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.
My favorite mods are the cheap, homemade ones!