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So I was driving the other day in the rain and took a corner a bit too fast for the current conditions. Well the back end stepped out and while I counter steered to keep her from spinning out she slid sideways off of the road and up an embankment through some brush. The problem is there was a nice 2” curb between the road and the grass. She slid off at a pretty good clip and it hit the curb hard enough to slightly bend a rim and pop out one of the front turn signals. Also it seems the front clam took a bit of abuse as well. I posted some pictures of the front damage as well as pics of the suspension. I am pretty worried that I bent something on the chassis when it went over the bump as now if I let the wheel go the car ever so slightly tracks to the left :-(























I guess the questions I have are do you guys/girls think the clam can be repaired or does it have to be replaced? Also what do we think about the suspension? I already called my insurance company and the adjuster is coming here tomorrow, but I wanted the opinions of the experts first!
 

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Sorry to read about the off-road moment. It's happened to many of us...

It looks to me like the clam is a repair rather than replace since it's below the "seam." Usually, damage above that line warrants a clam replacement, since Lotus includes that part of the shell in its crash structure. Cracks below are usually a fix and repaint.

I don't see any chassis damage from your photos, so you may have saved more than the back end with your counter steering. I'm sure other more experienced eyes will chime in.

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The clam looks repairable to me. If you don't feel confident doing it, a good fiberglass/corvette repair shop should be able to. I may be in the minority of opinions here. I see a lot of people replacing clams that look repairable.

Read this..... http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f92/creating-uberclam-repairing-clam-20871/



I don't see anything screaming 'I'm bent'....but don't really know the suspension well enough to offer a credible opinion.
 

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before repairing the clam, i'd get the alignment checked.
that will tell a lot about the possible suspension damage, if there is any.
you say it steers funny....
good luck.
sam
 

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First thing tomorrow I am going to take her to the Lotus dealer and have them pull the suspension and check EVERY component to make sure nothing is bent. I don't care if a control arm is bent so long as the chassis mounts are okay.

I am glad the general consensus is that the clam can be repaired. I know a really good glass shop right by me that should be able to repair her good as new!
 

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I hope you car is straight, my wife hits a lot of things with my car and it's still pretty useable. Below is where my last few weeks went to. I can make you a custom clam if you want...
 

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before repairing the clam, i'd get the alignment checked.
that will tell a lot about the possible suspension damage, if there is any.
you say it steers funny....
good luck.
sam
+1 He may just have knocked it out of alignment. That can happen when hitting a curb with the wheel turned. Likely the wheel is cocked in the same manner it was when he hit the curb.
 
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