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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject: Oooh ! Bent engine cradle Reply with quote

Can a bend or dent in the engine cradle do anything to the car, suspensionwise ? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yeah, it can mess up the orientation of the control arms. How much of a bend or a dent are we talking about? If it's bad enough to jack up the suspension, it needs to be replaced...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:14 pm    Post subject:  Alignment.... Reply with quote

Good on three wheels, off some on the 4th wheel ( front right ), the bend is noticeable, can that thing be bent back into shape ?? Looks like a BFH could bend it back, since it is just aluminum....
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If it was my car, I'd replace it. Messing around with bent aluminum is a recipe for disaster.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It never goes back to the shape you want it to...


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Plus you have too worry about fatigue and all that good stuff.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject:  It is a..... Reply with quote

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Plus you have too worry about fatigue and all that good stuff.


9C1 and those cradles are supposed to be reinforced... Looked for one online, and they were $900... used, $150-200. Removing the engine to replace the cradle works, right ?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Get a steel cradle from a GP. They will be much cheaper.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject:  Now that's a good idea! Reply with quote

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Get a steel cradle from a GP. They will be much cheaper.


Might wanna go that route ! Any tips on replacing the cradle besides having a hoist to hold the engine in place ?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you haven't replaced your lower motor and transmission mounts, that would be a great time to take car of them as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:12 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Grand Prix cradles use different lower control arms.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:15 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Must be all the torques, horsepowers, from angry V6 engine!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:21 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Grand prix cradles definetly don't use different control arms.

Well, In 05 they did, but the only difference was there were no provisions to attach sway bar end links, but those had aluminum subframes anyways.

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