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Old 09-17-2007
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I think I broke something expensive...

Well the other day I was going fast down a kind of rocky trail in my stock height 1998 Ranger (stupid I know), and went into a little whoop with a big rock on the other side and smashed the engine cross member HARD.

So I look at it when I get back home and notice that the right side where the cross member connects to the lower arm is bent back a bit and it also smashed the lower arm back some too. The truck seems to be fine otherwise except that now it pulls to the right some. Otherwise no weird noises or anything.

Now I'll try to post pics tomorrow because I know I'm terrible at explaining things but can you guys maybe give me an estimate of how much something like this would cost to fix and how difficult it would be? It doesn't look like something that can be just bent back into place.... and unfortunately i don't have hardly any money

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Old 09-17-2007
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theres nothing wrong with wheelin a stock truck, all of us started at the same place

but i dont really understand what your saying, so ill try and help ya out when you get the pictures up.
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Old 09-17-2007
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well it doesnt sound good, but really you could possibly scavenget he front suspension off of a 4wd ford ranger at a junkyard and be off pretty well. That's easier said than done!
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Old 09-18-2007
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Finally got the pics

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That's all i got but i guess itll work.
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Old 09-18-2007
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expensive fix ... ouch ...
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Old 09-18-2007
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Holy ****, damn you hit a rock REALLY REALLY REALLY hard. I guess you're going to have to try and find a new one of those or you could try to get it back into place by taking it off and getting a torch and heating it up and hitting it really hard. I doubt that will work but you could try it.
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dam, thats not a good thing to bend.
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damn, when u said HARD, i think you meant HARDDD!


i beat the living hell outa my cross member, didnt mess it up that bad lol.. i would say start going to junk yards.. and try and find a new lower control arm and cross member
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All I have to say is wow...wow...wow. First time seeing one of those. Shouldnt be much at local JY.
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Old 09-18-2007
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You aren't going to be able to just take that off and put a new one on. That thing is welded in place and its gonna be a PITA to fix. If I were you I'd take it to a body shop with a frame rack and see what they say. If anything you can have them weld a new one on, unless you're a pretty good welder.
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Old 09-19-2007
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Yikes!!!
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Damn I was afraid that this was bad... unfortunately I'll have to wait until a couple of paychecks before anything gets done...

The thing I'm worried about right now is the end of the torsion bar popping out further because as you can see in the picture its sticking out some. Do you guys think this could happen? I'm not taking it on anything but pavement and I'm babying it on that but still....
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Damn man, that's some nice damage right there. I don't think a skid plate could've helped you avoid that.
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HAHA Holy Cow! Ive Gotten 3 Feet of air on street and dug a 3 inch holy into asphalt when landing on my front most crossmember. and all i did was scratch the mud off......What the heck did you hit? GRANITE?

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Damn man, that's some nice damage right there. I don't think a skid plate could've helped you avoid that.
Dont lie..... If he had a Skid Plate he either would have gone faster thinking hes safe and Totally ripped the front end out from under himself. or it would have kept the mudd off his front end.....<Weak i know..... But thats pretty much all it would have done lol ITS STEAL AND HE SMASHED IT. to get a decent idea od how hard he had to hit. go outside with a Huge friggin mallet and Slam YOUR frame.....Youll hurt your hand befor the truck
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Did almost the same the same thing to my truck but about 3-4 inches more towards the drivers side. Cost 400 to have pulled and its still messed up, thats one of those things once wrecked will never bee the same. Best bet try to either get a new one welded in or if your a serious wheeler do an SAS. My only worry now with the damage is transfer of ownership, i'm pretty sure that it will greatly reduce your vehicles value.
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Damn I was afraid that this was bad... unfortunately I'll have to wait until a couple of paychecks before anything gets done...

The thing I'm worried about right now is the end of the torsion bar popping out further because as you can see in the picture its sticking out some. Do you guys think this could happen? I'm not taking it on anything but pavement and I'm babying it on that but still....

that Tbar wont come out of there. rather its very unlikely.
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well if you need a lower control arm and cross member,i just happen to have both,hence my sas,pm me for shiping,and i sell them to you dirt cheap.
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i almost feel slow for not knowing. but what does SAS stand for?
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straight axle swap
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if it still drives the same dont worry bout it unless u see cracks start developin then id sell the whole truck and get another one
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Old 09-29-2007
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I'd hate to see the "rock"... Or MOUNTAIN that you hit.
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He said it pulls to the passenger side now..."no kidding?!" lol

I wonder if insurance would cover anything like that? I don't condone fraud, but I don't know if you would actually tell them what you were doing when you hit "something".

That's only going to lead to more problems. Weird tire wear, possible braking issues... I dunno could be nothing else but who know what could result from that.
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and people wonder why im such a ***** when it comes to my truck. I have a front skid plate, and the absolute fastest i go is 10mph off road... dont need anything coming up and biting my truck.
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Old 09-29-2007
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and people wonder why im such a ***** when it comes to my truck. I have a front skid plate, and the absolute fastest i go is 10mph off road... dont need anything coming up and biting my truck.
That doesn't really make sense. Stuff doesn't jump out at you when you're offroading because you usually check out the area first. Driving like a girl and driving smart are two different things.
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holy crap.....if i were you, i would go trade that thing in on something else....
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