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Tuffy Flip-N-Lock Install - Tuff Christmas

Posted in Product Reviews on December 10, 2014
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We understand that not everyone who reads this magazine celebrates Christmas. But even though Trasborg has some Jewish cousins, his whole family still celebrates Christmas. It’s more about understanding each other than just being ignorant of their beliefs. So, whatever we called this article, the point is the same. Whether you celebrate Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or something we forgot about here, we aren’t trying to shove whatever religion Trasborg is today down your throat. The point is that this little part from Tuffy Security Products is a great way to keep your radio in your dashboard if you’ve got a ’07-’10 Wrangler and would make a great gift for anyone with one of those Jeeps. We just wish they’d make one for the ’11-and-up.

The pictures on the website don’t do the Tuffy Flip-N-Lock (PN 160, $99) justice, and you can see in our pictures how dirty our Flip-N-Lock is. It has ingested dirt on trails all over the southwest, and we ran our ’07 JK doorless and mostly topless all summer long without much fear of losing our radio. Installation is simple with just a few basic hand tools, and the tray on the top of it holds our cell phones on all but the most abusive of trails, killing two birds with one stone. On really dirty and nasty trails, we use it to help keep our head unit clean (-ish) by flipping the front down.

Look, we know if a thief wants to get the head unit, they will. The Flip-N-Lock is still just anchored into plastic, and a big pry bar would probably pop it out of the dashboard pretty quickly. We didn’t try it, because we like how our dashboard is configured and wouldd have to tear apart another Jeep to fix the damage. However, it does block the radio from prying eyes and the 0.09-inch-thick aluminum construction is quite stout and looks intimidating.

The setup takes a little bit of tinkering to get just right, but it’s not a big deal. Overall, it works great. The lock doesn’t seem to care how much dust or mud it gets fed, and that tray is super-convenient. So, we decided to do a more in-depth look at it so you could decide if this was something you wanted to get as a gift for that special Jeeper in your life.

In the open position, the Flip-N-Lock allows plenty of access to the head unit, and provides a great place to drop cell phones. However, in some lighting conditions, we’ve had the phones get hot and shut down because of the sun coming through the windshield. However, the same can be said of any tray placed up there. In the open position, the Flip-N-Lock allows plenty of access to the head unit, and provides a great place to drop cell phones. However, in some lighting conditions, we’ve had the phones get hot and shut down because of the sun coming through the windshield. However, the same can be said of any tray placed up there.
In the closed position, potential thieves can’t even see your radio or if you actually have one in there. That, plus how beefy the Flip-N-Lock is, must be why we kept our radio all summer despite hardly ever having doors on the Jeep. Further, while our radio tilts out, there is 13⁄16-inch clearance behind the Flip-N-Lock door when closed that gives plenty of clearance, even if we choose to run it in the closed position while on the trail. In the closed position, potential thieves can’t even see your radio or if you actually have one in there. That, plus how beefy the Flip-N-Lock is, must be why we kept our radio all summer despite hardly ever having doors on the Jeep. Further, while our radio tilts out, there is 13⁄16-inch clearance behind the Flip-N-Lock door when closed that gives plenty of clearance, even if we choose to run it in the closed position while on the trail.
The key to the installation is to adjust these bolts carefully. They are slotted so that the part can be adjusted up and down. The cover slides in between these rails. Adjust it too loose and it rattles. Too tight and it would take Dwayne Johnson to install and remove the cover. You can see here how the base attaches to the dashboard. You can also see how the cover locks into the base of the unit (that slot in the foreground). The key to the installation is to adjust these bolts carefully. They are slotted so that the part can be adjusted up and down. The cover slides in between these rails. Adjust it too loose and it rattles. Too tight and it would take Dwayne Johnson to install and remove the cover. You can see here how the base attaches to the dashboard. You can also see how the cover locks into the base of the unit (that slot in the foreground).
One thing to bear in mind: If you do end up gifting this to your Jeeper, warn him or her to lock the cover, whether it’s open or closed. We left it unlocked one day when we hit trails and ended up with the cover and our cell phones all over the Jeep. It slid right out the first little washboard we hit and various things landed in our laps—and that is with having it adjusted a little bit snug to make sure it won’t rattle. Some people have problems understanding just how it works until we show them this. One thing to bear in mind: If you do end up gifting this to your Jeeper, warn him or her to lock the cover, whether it’s open or closed. We left it unlocked one day when we hit trails and ended up with the cover and our cell phones all over the Jeep. It slid right out the first little washboard we hit and various things landed in our laps—and that is with having it adjusted a little bit snug to make sure it won’t rattle. Some people have problems understanding just how it works until we show them this.

Sources

Tuffy Security Products
970-564-1762
www.tuffyproducts.com

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