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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:30 pm 
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Short story, bus going on reverse suddenly stops on my car, after hitting 2 other. I was unable to maneuver since I a was crossing and caught me spot on.

Now I am doing the legal stuff since the bus owner doesn´t want to pay for the damages (insurance company gave just 1/4 or the estimate as they are splitting it among the 3 cars). The car is in the body shop, and I am still trying to find spare parts as I am going to return the car to it´s original state (or back to as it was). As you can see in the picture, the bus fender is quite above the "legal" clearance (is the usual thing here, so don´t bother ranting, many things have been tried and the bus owner just don´t give a damm, thank god the crash was in reverse and below 20km/h).

Anyway, I want to reinforce the car, to withstand more damage than normal, and I don´t the right words for the parts I am looking for in english, for example, I want the whole front reinforced to the point that (God forbids) if it happens again, the front doesn´t smash so much, maybe a little bending, but not smashing like that. I know, it saved my life, but it left me quite empty pocket.

I was thinking on doing the whole front using pipes, like the ones they use on drifting, bash bars I think they called them, but I don´t know the right words to start looking, neither the measurements. I just want to get the whole front to be harder, much harder.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:18 pm 
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Ouch, id recomend using all oem so that you can attach front headlights and radiator and triangulating the inner fenfers to the radiator support.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:25 pm 
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You mean a reinforced tubular front chassis?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:47 am 
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I would not build a whole skeleton front end, only to reinforce the oem fenders.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:58 am 
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I am considering reinforcing the whole car, and yes tubular stuff, but don´t know the other names, maybe a tubular front, back and the inside of the cockpit (tubular chasis?)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:05 pm 
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In my opinion, it is not worth reinforcing the front structure to avoid a rare impact scenario like you experienced. You would transfer crash forces to the passenger compartment instead of absorbing the impact as it was designed to do.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:41 pm 
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If you want to avoid impacts. You need to drive one of these!!!!
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