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Old 10-07-2014, 11:30 AM
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My wife was driving her Acura on I25 and was rear ended by a Rubicon. The back of her car is pretty messed up but the car is still quite driveable. The Rubi on the other hand lost its tie-rod and had to be hauled away on a tow truck. It looks like the arm connected to the tie rod broke off the hub casting.

Fortunately no one was hurt but It'll be a PITA to deal with either repairing or replacing the Acura.
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:01 PM
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Wow that sucks sorry to hear that! Is that a TSX wagon? Those are great cars. I'm not shocked about the JK though...
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:51 PM
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Wow Bruce!

I'm glad she's OK!
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:38 PM
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Glad she's ok, and sucks about damage.

Looks like the jeep swerved last second to avoid a much bigger disaster. Clipping only the wheel like that, I'm not surprised it broke. Honestly, if an 80 tire were that exposed (no bumper or fender coverage) and took a hit like that, I bet the steering shaft on the box would twist beyond repair. Of course, the 80 axle would still be usable in the end.
Take a look at the standard tie rod on a Jeep and you'll find it's a peculiar configuration, and probably why Toyota ran theirs behind the axle on the 80.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:25 PM
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I'm willing to bet an 80 housing would not survive that either. The ball on the end would most likely get displaced with respect to the rest of the housing.
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Good that everyone is OK

Jeep looks mangled
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:31 AM
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Dang - sorry Bruce. That's a pain to deal with.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:29 PM
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Glad everyone's alright!

If that was a big Dana 60, things could have been a little worse?
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Glad shes ok. This is why i dont have a NEWER JEEP! Old iron rules.....
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The car is at the body shop. I'm waiting for the estimate. I think most of the damage to the Acura is from the tire and the fender of the jeep. There are lots of bits of rubber and plastic rubbed into the red paint and rear window.

Yes, it's a TSX wagon, one of the few. It's a very cool car. I kind'a hope they total it but also hope they don't. I don't know how hard it would be to find another one in as nice condition. I had just bought another set of wheels for it, complete with brand new snow tires and pressure sensors. Fortunately the wheels hadn't yet been installed and are are still in in the garage.

Yea, I think an 80 front end might have gotten bent in that particular impact but it'd be nice if the truck was driveable even if grossly misaligned. I assume the jeep was braking hard making it nose dive and putting a lot of downward pressure on the front tires. Even still I think the jeep tire climbed up the corner of the Acura crumpling the sheet metal but not breaking any glass. The corner of the car is pushed in to where the rear hatch doesn't fit at all. What do you think the shop estimate will be?
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