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Old 03-04-2012, 02:27 PM
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replacing rad support

ive looked all over and found a good knowledge base as well as parts for 4th gens but 97/up seems to be a different story. all i know right now is to drill the spot welds and that the fenders mights have to come off. it looks like only the top cross member is damaged but im sure thats not the case. i would like to just replace the entire support but i am looking for info as to what im getting into. guessing the entire front end needs to come off, bumper,rebar,lights,fenders rad, a/c. all that might be a bit much. if anyone could chime in a how to or hints or tricks or a simple"this is a professional body shop job, do not attempt" would be great. thanks
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Re: replacing rad support

Have any pics? I did body work in a shop for 6 years. Do you have the means to reweld the spot welds that you drill? Do you have any way to pull the frame if it got bent/twisted at all? Kinda need to see tie damage, it all depends on good experience and what you feel comfortable with doing.
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Re: replacing rad support

i could take pics of the damage but it would be very hard to see. i bought it like this so i dont even know what happened. i know for a fact the hood and fenders were replaced. now, the upper support was clearly twisted in a few places. the headlights dont mount up right with the upper mounting bolts, (they point upwards) and there are still many kinks in the upper support. the hood does latch but the actual drivers side rad grommet isnt really doing anything. the a/c rad is bent but only at the top. the bend goes away about halfway down. this leads me to believe that the lower support is probably fine. this also tells me that whatever impact it was, didnt go lower than that or else it would be bent the whole way or straight the whole way cause it was replaced. the damage is very minimal really, just a bunch of missing paint and kinked supports that look like ass. the upper support is kinked on both sides and the ac is kinked directly in the middle so i would guess it was a straight on impact and the side supports were just tilted backwards. my goal is to make it look new again, but i fear that i wont get away with only changing the upper support. this is well within my scope of work and yes i can weld it back together. i just dont feel like spending the day taking stuff apart that i didnt need to if someone here has done it before.
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Re: replacing rad support

Well, I can say that I personally haven't replaced that in my car, but have on other hondas.it all depends on how extensive the damage is. Often times as you start to take it apart you'll find unseen damages. There would definately be a good bit of work and fittment. Have you gotta a quote from a body shop? Most will do an estimate for free. That'll give you something to think about, and will also let you know from the "pro's" exactly what they think needs to be done.
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