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I've got a '99 Ranger which ran over a metal sign post. Squashed the post (we did notify the people responsible for the post). The only damage to the Ranger is a slightly bent chrome bumper. I'd like to re-bend the bumper if its easy enough. Has anyone bent a bumper back into shape? How did you do it?

I was thinking of some lethal combination of clamps, wooden blocks, and a come-along. However, I thought it would be wise to ask here first.

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I straightened a chrome bumper that was pushed into the fender using a tree and a 3/8" tow chain. I hooked the chain on the bumper then put a wrap of chain around the tree. I backed up slowly on an asphalt driveway to limit tire spin. You have to pull a little past the ideal point as it will spring back some when the tension is released. It wasn't perfect when done but looked better than when bent.

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And did you have any problems with the chrome delaminating? –  watkipet Oct 24 '13 at 23:12
    
I didn't at the time. However this was on a 84' Dodge D250 that was 16 years old at the time. I don't know if your bumper has the same quality chrome. But if the bumper is bent that bad the chrome may flake at the bent anyway. –  mikes Oct 24 '13 at 23:21
    
I might try something like this. Let's see if I can pull a tree over on the pickup :-) –  watkipet Oct 25 '13 at 5:10
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I've only straightened out small pieces but every time I used a hammer, something smooth and of the correct shape to hammer against and lots of patience. I would be worried about the chrome though. It's only a small layer on the surface and bending/hammering at it will remove it easily, and then your bumper will start to rust. You might have better luck going to nearby junkyards to look for an intact bumper.

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