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Old 11-09-2019, 02:21 PM
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I managed to do this little bend and crinkle to my stock bumper about 16 years ago somewhere in the Southern California Desert. I hit a large immovable object going about 15-20 mph, while hard on the brakes. Sand is the Devil I tell ya.

I tried to fix it once years ago and gave up. But I need to fix it now because the right fog light points up too high to pass Virginia inspection. Oregon and Cali don't care. I was wondering if putting a hydraulic jack under the back lip of the bumper would fix it "enough". I am not sure what putting a half a ton of vertical force on the corner of the bumper would do. I'm not worried about the bumper so much as concerned about the mounts on that part of the frame.

Thoughts and Ideas appreciated to fix it myself or if you have an idea how much a body shop might charge to fix'r.

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PS- I simply cannot afford a new bumper at this time.

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Cut it off flush with the frame then file the edges smooth. Touch the edges up with Rustoleum Satin Black and you're done.

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Don’t spend more than $45, since that the cost of a cheap one on rockauto. But I’m sure someone here has one that they’d be willing to offload.
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Use a pipe wrench... a big one... put on the bent down upper lip and bend it back....
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:23 PM
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Don’t spend more than $45, since that the cost of a cheap one on rockauto. But I’m sure someone here has one that they’d be willing to offload.
Yeah I'm broke so I'f I buy one it will have to be dirt cheep. I just started checking parts forum and OfferUp to see if anyone was getting rid of one.
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Use a pipe wrench... a big one... put on the bent down upper lip and bend it back....
I tried the pipe wrench, a BIG one. I was completely unable to even make it budge. I stride standing on the end of the wrench with a big pipe. It did not budge. Apparently the front bumper is stronger than I am.
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You may need a bigger pipe wrench or a big friend....

If you want to come to s indiana I'll do it for ya
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But I need to fix it now because the right fog light points up too high to pass Virginia inspection.
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Yeah I'm broke...
Fog lights are optional equipment. Remove them for the inspection.
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I removed lights for now. But I am determined to fix this bumper... unless I win the lottery. Then I get a new bumper. ;-)
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Just scrapped mine last month. Was in great shape for the age. I’d buy a good bumper on the Black Friday sales.
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Leave fogs off. Cut into shorty bumper.
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You could try attaching a come along then heat up the bumper and crank it, might get it straight enough.
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Move the lights to a flat spot.
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if you dont want to cut it and are having difficulty bending it back into shape, watch on CL or local jeep groups for a front bumper. you could probably find one for $20-$40.

I scrapped mine IIRC
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I tried the pipe wrench, a BIG one. I was completely unable to even make it budge. I stride standing on the end of the wrench with a big pipe. It did not budge. Apparently the front bumper is stronger than I am.
I am unable to envision how to affix a pipe wrench to that bent bumper in a way that standing on it would do any good.

Aside from the good suggestions above you might consider the following.
I think a two pronged approach to the repair might get it to the point where you won't have to cut it or drill new holes for the lights.

You'll need:
1- A fixed point (tree, telephone pole or a department store bollard).
2- A sturdy chain.
3- A 3T or stronger jack.
4- A 2T or stronger Come-Along
5- A heavy vehicle like a pickup with a tow hook.
6- A moving blanket.
7- Vice Grip pliers or a clamp to hold the hook of the come-along in place on the bumper end.

Secure the back of your Jeep to the fixed point with the chain. Make sure where you attach the chain to the Jeep is strong enough to resist damage from the soon to be made pull. If you secure the chain to a living tree, be sure to protect the tree. Pull the Jeep forward to put a slight bit of tension on the chain. Shut the Jeep off and leave a standard shift in gear or an automatic shift in neutral. If in neutral, block the wheels so that the Jeep can't roll backwards.
Run the cable of the come-along out so that only a couple wraps of the cable are left on the spool. Hook the pulley end of the come along to the open end of the bumper and hold it there with Vice Grip Pliers or some sort of clamp. The higher in the open end that you can clamp the come-along hook, the better. Pull the pickup up in front of the Jeep so that you can reach the tow hook with the spool end of the come-along, and the truck is perpendicular to the Jeep. Hook the spool end of the come-along to the truck's tow hook. Crank the come-along until there's just a little tension on the cable.

Put the top of the jack under the deepest part of the bend. If you're not on solid pavement, you'll probably will have to put a board or piece of plywood under the jack. Jack the jack high enough to lift the Jeep almost off the ground. Lay the moving blanket over the come-along cable at about the half way point.

