Had an incident in the last weekend of the season involving the front right corner. Light-medium contact (fender was barely rubbing on the tire). Nothing looks obviously bent, it might be alittle toed out, but that could be cause the fender's off. Other than trying to align it or checking the alignment (which I can't do at home), any way to check for damage?
-------------------- Kyle Burkhardt NASA Midwest #12 SM
Region: NASA MA
Car #: 50
Year : '96 Posts: 318
just as counterpoint... i slid off turn 1 in the wet last year at VIR and just grazed the guardrail with the left front and the LCA was bent. i was unable to see where the bend was, but it was obviously tweaked based on the positive camber that wheel suddenly sprouted. if the hit was on the wheel, i wouldn't be surprised if a control arm was bent. if the hit really landed on the fender, you might be alright.
Car #: 11
Year : 91 Posts: 314
My experience with "light" right front contact resulted in no appreciable change in handling and after the event a perfect alignment. Then I noticed that the RF wheel was about 3/4 inch closer to the rear fender well than the LF wheel. I changed the lower control arm and the gap was then equal.
Moral of this story. Used control arms are cheap, change them both on the corner hit.
-------------------- Jim Thill #11 SSM #3 ITA Thrillz Racing