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Old 11-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Bent strut tower assembly worth fixing

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ID:	533506I hit a curb hard trying to avoid an accident and my strut tower is shot, torn from the frame and bent. I found an assembly on eBay. Is this fixable and what might this cost me for labor. Would a machine shop or a welder be able to tackle this? Everything else looks fine just the front camber is at about -20. Any advice is much appreciated.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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That's a question for a good body shop. Expect a few "it'll buff right out" comments, but that's pretty serious damage, beyond the shock tower itself; but you know that. Given enough money, anything can be fixed.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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You can replace that whole section of the body, the question is would it be worth the cost. You'll have to get an estimate from a body shop to know how much you're going to pay. Pretty much all shops will give you a free estimate. Just shop around.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:21 PM   #4
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Do you not have insurance?
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:05 AM   #5
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I had something like this happen before. same -2 camber.. What I did is remove the strut and hammer down the strut tower to make it flat.
You will need the strut reinforments as well as a new strut mount.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:11 AM   #6
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No full coverage, do you think I should buy a replacement assembly or just leave it up to the body shop it's actually my daughters car and am trying to keep the cost down. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:23 AM   #7
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if you are concern with short term or immediate cost then I say just pound the strut tower to make it as flat as possible. however, you will incur long term cost associated with this band aid fix because things that comes naturally from having a bad alignment (uneven tire wear, vibration, etc)
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:30 AM   #8
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Re: Bent strut tower assembly worth fixing

Post a picture of your entire engine bay. (For the birds)
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:07 PM   #9
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I wonder if I did just straighten it out and put a tower brace, along with a hat reinforcement if that would work??
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