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Old 10-06-2006, 12:11 AM
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Need suggestions on straightening a w123 euro bumper.

I posted this on the Diesel forum :

So I took my bumper to get straightened this afternoon at lunch. They quoted me around $600. So. I went to Lowes and bought some 2x4 and C clamps and current have it all straightened in the clamps and said 2x4. It looks spot on straight (using the other side for comparison)

Now do I leave this on for a few days or do I need to counter bend? Could I put the 2x4 supported bumper in between 2 brick and stand on it (weigh 250lb) with a stoud friend or two to help? Remeber this this is only sheet metal thick.

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Old 10-06-2006, 12:00 PM
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do you know any good body shops?you will need some kind of extra bend over and beyond straight but it's going to be a guess without experience.
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Old 10-06-2006, 12:08 PM
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Bending steel is not like bending wood. Once you have it back to shape you don't have to leave any clamps on it. But I do agree that you will have to bend it back a little past straight to get it to the correct straightness. Keep in mind that the strength of the bumper is now compromised because it was bent.
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$600? You're better off buying another Euro bumper. I passed on a $15 Euro rear W126 bumper for same reason, it was bent.

I know where some W123 Euro bumpers are at currently, but I bet shipping would just be insane.
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:00 PM
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Bending steel is not like bending wood. Once you have it back to shape you don't have to leave any clamps on it. But I do agree that you will have to bend it back a little past straight to get it to the correct straightness. Keep in mind that the strength of the bumper is now compromised because it was bent.
Its sheet metal? I dont think its meant to stand up to alot. Plus the rebar is still straight!
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Old 10-07-2006, 12:08 AM
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it is heavier than body metal and a different alloy i think. it should be a little springy i suspect. i would think a little tricky to bend back.

hope it works for you.

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Old 10-12-2006, 06:48 AM
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try an automotive chroming shop

When I was rear ended in my 73 280SEL. I wanted to keep the bumpers as I thought they would be somewhat hard to come by. A friend suggested an automotive chroming shop so I called one.

The guy told me that he's been in the business for more then 20 years and has never come across a bumper he could not straighten and quoted me around $250-300 to straighten it and then re chrome it.

I eventually found a set for around $70 at the local pick and pull.

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