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Author Topic:   Repair, reclip or s**** it?
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 77
posted July 29, 2005 11:34 AM  
I will be taking my car over to my chassis guy to put it on the surface plate soon to see if the frame is bent or not... I was wondering what you guys think about a bent frame...

I have a 2004 DW9 that was involved in a serious wreck. (Another car literally drove over top of our car head on.) The motor is a little rotated and I cannot explain why--except that I think the stock frame section is bent a little.

If the frame is bent, would you:

1. Reclip the car, replacing the bent section of frame.
2. Get it as close as possible to straight using a porta-power. (It is a dirt car.)
3. S**** the old chassis and buy a new one from DirtWorks--reusing as many parts as I can.

Personally, I don't like the idea of racing a bent chassis, but will a small amount (like 1/8") really matter?

Hopefully I'm worrying over nothing, but I wanted your opinion on the matter just in case.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 77
posted July 29, 2005 11:44 AM  
In case you are wondering, the word that was censored was S C R A P...that isn't a bad word, is it?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 338
posted July 29, 2005 12:12 PM  
theres nothing wrong with restubbing the chassis, as long as its done right.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 338
posted July 29, 2005 12:15 PM  
i would watch the motor mounts on the dw cars, my dw8 got hit good last season and the motor shifted also , we found that the rectangular tube motor mounts were what really bent so i replaced them with the round tubular ones and its great.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 796
posted July 29, 2005 12:52 PM  
You have a bad outting last week?

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted July 29, 2005 04:23 PM  
How's it work now after its been bent? If it still works good, run it the way it is! I have a chassis that I am running that has been bent so many times and ways that there really isn't a sraight bar on it, but it seems to work a little better with every new bend!!!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 192
posted July 29, 2005 05:32 PM  
Straighten it if its easy, Cut off what can't be straitened, reclip if you have too.
My old (6 year old) car was front clipped twice,rear clipped twice ( once was just to change suspension)
The stupid thing was still working great but I decided to finish my new car and race it.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted July 31, 2005 10:08 PM  
Any good frame shop can straighten a bent chassis.That's what I do for a living and I have straightened 6 different race cars this season already.A car has to be pretty messed up to need to be stubbed.

Fastride 38
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 125
posted August 02, 2005 01:42 PM  
I stuff a limited in the wall and bent the frame in the front almost straight up and over to the motor on the passenger side. The frame literally hit the fuel pump and broke it. I strighten the frame and won with it the second time out. Just make sure to reinforce the chassis where ever you heat and/or straighten. it should be fine......I was told once that a race car never really handles till they gets bent once then strighten..LOL...Who knows maybe there's something to that.

Rattler Race Chassis's, Shaking up the Competition!


Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted August 03, 2005 11:39 AM  
Most of the front clips Dirtworks uses now have been on their frame machine to get them back to factory specs. Your car should have a couple more in it. As long as it is not completely twisted, I would say get it close and go race.

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