March 29, 2011any of you guys know of way of bending one of the frame`s to make straight with the other one? what i mean is my front bumper isnt sitting straight and i notice the two holding brackets on top, one is sitting a little up while the other sits straight. if i could post a pic of what i mean but my camera phone isnt working at the moment. i tried hitting it with a little mini hammer but little to no success. any helpful hints i would be very appreciated!
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March 30, 2011So do you want one side of the bumper to go down or up? I would suggest going to a small time body shop and ask them how much they`d charge you to straighten the bracket. I`d assume it`d be around $40 if they`re cool.
If not, then you might be able to use a giant pry bar or maybe an old axle if you have one. It`s very hard to evaluate body work without physically seeing it.
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March 30, 2011ill try to get a snap pic of what i mean tomorrow
March 30, 2011what is bent, the bracket itself or the frame? if its the bracket, replace it. if its the frame, i have an option ive used in the past on my off road rigs, usually after hitting a tree. wrap a chain around a tree, and connect it to your bumper, and throw it in reverse. its not exact, but it can help, or if you do to much you can make it worse. for my buddy`s 69 chevy, the bumper was tweaked a bit, so we built a reinforced jig for it to sit on and drove a car over it a few times to straighten it out. worked great, but if you dont have a history of getting creative for fixes, i wouldn`t suggest doing them. if your like me and would rather get creative than drop a few hundred than there are some ideas. but i would definitely take the bracket off and inspect it, make sure its not just a little tweak a torch and a hammer can fix once its not bolts down.
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March 30, 2011You can also wrap a chain around a tree and connect the chain to a come along and connect the come along to the bumper. This way you can control how much you pull. You will need to pull past where you want to go because it will spring back a bit.
April 3, 2011thanks guys, i finally got it straight buy using a torch and heating it up and using a pry bar and pushing it down!