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Old 05-03-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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First Wreck

It very good pics but I hit some lady in her truck. Mainly just my fender and a few other little things. Maybe a little out of alignment. What am I looking a to have this fixed? Close estimate?
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You titled the thread: "first wreck". Are you planning another one?

Hard to guess without detailed pics of the frame, axle, motor mounts, steering, Everything under there.

Looks like your grill is pushed back, but the bumper doesn't look too bad. Maybe your frame survived.??

No full coverage insurance?

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Old 05-03-2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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Hope it won't cost that much. I Wasn't going 20mph and I rear ended her at an angle. The car still drives just fine so I hope it didn't do anything to the frame. Grill is moved a little bit. Not too bad. Biggest thing is just the fender. My bumper never hit her. Just my jug..
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:46 PM   #5
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i just fixed a jeep that smashed his front pass fender and bent the pass side control arms in a 90 degree, and messed the shocks and spring up. i did the work and got all the items for 240 in Hawaii so it should be expensive
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:00 PM   #6
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I was hoping it wouldn't be over 500. Like i said. It drives exactly like it did before the wreck.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:20 PM   #7
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Well, there went your full doors.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:20 PM   #8
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This or do it repair it yourself for less than $2000:
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After switching to a computer (vs. looking at the pics on my phone), you could probably get this repaired for pretty cheap if you have a bit of luck.

You're first item is to get a used replacement fender in the same color, or else you'll be paying for paint. And if you're lucky on this purchase you might get the OE fender flares with lights.

Next you'll be needing to inspect the grill for irrepairable damage. If it's pushed back because the fender is bent to hell, then you're probably good with using your current grill by re-aligning it to where it's supposed to go with the new(er) replacement fender.

Check the hood for deformation and hammer out any issues. I noticed that when the fender crumples up like that the hood will buckle/bow out as well.

If it was a low speed hit like you claim and the other vehicle only hit the body then you most likely don't have any real mechanical damage to worry about but an alignment/suspension inspection would be worthwhile.

While you've got everything opened up, check the fan shroud for damage.
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Yeah man. No doors now. LoL. I was wanting to do most of the work myself of I can.. I hope it is less than that..
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That's how much the other partys insuurance paid the body shop to fix my tj a few years ago when he caused me to slide into a guardrail in the snow on the interstate to keep from broadsiding him. And that was with a used fender.
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I hope it is like you are saying now. I really got under it to look and I don't see any bending. The grill has been pushed back about an inch or a half an inch. I didn't feel any alignment issues so I hope it is all cosmetic. Tomorrow, I am really going to get inside and look. What should I be looking for and what should i take pics of do you all to see?
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:57 PM   #12
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Take it to a body shop and have them check it out. Then you'll at least know the worst case scenario and can plan your parts list off of their estimate. And don't tell them you're going to fix it yourself but that you're trying to decide if you should turn it in to insurance so you'll get a more honest bid. Just a thought.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #13
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^^^ agread. when my fiero was hit in a parking lot i took it to a body shop and they prinyed off a list of all parts needed with prices...
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You can get an aftermarket fender for less than 250.00 (Mine in TX cost me 216.00 a piece.) That is not bad at all. Looking at it from your pictures you can get it back to pre-crash condition for under a grand. Possibly even less if you can find a body shop that will paint just the fender.

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This is my 01 TJ that I bought from a guy who rolled it. Had to replace windshield frame, both fenders and both half doors. Total out of pocket coin, I did buy everything used except the fenders and they are aftermarket, $1,385

Looks like you just damaged the fender, possibly a little bit of repair to the hood and your are good to go.
You said it still drives fine so I am sure there is no suspension damage.
Don't fret it sir, these vehicles are designed to take a beating and a little fender bender is not going to keep them down.
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Good thing you got the first one out of the way. Makes the others easy to handle.
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You can get an aftermarket fender for less than 250.00 (Mine in TX cost me 216.00 a piece.) That is not bad at all. Looking at it from your pictures you can get it back to pre-crash condition for under a grand. Possibly even less if you can find a body shop that will paint just the fender.

