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Old 08-17-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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Bumper damage

Some complete moron (oh yeah, that was me) backed into an unseen pole. Can this bumper be repaired by a mere mortal, or does it require replacement. The only apparent damage is what you see.
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Some complete moron (oh yeah, that was me) backed into an unseen pole. Can this bumper be repaired by a mere mortal, or does it require replacement. The only apparent damage is what you see.
Replace it.

That's why you have insurance.

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Old 08-17-2011, 07:54 PM   #3
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I did the same thing as you several years ago. That bumper is pretty easy to remove, just a few screws. You will save labor costs if you take it off yourself and sell it for scrap, and the money you save on the labor offsets the cost of a new one.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:57 PM   #4
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Oh no...Wanda Fa has a dimple in her 'but'...

That's not gonna be an easy fix...

In my old sports cars days, I'd drill a 1/2 hole in the middle of the dent, put a plate inside the bumper, bolt thru the plate and hole to a chain around a tree...and pull forward...

add a few bumper stickers...
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I have to say the chain and tree idea appeals to my warped senses (sounds like a project that beer would improve the results), but I think unscrewing it and replacing it sounds a little less risky.
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I have to say the chain and tree idea appeals to my warped senses (sounds like a project that beer would improve the results), ...
I'll bring a chain, drill and beer to the CanOpener...
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If there was someone else suffering from the same affliction, we could almost have ourselves a "tractor pull". Giddyup.
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Oh no...Wanda Fa has a dimple in her 'but'...

That's not gonna be an easy fix...

In my old sports cars days, I'd drill a 1/2 hole in the middle of the dent, put a plate inside the bumper, bolt thru the plate and hole to a chain around a tree...and pull forward...

add a few bumper stickers...
She's got dimples in her but-, and she's purdy
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Aww, come on...it's proven teknowledgy!

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That does not seem that bad.. Find a buddy with a hydraulic press and press it back out.

You will find you have to press it out more than you think and it will relax back a little.

I did this on mine.
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Heat er up with a torch and hit it with a body hammer. Then have wassagachris polish it (just kidding) Go after it with some aggressive compound to remove any dimples remaining
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Trade it off for a new AS.
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Well, that's why we have bumpers! Imagine the damage if the bumper hadn't been there to take the hit! Should be a relatively straightforward fix/replacement as long as the supports are not bent.
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We're going to need more beer.

Sounds like Xtreme Makeover - Airstream Edition.

Sadly, this will not be my first rodeo trying to fix problems (dings, dents, scratches) I alone caused. I think it builds character.
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