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M3 Meets 18 Wheeler Re-tread Tire. Carnage (archive)

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Posted by Sean W. Smith on June 16, 2000 at 19:07:48:

All,

My poor M3. This afternoon I am driving home from work in my newly acquired
95 M3. About 1/4 mile from exiting I40 in Raleigh, NC and giant peice of
re-tread comes flying out from underneath the car in front of me. I didn't
even have time to look and see if it was safe to swerve so I hit the brakes
and ran into it at ~70 Mph. It made a lot of noise and it was immediately
aparent something was wedged under the care. I safely pulled over on to the
shoulder and to my shock the pieice of tire nearlly completely ripped the
front bumper cover and foglight assembly off the car. the only thing
holding the thing to the car at all was the JT Design Brake ducts attached
to the aluminum splash guard. I used a screwdriver and disc connected the
other brake hose and put all the mangled peices in the trunk (half hanging
out). Tucked all the wires and the other hose up and drove it home the last
mile. Good news is no mechanical damage of fluid leaks. The fenders and hood
aren't damaged. Drivers send turn signal and bulb are smashed. Anyway I have
a number of questions for the group. This car IS 5 years old. its my track
car. It doesn't have to be perfect but should be consistent with a 5 year
old. I have a high deductible ($1000) on insurance and am not sure if I
want to claim this. Looking for feedback and ideas on repairing this repair
options, etc. Questions...

1. Any Idea what this front assembly peice costs??? (See pictures for a
better idea of the damage)

2. Any chance of getting one used. bimmer world , junkyards, or less
inexpensive after market options??

3. Other miscellaneous comments and opinions are welcome.

4. Any Idea if JT Designs will sell peices of their kit?? It looks like a I
need a few.

Here are some pics I took when I got home a little while ago. I've seen
these peices of crap littering the highway for years but never ran into one
of any significant size. What a whallop!!!

The Carnage: (6 pictures, use next button to scroll)
http://www.zing.com/album/pictures.html?id=4294200849&p=4289348520

Thanks,
Sean



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