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Hey guys,

Had a moment a while back. Guy in front of me slammed on his brakes apparently as hard as he could. His hitch punched a hole in my front bumper cover. Was still in school when it happened, and I just graduated; so I'm getting back on my feet at the moment.

Anywho, the pictures I attached are of the before and after I made a "patch". The perforated steel leads to a 80mm flex tube routing up to the cold air box pointing directly at the cone filter.

I know it doesn't look too cool. But I already had sheet metal and rivets laying around. Didn't have $300 to spare after buying books :S

Well, what do you think? Or what would you have done?

Sorry admins if this isn't tech related enough. I thought it might be.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014
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The same thing happened to me, except I pulled into my driveway a little too fast to park behind my 4Runner, though admittedly yours is worse. I used fiberglass mesh and resin mounted from the back followed by Bondo on the front. You don't have to be too picky with the touchup paint as long as you don't put it on so heavy that it sags. Two light coats is better than one heavy one. As for the top coat, mask it off from the lip of the bumper. Start your spray on the masking tape and spray it from top to bottom. Keep spraying until you are spraying the air beneath the bumper. Otherwise you get an aerosol edge that isn't as shiny as the rest.

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Hmm, with the size of the hole he cut into the bumper, he'll have to replace it someday.
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That looks like ass.

I'd find another way to patch it until I was in a financial position to replace it.
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Replacing it is your best option. That does look crappy.
I've repaired some covers temporarily by gluing them back together, putting something firmer behind the cracked area and hole and filling anything in with bondo or similar, sanding it smooth and painting. But with that much damage, it probably means you should keep an eye open for a replacement.

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Looks better than the hole did.

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new Aftermarket bumper cover is probably about 100.
Find Keystone in you area, not junk yard.
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I'm a welder and CAD technician. Fiberglass isn't my forte. I'm going to replace it, just don't have the dough right now. Keystone it appears has no base bumper covers in stock.

Yea, the 2" square tube literally made a punch out through the cover. And I couldn't push it out to be even close. I guess I need to brush up on sheet metal haha

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My son did the same thing back in May, 2 weeks before he graduated. Truck in front of him stopped quick and he didn't make it. We just finished rebuilding his yesterday.
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Youch!

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Convert the hole into an airduct...hey....

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That looks like ass.

I'd find another way to patch it until I was in a financial position to replace it.
I'll give it an "E" for effort, kinda too much of a redneck-engineering look for me, but... I'd look to the junkyard or eBay for a new cover.

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I'll give it an "E" for effort, kinda too much of a redneck-engineering look for me, but... I'd look to the junkyard or eBay for a new cover.

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Next paycheck I'll be looking hard for a front and back cover.

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Show: White rocker stripes, Kaenen Mach 1 Style hood, painted underhood parts/covers, Muffler tip, white stripes after heat reduction ports.
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