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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 21st February 2009
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Help please!!!

Hi to the forum.

Got caught in a big hailstorm the other day and was thrown into the kerb at about 15 mph....the result was a side on impact to the drivers wheel. The wishbone took a knock but seems to have transferred most of the force to the subframe. I have taken the old one off and have the new wishbone but the subframe is now clearly twisted.

The wishbone sits in ok but full travel is prohibited by the top of the wishbone with the suspension dropped by the jacked up car the top edge rubs against the wishbone housing - but might not when the car is lowered off the jack.

I've bent back the wishbone housing but the angle is still out due to the subframe being twisted.

So do i bend it back as best I can ( this is on the side of the road with minimal tools). Get it to a garage and have it done profesionally ( the car is worth 5-600 max) and was not insured for the impact as only 3rd party?

Or do I split my beloved RSi for parts and hope they cover the majority of the costs of a new car?
Any ideas would be gratefully recieved.

TY Cosmo
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If the subframe is as badly damaged as you say then I would think the vehicle would be unroadworthy and not safe to drive. I suggest you get a professional opinion to see what repairs would be required and as to what cost.
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I recently was unfortunate to have a accident and required a subframe for my 1.2 Clio, dealers were quoting stupid amount.

Ended up buying <A HREF="">Clio Subframe</A> from as a used one worked fine.

saved a fortune as well. Mine was bent so did not even try doing anything with it, was easier and cheaper getting a used clio subframe and putting it on
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Re: Renault Clio 1 - Front Subframe Damaged

Subframes do appear on ebay sometimes and arent overly difficult to remove unless bolts are rusty or the one captive cage breaks.

Essentially its dog bone mount off, disconnect sterring column from rack, remove wishbones, front bumper, exhaust downpipe the steering rack pipes and disconnect control arms from hubs, then the 4 bolts that hold it on.

Will be ruddy heavy though.

Ive researched this as my williams current subframe is rusty so i have a spare to goto powder coating then ill be swapping mine
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