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Old 11-09-2010, 06:11 PM
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Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

So it happened, i got in to an accident today, everyone is fine but the whole front bumper cover of my jeep is trashed, tow hooks are bet side ways and there is some fixable frame damage. Already had an estimate from my fav body shop of roughly $1700 depending on what the find when they take the bumper cover off. They said they will have to do some minor frame pulling because everything shifted to the pass side some ( my front end was swipped from drivers side to pass side) and my alignment is now way off.

I talked to the shop and they said they most likely cant do teh 08 front end swap for me unless i am willing to pitch in extra $$ because the parts are more expensive. So i am hoping i can find the Bumper cover, lower air dam (non textured paintable only) chrome grille chrome insert and all other parts needed.

However i DO NOT want the 08 plus head lights and this is why the shop does not really want to do this. I want to cut the humps clean off the 08 bumper and make it flush with the bottom of the head lights. I know there will be a small gap but i have a plan for that. They fear that cutting the humps might reduce the longevity of the bumper or paint but i dont see why, so i think if i get a bumper cover, cut it and fit it then give it to them they might go for it.

If i get everything 08+ needed minus the head lights, i will cut the bumper myself if i need to and it should fit just fine with the 08 bumper and grille and other parts.

This is all up in the air right now, i am still waiting for insurance to get setteled and the shop cant get my jeep in until Dec 6th. So it will sit in the drive way till then because i dont want to drive it with the front end all tweaked up like that.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:12 PM
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

theres tons of cheap bumpers on ebay. You can also get the 08 nonhid lights now aftermarket for like $100 for the set.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:15 PM
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

I saw alot on Ebay for bumper covers and grilles but i could not find the support parts

ex Chrome insert bumper support, absorber, hardware etc.

Also, all the bumper covers i could on ebay list with holes for fog lights but non list with holes for the limited/overland chrome insert. I want that chrome insert but the cover needs to have provisions for it.
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

theres only one support part...its like $35 new. Theer is no absorber etc. Everything else is the same. Also...theres a mod to add the chrome insert. search 08hemi's posts
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:20 PM
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

when i had my accident and did the 08+ upgrade, my body shop called the dealer and said the 08+ bumpers are the same exact price as the 05-07 bumpers. it didnt cost me a dime more to get the upgrade (except for buying the oem hid headlights, because mine were not damaged) get the prices from your dealer or J4J and show them to the body shop. also try car-part.com for the bumper, i was able to get all new parts from the dealer with my insurance picking up the tab.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:22 PM
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

Ok, So that means i can save some money now and do the chrome insert later then. Thats good to know. SO everything behind the bumper cover is the same though? Besides the $35 support part?

Do you think there is any way that the Body shop will reimburse me for buying these parts? I know last time i had an accident i got the check from the insurance company and it was made out to me then i gave that to the body shop. I dont mind doing the buying if the shop wont but id like to use the insurance money to pay for it.

Thanks Seven, I will look in to the pricing more. I think the shop is jut leary of the cutting the bumer thing, i really dont like the humps or the new style head lights and i know i can make it work. I will see what i can come up with.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:24 PM
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

do you own the vehicle or is there a lien on it? if you own it you will get the check, if not it will go to the body shop or to your bank. i went to a body shop that works directly for my insurance company so they got all the money after i signed off on the repairs.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:29 PM
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

I have a lein on it but last year when i got hit by a semi truck teh check was mailed to me not the shop and it was made out to me too. I had to sign it over to the shop.
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

that will most likely happen again. work a deal with them where they do the work but you buy the parts. its a very cheap conversion to do with used parts. the lower lip can be sanded for the paint if you cant find a smooth one.
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

I just found a silve painted lower lip on ebay for $55 but its $80 shipping. I would prefer to not have to sand it though.
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

thats pretty excessive s&h
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Re: Where's the BEST/CHEAPEST place to get 08+ Front end parts?

car part might be the best place to look because the yards arent going to rip you off on s&h
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