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sixwillwin
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 493
posted June 26, 2004 08:57 AM  
Blew motor and got punted into the frontstretch wall. Bad nite....anyway, Bent both front horns in front of the springs. Need replacing and never done it before. Any suggestions as far as where to cut, how to fit properly, etc? And no, I am not going to bring it and have it done, no money left, gotta do it myself. THX

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racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted June 26, 2004 11:42 AM  
If you are in the Iowa area I would suggest trying to take the car to Wayne Larson Racing. We took our car over there and they pulled the horns back no problem. It did not cost us an arm and a leg too. They will treat you right.

PS This might be a little biased because we also bought our car from them.

gould
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 730
posted June 26, 2004 02:49 PM  
took mine to wayne larson racing also. when i got my car back my front end settings were perfect.

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jbracing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted June 27, 2004 03:33 PM  
I had to replace some horns when I "inherited" a crashed pure stock a buddy
of mine left in my yard for 6 years. I built
a crude jig out of s**** metal. I built it
on the donor frame, and it attached to both
upper control arm mounts, to the front lower
control arm bolts, and to the mounts for the
steering box and idler arm. Just strip the
donor, bolt pieces of sturdy metal to all the mounts, weld pieces in between them all,
and make sure it's braced so it can't bend.
I cut mine about an inch in front of the
crossmember, you can make cardboard templates or take careful measurements off
reference points (like factory holes or
brackets)You should probably figure out
where you HAVE to cut the damaged frame
before you cut the good one. Bolt the jig
to the racecar, grind until the new horns
fit the jig and the old frame, weld it up.
Hope this helps, good luck...
John

jbracing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted June 27, 2004 03:44 PM  
That was supposed to be S-C-R-A-P metal!
Sorry wasn't trying to cuss LOL...

Raz_900
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 635
posted June 27, 2004 07:30 PM  
I cut mine about 1" in front of the K member. Had horns from another frame and a bare frame to measure from. The new horns were loosely held together by the sway bar, so I just cut and spread the new horns to slip over the old stubs (beat the 1" little bits in a bit so the new one would slide over) and tacked it on. Then measure diagonally from the top of the frame by the upper arms (there's a couple holes there for reference points) and straight across at the front. Good as new and really not all that hard. I have a couple pics on my 'puter at work.

sixwillwin
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 493
posted June 27, 2004 11:17 PM  
THX all, and thx to the others for the PM's. It all helps. Boils down to measure measure measure and cut!

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