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Rims on for the summer and finally got springs

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Finally got some lowering springs installed this spring, ment to get these images up earlier but been waiting for some decent weather.

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The rear's not as low as I had hoped it would be but it doesn't look as 4x4 as it did before. The ride is certainly better, smoother, tighter I couldn't ask for more.

And as promised here's a bonus that just happened today :angry:

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This happened right out in front of my house. I'm at my computer and I hear my alarm going off.. I look outside to see some guy looking at my bumper with his Dodge Ram pulled out a bit. I get outside, tell him that it's my car. He said it was his fault (no $h!), and he had "slipped" on the gas because he was "tired." My dad came out and called the police (one advantage of having a police station less than 50ft away). We swaped information, a report was done and I took pics.

Here's that guy's truck:

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The horizontal bar at the far left of his grill is cracked and there's a small crack in his bumper on the right side along with several scrapes that would probably buff out.

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Wow, that sure stinks.

Amazing how little damage he had...and how much your Olds got! Guess that's just a result of big vs. small ^_^

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Ack, Decka... what a crappy surprise. That's a lot of damage for the age of your vehicle... I'm scared for ya.

The Ram's bumper is clearly twisted back and upward on the right end. A look at the left corner shows a nice gap between the bumper and the headlight assembly... the right side is tight against. The plastic bumper cover on the Ram is very likely hiding more damage to the bumper impact bar beneath, the frame and possibly fender on the Ram.

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wow..that stinks...DCX's seem to have a problem with the bumper moving up and interfering w/ the headlight...happens to my breeze sometimes when the bracket gets loose and the left side of the bumper gets out of whack.

good luck with the repairs!

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Oh, Decka ... very sorry your car got, well, Rammed.

Sure hope things work out for you...keep us posted.

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Thanks guys for the comments... Today I will be going to a few body shops for a few quotes. It's drivable at the moment, I got some bulbs, and clear red tape and I bungeed down the truck since it wouldn't close. The driver side exhaust looks like it was pushed down a bit but not sure. The frame doesn't look bent but I could be wrong.

I'll let you guys know how I make out. If it is claimed as a "total", I'm just hoping that I will be able to get my $300 Pioneer cd deck, alpine speakers. and maybe the rims if possible.

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Well, I got a few quotes from some body shops in the area. One body shop quoted it just under $6k, and the another quoted it just under $2500. Both shops said they would claim the car as totaled but the insurance company as final say so I'm still waiting to hear back from them.

When I got out of work I called up a buddy of mine and took the car to his house, spent a few hours doing the following:

-Put the steel wheels back on (with BRAND NEW tires)

-Stock Tape deck

-Stock Front speakers

-Chopped off my stainless exhaust tips

So I lost my springs, hood, and a few other things but I got some of the major items I wanted to keep. I'll let you guys know how it turns out with the insurance.

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Sorry Decka. You kept that car looking great. Looking at the photos, I knew it was totalled, but I didn't want to sound like an ass. I didn't know how to say it.

I hope it works out well for you at settlement.

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Wow... taht sux. Sorry Decka. Good luck wiht all the

red tape and Insurance B.S. I don;t envy you right

about now. :(

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Ah Decka, what a shame! I always liked what you did with your Olds Achieva. The very first "new" car I ever test drove was a brand new, bright red 2-door 1992 Olds Achieva SC. If I had the money or credit at that age (18), I would probably have bought it! Too bad aout your car - seeing pics of it always reminded me of that day back in May of '92. Good luck with the settlement.

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Well kinda good news.. There was an insurance agent over yesterday to take pictures and look at the car. Apparently we are keeping it but they are claiming it as a total and we a check for the car's value prior of the accident. One thing I'm really shocked is my dad some how talked them into calculating in everything I had on the car too (even though we are keeping it). So they said as long as we have orginal recipts for the work done they will add that in to the estimated value. I'm still waiting to hear back from them, but it looks like I'll be able to get some more stuff off my car and will be parting it out. My dad had made a comment on taking the money and fixing the car but when the frame's bent I don't think that's a good idea.

I'll post again when I have more info.

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Well.. this is really crap here. The insurance co. estimated it at $1700 for the car's value so this just makes things worse. My dad is fighting with them to bring it up to $3k or so but hasn't heard back from them.

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Holy crap ... only $1700? That seems like a low ball to me, but then again, maybe not ... I don't know. Hope your Dad is able to convince them to go a bit higher...good luck!

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Sorry about your car, but yeah...that Ram pwned it. You know...this is causing me to formulate a theory that Olds suck in car crashes...the big Olds that hit my Shadow took a lot more damage than my car did. His whole front end needed to be replaced, as well as his radiator (at the least)...whereas all I need is a fender. (although the damn insurance company faulted me, even though me, my mom, and my best friend think it was his fault).

Anyway, I'm sorry about what happened, nice wheels by the way, hope you can repair that poor car...

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Well we finally reached a settlement.

Their insurance co. agreed on $4130:omfg: (maybe + tax, not sure), a lot more than I was expecting. I would have been happy with $2500 or $3k.. but damn..

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Excellent news on that settlement ... congratulations!

So, what're you going to do now?

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