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Old 02-04-2004, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default How do I tell if my front frame is bent..got into an accident tonight

I hit the center divider at around 30mph. My headlights popped out of place, the tabs are broken. My front bumper is screwed up, and slightly shifted to the left passenger side. I can tell because the headlights don't align correctly with the bumper. How do I tell if the frame is bent? Is it just the reinforcement bar that got shifted? Please help, I don't have full coverage and I'm going to have to end up fixing this myself. I need to replace my hood, front bumper, 99.5 headlights, and rear bumper. My car is laser red so if you guys have any of those parts in the norcal area please e-mail me. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 02-04-2004, 09:51 PM   #2
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you take it to a frame specialist.
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Old 02-04-2004, 09:52 PM   #3
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damn man....really sorry to hear
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Old 02-04-2004, 09:53 PM   #4
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Default there are two pipes that extend out into the engine bay.

they are part of the frame, you may or may not have bent them. You are looking at the following for repair cost:

Hood: 470 new + paint carbon fiber is like 419 and it's lighter/ stronger...
Lights: 244 a peice (300 for a pair of ecodes and it's an upgrade)
Bumper: about 400 IIRC
Rear bumper: ?
radiator is probably screwed: 130
miscellaneous cost: 500 or so...

If you are wise you can shop around online and get this stuff much cheaper. Junkyards are good, see what people are willing to part with as well.

BTW, check the classifieds for all this stuff see what people are willing to do.... you may luck out and get out for around 1500+ painting instead of 2-3K + painting. Sorry for you man...
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Old 02-04-2004, 09:56 PM   #5
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Where can I see these pipes? Are they just at the top? Thanks...
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Old 02-04-2004, 10:18 PM   #6
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Well I would like to check myself if possible...I have to pay for everything myself
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Old 02-04-2004, 10:25 PM   #7
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there sounds like frame damage... at 30 mph.. cars get totalled at that speed.
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Old 02-04-2004, 11:18 PM   #8
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ok, looked at the pipes, they are straight.
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Old 02-04-2004, 11:19 PM   #9
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maybe it wasn't 30...my car spun out a couple times before hitting the center..felt the impact..
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:53 AM   #11
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Default bodyshops have ultra expensive frame machines for a reason

if they could accurately line up frames by eye, they would. you've already made a huge mistake by not having comp insurance. don't make another mistake by getting the car fixed paintwise to only find that your car drives sideways like a crab.
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Did the airbag pop?
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Old 02-05-2004, 06:25 AM   #13
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Default to give u some ideas..



1st pic shows how there was frame damage. Driver side frame tube went up alomst 1ft! compare to passengerside.

2nd and 3rd pic shows that after they fixed the frame. On 3rd pic you see bar on the bottom of the car and some mirrors right?
They used laser guide measurement to measure any
frame damage and correct them.
But they totalled my car after they found out there was engine damage too

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Default have a garage make measurements. cant see it with your own eyes

my frame was off about 2 inches. you could only tell because of the measurements
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I dont know what hurts more the crash or those eye brows????
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Default hey those were pretty popluar 4 years ago. lol


After that car i got another Audi no more eyebrow

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Old 02-05-2004, 11:51 AM   #17
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Wow, no not that bad at all...my car is still in one piece
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Nope, no airbags came out
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mine didnt
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