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Old 02-24-2003, 18:59   #1 (permalink)
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frown A kiss with the gutter - Woops...........

Merging from a lane ending at about 80 clicks, did not see that gutter coming up in the ending lane..........KAPOOOWWW a big gutter hit on the passenger side.......sh!t happens.

Suffice to say that although the car is driveable with no body damage, the steering is way out, and the first external inspection was a shocker ... the passenger side front wheel points inwards and there is severe neg. camber, and it sits high on the passenger side like a four wheel drive.

The car (or moreso I ) hit the gutter at 45 Degrees on the passenger side at about 60 km/h.

Im thinking replacement of:

upper & lower wishbones / balljoints
steering idler arm
steering control arm
stabiliser
front spindle

A visual sees no obvious damage to the cross member, but i'm not so sure.....

Am I over reacting? What would you guys do?
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Old 02-24-2003, 19:28   #2 (permalink)
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Hot damn, I did almost the exact same thing the other day. Decided to show off and rally around a roundabout at about 70k's. Dinted rim, tyre fine though. Wheel alignment is a touch out, but not by much. I seem to have the worst luck with roundabouts.

Too bad man I hope it doesn't cost an insane amount to fix.
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thanks.............
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Old 02-24-2003, 21:20   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe you have just moved the camber ajustment out. Check the alignment of the eccentric bolt that the lower control arm attaches to the body with.
I hit a gutter many years ago in an XB and the wheel was leaning outward at a 30 degree angle. That was a bolt on repair as the lower control arm had bent. Check the lower arm for straightness as compared with the other side. From memory they have a weak point that is designed to bend when hit as you have described.
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thanks tote - i'll have another look tonight after work - I've got the sh!ts at the moment thinking about it....
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Castor is way out as well............f#@*^!k
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Old 02-24-2003, 21:43   #7 (permalink)
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Usually only one part is bent and the rest is fixed by wheel alignment... Hopefully!!!!!!!
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a "kiss" with the gutter???

sounds more like you made it to third base!! :s6:
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yes well thats another story for another forum...
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Top Ball Joint $18
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Idler Arm with bushes - $30
Tie Rods $16 (Outer) $25 (Inner)

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