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Old April 8th, 2015, 02:35 PM   #1
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Almost Done, Hopefully (COTA Wreck)

My part is all finished (thanks to the help of many of you) and its out of my hands. Fingers crossed!
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Old April 8th, 2015, 02:44 PM   #2
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Oh man! do you have any before pics (or perhaps in another thread?)

I seem to remember reading a while back you tagged a wall/barrier at COTA
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Old April 8th, 2015, 02:58 PM   #3
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Yep, tagged the inside wall coming out of turn ten after suffering a passenger rear knuckle fracture.

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Yep, tagged the inside wall coming out of turn ten after suffering a passenger rear knuckle fracture.

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Link brings you to the home page. Were those rear quarter panels a pain to take off? Autoform sells a lightweight set if you still need some.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 04:41 PM   #5
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Weird, link works fine for me.

Panels weren't at all a pain to take off. Although, if that's all you were wanting to do, it does involve the removal of several items and could be considered a pain. Since I was taking everything else off also, it didn't register as a pain to me at the time. Three nuts along the top, inside, behind the plastic trim pieces and then popping a few rivets.

I saw those at autoform and was going to use them if I couldn't find anything used. Ended up getting a used one in Houston for $250.
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What tires were you running? Do you track your car often? Did you hit one of those aggressive apex curbs?
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The good thing about that color is you can't see the damage as much.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 09:43 PM   #9
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Are you doing a before and after dyno of the repairs?
Of course! I'm not an idiot.

Also, I've got a call into the shop owner to make sure they repaint it with a paint made to withstand all the high temperatures under the hood.

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What tires were you running? Do you track your car often? Did you hit one of those aggressive apex curbs?
I was running PS2s that were maybe 1 yr old. Did not hit one of the gator backs. I have a pretty good amount of track experience. Knuckle snapped, lost tow control and it dewheeled the tire sending me spinning counterclockwise.

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Wow, sorry to hear that. Do you have a pic of the knuckle where it snapped?
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Old April 9th, 2015, 09:00 AM   #11
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I'm guessing some how or another it was determined the break caused the wreck and not the wreck causing the break?
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the wreck usually causes the break, it doesn't take much for them to snap, they are meant to be the first part to give to keep from fucking up more exspensive stuff
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The way it went down, I'm 100% positive it caused the wreck. Felt like someone bumped me from behind and then the car was gone, no chance of catching it. I was only going 70ish mph and had done that same turn numerous times at around 90 so I know I as nowhere near the limit. It was a clean break off the knuckle. No signs of stress then fracture. Collision center guy said he could see signs of oil seepage into the metal so he thought there was probably a hairline crack or imperfection and it gave under the load. Which made me wonder, I know there was a recall on the gen III knuckles. There wasn't any bleed over of gen III knuckles into late gen II cars were there? I know it's a different part number, but that doesn't always mean different parts.

There is video on YouTube of the crash from the guy behind me and it looks like a blow out but there isn't any tire damage other than the tire being folded over on itself and crammed into the wheel well.
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I've heard from someone who raced 2nd Gen Vipers professionally that the knuckle IS a weak link and contributes to toe deflection, not the inboard toe link mounting point.
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Dodge didn't recall the gen 3 knuckle did they ?
Whats the repair or how to reinforce this?
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I'll be doing a MotoIQ article on reinforcing it soon. Stay tuned:


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Sorry, no, they didn't. Should have. But I guess never did. Google viper knuckle recall and you get a bunch of information about them failing.

Snake Oyl makes a nice reinforcement piece that bolts on. It's now on mine.
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Sorry, no, they didn't. Should have. But I guess never did. Google viper knuckle recall and you get a bunch of information about them failing.

Snake Oyl makes a nice reinforcement piece that bolts on. It's now on mine.
Can you bolt it on with out taking the knuckle off the car ?
how was the install?
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yes you can bolt them on without knuckle removal
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