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doesnt matter.just be grateful didnt hit cockpit! (archive)

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Posted by LUKE on June 17, 2000 at 02:14:45:

In Reply to: M3 Meets 18 Wheeler Re-tread Tire. Carnage posted by Sean W. Smith on June 16, 2000 at 19:07:48:

Dont worry bout the car man! do whatever you feel is best... but just be grateful the debri didnt fly higher and into your windshield.. cuz that would've really been painful!!! and i guess we can all learn from your experience not to follow behind those big ass cars! haha! good luck man!
god bless u!

: 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)

: Thanks,
: Sean

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