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This is my 01 TJ that I bought from a guy who rolled it. Had to replace windshield frame, both fenders and both half doors. Total out of pocket coin, I did buy everything used except the fenders and they are aftermarket, $1,385

Looks like you just damaged the fender, possibly a little bit of repair to the hood and your are good to go.
You said it still drives fine so I am sure there is no suspension damage.
Don't fret it sir, these vehicles are designed to take a beating and a little fender bender is not going to keep them down.
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The thing about those after market fenders is that they don't completely cover the tire. Here in WV, your tires can't stick out farther than your fenders.

Thanks for all the advice guys. I really do appreciate it. Before, I was in a big panic about what to do but at least I have a plan now.
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The thing about those after market fenders is that they don't completely cover the tire. Here in WV, your tires can't stick out farther than your fenders.

Thanks for all the advice guys. I really do appreciate it. Before, I was in a big panic about what to do but at least I have a plan now.
They have 3", 4.5" and 6". Im assuming the 4.5" would be stock width.
So with the 4.5-6" you'd be more then fine when it comes to tire coverage

EDIT: Ahh says here. The 4.5" are to match the Sahara and Rubicon model flares.
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The thing about those after market fenders is that they don't completely cover the tire. Here in WV, your tires can't stick out farther than your fenders.

Thanks for all the advice guys. I really do appreciate it. Before, I was in a big panic about what to do but at least I have a plan now.
I am talking about factory style fenders but aftermarket.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:47 AM   #21
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Where did you find those and how was your install?
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Here are the cheapest fender prices I've seen so far though you can get pre-painted ones on Ebay for $220 each.

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Don't bother with aftermarket junk. Go to this website: Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market and type in your vehicle info. There happens to be a stock, yellow fender at Carguts in SC. Search the local junkyards and get an OEM fender the same color to save $$$.
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Where did you find those and how was your install?
Got them from a place here in town. Google either Keystone Automotive or LKQ aftermarket parts for your area. They are nation wide.
When you call, tell them you want their premium or best quality brand. Not 100 percent if the call it premium or platinum.
Fit seems to be very good. I only have about 4 bolts holding them on since my body man is going to need to remove them so he can edge and paint them. If you can't find a location let me know and I'll call the store here and get you a number to the one closest to you.
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Well from a retired body man, just looking at the pictures, you are going to need more then a fender and some grille work. I see the lower cowl buckled behind the fender, and the hood also is buckled.

Like said get an estimate from a shop, I think you are going to be surprised at what it will cost to fix it right.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:18 AM   #26
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I have showed a couple of my friends and 1 of them asked me if I was going to replace with fiberglass? I didn't realize that was even an option. Other than it being light weight, are their any other benefits? I feel like it would be weaker than steel...
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I bought the $250 pre painted eBay fenders. Paint matched pretty good in spite of the Jeep being a 97. Easy enough to remove the old and bolt on the new. Just takes some time and a bunch of bolts, but nothing difficult.
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I cant get over the fact that he is filling up at a gas station when he took these pics lol. If that were my rig I'd say its a perfect time to put some flat fenders on that bad boy. There is a dent on the hood but that actually looks like the spot where you lay the hood on the windshield frame. I wouldnt worry about that too much, everything should line up pretty well since theres really no body line gaps that need to be addressed. Best of luck to ya and post up some pics after the repairs are done.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:42 PM   #29
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So today was the first sunny day since the wreck. I thought I would go out and take some better pics.

I am up loading from my phone so I don't know how to post captions for pics..



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This first one is just a shot of the front after I took a rubber mallet to the fender to make it look a little better than before..



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The second is a pic of a small dent in the hood I found. Idk if it was there before the wreck or caused by it. It is hard to see but it is just a little left of center of the pic. Right where the hood starts to raise a little.



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Third pic is of the a dent in the side of the hood that was not there before the wreck. It is a decent looking dent and it goes to the underside. When the hood is up, you can see some clear bends.



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This fourth one shows the damage to the actual body. Doesn't see to severe and I think most body places could push that out very easy once the fender is off. A little paint is missing from the corner there too.



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The 5th pic shows that the grill has move about 1/2 an inch. The right is pushed in just a little bit. Hope that's not too big of a deal. One guy even told me that just taking it off and putting it back on could fix that.



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This just shows that her truck never hit my bumper.. Only the jug and just cause a couple of little nicks in it.

I should be going either Monday or Tuesday to a body. I should get an estimate of repair cost and hopefully a parts list. I appreciate everyone's suggestions and help!
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