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Old 02-13-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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Dented front bumper

Someone in a parking lot put a big dent in my plastic bumper and just left. WTF? It is on the drivers side at the corner piece. Does anyone have any ideas of how to pull it out? It is an enclosed piece the only way I can see popping it out is by drilling a hole in the back and pushing the dent out that way. Any other ideas?

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Old 02-13-2011, 07:58 PM   #2
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I had the same problem. I ended up drilling a hole in the back of the bumper then pushing out the dent with a piece of rebar.

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Climber,

I have my bumper (2010) totally off....Its buried in my shed give me a day and I'll take a look at it to see if its possible to get at once its off, hate to see you drilling any unnecessary holes.

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I had the same problem. I ended up drilling a hole in the back of the bumper then pushing out the dent with a piece of rebar.
Good call! I backed into a tree yesterday playing in the mud, and dented the passenger side corner
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I have my bumper (2010) totally off....Its buried in my shed give me a day and I'll take a look at it to see if its possible to get at once its off, hate to see you drilling any unnecessary holes.

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Old 02-13-2011, 08:05 PM   #6
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you are talking the front bumper correct?
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:00 PM   #7
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jeep plastic bumper repair

yes the front and rear bumpers can be pushed back into place but drilling of holes and heating of plasic is helpful
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I just disassembled my old (still new) bumper. If you remove the entire plastic piece off the steel frame, you'll find that there are a couple of pre-drilled holes in the rear of the plastic bumper. Depending on where your dent is, you may be able to use them, but I kind of doubt it.

If you don't want to go that route, PM me and I'll send the plastic bumper for shipping costs. Can't weigh much more than 10 pounds. The bumper was 3 months old when I removed it. Just sitting in the yard.
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I had the same thing on my rear bumper. Drilled a 3/8 hole in the bottom of the plastic bumper and gently massaged the the dent out using a piece of rebar. The dent was about a month old, and had a small crease in it, so it took alittle work, but you can't tell it was ever dented. I sprayed a piece of duct tape flat black and stuck it over the hole.
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My rear bumper has a dent (front too but its small). Do you guys still have your bumpers or have you already given them away?
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Hack off the ends and make it a stubby bumper. I had an encounter with a signpost and dented the drivers side front bumper. Instead of attempting to pop the dent out, I decided that making it a stubby was a better idea. I ordered the VDP stubby bumper kit and IMHO, it looks better as a stubby.
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Hack off the ends and make it a stubby bumper. I had an encounter with a signpost and dented the drivers side front bumper. Instead of attempting to pop the dent out, I decided that making it a stubby was a better idea. I ordered the VDP stubby bumper kit and IMHO, it looks better as a stubby.
Jeepyakin--Can you post a picture of that?
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I just had some tool back into my Jeep and drove off. What is best method for poppong this dent out. It is on passenger side.
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I just had some tool back into my Jeep and drove off. What is best method for poppong this dent out. It is on passenger side.
If you completely dismantle the plastic off the steel, there is a large hole you can reach through and press the dent out.

I just disassembled this one to send the skin to another Jeeper.
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How difficult is it to dismantle? Just trying to figure how long this will take.
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If it were me...I would use this opportunity as a reason to buy a new off road recovery bumper. Next time some toolbox backs into you they will be sorry!
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I still have my stock bumper in my shed after installing an XHD. You can have it if you are willing to ship it. Just let me know. It's just talking up room in my garage... just didn't want to throw it away. (2010 JKU sport)
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i just disassembled my old (still new) bumper. If you remove the entire plastic piece off the steel frame, you'll find that there are a couple of pre-drilled holes in the rear of the plastic bumper. Depending on where your dent is, you may be able to use them, but i kind of doubt it.

If you don't want to go that route, pm me and i'll send the plastic bumper for shipping costs. Can't weigh much more than 10 pounds. The bumper was 3 months old when i removed it. Just sitting in the yard.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:43 PM   #20
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Well I got the air dam / cheap skid off and now cannot budge the 8 bolts that hold the damn bumper on. Going brother in-laws this Friday for help getting it off.
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Well I got the air dam / cheap skid off and now cannot budge the 8 bolts that hold the damn bumper on. Going brother in-laws this Friday for help getting it off.
After you remove the bumper, you have 4 more bolts to remove and the plastic will come off the steel.
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Could I just remove the 4 bolts to remove plastic only?
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:41 PM   #23
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Ok here is bumper after dent was fixed!
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:16 PM   #24
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Why would you want to keep a bumper that has the effectiveness of a jug of milk?
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I still have my stock bumper in my shed after installing an XHD. You can have it if you are willing to ship it. Just let me know. It's just talking up room in my garage... just didn't want to throw it away. (2010 JKU sport)
Offshoretek I would be interested in your bumper and pay for the shipping. Any idea how much it would cost?
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Thanks for the info. I think im going to do this.
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I am waiting for taxes so I can shop for a new bumper, just want one that I can keep stock fog lights.
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Thanks for the info. I think im going to do this.
Climber, good luck with the mod. It was very easy and relatively cheap. Just need some painters tape, sharpie, measuring tape, drill and bits and a sawsall for the cutting. It took about a half and hour to complete.
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Offshoretek I would be interested in your bumper and pay for the shipping. Any idea how much it would cost?
I will find out. I know it will have to be UPS because it is too long for USPS. I will get the price for you. Sorry it took so long to reply. I just got home from 14 days at work.
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I had the same problem. I ended up drilling a hole in the back of the bumper then pushing out the dent with a piece of rebar.
This is exactly what my hubby did... he did this to it himself on the first off-road trip he took only 4 days after we bought it. I was so mad.

Then he did it AGAIN!! (pushing his dead quad into the garage) but it was a smaller dent.. he actually drilled a small hole right in the dent and put a screw in it and pulled the screw sideways and popped it out that way. Then he took some black epoxy and filled in the hole. It was hardly noticeable.

A sturdier bumper is first on the list for me, hubby has a problem with them. There has never been a vehicle he owned that has not had to have the bumper replaced... we could have bought a LOT of mods for the JK if we still had all that money

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