Most of us think of wheel wells as necessary evils. They block room we could use to store things in the bed of our truck. However, with a truck wheel well tool box, they can become just as useful as the rest of your truck bed.
Truck wheel well tool boxes have an odd, angled shape. Most are small and almost rectangular. They sit over the wheel well and extend towards the tailgate. These are also called pork chop tool boxes because of their odd shape. You can also find larger versions that extend towards the cab and the tailgate. There are smaller versions as well that do not extend over the wheel at all and are just small rectangular boxes that sit behind it near the tailgate.
Wheel well tool boxes are made from a variety of materials. You can find them made from aluminum, steel, and plastic. They typically have a top that lifts up and opens towards the inside of your truck bed. You can find a variety of latching mechanisms, from simple latches to key locks to ones that seal the lid down tight to keep out any moisture.
The internal structure of pork chop tool boxes is typically pretty simple. They’re pretty narrow spaces and usually contain no dividers of any kind, just a shallow rectangular section and a deeper rectangular structure. There are some variations that contain drawers you can access by opening your tailgate, with shorter ones near the bottom and at least a single longer one at the top. The smaller rectangular versions of wheel well tool boxes usually use drawers.
These tool boxes install in a number of ways. Some are mounted similar to crossover and side tool boxes using a drill and mounting kit. You can also find ones that use a swing mount, meaning you can rotate them out for better access. These mounts attach to your truck with a drill much like other kinds. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Manufacturers of these wheel well truck tool boxes are well aware of the specifications of various truck models. You can enter in your truck’s year, make, and model on many of their websites to see if the pork chop tool box you’re looking at will work for your vehicle. Make sure you double check all measurements before you drill your holes for installation.
You’ll find a lot of cool ideas for wheel well tool boxes out there. They sit in an easily accessible spot and don’t take up a lot of room. They’re a great storage area for first aid kits, snacks, and the waterproof versions can even serve as coolers for tailgating. Pork chop tool boxes in longer truck beds can make good use of the length for gun storage for hunters and sport shooters, with room for ammunition and other gear in the shorter bottom section. Several outdoors companies designed specifically for this use. There are even versions of these truck tool boxes that have speakers incorporated into their design.