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Old 03-26-2015, 06:07 PM   #1
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Radiator support

So I was involved in a front end accident. I removed the damaged radiator support (generally) no problem. Now that I have a new one I can't line up the hole for the shock absorbers on number 14 with the screws on the frame rail (number 1) because it's too far apart. On my damaged shock absorber it seems that number 14 is bent naturally, while the new one is straight, thus creating the problem of it being too far apart. Is it supposed to be bent?

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Old 03-26-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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You most likely are unable to line it up due to a bent frame rail.
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The frame rail doesn't seem to be bent, at least from my view which could be wrong. How much would it be for a body shop to repair it?
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The new piece is aftermarket, which could be why it doesn't line up exactly. It's off by less than an inch
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The new piece is aftermarket, which could be why it doesn't line up exactly. It's off by less than an inch
They would charge you by the hour. A few hours to set it up on the frame rack and take measurements, and about an hour or so to pull it back to factory specs. I would guess a few hundred...
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