My Jeepster and I got into a crappy accident recently. After learning of the deductible and estimates, I decided to fix it myself, as I thought it was just the bumper. After I finally removed the warped bumper, I came across what I was fearing to see. (I hopefully added the pictured correctly, if I didn't the imgur link is below).
Has anyone seen this before, and is it something that looks fixable?
Thanks everyone! Again, I apologize if this is the wrong thread--if it is, please kindly steer me to the right destination.
Looks like the damage is in non-critical areas, so repairs should be easy (nothing more difficult than a cut-and-weld job). However, you really need to get the frame measured to see if the damage extends further back.
On a TJ, there is a grid of drilled holes on the inside of the frame. If they are deformed (not round) then the frame took a good hit and you will definitely want someone reputable to tell you if it's ok. Take it for an alignment. If the thrust angle is off, the problem is serious and you may find, down the road, your jeep darting into a guardrail or worse; and you may have never noticed problem before that happened.
This was my experience. 11 years on a bent frame, with two additional accidents caused by the bent frame, and no indications of a problem in between.
If it was me, I'd try attaching the metal core of the bumper to the bent side with the bumper sticking past the wheels and try prying it back to being as strait as possible. Then I'd either pick up a bumper take off from Craigslist and be on my way.