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Old 01-07-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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Jeep vs concrete

So the other day my Jeep spun out on the interstate and hit a concrete support for an overpass. (hats off to the toughness of Jeeps that it bounced off) I'm looking for a new front bumper, preferably a dual tube to match the rear, but I don't want to get a ticket. Illinois law says the bumper must cover the entire wheel track, but I can't find one wide enough. Suggestions?
P.s. If anyone is curious, I can post pics of the damage. Jeep at 60 into concrete = new bumper. Any other car, totaled.


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Old 01-07-2014, 02:39 PM   #2
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So.... you lost the jug and bent the metal????

Straighten it out with a pipe wrench/hammer and put another jug on it. What I did to mine. Until I replaced it with a towing rig.
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Bent the frame, too. The whole front end is shifted left about an inch. I tried to take the bumper off to straighten it, but I stripped one the torx bolts. It's the only one left holding it on. :-[ giving up for tonight. Not sure how I'm going to get that bolt out
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I had to cut a couple of mine out.......and then drill one of them out and re-thread.

Price of doing business with Jeeps. KROIL is your friend. AND when you put it back together....a dab of anti-seize will work wonders.

frame is going to be WAY more of an issue than bumper..... have you had some one look at it to see if it can be straightened????
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I had to cut a couple of mine out.......and then drill one of them out and re-thread.

Price of doing business with Jeeps. KROIL is your friend. AND when you put it back together....a dab of anti-seize will work wonders.

frame is going to be WAY more of an issue than bumper..... have you had some one look at it to see if it can be straightened????
Yes, a local body shop. If I can get the bumper straight......er :-) I can take it there to be looked at. Im keeping me fingers crossed.
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Got the last bolt out. Bought a torch, threatened the bolt with the saw, heated it, beat on it, let out a few swear words, finally got it out with a pair of vice grips and a breaker bar. Now for the next problem. No amount of heating, beating, prying, or swearing would get the bumper to even think about bending back straight. It didn't even budge. :banging head. I don't have the money for a new bumper right now, so the Jeep is a garage ornament for a while. Really pisses me off.
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So.... you lost the jug and bent the metal????

Straighten it out with a pipe wrench/hammer and put another jug on it. What I did to mine. Until I replaced it with a towing rig.
Bumper won't budge. See above post for details. Help!
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Take it to a local machine shop and ask them to put it into a press...... THAT will do it....
Should not cost you more than $10........ask NICELY......
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So the other day my Jeep spun out on the interstate and hit a concrete support for an overpass. (hats off to the toughness of Jeeps that it bounced off) I'm looking for a new front bumper, preferably a dual tube to match the rear, but I don't want to get a ticket. Illinois law says the bumper must cover the entire wheel track, but I can't find one wide enough. Suggestions?
P.s. If anyone is curious, I can post pics of the damage. Jeep at 60 into concrete = new bumper. Any other car, totaled.
Ok, this will not hold up as your old bumper, but it might get you by till you can do better... several years ago, my brother had some financial difficulties and needed a new bumper for his ford f150. Took old bumper off and we made one using a 2x8 board and angle brackets from the big orange place... painted it black and drove it for a couple years that way until he sold the truck.

Got him by in norfolk va where cops can be very finicky about vehicle hardware.
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hit up a junk yard! alot of times you can find a jeep with a rusted out body or a beat engine and snag a bumper for $20 or something.
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Don't forget to try Craig's List or eBay for a used bumper. When I mangled the one on my old CJ, I shortened it to just fit the frame. Picked up a piece of 4in pipe,notched the back to fit the remains of my bumper and welded it all together. Instead of welding caps on the end I used rubber expansion plugs to seal it. I used the bumper as storage for my tow straps.
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Don't forget to try Craig's List or eBay for a used bumper. When I mangled the one on my old CJ, I shortened it to just fit the frame. Picked up a piece of 4in pipe,notched the back to fit the remains of my bumper and welded it all together. Instead of welding caps on the end I used rubber expansion plugs to seal it. I used the bumper as storage for my tow straps.
I have thought about hitting up a junkyard, but my Jeep has a dual tube rear bumper and I've been wanting to upgrade the front to match. But don't tell my old lady. As far as she knows, I have to buy a new one.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:46 AM   #14
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New bumper ordered. Jeeps in the body shop now. Ths guy said he should have no problem straightening the frame back out, unless it fights him. Depends on how tough the frame is. Keeping fingers crossed. I want my baby back. :-(
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Back from the body shop. Frame is fixed. Poor guy snapped one his chains. Give to Jeeps and their tough frames.
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you realize the stock bumper is stronger then that tube bumper which are known to be thin wall and crush which will cause more damage
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you realize the stock bumper is stronger then that tube bumper which are known to be thin wall and crush which will cause more damage
No, I didn't know that. It's bought now, so no going back. I really don't plan on testing the strength of the bumper again, though. I really wanted the bumpers to match.
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Stock is def. stronger than tube. But my custom bumper is even stronger, it's a thick piece of structural steel beam.
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Stock is def. stronger than tube. But my custom bumper is even stronger, it's a thick piece of structural steel beam.
Nice.
Im just glad to have my Jeep back. I was stuck driving my GF's G6 to work for two weeks. Make up everywhere, garbage everywhere. I opened the glove box to get the phone charger and tampons fell out. Plus it was just WAY to quiet. I've gotten used to the wind noise.
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Make up everywhere, garbage everywhere. I opened the glove box to get the phone charger and tampons fell out.
LMAO laughing so hard my cheeks are hurting. I gotta act normal....my wife is looking at me like I'm a fricking moron....
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You can have my stock one for free
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Go to the scrap yard, get a piece of steel I-beam the width of the track (for the IL law) and weld it on. It is a Jeep! Make it nasty!
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Nice.
Im just glad to have my Jeep back. I was stuck driving my GF's G6 to work for two weeks. Make up everywhere, garbage everywhere. I opened the glove box to get the phone charger and tampons fell out. Plus it was just WAY to quiet. I've gotten used to the wind noise.
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If you don't mind my asking, how much did straightening the frame run you? I think I'm going to need the same work done.
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If you don't mind my asking, how much did straightening the frame run you? I think I'm going to need the same work done.
$175. The body guy had to pull the front end about 3 inches to the right. I told him I didn't care if it was perfect, just colder enough so the hood would latch again. He did a good job.took him about 3 hours.
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That tube bumper looks good.


However, your tow hooks are backwards.
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However, your tow hooks are backwards.
I'll bet he did that intentionally as a sign of confidence in his Jeep.
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probably ought to replace those tires while you are in the swing of replacing broken stuff. thats probably why you slid off the road in the first place.
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However, your tow hooks are backwards.
They we're on backwards because the bolts that held the old bumper on had a long shoulder to go through the hooks, too long to bolt on the new bumper, so I used the hooks as spacers to hold the bumper on long enough to go to Menards to get new bolts. Can't use the hooks (pointed the right way) with the tube bumper.

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