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Yesterday I posted to the forum while I was sitting in the Lindsay customer lounge while James and his crew installed my new Kooks. I pulled out of the dealership and immediately noticed a difference. The engine has a deeper growl to it and sounded awesome. I got the car up to about 10 MPH when a white camry comes out of nowhere and smashes into the driver’s side door. She hit at an angle that forced the energy towards the right front, which shoved me into the steering wheel and dash.

She gave me a scare when it first happened, turns out it was a 62 year old woman who started saying that her chest was hurting and she was having problems breathing. I escorted her back to her car and sat her down in the passenger seat. She’s still upset, and got more upset when the officer told her she was at fault, but I think she’s better now. Less importantly, the left side is totally demolished. Quarter panel, driver’s door, front fender and rocker panel are all totaled. I didn’t think there was any mechanical damage until the tow truck driver pulled up. First he was amazed to see a stick in a Cadillac, as I explained the details of the V I almost felt a tear in my eye. Anyway when he backed it up onto the rollback I heard loud clunking noises coming out of what appeared to be the upper controls arms – not a good sign.

Yeah it sucks, but everyones OK. And I'm having the car towed back to Lindsay today so I should have it back in no time
 

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FUK I HATE STUPED DRIvers:mad::mad::mad: honestly this got me mad... i dont give a shit how old the women is ... how can she smash into something and then feel offended when the officer tells her its her foult.... wow

Bad drivers leave me speachless
 

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Dude, I told you those damn headers were nothing but trouble...
J.K., glad no one was hurt.
 

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The real question though:
Are the headers OK? :D
Dude, I told you those damn headers were nothing but trouble...
J.K., glad no one was hurt.
J/K I agree with OBC, glad everyone is OK.

-Chris
 

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Wow, that sucks. Sorry about your baby!! But like everyone says, at least no one was hurt. I'm sure Lindsay will make everything good as new.
 

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Yikes, glad you're ok. I can't tell you how many driving errors occur around me on a daily basis. I never had this problem when I used to live in Michigan...then again, I rarely ever saw other cars on the hwy.
 

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No citations, he said it was a 'close call' because the traffic was obstructing her view. Basically she was turning left through an intersection, traffic was stopped in the first two lanes so she assumed it was stopped in my lane. Normally in that circumstance I creep forward a little to make sure no one is coming before completing the turn. I dont how hell the cop can say its a close call when she T-boned me as she is turning into my lane but whatever. Looks like she is going to try to fight it but she's in for some more disappointment.

Headers should be allright, cant imagine there is too much underhood damage but we'll see. Thanks for the condolences - I still see about setting up a MD/DC/VA meet up
 

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Dude that REALLY SUCKS!!! But you're a good man for handling it so well. It's happened to me a few times so I feel for you, but don't get too bummed - it's a car and it can be fixed. Nobody was hurt and you both walked away. The unlucky ones don't. Just another one of life's reality checks.
 

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Was her chest hurting because she hit a V?

j/k

Afterall, it's only metal and plastic and can be fixed. People, however ...
 

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Dude, I almost got sick to my stomach when I saw your car last night.
After I worked on it all day for you that old lady slammed into the side of your beautiful car.
I saw some of the damage but I was flying low to get home.
I am glad you are okay, I saw you sitting in the passenger seat with that cop writing a bunch of stuff. I didn't see the old lady's car though.
It looks like you were in the right lane and she cut between the cars to get on that side street... is that what happened?

I am always nervous going through there.
Next time you come, I'll tell you how to go out the back way through Shirlington circle. It is kind of scary too, but in a different way.

Glad you are okay.
Breaks my heart to see that nice car tore up like that.

I was worried about the headers too... it wasn't too bad, but I really don't want to have to do them again for you!
 

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Glad to hear you are alright ! The car can be repaired and/or replaced.

Mine are supposed to be installed tomorrow, I guess I better keep a sharp eye out for those evil women drivers in white Toyotas :eek:


ewill - How long does it take to do the install ?
 

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Well I did some other stuff to that car also.
I fixed the diff vent and we did a Maintenance I service.
I think the labor was 5 hours.
I could do the next one a little faster but that was the first.
I worked on it pretty much from the time he stopped in until just about 5. (minus lunch of course ;) )
I think he came in at about 10 or so?
I had a couple of minor problems with the headers.

1. One of the fittings for the Post cat O2 sensors had some welding flash in the way of the actual sensor. I had to file it down so the sensor would fit. No biggie.
2. The bolts included in the kit for bolting the cats to the header flanges were too short for original installation. I got some longer bolts that did the trick, once they have been tightened the shorter bolts might work fine.
3. I hate lining up all the pipes on the Corsa. They sound great, and fit pretty well but it's like juggling to line up all the pieces just the way I like them to be.

I also recommend an application of medium strength loctite on the manifold to cylinder head bolts prior to installation. The factory bolts have loctite on them, you'll see it on removal.

Everything else was pretty straight forward. The spark plugs are easier to get at once the headers are installed. They were a bear to get out with the stock manifolds.
A couple of the plug wires are closer to the headers than I'd like them to be also. I can see a potential for heat damage to at least 3 of the plug wires after an extended time period. I am not sure if there is an aftermarket set of wires that would clear better.
 
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