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bumper: repair, replace, or leave it #753175
October 09th 2019 6:40 pm
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My bumper is slightly damaged. It doesnt really bother me that much, but I bought a skirt/lip/valence and my repair guy didnt want to put it on since the bumper is bent. I went to a body shop and they said its easier and possibly cheaper to replace. What do you guys think?

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Re: bumper: repair, replace, or leave it [Re: textual] #753185
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There's one of those at most every junkyard in the US. Just replace it with a used one. It'll probably be $20 and an hour of your time.


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Re: bumper: repair, replace, or leave it [Re: textual] #753200
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For sure replace it.


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Re: bumper: repair, replace, or leave it [Re: textual] #753202
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Used Dodge bumpers like that should be easy to find but be sure to get the brackets cuz it looks like yours could be a little bent.

And while you are at the junkyard, get anything else you might need off the lucky donor.

Re: bumper: repair, replace, or leave it [Re: textual] #753240
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Yep later model is abundant, replace if you can find one.


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Re: bumper: repair, replace, or leave it [Re: textual] #753258
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Yeah , I would replace it if you can find another one.


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Re: bumper: repair, replace, or leave it [Re: textual] #753500
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To those saying replace, what's a good source for finding compatible parts? I'm having issues finding my exact year van bumper. But there's some that come up for that year TRUCK bumper. Mine's a 97, and it looks like 99 (which i see a lot of) have a little more edging on them than mine. are these front ends pretty interchangeable?

Re: bumper: repair, replace, or leave it [Re: textual] #753607
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You got any Pick N Pull's in SoCal? I'd start there or find another junkyard.

Re: bumper: repair, replace, or leave it [Re: textual] #753608
October 24th 2019 4:20 pm
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LKQ is everywhere in So Cal. I’d guess that many of the same generation ram van shares bumper hangers so if the bumper is Slightly different, you can probably use other year bumpers but like I said, those yards are everywhere and I’d guess you’d have luck finding a suitable replacement if you’re patient


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