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I have been a little short on funds lately since I just dropped $1400 into my stereo system for my Tacoma (waiting on delivery). I had the mod bug, a few bucks and some free time so I decided to finally do these cheap mods

First was to install a lock on my center storage compartment. The lock cost me $4.00 at Lowes. The lock works very well for what it's needed for. I go to a casino and they offer free Valet Parking. This will prevent these punks from peaking into my storage compartment to see what they can grab. It's happened before and I lost a few CD's!

On with the pics...

Lock - There was 2 options. 1/2" or 1/4" max thickness. The 1/2" was the perfect size.


The locks requires a 3/4" hole. I first started with a pilot hole all the way up to a 1/2" hole using a drill then did the remainder with a Dremel. Not perfect but the lock fit fine and will be eventually covered with the lock.


Installed the lock using the "bent" latch. Works perfect.




Blurry pic but best I could do...The "bent" latch worked the best.


The latch needs to fit flush against the lip of the storage compartment.


The next mod cost me nothing except the time to find it around my house.

For those of you who have kids can agree the rear center seatbelt needs a button to hold up the buckle. My son is in a booster and always sits in the middle. The buckle tends to fall down into the seat so I always have to dig down to grab it and is annoying when I am on the driver's side and it's pouring down rain on me...This "free" mod will save a lot of time and frustration when buckling up your kiddos. :lol:

Before: The buckle creeping down to hide inbetween the seats. :bash:


Used my Home-Ec skills from Jr High and installed the beloved BUTTON! Be careful with the needle. I wore gloves and a welders mask for 100% safety. :lol:


Aw, the finished product. Works like a charm!


Hope this thread helps out others...I know these are very cheap and probably useless mods for others but for me these are both very useful and were CHEAP!
 

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Nice;mods like these are my favorites,inexspensive & cures those everyday little annoying hassles.Good job.I might try thr console lock,thanks!
 

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I'm liking the console lock, that's pretty sweet. I keep my GPS, radar detector, and AC adapter in there, it would be nice to protect them. Do you notice yourself rubbing against the lock in the console, or is it enough out of the way?

Hmmmm, looks like a Keltec pouch in there too.....
 

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I really like the center console lock. Might have to do that. :thumbsup:
 

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The lock seems like more of a PITA. What are trying to protect:eek: Nice cheap mods no the less, looks clean.
 

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I wish my hands were left feeling soft and refreshed.
 

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Nice Job!!! :thumbsup: And you my friend have excellent taste in music! :D
Thanks! I use to only listen to heavy metal/hardcore but lately (as I get older) I find myself into mellow rock/gay emo stuff. :lol:

I'm liking the console lock, that's pretty sweet. I keep my GPS, radar detector, and AC adapter in there, it would be nice to protect them. Do you notice yourself rubbing against the lock in the console, or is it enough out of the way?

Hmmmm, looks like a Keltec pouch in there too.....
The lock is out of the way...Unless you have a very wide ass you won't have any problems rubbing against it.

...and good eye. That's my Keltec PF-9. I just got it a few months ago. Picked it up from a friend for only $100...It's my first hand gun but I never keep it in the truck though. I don't have a permit and I live in California!

PROTECT THE GUM AND LUBE!!!!!!! :lol: jk
That's what the lock is primarily for. Have you seen the price of gum and hand sanitizer lately! :ugh3:


Thanks everyone for the comments...The lock is primarily just for valet services, hiding porn or when I want to lock things away for a short period of time. I would never place anything valuable in there and expect the lock to prevent someone from breaking into it.
 

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both look like great mods!

Nathan
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great mod

I'm gonna knock this mod out tonight. I've been wanting to do this for a while. Nice job! Need to add the newer Metallica CD though!
 
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