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#1 kirzick


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:23 PM

Over the weekend it snowed in Washington. I had just got my 1984 gl all freshened up with new wheel bearing and cv axles. I went to my old schools parking lot which was super snowy and untouched. i had some fun doing awd skids but i got a little crazy. i couldn't see a curb hidden by a snow bank. i went sailing sideways towards a empty looking corner of the lot. BLAM! i hit the curb on my back tire at about 30 mph. As soon as i tired to drive away i knew somthing was wrong. the rear end keeps pulling out to the left and trying to skid me out. I'm at school and the cars at home so i drew this awesome sketch. How likely is it that i majorly screwed up something? i will post better pictures later. thanks. :(   

Edited by kirzick, 11 February 2014 - 02:28 PM.

#2 jmoss5723


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:35 PM

Four wheel steer!

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

probably bent rear control arm . easy fix

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:42 PM

can i unbend it or do i need to get a new one if thats the case. Hopefully ill be tearing it down soon.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:44 PM

Sounds like fun, I just got done sliding around in the snow myself. 


But please get to know the difference between 4WD and AWD. Unless your EA81 truly had an AWD gear box.


You likely bent a rear trailing arm, maby even snapped the torsion bar,but that would have to be a hard hit.


Maby after school go ahead and crawl under your car and take a look for anything bent out of place.


Its best to replace bent parts with good used ones. The damaged metal will become weak and will easily bend back.

Edited by 81EA81, 11 February 2014 - 02:45 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:49 PM

Ill keep you guys updated, thank you.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:46 PM

Oof! That sounds like a pretty hard hit. See if you can get some pictures of the rear suspension. Both rear wheels are angled? Not just the one that slammed the curb? Get a good picture of your rear diff and the driveshaft too.

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 02:55 PM

Ill have it on the rack tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:36 PM

Hahaha I just did that in my dads 4runner, didn't bend anything but definitely scared the spoob out of everyone in the truck :headbang:

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:42 PM

If you've managed to bend both rear wheels to a new angle you've "done things well".  Just not the type of well that you're after!


Depending on what you find it could be time for a new rear subframe.  But you could've just bent both rear swing arms - still a huge effort to do that!



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 02:25 PM

Well it appers that the subframe is tweeked. so im going to look for a parts wagon. Cheers. :Flame:

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 03:40 PM

Fun!  I put the lift kit on my 16 year olds Subie and broke the front within 2 hours wheeling in the snow with him............Fun!

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