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Old 02-16-2006, 08:46 AM
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W123 suspension/steering damage questions

I recently ran my passenger side front tire off a country road with no shoulder (about a 6 inch drop). I steered left to get back on the road, and while the wheels were turned, the passenger side tire hit something. It blew the tire and destroyed the rim. I put my spare on (in the rain) and drove it home, but it was a nightmare to steer.

The tire has an EXTREME positive camber (top out/bottom in) but I know enough about the steering/suspension components in general to know what all I need to start looking at replacing. I know it will need a full, professional alignment, but I would like to replace any damaged parts myself to save the $$$$.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

Phil
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:07 AM
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i dont know what all can bend there

but it wouldnt surprise me if you twisted the main subframe tube. the actual suspension parts are all forged and would seem tough to bend, to me.

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Old 02-16-2006, 07:21 PM
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but it wouldnt surprise me if you twisted the main subframe tube. the actual suspension parts are all forged and would seem tough to bend, to me.

tom w
OUCH...........is that repairable?
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:51 PM
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yes and it is not too hard

but if it is twisted you need a shop with a frame rack, and specs for the mb frame. i am guessing a 2 to 300 dollar job.

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