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Thread: Crash repairs-OEM vs Aftermarket Parts

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    That dude from Mississippi notnalc68's Avatar
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    Crash repairs-OEM vs Aftermarket Parts

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    Addict Brute's Avatar
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    What's the verdict? (No pun intended, sharkmeister)...

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    Caught the Bug Nataqua's Avatar
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    Reno NV
    Hey all, finally checking in with the results of the wrap up of repairs. Thanks all for the advice and commiseration!

    After checking with several people who have experience with Steve's Collision Center and meeting the repair manager at Steve's Collision Center I decided to go ahead and let the Jeep remain there for repairs. I did go to the Lithia Dealership and get the spec print out for the Jeep and it does have the 3.73 gears (Max tow Pkg).

    Anyhow, the repair manager at Steve's Collision Center, Jeff, happens to be a Jeep enthusiast and I felt we had a good repoire. I asked about OEM parts and strait away he ordered OEM parts and sent back the other parts. The frame did suffer some damage, it was sort of knocked out of square, and it was re-squared on the rack. The axle, and housings were sent out to a axle shop and eventually it was decided it wasn't repairable. So a new Mopar axle and housing was ordered and my gears were transferred to that. This seems to be why the work took so long, overall about 5 weeks in the shop. A brand new tire and rim was ordered and installed, as well as bumper, fender trim, control arms, brake caliper and the body work done on the quarter panel is excellent.

    I picked it up last Friday and at this point I really can't tell it had any damage at all. I am quite relieved and pleased with the work done. I guess only time will tell if there are structural irregularities unknown. I'm happy to have her back and soon she'll be parked off street as I just sold one of my classic cars yesterday, so there's a spot in the carport for Nataqua, and a bit of cash for some upgrades.. Things are lookin up!

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    Old Timer VeruGE*144's Avatar
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    Good to hear it all worked out for you

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    Your Jeep is back and life is a little brighter!

    I couldn’t imagine being without my Jeep for five weeks. Glad it all worked out

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    Sweet! I know what it's like man. Mine was in an accident 4 years ago and was out of commission for almost 3 months before everything was straightened out.
    Glad it all worked out well in the end.

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    That is great always feels good to be back in the saddle again...

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    Old Timer Jsouder53's Avatar
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    I’m glad to hear the great news!!

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    Menifee CA
    Glad to hear that it worked out.

    Thanks for the update.

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    that's great

    mine was out of commission for about 3 months after I got hit.

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