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Old 02-07-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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Rear Bumper Fix

I'm currently looking at a 2002 TJ that I may purchase. On this TJ, the owner told me that he backed into something so the bumper is somewhat pushed in on one side. If I did buy this jeep I would probably replace it with an aftermarket bumper, but being pushed in on one side would it be hard to remove and simply install the new bumper? I don't know if there's any damage underneath, something I will look at more, but by the looks of it I don't see any damage. The rear bumper is factory.

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Old 02-07-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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you need to look at any frame damage right there where the bumper mounts to the frame...

(from experience... my jeep has been totalled TWICE)

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Old 02-07-2011, 01:43 PM   #3
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Look it over well.... TJ bumpers are pretty tough, except for the jugs on the ends... Chances are good he backed into a tree or rock on a trail..... Check for trail damage underneath...
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:52 PM   #4
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The owner told me that he never took it off road, chances are that he may be telling the truth because when I did take a look underneath, it was rather clean with no mud stains. As for the bumper, he said that he backed into something but can't remember what. I'll be sure to take a closer look at that when I go back if I decide to make an offer. I would have spent more time inspecting the Jeep but it was in the teens and I was freezing my arse off.
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Look for 'scraps' and scratches on whatever he has for skids underneath, transfercase support, gas tank...that's a clue to 'offroading'.
Taking the bumper itself off is just presoaking the nuts in PB Blaster for a couple days, get a wrench on them and tape with a hammer a good one if you can get to it to 'break' the nut loose, then back them off, tap the bolts out (chances are good if one side is bent there is stress on the closest bolts) and then remove everything and bolt on your new offroading heavy duty steel replacement bumper you wanted so bad! LOL...at the worst it takes some elbow grease or an air wrench but we've taken off a few of them to replace with custom builds and never had to cut a nut off...
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Look for 'scraps' and scratches on whatever he has for skids underneath, transfercase support, gas tank...that's a clue to 'offroading'.
Taking the bumper itself off is just presoaking the nuts in PB Blaster for a couple days, get a wrench on them and tape with a hammer a good one if you can get to it to 'break' the nut loose, then back them off, tap the bolts out (chances are good if one side is bent there is stress on the closest bolts) and then remove everything and bolt on your new offroading heavy duty steel replacement bumper you wanted so bad! LOL...at the worst it takes some elbow grease or an air wrench but we've taken off a few of them to replace with custom builds and never had to cut a nut off...
Thank you for the insight.

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