Did you ever make any progress on this idea? I feel like I need more than a padlock. They’re notoriously easy to remove with an angle grinder. I guess someone with an angle grinder could just cut the whole lock out of the door panel even if you installed a deadbolt like you’re proposing. Ideally I’d have both.
It really doesn’t seem too bad to do what you’re talking about.
Are you using a specific padlock in the meantime?
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I'm still waiting to speak to the outfitters to see if it is possible to install without the default locking mechanism/door handle. Would prefer installing the way I'd like right out the door. I was planning on this surface mount plus a van lock at the bottom.