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Old 06-15-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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drove into a divider, how to straigthen out front bumper

I was making a left turn during heavy rain in a parking lot and hit a divider. My left bumper extension came off and the metal bumper bent and my fog light mounted on the bumper broke. I have attached two pictures. Anybody have a left bumper extension, and a factory fog light, lying around, I can use them. Please PM me. Any recommendations on how to get that bumper back into shape, should I go to a body shop ? Any recommendations for body shops in Union City, CA 94587. what's a reasonable cost to repair that bumper ?
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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My bet is that due to how many people have replaced their OE bumpers with aftermarket bumpers, you could pick up a used OE bumper for next to nothing. Place a 'Bumper Wanted' ad in Craigslist & the various Jeep forum Parts Wanted forum areas. It'd also cost more to fix it than it would to buy a new aftermarket bumper, and MUCH more than buying a used OE bumper.

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Your better off just searching Craigslist locally, not worth the effort. I just picked up one that was brand new for $75. Guy bought a new jeep and put a winch bumper on.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:16 PM   #4
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yo buddy, I got two fogs and a front bumper that looks a helluvalot better than the stock one... all ya gotta do is meet me in San Jose (preferably) or mountain view and they're yours for some cases of beer.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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Just cut it down to a stubby for the time being haha
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:19 PM   #6
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I would hook a log chain to a tree and to the bent portion of your bumper. Put it in 4 low and back up slowly and it will bend it back to where it was.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:20 PM   #7
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:11 PM   #8
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Great time for a bumper upgrade! You can bolt one on in 15 minutes.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:14 PM   #9
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That looks exactly like what my youngest daughter did in a parking lot. It took $200 worth of frame machine time to get the hood to sit right again, and $100 for a new bumper. I was finally able to get the fog light to aim the right way, but it's still a little jacked up.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #10
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Man I got a oem with bumperettes and jugs in great shape for 30$ it can be yours!!!!
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #11
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Same one in this pic I upgraded to a smittybilt if you want it just pm me!
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:21 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone for your responses. Is there a you tube video on changing bumper and making the electrical connections to fog lights ? what tools are needed for the job ?
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:48 AM   #13
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They appear to be OEM fog lights so just follow the wires and there should be a plug you can disconnect. As far as removal you can start by soaking them in penetrating oil a few day ahead of time. Hopefully you will just need a 1/2" drive Torx driver and a breaker bar to remove the 6 bolts, 2 on top and 1 under (each side) that's it. If you are not successful that way post the problem and you will have to go to the next level.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:00 AM   #14
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Thanks jimsjeep. I purchased a t55 torx 3/8 inch bit and driver . Was able to remove 5 bolts
, but the sixth one had some damage , so now it's slipping and not coming out . I did apply generous amounts of liquid wrench penetrating oil overnight . Help I am stuck . How do I replace the front bumper. I have attached a picture of that last stuck bolt

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Old 06-27-2013, 06:11 PM   #15
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Hopefully there are enough teeth left another try. A couple of good sharp blows with a hammer can be a help, also if you have access to a hand held impact driver that will help. Harbor Freight has them cheap. Last resort is to grind the head off and go at it with a pipe wrench or something similar.
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I'd meet up with n00g7 and get his bumper. Looks real nice
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:41 AM   #17
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He already has it, for 2 cases of beer money.

Oh, and for the bolt you could try getting the next size up in Torx bit and pounding it on with a hammer, then turning. Heating up the bolt first will also help.
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Just cut it down to a stubby for the time being haha
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Thanks everyone for your responses and especially for n00g7 for selling me the bumper and fogs and helping me put it on. This project is complete. I took the jeep to a body shop and they hammered a hex socket on and used a impact tool to remove the stripped torx bolt.
Now that I have it all repaired, detailed , ready for sale. Summer is here and this is a nice time to purchase a yellow jeep and go down Pacific Coast highway. I have posted for sale ad on craigslist for $10,800. Let me know if you anybody is interested 2001 Jeep Wrangler 4.0L I-6 Manual Hard+Soft Tops Low Miles Clean
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