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Sitting at a light yesterday an SUV ran into my rear end. I have the welded spare tire carrier and the spare tire was along for the ride. Most of the damage appears to have been to the license plate light. The spare tire holder is a round bar and the license plate holder is a metal plate with rolled over edges welded to the top of that bar. Neither the license plate holder nor the spare tire carrier show any damage. The lower piece of frame across the back behind the gas tank where the spare tire carrier is attached remains straight.

 

I assume there's no damage apart from the license plate light. Safe assumption or should I check further?

 

Thanks,

 

Sander

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Sander, glad you’re ok. And glad the car faired very well. Having said that, can you post a couple of photos for others to review. I wouldn’t take it at face-value that no more damage exists; cracked welds, slight deformities not readily visible may become more apparent with closer inspection on a lift, and a second set of eyes. However, I hope it’s nothing more than a damaged license plate light and a bit of bruised owner pride.

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Really sorry to hear of this misfortune Sander. Wretched luck. Sadly all too common these days.

 

I pulled up a photo of your car to check what you were describing as it was not immediately intuitive. Its only the license plate light and nothing else if I read correctly?

 

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While it sounds more like you were nudged and not rear ended, I would be checking where the spare tire frame meets chassis at rear of car. It could have bent there or otherwise been compromised. Look for any buckling of the ali skin near there. Easy enough to stick your head under there and inspect.

 

Hopefully you caught some luck and no issues.

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Yes Croc,

 

The license plate holder and spare tire holder in the photo you sent appear fine. The license plate light was broken and the metal piece of the light that attaches to the license plate holder was bent forward 90 degrees. I appears the bumper of the SUV went over the license plate holder hit the light and then the spare tire which absorbed all the impact. I’ll check the welds in the rear of the frame and the attachment of the spare tire holder when it’s on the lift in the next few weeks.

 

 

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I’m told they are Revolution wheels. Oddly, I’ve never actually seen them. I had the 16” HPC wheels installed for my cross country trip as I wanted more ground clearance. They are being shipped to me. Assuming I can find some ultra high performance DOT tires in 14” those wheels will go back on the car.

 

 

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