Start putting tension on the come-along. The bend should start to come out.
You may need to jack the jack a bit higher and put more tension on the come-along.

There are too many considerations to caution you about when performing the above operation. Use your common sense and don't do anything that seems unsafe. If you're unsure about anything above, don't do it. Safety is more important than a few dollars saved.

All the above seems like a whole lot of work for a $72.00 bumper. And, that's assuming you already have all the mentioned equipment. A body shop will most likely want to replace the bumper. Quadratec has a bumper for $72.00. Since a bumper is a large, heavy part, I don't know if shipping is free. Qtec also offers Wrangler Forum members a discount. Give them a call for shipping and discount.

Some vehicle owners have been known to wrap the chain around a tree and hook the end of the chain to the open end of the bumper, put the vehicle in reverse and back up. Don't do it! This is dangerous and you may rip the bumper off the Jeep. If the chain lets loose from the tree, you could damage your Jeep or yourself.

Let us know what you end up doing.

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This is about the minimum size pipe wrench that you need and this is where it needs to be placed. Then you put your foot on the bumper lean back and pull. The point in this is to straighten the creased portion and thus push the other part back out where it belongs. it won't get it perfect but it'll get it substantially better and allow your fog light to point the right direction. Also as LM points out above, no,you could not be standing on it.
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I couldn't *give away* my stock bumper....ended up tossing it.



there's gotta be someone with a factory one laying around....
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for what it's worth if you do decide to look for used bumper, a YJ bumper will bolt right on and doesn't look bad
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Thank you all so much for the input and ideas. Bodywork has never been my strong point. I have many options to come nsider now.

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Funny .. I just did the same to my 2016 Wrangler

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Use a pipe wrench... a big one... put on the bent down upper lip and bend it back....
I got hit while taking a left at a light.. someone flashed their lights for me to go... A Toyota 4 Runner was three cars behind the car that let me go.. Before I noticed the 4 runneer (4 runner was behind a box truck), the driver made his own lane to the right and hit me on the passenger side front bumper while I was just about to complete my turn. The inner bumper was bent in the crumple zone. The first thing I thought of was to take my large pipe wrench to it. The left edge of the bumper was pushed in by 1/4" (at end of bumper). I was able to bend it back no problem. Now I just have a large dimple. This weekend I'm taking a reciprocating saw to it, going to prep for the VDP stubby bumper endcaps.

Later, during the late spring or summer I'll update the bumpers. Stubby metal
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Thank you all so much for the input and ideas. Bodywork has never been my strong point. I have many options to consider now.

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So, Nixx, what was the final resolution?

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Bash it around in the rocks some more. What goes around comes around...
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When I repainted my TJ last year, I bought a new bumper to replace the original. Didn't use it because I couldn't find the right nylon inserts for the front license plate. I went ahead and modified my original and repainted it. The Crown replacement is sitting in my spare bedroom closet. Too darn heavy to ship. Unfortunately Nixx it's too far from you to drive.
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if the wrench won't work for you and have no access to a torch, then remove it and beat it with a BFH until flat.
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heat, bend, heat, beat, repeat.. If needed, add a long metal pipe to the end of a big pipe wrench to add more leverage.
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So, Nixx, what was the final resolution?.

Well, I kinda set aside the bumper fix to replace brakes and do a bunch of little maintenance things. Then holidays came along. I just took off the fog lamps for now. I believe I am going to cut the bumper down to a shorty style bumper and cut new holes for the fog lamps since there is no way to get it perfectly straightened out again without a whole lot of heating and pounding. More work than it's worth to "fix".
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If you will note you will actually have to drill two holes for each light if you have the originals still. The small hole is for the small tab that keeps them straight.

I had to drill out the larger hole when I replaced the originals. One was destroyed by a deer (she ran off) and the other had a large rusty are on the reflector, so I went with a pair of KC HiLite fogs.
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Well. I managed to straighten the bumper out. Mostly. It still has a dimple and the lip where it creased tore just a bit. No biggee.
I put my jackstand under the the bumper and positioned it right under the creased part of the bend. Then I took a BFH and whacked that bumper a few times, apparently in the right place. Because as I took out longstanding aggressions on that bumper, it went back to it's more factory looking position. Enough so that I could put the fog lights back on and the right side light no longer points skyward!

Yay for me... until I turned the fog lights on to find they are no longer working at all.
*sigh*
Another fix for another day.
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