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Old 06-01-2013, 03:56 PM   #1
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Ammo can mounted on bumper

So I bought a new bumper a few weeks ago - the Smitybilt SRC Stinger for JK. I hope to get a Warn winch one day...but the thought of spending $700 on a winch right now just gives me the chills!

Anwyays, the bumper has a cool recessed plate for a winch but it just looked really odd to me with nothing there. I got the idea of putting some sort of storage box there instead.

Basically solving 3 needs at once:
A) more storage that I desperately need and
B) filling that gapping whole on the bumper with something and
C) being cheap and bad a$$.

I convert old military surplus ammunition boxes (aka: ammo cans) to cigar humidors as a side hobby business - so I have a ton of ammo cans of various sizes laying around.

I tossed up a 40mm ammo can that in it's previous life held these and it fit perfectly! A "Fat 50" or even a 50 cal size fit as well.

So, I was off to the hardware store and picked up a series of nuts and bolts to create a stud through the holes already in the bumper. After drilling matching holes in the bottom of the ammo can, it sits right on the posts and then I have wing nuts on the inside so it's easy to put on and off. I used rubber bushings so it's still completely waterproof.

Provides a surprising amount of space for my tow ropes, chains, ratchet straps, hatchet, folding shovel and more. I'll probably spray it with some black bedliner to match my blue and black color scheme.

It only sticks up an inch or so above the grill with a good 2 inches or so between - so shouldn't be any air flow restriction issues.

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Old 06-01-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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Great idea, if I didn't have a winch, I'd go for it.

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Storage looks good, but Flip Flops NOT RECOMMENDED for Off Highway attire. ☺
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Good Idea. You should think about bed lining it black to match the bumper.
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Nice, but you better put some locks on that or it will be empty.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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I've been thinking of doing something like this as well. Hate that all my recovery gear takes up so much space in the jeep.

Would love to have some external storage options.

Been meaning to call tuffy and ask them to come up with a line of external storage boxes.
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what would be nice if people started making bumpers with integrated toolboxes/storage again. it wouldnt really be all that hard and you would have an out of the way tool box that doesnt look out of place
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what would be nice if people started making bumpers with integrated toolboxes/storage again. It wouldnt really be all that hard and you would have an out of the way tool box that doesnt look out of place
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Good Idea. You should think about bed lining it black to match the bumper.
Yep, that's the plan.

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Nice, but you better put some locks on that or it will be empty.
There are a few different lock options on the market - need to pick up one for sure. Luckily I live in a really small town so don't have to worry too much.
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Very clever

and looks bad a$$ to boot. Good thinking.
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Would welding work as well? Also what locking options? I had this idea and came on here for more ideas. I'm going to order a couple off eBay for like 50 bucks and whip out the welder
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Ammo cans do not take well to being welded. I don't know what kind of steel they use in them, but I've never seen one that hasn't warped, burned through, or had embrittlement issues.
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mine has been on over a year now. still holding up well. it does get a little condensation in it sometimes - not sure if my gasket in the lid leaks or if it's heat from the engine or what.

i plan on replacing it with a winch at some point - so didn't see the need to permanently weld anything on. never welded an ammo can but yea it's pretty thin and powder coated…so i'd think it would be tough to do.

i have some lock kits that i use on my smaller 50 cal and Fat 50 ammo cans. never tried them on a 40mm (again i live in a small town so not really worried about my stuff getting stolen) but i bet they would work.

i sell ammo cans if you need any - just let me know and i can hook you up. i use ammo cans for my company Ammodor | Ammo Can Cigar Humidors

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