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Old 01-07-2015, 10:03 AM
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Re: Well, The Inevitable Finally Happened

Yeah the accident was on SR. 60/Courtney Cambell close to Rocky Point and Hogans Beach. The trailer hitch is a good idea for future reference.

I have my car at a close friends place and he does great work on my cars. He recently fixed my cousins car from his accident and he's going I check everything out to make sure it's perfect when I get it back.

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Re: Well, The Inevitable Finally Happened

That sucks man! Our Jeeps are very similar(I have a few more options) so It was like seeing mine wrecked



Was the idiot texting?
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:06 AM
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Re: Well, The Inevitable Finally Happened

Just a note but I have a plastic reflector in the receiver so the impact was direct. When towing I use a hitch with a 4" drop and if the impact was there it could have resulted in a significant bending moment on the "chassis".

Moral: remove the hitch bar and ball when not towing. May save someone's shin.

ps the jack foam on the left side has a perfect empty spot for the hitch bar and ball. Is like it was designed for it.
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Re: Well, The Inevitable Finally Happened

I would google "Super Bumper" if I were you.
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Re: Well, The Inevitable Finally Happened

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I would google "Super Bumper" if I were you.
Google "Smittybilt 27046B Beaver Step for 2" Hitch"

It is pretty beefy, seems to fit well. I 'shopped in the yellow stripes as it is too cold to walk to the parking lot and take a picture. They are actually 3M reflective anti-skid tape, and do make it a bit easier for folks behind you to see--not that 'gaters tend to pay much attention.
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Google "Smittybilt 27046B Beaver Step for 2" Hitch"

It is pretty beefy, seems to fit well. I 'shopped in the yellow stripes as it is too cold to walk to the parking lot and take a picture. They are actually 3M reflective anti-skid tape, and do make it a bit easier for folks behind you to see--not that 'gaters tend to pay much attention.
The Beaver Step is just that ...a step. Also the yellow tape is not going to stop someone who's not looking or is sliding because of poor traction from snow, ice, or rain.

The Superbumper is actually designed to absorb impact.

"There are 2 large outside rubber compression springs that you can see compress in the video. But there are also 4 internal springs inside the shank.
When you get hit in the rear, the two large absorbers push against the outside of the receiver hitch and the 4 internal rubber springs push against the hitch pin.
The animation below shows how they work together. This first animation shows compression springs for clarity but we use UV coated rubber as shown in the second animation.
This system can be smashed over and over again but it's always a good idea to check the welding and the compression system after any impact."


Rubber compression springs work at a "variable compression rate"; ie the more they compress the stronger they get.

Steel compression springs work at a "ftxed compression rate"; they compress at a constant rate.

That is the main reason we use rubber absorbers instead of steel compression springs - also, because they don't rust.


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Re: Well, The Inevitable Finally Happened

I like the super bumper that had those springs. Also I don't have a trailer hitch on my Jeep so it wouldn't have made a difference but yeah it could do some serious frame damage because i can see how it would bend it.

And chwoner it is a sad thing to see. I saw some other posts on here about other peoples accidents and it made me think of how mine would have looked if it were in an accident (and now we know)
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^If they're hitting you hard enough to do frame damage with the Superbumper on think of how much damage will be done without it.
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Re: Well, The Inevitable Finally Happened

Yeah it would be some serious damage in that case. Luckily my Jeep is supposed to be all fixed next week so I don't think there was any frame damage.
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Re: Well, The Inevitable Finally Happened UPDATE

She is finally all fixed up. The only concern I have right now is the placement of the "LAREDO" badge. Is it too high? I was looking at a picture I took earlier today and I am now noticing that it looks pretty high. What do you all think?
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I hope you hit up the other driver's insurance company with a Diminished Value claim. Accidents like this will reduce the value of your vehicle for years to come should you try to sell or trade.
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I hope you hit up the other driver's insurance company with a Diminished Value claim. Accidents like this will reduce the value of your vehicle for years to come should you try to sell or trade.
Will I be able to put a DV claim on it even though the car is leased? I know an auto damage expert who could give my the DV but since the car is leased would the money go to me or would it go to the "owner" or the title holder?
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