View Full Version : Front METAL bar thingy

26th November 2005, 11:17 PM
Hey all,

Just need some info, my sprinter been hit at the front (bought it like that http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/dry.gif ) by a pole and the front metal bar thing got smack in.

Just wondering if there is any other vehicle chasis can replace the metal bit?? (dont really wanna destroy another sprinter http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/tongue.gif )

Anyone know the estimated cost of fixing this type of damage?



26th November 2005, 11:41 PM
Wrap a chain around a tree, wrap the same chain around the metal bar thats bent in. All you have to do know is reverse the car.

30th November 2005, 10:18 PM
Gotta do that soon.

Its a very important part of the sprinter, so i prefer to do it right the first time.

Hopefully i can find a replacement soon http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/wacko.gif

30th November 2005, 10:25 PM
do you mean the radiator support?

1st December 2005, 12:05 AM
Id say he would be talking about the radiator support because there isnt really much else up front that is a main support.

take it to a panel place, you should get it repaired right.

1st December 2005, 12:14 AM
definetly talking about rad spport and most likely lower tie bar

u can go to toyota and but the parts needed but ull be paying over 1000 for new parts(4 parts for the fix if bought of toyota)

or go pick up a front cut

1st December 2005, 07:42 AM
cut the section out, and get a metal fabricator to weld in a new section of suqare steel..can even be round if you like! mine is straight..but it's kinda daggy..a few dents and bends in it here and there, but it's been straightened.. http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/smile.gif

1st December 2005, 11:55 AM
The top radiator support panel can still be bought new from Toyota (the one that joins the top of the centre support bar and what the bonnet closes into) for the princely sum of $130 trade, you could prolly add $20-30 for regular people. It's held on by 10-12 spot welds and is a piece of cake to change if you've got a welder. Fabricating something like this would cost you more in time than what the bits worth.

1st December 2005, 12:51 PM
would there be any in the country tho??? i doubt it

1st December 2005, 01:24 PM
oh are we talking about the top rad support? or the chassis bit that joins the 2 rails at the front of the car!? WTF? everyones got a different idea!

1st December 2005, 01:27 PM
replacing the part with a new one wont solve the problem, its bent so everything is probably out of line, reverse the damage, then replace if you want to.

1st December 2005, 03:20 PM
thats what i thought..get a panel beater who has a 'rack' to pull the chassis straight..it might only be bent by 10mm..but can throw a wheel alignment waaaaayyyy off..i have bent 3 rails in my car (well 2 but fixed the other one while i was there) my rails were kindly pre bent from japan, in true JDM style...ha ha ha..only a few hundred to rack it up and pull it straight..then as said..get the front middle section (that links the 2 tow hooks, that piece is the one i'm talkin bout) remade..some 50-70mm square RHS, some welding, and a quick coat on shone chip matt black will have it looking awsome!

1st December 2005, 03:44 PM
thanks for all the comments and help http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Heres the pic of the damage, so far the rad support look good just a bit bent. Most of the damage is on the bottom bar. The rail still LOOKS good from my point of view. The bar looks like it has been pushed back ( slow and painful hit http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/sad.gif ).

A picture tells a thousand word http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/tongue.gif

Would this cost over $500 to fix??

So far im hoping to get a written off sprinter, from a friends uncles http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/laugh.gif



1st December 2005, 04:11 PM
oooft that looks rooted

it depends i think cos you either gotto get it cut out and replace with another but then again the joints will be weaker =\

thats what i think anyway dont cut my head off for it

1st December 2005, 04:18 PM
its gone in and up, thus you pushed the rail in.

Theres no point in replacing it with a new(Im repeating myself again), wrap a chain around the damaged bit to the bottom of the tree (drill a hole on the panel if you have to wrap the chain) and reverse the car.
You dont exactly have to make it look neat.

1st December 2005, 04:26 PM
there is a heap of them in the country trueno dude

along with alot of new stuff that just arrived that i cant be bothered listing ring up ur local toyota dealer and theyl put u on to the franchise that has em in stock
as i cant remeber what the name is but itas in melbourne

3rd December 2005, 09:39 AM
im trying to do most of the repair on the car myself, so i'll probly do the chain wrap thing, but what happens after that.

1. Find a half cut (hopefully soon) and some how rip it out (tips and hints will also be good) and weld it back in place.

2. Buy a big square metal from the local hardware and weld it straight in. (Legal issues) http://www.ae86drivingclub.com.au/forums/emoticons/dry.gif Thinking of doing this.

3. Get some else to do the job.

Hey Mattysshop, how much did every add up to?? got any picks for reference??



3rd December 2005, 04:51 PM
thats bad, i thought my old ae86 was f***ed, worst thing is all other rolla stuff doesnt fit