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Unread 02-05-2009, 03:06 PM   #1

Name: pyerxa
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Your Ride: 1993 325is
Unhappy Frame straightening

I am building a Spec36 track car to use at DE events. This is my first attempt at building a track car. My donor car was a 92 325is that had some front end damage. When replacing the front suspension, I came to realize that apparently the passenger side front frame was "tweaked" in the accident. I was able to get the control arm back on but it appears the bottom frame crossover (where the control arm mounts) may be pushed back about 1/4" or so. Also the top of the shock tower seems to be pushed in and back about 1" resulting, I presume, in an increase in both camber and castor. My question is ...should I ditch this donor car or can the frame/unibody be straightened on by a qualified frame shop? If it isn't straightened, what affect will it have on the handling? The car handled fine when I drove it home but I wasn't pushing it either. Although I didn't pay a lot for it I have considerable hours of work into this car already and would like to save it if I can.
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