I got into an accident the other day and just realized that my ACE stubby bumper is slightly off-level. I was going maybe 5 MPH and the other car about 40. About a penny sized area of powdercoating came off of my bumper, while the rear quarter, bumper, tailight and trunk of the other vehicle were completely destroyed.
I can barely fit a finger between my bumper and the plastic grill on the right side (impact point) but it's just about touching the plastic on the left side. Maybe a 1-2mm difference.
Frame does not seem to be bent as far as I can tell... drives fine. I think the crumple zone may have been tweaked by the impact.
My question is: is it possible to somehow bend this back so it's level? How much would this cost? Jeep is a 2013 JK so the metal shouldn't be brittle/rusty.
04-25-2013 09:19 AM
Are you mechanically inclined? Have tools? I'd take the bumper off and find out exactly what is bent. You may be able to add a spacer on one side to even it out, or beat it into shape with a mallet. No real way of knowing without pulling the bumper off...
04-25-2013 09:25 AM
might have shiffted in the mounting holes. losen up and see if it lines up again
04-25-2013 09:34 AM
Who was at fault? If it was the other guy make em buy you a new bumper.
04-25-2013 09:38 AM
I was at fault (failure to yield). The bumper isn't damaged at all other than a tiny area of powdercoat getting rubbed off, which I should be able to fix with some rustoleum.
04-25-2013 09:39 AM
Ahhh in that case I would just live with it. I
04-25-2013 12:25 PM
I may try taking the bumper off / loosening it up and reseating. I'm just lucky I had the aftermarket bumper. green paint on the Jeep didn't even get scratched, not to mention my suspension would've gotten hit if I had the stock bumper on there.
04-25-2013 12:39 PM
Take it off ASAP and check that the frame isn't bent, or the crumble zones are not damaged. If they are, you may be better off filing an insurance claim and having them take care of it. Chances are that you already filed a claim to pay for the damages to the other vehicle, having the insurance company fix your vehicle too would be included in the deductible for that accident and considered part of the same incident. My wife was hit in a turn lane while driving our Tundra, the damages looked very minimal, but when the body shop inspected it, the winch bumper was a bit tweaked, and they fixed it up and re-coated it. A few weeks later, I found that the tire on the impact area kept loosing air, so I took it to the tire shop. Tire shop said that the rim on that wheel had a hairline crack, and showed it to me. I took a picture and sent it to my insurance company, and they gave me the go ahead to buy the replacement wheel and they reimbursed all costs related to inspection, replacement, etc. even though the accident was like 3 weeks prior. We all pay the money for insurance, so use it, its the point of having it, right? Its a totally legitimate claim to have them look at it and handle it as part of that accident, regardless of when you discover the previously unseen damage.