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The Rant Thread

Post  Cameron on Wed 13 Mar 2013, 7:00 pm

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Anything pissed you off today? Something you need to say?

You now have a place to have a little rant.

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Re: The Rant Thread

Post  Chook on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 10:12 pm

I had a long and drawn out day today.

I left Port Lincoln about 4:50 this morning so I could do my gym session in Whyalla to break the trip home up a bit.

About 6:50, 40km south of Whyalla I dipped my lights for a oncoming car and slowed to about 90, just as the car went past Skippy's little brother appears from behind the car, didn't see it until it's hid lit up in my RH headlight, I was driving a Toyota Prado with a Roo Bar, just felt a light tap and a thud. After about 200m I wondered if I should stop and check, parked up, walked around the front of the car with my torch, no apparent damage at all, then I smelt coolant.
The Prado has a ARB Roo Bar that angle up a fair bit on the edges, filling the gap underneath is a shitty, thin piece of tin bolted to the bar, little skip had gone under the bar, bent the tin, torn it away from 3 of 5 bolts and the tin had gone straight through the bottom tank of the radiator, within about a minute of stopping there was no coolant left.

By the time I contacted my boss, found out the (bullshit) government procedure for accident damage, contacted a tow truck, it was after 9:00 am by the time I was dropped off at a crash shop in Whyalla. We are a self insured government department, department policy says no hire cars, colleagues from Pt Augusta were all on days off.

The Roo was only little, I'm sure if I had no Roo Bar there would have been damage but I'd probably still have been able to drive, if the Roo was a bigger one I don't think it would have gone under the front and I would have still been able to drive.
When my boss arrived he was as stunned as I was the one thing we put on the cars to protect us from Roos was most likely the thing that caused me to be stranded

My boss finally got away about 10:00, picked me up at just after 2:00 and with the dozens of Grey Nomads wandering down they highway at 80 kmh, we finally made it to the office by 7:00, unpacked the car and got home about 8:00, nice to be home, would have been nicer to be home 6 hours ago though.
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Post  paul on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 11:17 pm

Sounds like ARB need to be informed & make some modifications .

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Post  Chook on Sat 03 Jun 2017, 7:06 am

I'm pretty sure our fleet people will be doing that paul, we've got dozens (if not a few hundred) vehicles fitted with the same bar

This bent panel is the only visible damage to the car, where it bent up it cracked the radiator (not a lot of clearance to start with)



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Post  paul on Sat 03 Jun 2017, 8:10 am

I suppose it was lucky you weren't on the bike , it sounds like a  pretty  unavoidable accident .

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Post  madmax on Sat 03 Jun 2017, 1:04 pm

@paul wrote:Sounds like ARB need to be informed & make some modifications .

My experience with ARB, they couldn't care less. Their customer service is atrocious

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Post  madmax on Sat 03 Jun 2017, 1:08 pm

@Chook wrote:I'm pretty sure our fleet people will be doing that paul, we've got dozens (if not a few hundred) vehicles fitted with the same bar

This bent panel is the only visible damage to the car, where it bent up it cracked the radiator (not a lot of clearance to start with)



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Wait until you see how those shitty metal plates are held in place.
The captive nuts are held into a hole in the plate with weak clips. Two of mine have failed and are no longer in place. One day I pull them out and weld the nuts in place.
No point getting ARB to sort it out.

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Post  Chook on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 10:00 am

@madmax wrote:
Wait until you see how those shitty metal plates are held in place.
The captive nuts are held into a hole in the plate with weak clips. Two of mine have failed and are no longer in place. One day I pull them out and weld the nuts in place.

While you're at it, find someone who will bend you up some replacement plates in at least 3 or 4mm steel
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