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Old 03-16-2014, 04:22 AM   #1
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Best way to fix bent bumpers

This car has been in a few car accidents. Every one it has driven away from without any real issue.

That said, the bumper has been bent in the front and the rear right.

I'd like to correct bends. I'm sure an auto body shop could do it but I thought I'd ask you guys first if there weren't a cheap way to do it.

I fix issues on this car all the time with pair of pliers and persistence. The metal on the bumpers appears to be pretty thick steel. What is the best way to deal with this issue? Its mostly an aesthetic issue. I don't mind the scratches but I'd like everything to be the right shape.


Any thoughts? Am I just being a cheapskate and should just go to the auto body shop? I get some personal satisfaction from fixing things myself. That's part of my mission here.

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Old 03-16-2014, 05:17 AM   #2
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Post some pictures so people can see how bad it is. The only way you are going to bend steel that thick is with heat. I knew a guy one time who pulled a frame back in to shape by heating it up with a torch and then chained it to a tree and pulled

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Old 03-16-2014, 05:39 AM   #3
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The metal is about 2 or 3 inches out of shape. None of the bends are sharp. Its just tweaked.

Front bumper doesn't actually bother me because its symmetrical. The end of either side of the front bumper is pushed in about 2-3 inches. Its about the same on either side and looks fine.

The one that bothers me in the rear bumper because its pushed about 2 or so inches right to left. Someone hit the corner of my car... went right into that bumper.

It was a Prius. Pretty much removed that little car's right fender. Beer can cars....
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ike said above pics would be a great help,,is it a car or jeep..???
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:59 AM   #6
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:56 PM   #7
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ike said above pics would be a great help,,is it a car or jeep..???
I think I'm describing it pretty well.

You know that circular bumper on the rear of the jeep? Imagine it bent about 2 to 3 inches from right to left.

That is what happened.

As to a truck and tow cable... I'm worried about ripping something off or making it worse.

As to heat, what do you suggest for heat? A blow torch or something? And once it gets hot, what then? Hit it with a hammer?

I know most of you are saying "oh wow, just take it to an autobody shop"... but be patient with me here. Just give me the skinny on this and I'll either try it or not.
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don't take this the wrong way but you don't seem to mechanically inclined.... i may be wrong. look on craigs and buy used rear bumperettes and front bumper for about $40 then check back in with your questions on how to replace them on your "car"
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don't take this the wrong way but you don't seem to mechanically inclined.... i may be wrong. look on craigs and buy used rear bumperettes and front bumper for about $40 then check back in with your questions on how to replace them on your "car"
Thanks for the tip. I might do that.

What about the little metal bit above the rear bumper. I have no idea what that thing does but its bent as well. It sticks out. I don't know... maybe something is supposed to sit on it or something.


As to my mechanical inclination, I haven't done anything big before. I do little things all the time. I also am very technically inclined. But I haven't worked with thick pieces of steel before.

I was just curious.

So you think I should get new bumperettes?

Ah that's the spare tire stopper... that bit got bent as well.
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i have a set of bumperettes that i am about to take off
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I have fixed some bends in the past for folks by using one of my big oak trees and a tow strap if it was a matter of a little bit out of square, but replacement bumpers can be had for cheap. especially if you don't need anything really "heavy duty". I sold a tube bumper on Craigslist a few weeks ago for $50.00 with a winch mount. I built a friend a new one and he gave me the old one. You can usually find something like that if you look for a week or two on there
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as for pictures it would show us just how bad it is, if it was hit hard enough it may have even bent ur frame as well.. probably not but a pic is worth a thousand words as they say..it may either be a simple fix or worth buying new parts,,

im not being rude, we all have to learn,, and help each other on here when we can, i remember not even knowing that that was the spare tire stopper when i first got into jeeps..lol
or calling my jeep a (car)...lol,,,just seems ur new to the jeep scene and want to give you the rite answer,,,---
but we love pictures on here anyway,,and a pic would show us the how much damage there is...
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ike said above pics would be a great help,,is it a car or jeep..???

A YJ is a car, A jeep, but still a passinger car, not a Truck, it does not carry a pay load and does carry 4 or more people, in La. they have car plates.
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i have a set of bumperettes that i am about to take off
I'm obviously in the market.

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as for pictures it would show us just how bad it is, if it was hit hard enough it may have even bent ur frame as well.. probably not but a pic is worth a thousand words as they say..it may either be a simple fix or worth buying new parts,,
I'll take a picture of it later. Too lazy right now.

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but we love pictures on here anyway,,and a pic would show us the how much damage there is...
The damage is minor. its bent two inches out of true with no pinching. The frame is fine. The car didn't hit me very hard.
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A YJ is a car, A jeep, but still a passinger car, not a Truck, it does not carry a pay load and does carry 4 or more people, in La. they have car plates.
NUH UH Nubby, it aint no car dammit! lol. It's an SUV...Super Utility Vehicle! Get your poop together son!

A car rides about 6" off the ground, your "heep" don't do that, and if it does, you are going to look funny stuck in the first pothole you come to on the road.
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A YJ is a car, A jeep, but still a passinger car, not a Truck, it does not carry a pay load and does carry 4 or more people, in La. they have car plates.
Not to split hairs, but the leaf spring suspension says otherwise. Lol. And I never refer to my jeep as a car or a truck. It's....a jeep. She'd get angry if I called her something else.
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In NY, the registration doen't say PAS on it, it say SUBN

That said... bumperettes aren't really worth saving IMO. You can get them pretty cheap or replace them with a real bumper
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NUH UH Nubby, it aint no car dammit! lol. It's an SUV...Super Utility Vehicle! Get your poop together son!

A car rides about 6" off the ground, your "heep" don't do that, and if it does, you are going to look funny stuck in the first pothole you come to on the road.
My registration says station wagon
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Bumperettes suck. Mine were smashed up. Got a rugged ridge with front bumper and winch plate for like $80 on Craig's. And it's set up for a 2 inch ball.
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mine came off right after sway and track bars,,,there still hanging in the shed for some other use.---lol
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I have nothing to tow so I don't really see the need for the more substantial bumpers.
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u can have my bumperrets if u wannt them,,,free but you would need to pick them up..

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