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Old 08-24-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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Stupid mistake, now what?

So I made a stupid mistake this morning. I was parked at a restaurant and there was another car parked perpendicualr to me. They were sticking out of their spot behind me, so when I backed straight out, bang, I hit the back corner of their car. I caved in the left side of my rear bumper and broke my license plate bracket. Of course it crumpled the bumper of the other car and broke their tail light.

SO...now that I made that dumb mistake, do I just replace the bumper with another Mopar bumper, or is this an opportunity to upgrade the rear bumper. Any suggestions out there? I can replace the license plate bracket for about $55 from Morris. I filed a claim with insurance to cover the damage to the other vehicle.

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Old 08-24-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Larger mirrors, maybe???????

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Old 08-24-2013, 07:22 PM   #3
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SO...now that I made that dumb mistake, do I just replace the bumper with another Mopar bumper, or is this an opportunity to upgrade the rear bumper.
Do you even need to ask???? Go for it! Aftermarket!
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:26 PM   #4
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Larger mirrors, maybe???????
Don't disagree. LOL. Maybe backup sensors.

Guess I just wasn't expecting somebody directly behind me. Might have been different if we were in a normal parking lot.

So which aftermarket do you guys recommend?
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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The ACE setup is pretty popular around here. Welcome to ACE Engineering - Jeep Rock Rails, Stubby Bumpers, Tubular Fenders & Aftermarket Parts Also built in the USA.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:52 PM   #7
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I put on the Or-Fab rear bumper on. Very happy with it.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:56 PM   #8
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Stock all the way....you did enough damage already with a tough aftermarket bumper you would likely have totaled the person's vehicle.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #9
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Aftermarket by far I got a nice one from body armor and got the tire swing to go with it. But I needed it for my new 35's
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #10
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I did something similar... rear ended a guy the first time I took the Jeep out without doors (only had like 3k miles on it). I was saving up for wheels and tires so I opted to get a stock bumper off Craigslist for $40. Otherwise I would have gone with AEV and dropped over a thousand. Guess it depends on your priorities. Good news is if you decide to return to stock for now, you have an endless supply of stock JK parts you can get on the cheap
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:44 AM   #11
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Everytime I watch people in parking lots back up, I cringe a little. This is the reason. Anyone going reverse in this country is a scary thing anyway.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #12
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Backup beepers and sensors help - but only to someone wise enough to pay attention. We have been on the receiving end of almost being hit a few times - lucky for us someone walking by watching this guy almost hit our car went over and smacked the trunk of the car backing up scaring the driver to stop (he tried yelling at him first, but the guy ignored him).

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