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#1 (permalink) Old 05-31-2005, 01:17 AM
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So i crashed my car last night. Into the side of a mountain on a canyon road. Bushings were shot and bald tires so it wasn't too smart to be out either. but can't change the past. It fucked the hood, the driver fender and bumper and radiator support. thats granted and relativly easy to fix. The part that's worrying me is the driver side inner fender. The sheet metal part around the strut tower under the hood and the part that the fender panel bolts onto. It's been shifted right quite alot but i think the car was designed to do that and there may not actualy be any damage to the strut or the subframe and chassis extentions that come out. Any one have any experience with this. I'll be getting a shop to look at it tomorow hopefully but its not worth that much KBB so i can't claim insurance and i wrote off a landrover off road last year so insurance is already a bitch. Pic attached....any help will be greatly apreciated. The pic with the paint black mark on it is where i think can be cut out and a new piece lined up and welded back on if ther frame isn't tweaked. It was a 30mph collision maybe at a slightly off head on twd drivers side collision with a dirt wall.
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Have someone who knows what they are looking at, look at your frame and further back... a lot of times with these frames they coil... meaning absorb the impact... its what make a lot of BMWs very very safe... so check further back for differences between sides... If I was you... I'd probably look at a similar car... and messure some things out... and look around under your car... or just have a pro do it for you.

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