modding empty plastic under-rear-bumper "boxes" to carry emergency gear?

Discussion in 'Prime Accessories and Modifications' started by The Big Sleaze, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. The Big Sleaze

    The Big Sleaze Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2019
    63
    17
    0
    Location:
    'frisco
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius
    Model:
    Two Eco
    Looks like a I'll be adding a tow-hitch, which means removing all those 3 empty plastic "box" filler thingy up under the rear bumper.

    I like carrying lots of E-gear because I believe in my very own corollary I call Reverse Murphy's Law: If you are prepared for an event, it will never happen and your efforts will have been wasted.

    Any tips on how to mod the black plastic "boxes" into E-gear holders? Wouldn't need frequent access but would be nice if access didn't require messing with bumper or otherwise risking damage to car.

    Items might be gas siphon hose, Fix-A-Flat cans, tow strap, gloves, first aid, paracord, rags, space blanket sleeping bag and maybe even MRE and water.

    I think this is the big center box, so at only $30 (at the dealer no less) I guess its OK if I mess it up and need to replace.

    2020 Toyota Prius Prime HYBRID Bumper Impact Absorber (Rear). Body, Bar, Interior - 5261547090 - Genuine Toyota Part
     
    #1 The Big Sleaze, Jan 12, 2020
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2020
  2. WilDavis

    WilDavis Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2014
    2,393
    2,012
    49
    Location:
    Top RH Corner of RH Coast on L side of The Pond
    Vehicle:
    2009 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Well, an interesting idea, however if you carefully think it through you might want to consider what is likely to happen if you get rear-ended? Not only will your car be damaged, but all your stuff too! :eek::( (…just my thoughts!) ;);)
     
    MTN and jerrymildred like this.
  3. WilDavis

    WilDavis Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2014
    2,393
    2,012
    49
    Location:
    Top RH Corner of RH Coast on L side of The Pond
    Vehicle:
    2009 Prius
    Model:
    II
    I just re-read you post, and am curious about your views of insurance, and whether you bother? (…perhaps I'm not the only one!)
     
  4. jerrymildred

    jerrymildred Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    6,909
    8,508
    0
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Boxes? If you're talking about what I think you're talking about, those are not boxes. They are styrofoam (or something similar) sculptures. And you have to remove the bumper cover to access them.
     
    MTN and WilDavis like this.
  5. MTN

    MTN Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2017
    67
    69
    2
    Location:
    SB, CA
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    LE
    and they're designed to absorb impact forces in a crash. Filling them with stuff would alter that (if they were actually "boxes" and not foam blocks).
     
    jerrymildred and WilDavis like this.
  6. Chazman62

    Chazman62 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2019
    97
    49
    0
    Location:
    Long Beach, CA
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    XLE
    Today's care like Prime is even more so carefully designed so that every single part has some engineering reason/meaning...
    It's not like a Pinto or Vega from 70's econo car era.
     
    jerrymildred likes this.
  7. The Big Sleaze

    The Big Sleaze Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2019
    63
    17
    0
    Location:
    'frisco
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius
    Model:
    Two Eco
    Oh, OK, I guess scratch this idea.

    I'd seen the guts of some car bumpers in junk yard and they were hollow black plastic. I still might do something. I'll see when I get the boxes out. I might be little wary of messing with front bumper due to airbags, but messing with rear end seems OK. You gotta make a few cuts in plastic to install the hitch, as per video instructions.
     
Loading...