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Unread 08-14-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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I got t-boned recently and was considering getting rid of the jeep. But now I figure I'll keep it if I can find a way to fix the problem with the passenger doors overlapping.

I assume she hit me hard enough in the passenger front door that it appears to have bent the frame - when I open the door and look at the "step-well" I can see it is bent in. It seems that this bend pulled the hinge side of the front door slightly towards the rear so that the front door overlaps just slightly over the rear door. The bends and creases are where I forced the door open.

My inclination is to trim the front door so they no longer overlap. Grind - sand - primer - paint. A ghetto job to be sure, but I don't care.

I'm wondering if anyone else has suggestions. I don't want to spend any money on it. I received a small amount of cash from the insurance company that I'd like to spend on a 2" BB and 31's.

Thx.

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Unread 08-14-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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post pics of the unibody frame underneath
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Unread 08-14-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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There one pic where I'm pulling the plastic trim back. But the other pic gives a better idea of the bulge that's there. Thanks for the request. I hadn't looked at it from underneath yet.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 06:34 PM   #4
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That's not the frame, that's just the rocker panel. Definitely worth the repairs.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the post Jason. The question is, how do I fix it cheaply?
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Unread 08-14-2013, 07:28 PM   #6
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Park by a tree, hook a come-along to the tree, and pull the dent
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Unread 08-14-2013, 08:39 PM   #7
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Park by a tree, hook a come-along to the tree, and pull the dent
I thought I was the only one who did redneck body repair that way! Works tho!! I'll even get fancy and drill holes then use an eye bolt and big fender washers to spot pull! who needs a frame rack when you've got maple trees!
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Unread 08-15-2013, 01:01 AM   #8
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That isn't the frame, just the rocker panels... reminds me of what happened to my 5.9 i was out with friend smoking hookah.. im getting ready to leave and apparently some mother fracker backed into the passenger side of my 5.9 bent both doors exactly like yours look and put a not so big as yours but big fist sized dent into my rocker panel... and DROVE OFF obviously without leaving a note.. $1500 dmg quote from a body shop.. my front passenger door doesn't even open anymore from the outside handle unless you press the button really hard or push it like 10 times... It really pisses me off

I had a fist sized piece of the jerkoff's taillight still in my glove box.. I went back to the parking lot for 3 weeks every night to find a car with a broken taillight or one that matched.. sadly i didn't find the guy.. I had a metal baseball bat ready for his car too
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Unread 08-15-2013, 05:03 AM   #9
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I thought I was the only one who did redneck body repair that way! Works tho!! I'll even get fancy and drill holes then use an eye bolt and big fender washers to spot pull! who needs a frame rack when you've got maple trees!
It sure does work. I've had times where the come-along will start dragging the vehicle. Hooking the other side of the vehicle to my backhoe with the outriggers down stops that
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Unread 08-15-2013, 05:47 AM   #10
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That's nothing. I get more damage from an average trail ride.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 08:13 AM   #11
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It looks like its pretty covered up from outside, I wouldn't even bother to be honest. Shave the door a bit like you posted and call it good.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #12
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If I take a sledge hammer and bang on the bulge underneath, do you think it would straighten up enough to un-overlap the doors?
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