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Old 11-26-2015, 08:15 AM
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Rear-ended...not quite fixed...need expert opinion (1)

First post here. Joined WF because in reading advice and reviews there seem to be some really smart people here that I hope can give me some pointers. A few weeks ago I got rear-ended while sitting at a traffic light. I think he hit the brakes for a split second before really hammering me. Fortunately a) no one was hurt and b) I was not in my wife's Mini. The JK, even with crappy plastic bumper covers was the victor, or so I thought.
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No, I didn't roll over - image pasting mistake. But what you can't tell in this photo is that my 7" drop hitch and tow hook saved this guy from running way up under me. My tailgate had to be replaced as did my spare carrier, muffler, hitch etc. As a good JK owner, I have no intention of putting the same plastic on, so told them to leave it off, write me a check, and I'll buy a stout replacement (likely going with ACE special this weekend, but I digress).

I show up to pick it up yesterday, and things don't look just quite right, so this morning I did some measuring (see next post).

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Old 11-26-2015, 08:31 AM
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Here's what my measurements show:
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Height from ground on left tow hook side:
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Clearly something is off - the ground is level enough but this is showing to be a significant difference in height.

My $64k question: is this fixable?

When I take it back to the shop to get them to fix it, are they going to be able to bend this part of the frame back into place so things line up again?

As today is a holiday, I thought I'd get with the experts here before chasing them down tomorrow or Monday. Thanks in advance.

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i am going to go out on a limb and say it is pretty normal. none of these are exactly the same. jigs at the factory get worn and the frames end up with in a certain tolerance. those measurements also take in the suspension difference from side to side. Put it on an alignment rack and see where you are at. Most quality body shops have equipment to measure frame straightness I bet yours is in spec.
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You could go up to any JK you see and the frame rails wont be the exact same height off of the ground. Things like fuel level, spring rates, someone in a seat, all play a role in it.

The measurement that matters is the distance from the frame to the body, and it does look low on the drivers side. The body attaches to the frame at the rear, how does that body bolt look?
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The measurement that matters is the distance from the frame to the body, and it does look low on the drivers side. The body attaches to the frame at the rear, how does that body bolt look?
I agree with this. That's a pretty big difference if you ask me. Your bumper is going to look as crooked as that level when you mount it. I have now had 2 JK's and my bumpers have always been even with the body all the way across. I'd say the job that was done is unacceptable.
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Thanks for taking a look and posting your thoughts. Happy Thanksgiving y'all.
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Something is wrong you don't even need a level it see it's higher on the passenger side. The bottom edge of the body slopes away from one side to the other as well as the slope is evident when looking at the the muffler below. I'd have the frame checked for square.

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