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Old 01-05-2012, 11:07 PM
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Default WARNING check your GD strut towers

holy crap over on the freak site one member has had his shock tower RIP APART

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While he has coilovers that MAY have contributed to this separation I would check my towers on any Fit. Hard to tell from the photo but it looks like some rust damage at the welds so I would check your towers today.

Hope we are not going to see more of these on GDs...like MINE.

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Old 01-05-2012, 11:18 PM
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Default MY BAD IT's a GE

Missed reading his photo thread and then saw it's a GE not a GD.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:49 PM
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Apparently, they don't make them like they used to!
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That's what lowering till it scrapes gets you.
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I still disagree about his car being lowered is why it failed like that. HE has a friend with the same setup had does not have damage like that. There are a few GE's that are stanced so I guess if more of them start showing damage like that, then yes I will agree it is the cause but until then im not convinced.
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That's what lowering till it scrapes gets you.
Lowering like that does lessen the available shock trave quite a bit. I am gonna guess that his car has probably bottomed out more than a few times. I can imagine that one good pothole could have caused that to happen. I am also gonna guess that the bump stops were either removed, or cut so short that they they were no longer effective in dampening the force when the shock was totally compressed.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:39 PM
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He is running coilovers so stock suspension questions don't apply.
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He is running coilovers so stock suspension questions don't apply.
John, you're right! He is not running stock suspension! Hmm, maybe he is running overly stiff springs, and/or running the dampers dialed in "full race" (if those are adjustable shocks). Contributing to the problem, Low aspect ratio tires? Super high PSI in tires?
IDK, what do you think happened here? Whatever the case, I don't think the owner would have continued to drive a car that was set up stiff enough to self-destruct. That would have been way too uncomfortable... unbearable!

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Old 01-12-2012, 11:31 PM
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Hard to tell just from photos and not knowing if the correct amount of spot welds were done. If there is a normal mount of spot welds done correctly than it's my "Opinion" that his suspension mods or a huge hit in a pothole was the cause of this damage.

Note how the majority of the damage is straight up. If it was a "collision" of some type there would be more evidence of sheet metal being driven forward (bottom of the suspension driven backward from collision resulting in it's "Tipping" the top of the suspension forward) which is missing in this case.

"Something" (in this case coilovers) in this case was exerting above normal forces and the excess force caused that part or welds to separate it's that simple if the stock welds are done correctly.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:58 PM
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Well interestingly enough it turns out there may be "more to this story". On the freak site a member posted that the op with the wrecked Fit emailed someone else that it looks like this because HE HIT A GIANT POTHOLE. And that damage looks exactly like pothole damage to me.
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