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Re: Skiz was right....... (archive)

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Posted by Randy Walters on July 22, 2000 at 10:25:25:

In Reply to: Skiz was right....... posted by Tech man on July 22, 2000 at 09:14:48:

What the hell is he talking about? I've NEVER heard of anything like before in my life. Unless he means the entire frame of the car buckling under pressure, in which case, take your car outta the compacter machine!

This area of the M3 body shell does get a
lot of stress, and remember the M3 windshield is
bonded in place and acts as a stressed member,
where all other E30's glass snaps into the rubber.
BMW wouldn't bond it if it wasn't a "weak" area.
I've seen M3's with dimpling in this area, and
i've also seen a few with a cracked A-pillar from
being tracked or autocrossed. The crack is toward
the inside of the upper end of the A-pillar,
hidden where the door rubber seals against it.
You have to open the door to see it, i think
it's just below the upper weld. The problem is
worse on cars that don't have a 6-point or better
roll cage. On another note, my 85 Golf GTi track/
autocross car has a roof dimple coming off
the corner of the sunroof opening and it's all
due to the stresses of tracking and autocrossing
the car without a rollcage. It also happens on
the 325i models. Just cause you've never heard
of it doesn't mean it doesn't happen :-)

Randy Walters

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