Ugggggh. What a PITA. We were on our way home from an excellent first horseback riding lesson for my son and a gourmet lunch at the BK lounge (aka Burger King
) when I slowed for a minivan turning in front of me. As I did we got smacked hard in the back end by a kid and his GF. The GF's Kia took the brunt of it. I was nose low, tail high as I was braking and he was nose low (I'm assuming) from braking and he went way under. It looks like most of the impact was on the rear bumper, rear axle, and the pass side rear tire. Immediately visable damage on my JK is a bent rear shock, bent rear shock mount, and smooshed bumper & trailer hitch. The rear axle is squealing like a banshee now (unlike the mild, pathetic squeak from before).
All in all, I'm not too happy, but at least my family is unhurt and safe. The kid on the other hand... well, he didn't fare to well. He was not wearing his seatbelt (it was fastened behind him), hit the windshield with his head, and had the airbags go off in his face. OBTW - its the GF's car. Oopsie.
The cops said that if I hadn't been lifted the damage would have been radically worse and that we probably would be in the hospital right now instead of having slightly stiff necks.
Sorry, only camera I had was my cellphone
Impact on the widshield
The GF's car. Note the tire mark on the bumper