2014 Impreza WRX 5 speed manual
After 13 years of abuse, I decided it was time to replace the battle-scarred rear bumper on my 1998 Forester. I ended up finding that the bumper mounting plate on the passenger side is nothing but rust, if that, and the beam behind the bumper is bent on the passenger side and rusted through at the bottom. The whole beam shows signs of rust as well. The plate will be easy enough to replace since it's bolted on. What I'm worried about is the main beam. At least one of the connection points for the bumper is rusted away. How vital is this beam? Do I have to worry about getting it repaired, or should I just cover it up?