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Need Bumper repair help. Hit and run victim.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Turp, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Apr 3, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    Turp

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    I need input/advice to see if I'm missing something if I attempt a repair. I have full INS coverage and will go that route first but if I will eat a deductable, I'm fixing it.

    At some point I have been the victim of hit and run. I found my bumper pushed in about an inch and it appears the damage is a faint dent and bent/flexed bracket.

    It appears I can remove and straighten the bracket. I would do so with a hydraulic press. What do you think? am I missing something? The valance may be scratched but I can repair pretty easy.

    Here are the pics
    Wheel:
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    Bent bracket:
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    Straight bracket:
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  2. Apr 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM
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    Sounds like you got it figured out ok. The stock bumper is pretty flimsy and outrageously expensive to replace. Unfortunately it can be a challenge to fix it so it looks right again. Good luck with whichever route you choose.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM
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    Turp

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    Thanks.

    I'm going to talk to my INS agent and get some estimates. The worst is that the bumper was slightly dented. I might could press it out some but experience is that it is tricky.
     
  4. Apr 3, 2011 at 9:14 PM
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    For the amount of damage, I'd avoid filing with insurance if you can.
     
  5. Apr 4, 2011 at 4:09 AM
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    Turp

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    I was thinking that too.

    Update: Decided to take a closer look. The brackets were actually not bent. The impact hust put a very minor twist in the bumper and knocked it to the extreme of its adustment. I loosened the brackets up and adjusted it back to within a 1/4". Other than the chafe marks on the valance, it's close enough for me.
     
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