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Old 07-24-2004, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was parked near a construction site, when I got back to my car I noticed someone hit the front. The nose piece is dented, but nothing else seems to be damaged. Noone would own up to it so now I am faced with repairs. I am wondering if I can knock the dent out, or will I have to replace the piece?
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Old 07-24-2004, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dang that sucks, but you can probably remove the left kidney and knock the dent out and put some bondo on it.
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I can replace the nose piece for about $50 plus shipping, but it comes primer black. If I am going to have to paint anyway I might as well. I guess that would be a good excuse to paint the bumpers and side skirts to match!
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What will you paint it with and how? I'm interested in knowing, because my nose piece has a lot of rock chips.
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Man I have something like that it sucks, but I have a black car so you can hardly tell, you have to look really close at it. I have asked around for replacement but its quite expensive so I been drive with it for about 8 months now.
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Old 07-24-2004, 09:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Seriously bro, $50? Can you get the 97+ style with the angular kidneys? I'd be down for that.
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Sorry it took so long for me to get back. Here is a link to the body parts site I found.

http://www.carpartswholesale.com/

In response to the paint question, I will take it down to a shop by my house. They do high end paint and graphics, but I know the the guy so he will give me a deal.

Unfortunately I have to replace the steering rack and front struts first!
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I think i need to replace my rack and struts too, know of any place cheap to buy them?
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I am getting my parts from an individual, but I did find a good place for parts online. The racks are expensive if you get one new (about 275 is the best I found). I think they had bilstien touring struts for about 110 plus shipping, but I don't think that included the springs.

www.alleuro.com
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Whats the difference between the steering rack and the rack and pinnion? is it the same thing?
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dude that sucks sorry to hear about your coche!

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