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Author Topic:   bent front horns in front of springs
gould
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posted June 20, 2004 10:45 AM  
after i get my horns pulled back straight, what do you guys suggest i do to make this area stronger. plate the frame? x the front? do both? i dont want to add a lot of weight but i dont want to visit the frame shop every other week either.

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racer17j
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posted June 20, 2004 03:58 PM  
I'd make sure there's at least 1 - 1 3/4" crossbar between the front horns. My car has 1 right behind where the bumper brackets would normally go and 1 up top (my cage bars are basically straight out from the firwall, then has uprights straight down to the frame). Also, put at least 1 upright in front of the front suspension from the cage bar down to the frame.

It adds a little weight, but will save you a bunch of hassle with little hits. You want to make sure the cage is giving adequate support to the frame. That way, if/when you get hit, it will transfer the energy from the impact into the cage and frame.. not just blow the frame out the other side of the car.

Oh...and a piece of 1/8" or 3/16" steel covering the spots where the original frame buckled is a good idea. That area will be weaker and if not reinforced will bend much easier the 2nd time.

gould
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posted June 20, 2004 08:10 PM  
thanks guys.

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gould
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posted June 22, 2004 09:04 PM  
lets just say scotty at larson racing in ames rocks. i got my car home, put a new spindle on it. i checked caster, camber and toe. it was dead on!! if you bend your car hes the man. it was reasonably priced also at 110 bucks.

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