-reading VASYLfromUKRAINE's thread here: here-we-go-again-bestop-underseat-storage-box,

I picked up a set of AccuRide 16" Full Extension slides (ACE Hdwr - $14.) Installation was a breeze after I figured out I had to unscrew the bottom plate to gain access to replace the glides in the box. They lined up perfectly with original mounting holes - unscrew the old (2 screws/side), mount the new. The new slides on the drawer needed 2 new holes drilled in each one to line up with the original.

After a little fine adjustment for drawer alignment, it all went back together...

.... And, it opens ALL the way! :thumb:

Before: (10" slides)

Attachment 289307


After: (16" slides)

Attachment 289308


Tuffy (not mine) for comparison:

Attachment 289309

thanks

this is what I would do and now you have answer my question of which one to get

SFT 08-26-2013 01:35 AM

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Originally Posted by viperx6x9x (Post 3921453)

Yeah that's a definite plus. I have one key for the jeep, 1 for the bestop box, one for the locking radio dash box. I want to put a locking gas cap on but don't want anymore dang keys.

another odd thing about the bestop, it comes with a locking cable so you can put it anywhere and loop the cable around something. But that cable has a seperate key. You would think both locks would be keyed the same. Either way though, that cable is pretty thin and kind of useless, bolt cutters would go through it like butter.

You can get a mopar locking gas cap and have it keyed to your ignition key so you don't need a seperate key. I think Personally I am going to go Tuffy for the under drivers seat storage and the cargo area storage and see if I can have them keyed the same. I'm in the same boat, Last thing I need is another key

yacc 08-26-2013 07:12 AM

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My G19 fits in the bestop just fine. Not sure how the Tuffy can be any better, much less twice as good. I personally could care less if the drawer opens further, it opens far enough for my needs, and if it did open further it would hit my feet!

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CTFF 08-27-2013 04:39 AM

Is there anyway to make one of the underseat boxes work in a 2013 2 door?

PecosRiver 08-27-2013 05:59 AM

I bought 3 Bestop boxes, one for myself and one each for my kids. During the installs I found out that all 3 boxes were keyed alike. Further research told me that they were shipping batches keyed alike and at the time they only had 3 different keys. That was 3 years ago and I have no idea if that has changed.

PecosRiver 08-27-2013 06:00 AM

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Originally Posted by CTFF (Post 4125031)
Is there anyway to make one of the underseat boxes work in a 2013 2 door?

Yes, they work for all JK's.

panthermark 08-27-2013 06:08 AM

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Originally Posted by PecosRiver (Post 4125133)
Yes, they work for all JK's.

They don't work for the new 2 doors due to the fold and tumble seats.

CTFF 08-27-2013 06:10 AM

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 4125147)
They don't work for the new 2 doors due to the fold and tumble seats.

Do they just not fit, or do they just make it so you can not fold and tumble the seat?


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