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Old 07-01-2021, 09:08 PM   #1
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Replacing Rear Bumper 2021 FB23

My rear bumper got ripped off while having too much fun off-road. It doesn't look that bad and can probably get straightened but I was curious if there was any kind of aftermarket bumper available.
Or how to score a new one from the factory?
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Old 07-01-2021, 09:10 PM   #2
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You can order a new bumper from Airstream for around $400.
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Old 07-01-2021, 09:49 PM   #3
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Looks salvageable w/ some mild hammer caressing. Then that little crease can be a tender moment of reflection, "Aw Honey, that little wrinkle reminds me of when you ripped the bumper off on our first trip 4 wheelin. And remember, we still had the temp tags on!"
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Old 07-02-2021, 10:45 AM   #4
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Here's a short video at the scene of the crime
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Old 07-02-2021, 07:25 PM   #5
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Nice. Intro was awesome.
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Fun intro.
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Old 07-02-2021, 09:06 PM   #7
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I had the misfortune of backing into a tree. Luckily for me, it had no protruding branches, so I was left with a dent in the bumper. A lot of pounding with a hammer on a wood block and it looks almost perfect....almost.
Last time I checked a new bumper was $500, so I was willing to give repairs a shot.
One thing I didn't account for was when the metal bent, it also stretched, so once I got the shape back, I had a wave in the top. I'll try a torch and channel locks to get it flat again, I hope.
You have nothing to lose by repairing it yourself. Lay it on a stack of newspapers or a silicone pad, then start reshaping it.

If you know of a metal shop, see if they would run it through their English wheel.
I wish I had an 'English wheel'.
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Old 07-03-2021, 05:24 AM   #8
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I'd block it with wood, or tape it to protect it and use some square steel plate, directly on both sides then clamp it tight, see what that does for starters.
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There's a bunch of YouTube videos of people doing repairs to chrome bumpers.
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Old 07-21-2021, 09:06 PM   #10
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Ta daa!

My bro is good with his press and made the damaged bumper good as new!
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Looks great!
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When you're finished with the repairs of the bumper you can also have it powder coated in a chrome finish. It isn't actually chrome but it is very similar in appearance. It's durable and inexpensive as well. I had my 2003 Safari propane tank cover and bumper powder coated for $170. You also have the option of having the bumper powder coated with textured coatings of various colors to include "vein finishes." You can powder coat chrome despite what you may have heard or read. You have the option of sanding and removing the chrome finish yourself and/or having the powder coater sandblast it for you. I chose the textured silver vein finish....
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Old 05-19-2022, 08:45 PM   #13
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First off, I wish I had thought about taking pictures:
I backed into a tree and left a nice dent in my bumper and sheared most of the rivets holding the lid to the storage compartment. It also sheared both swell latches.

I took the bumper off with a impact wrench with a cross tip screwdriver adapter. The bottom of the storage compartment was dented a little and I straightened that out with plyers.

I put a 4x4 on the inside of the bumper. I then used additional blocks of wood as backing and padding. I put the bumper on my log splitter and “pushed” the dent out of my bumper.

I reinstalled everything and ordered two swell latches. The bumper still has a very small bow inward that I will probably work on once I have time but the bumper, storage compartment and lid are back in operational status.
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Very nice video. Enjoyed the Star Wars intro.
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Once I tapped the dent out of the bumper, I was left with a wave in the top part, because dents stretch the metal, removing the dent put the metal back in shape, but the stretched part has no where to go so it waves.
I tried a torch, as well as a scissor jack inside the bumper pushing up. The best result came from using a pipe clamp. The kind that uses a piece of water pipe. I was afraid of discoloring the chrome with the torch so didn't get too aggressive. Also, torch's don't work pointed down.
Put it over the lip and pull. Do that about a hundred times and work the wave out. I can still see a little wave where the lid meets the bumper, but no one else can see it.
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