bpd1151 Posted April 3, 2013 Report Share Posted April 3, 2013 Well, I suppose it was inevitable. Last Wednesday morning, while returning home from my usual night shift, I opted to take an alternate route home due to a collision on the local Tollway that snarled up traffic. Well, go figure, ended up striking a rather large raccoon that darted out into traffic, from a forest preserve / park area where the road passed by..... Long story short, ended up completely tearing off my custom, lower front chin spoiler, pulled it under the car, and I ended up driving over it, subsequently smashing it smithereens. :doh: In the process, it took with it, the lower front deflector (commonly the smaller under belly pan piece under the radiator core), damaged both front inner wheel well liners, and also somehow managed to also dislodge the passenger side LED marker lamp, and the ultimate insult was the entire backwards 'C' channel located all along the OEM front bumper cover, was damaged as well. :frusty: Well, I've been scrambling to make a bunch of calls and locate all the necessary replacement parts at a reasonable price, and opted to pull the trigger on another mod that I had on the back burner, and that was to get the entire lower pieces (side rocker panels, and rear valance) painted as well. Because I believe I am still under some secret squirrely double probation through the insurance company for the Charger accident (which was like a $40K+ claim) I opted rather than file a claim, to pay for all of this myself out of pocket. Not the best modification I was looking to drop coin on, but eh, I guess it motivated me to move up the lower side rocker panels and rear valance on the proverbial mod list. So it oughta look pretty decent in the end (i'm hoping) and it should take about 6-8 weeks from today to finish everything up. Why that long? Well, my body shop has all the work involved in sanding down, refilling, sanding down again the lower rockers (which are now as all of you know, that textured, dimpled cheap looking plastic crap). Then they have to prime 'em, spray 'em, wet sand 'em, clear 'em etc. that process alone oughta take 1-2 weeks contingent on their work flow. Also, they have to completely spray the new front OEM front bumper cover/clip and then mount the new replacement chin spoiler (which will be coming in already painted gloss black). All of these painted parts will sit in their facility for 30 days, in order to completely cure properly, at which point, I will then have all of these pieces professionally covered with genuine 3M Clear Bra Paint Protection Film, before all of this can get re-installed onto my car. So again, I'm looking at a 6-8 week turn around from today. In the interim, I am still driving my SHO beast around, and it looks like a true redneck, hillbilly car for the time being. Not the best feeling in the world by any means, but I suppose a short term loss, for a much longer term gain. I won't argue with that. Here are some pics that I took of how the car is sitting as of this morning. I will re-post completed pics once the work is done. Enjoy! :thumb: The Morning Of "The Incident": The Ordered Replacement Parts (chin spoiler not shown / not arrived yet): Psgr Side LED Strip Replaced, Lower Side Rockers, and Rear Valance Removed: So I suppose those upgraded turbo's may have to hold off just a tad bit longer (but are still, very much on the mod plans for this year) and in case I failed to mention, I will be having all the lowers sprayed in a gloss black, so that it "ties in" the whole car together, from top to bottom, front to rear. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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