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Old 12-10-2016, 01:53 PM
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Front Bumper Repair

It seems someone bumped into our bumper in the parking lot, denting in our bumper as shown. Seems it is probably hollow inside this portion of the bumper. Wondering if anyone tried to repair such a dent. I was thinking of drilling a hole behind the bumper and then try and push out the bump with a small rod or long screwdriver; however I am thinking it will most likely not go back to the original shape.

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A few options here.
1) as posted above, cut the ends off and put some caps on the bumper, a few companies make end caps for the factory bumper to make it a stubby.
2) buy a factory bumper for under $75 bucks on Craig's list.
3) buy an aftermarket front metal bumper for about $250 (more for a better quality)
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Good time to go metal I'd laugh if I saw someone back into my PSC stuff.
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This happened to me and another user Wolfpackin.

I got mine back to correct shape but have some discoloration from the plastic stress.
Wolfpackin's looks about perfect.

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Thanks all. I may try to poke it out from behind like Uncle Leo posts. Looks like the wifes hair drier is needed too. Its worth a try anyway, but me being a perfectionist I am pretty sure eventually I will end up replacing it. It has a white center piece as shown on the entire bumper, so I will have to investigate how much of the actual bumper really needs replacing once I get behind there and look around to see whats what. Being hollow plastic, just seems like it is mostly there for appearance rather than any degree of protection but at least the mofos didn't bump the fender.
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The white center part is just a cover, you can easily remove it and put it on another factory bumper. You will need to replace the whole bumper. You cheapest route would be to cut the sides off and put some end caps on the part you removed.
Something like this would work.
All Things Jeep - Full Width Modular Bumper End Caps for Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2017 in Black by Vertically Driven Products

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Vertically Driven Products - Stubby Bumper End Caps - Fits 2007 to 2016 Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited - 4WheelParts.com
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Thanks for the mention, Uncle Leo!

OP, that dent looks fixable but it probably won't be perfect.
I would drill the hole in the back as you intend and heat the perimeter of the dent so the area you are pushing on, from behind, isn't soft from the heat.
Keep heating and pushing and it should pop out.

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Thanks for all the input, but I like the look of a full bumper rather than ends cut so I may just get another one. Nice option though for the ends, especially if people keep bumping into the ends. At least for temporary fix I did like suggested and drilled behind the bumper, heated the area with the wifes hair dryer, and tried to press it out the best I could. Didn't come out too bad actually comparing pre and post photos; however some grayish color creases show up where the bumper was stressed as shown in the photos. If I could get those gray areas more of a black color it would be better. Plus probably need to get to Home Depot for a couple black plugs for where I drilled into the back of the bumper. This may satisfy me for a while, at least it is better than it was. Its really the wife's Jeep anyway as I usually drive the exotics unless I do some biking at the beach and need to take the Jeep. So maybe I will tell her I just went and bought a new one...merry xmas!

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It looks like we posted at the same time but I thought you would be able to get it mostly fixed.

I would suggest rubbing the grey areas with some 303 Aerospace and it might get even better.
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Looks good! Get a heat gun they get hotter. Go over it again, and it will make it look much better by pressing, and molding it to get out the creases.

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When mine got hit just left it. It gives the Jeep character. Usually something like this would drive me nuts but it doesn't.

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