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With the massive tow bar in the rear I was quite confident that the rear bumper lip couldn’t come loose, but wifey came home with the pleasant message that the lip came loose anyway during her drive. She managed to put it back in place herself but I decided to put some 2mm stainless steel plates on both sides and drilled into the tow bar. Didnt cost me anything and will hopefully do the job. 

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Hopefully but Pajeros by far has the worst rear bumper design of any 4x4 I know off. It made like a scoop which digs into the sand and then rips it's off. Makes me think the engineers totally slipped doing any serious desert testing

Only effective way is to negate the scooping action of the bumper by closing the lip and securing it to rest of the frame 

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2 hours ago, Frederic said:

With the massive tow bar in the rear I was quite confident that the rear bumper lip couldn’t come loose, but wifey came home with the pleasant message that the lip came loose anyway during her drive. She managed to put it back in place herself but I decided to put some 2mm stainless steel plates on both sides and drilled into the tow bar. Didnt cost me anything and will hopefully do the job. 

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Looks good let’s see how it holds the next couple of drives... but on the “cost nothing” part, you always have metal plates lying around at home?

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8 hours ago, Mels Wolf said:

Looks good let’s see how it holds the next couple of drives... but on the “cost nothing” part, you always have metal plates lying around at home?

I work in a factory, so we always have leftover pieces of scrap lying around. 

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Any idea if this type of fix would impact the warranty from al habtoor ? My Paj still has some sort of warranty cover. 
thanks ! 

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1 hour ago, asifk said:

Any idea if this type of fix would impact the warranty from al habtoor ? My Paj still has some sort of warranty cover. 
thanks ! 

In my case I wouldn’t think so but if you want to be sure you can easily unbolt the rear part with the 4 bolts you can see on the picture before you go into the dealership!

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On 3/15/2020 at 12:56 PM, Srikumar said:

If you have a tow bar that provides the support to the aluminum bumper. In such a case this fix is not needed.

 

On 3/22/2020 at 12:07 PM, Srikumar said:

yes, the tow bar ensured that the entire aluminium lip doesnt come off, but still it got bent. It would be good to get a permanent fix for it.

@Srikumar Please see the images below of tow bar I have it for my Pajero. Do you still stink I should have plates?

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@RohanH

It’s a risk... I know that @Frederic also even though having a tow hook added something here as the bumper on steep descending still scoops and can break...

Is breaking the bumper risk worth the 450 aed... in my case it was....

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50 minutes ago, Mels Wolf said:

@RohanH

It’s a risk... I know that @Frederic also even though having a tow hook added something here as the bumper on steep descending still scoops and can break...

Is breaking the bumper risk worth the 450 aed... in my case it was....

Correct. I also assumed that due to the tow bar the risk for damaging the rear bumper was low, but at some point it still popped out. I have put a stainless steel plate on both sides that’s bolted onto the tow bar and the bumper. It basically avoid the sand from entering so the « scooping » cannot occur. 

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@RohanH that tow bar would help a bit, but it doesn't eliminate the entire problem as there is a gap where the sand can enter the aluminium lip and the aluminum part is still held only with 4 screws.

I would recommend a proper plate that covers and supports the aluminum lip

 

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