best time 2 back into a tree? (1 Viewer)

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When is the best time to back up into a tree? Some enjoy the early morning impact some midday others at dusk. I even know people who prefer to save their backing it to a tree for the rain or snow. Me I like to back in to a tree the weekend I have the bumper off the truck as I am in the middle of fabricating my rear bumper. :crybaby: :crybaby: :crybaby: :crybaby:
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The upper tailgate is not so bad. I am not planning on getting it back to 100%. The upper is minor enough to live with, and the lower is folded a bit beyond what I think can be straightened. I will pick up a used tailgate and paint it. I will PM you (C-Dan) for some tail light assembly and other stuff. I have to take it all down to see what I need. My big concern is the impact buckled the rear corner panel a bit. Off with the flairs may be the cheap solution. Murphy’s Law is full proof; I am in the middle of fabricating a wing type rear bumper that would have minimized the damage. Heck, even the lame stocker would have helped.
 

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The best time for me is when I am driving the 40. I can get out with a hammer and fix any dents that make it over my tube bumper.
 
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I wonder if an aftermarket more "heavy duty" bumper would have saved your ass? Either way, that's a funny thread intro, props to you for keeping humor in a crappy situation. I vote no to backing into trees.
 

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Hard to tell from your photo but if it did get into the quarter panel and send a wrinkle through it, my earlier estimate is too low.:frown:


Yes, speaking from experience, replacing the quarter panel and fixing the gates runs just north of $7200. Good luck.

I would add those lame plastic end-caps to the list of chinks in the armor of these tanks. If I had hit the tree that took out my quarter panel with the front ARB bumper, I would have knocked the tree down. :mad:
 

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If you don't have any leak issues with the new character marks, I would almost leave it alone. If mine didn't have a 1/2" gap between the lower gate and the dented quarter, I probably wouldn't have done a full-on repair. As long as you can cover it up so you don't get rust and you don't have any fit issues of the gates, just count it as a battle scar.


Sucks. Sorry to see that.

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While the tree may have broken my momentum (amongst other things) it also broke some inertia. I will pick up a use tail gate and tail light, and with some well planed and placed convincing with a BFH( Big F%@#ing Hammer) I will get as good as I can, take of the flares then cover it with Duraback. And then call it my trucks ruff puberty years. This makes my pre ROTW list much longer.

On the up side I had a great day, with good friends who had never been in the mud.
 
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C6H12O6 said:
I would add those lame plastic end-caps to the list of chinks in the armor of these tanks. If I had hit the tree that took out my quarter panel with the front ARB bumper, I would have knocked the tree down. :mad:

"Lame plastic endcaps."

My wife clipped the entrance to the garage backing out and ripped one of those lame plastic endcaps clean off.

Now that I have a proper bumper, I figure next time she miscalculates backing out, I'll be fixing the garage rather than the Cruiser.

Hayes

P.S. I like the idea of hiding the dent with a bumper-mounted spare tire.

Hayes
 

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