Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: socialist lib heaven mASS
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disappearing body parts
Today was a strange day for my Zuk.
I am still in the "getting used to" mode with the little beast, though I am much more comfortable than I was a month or so ago. I have taken it to work a few times (I drive a couple hundred miles a day) including today.
Today was a little windy here in Western Mass. Aside from how exciting it is to drive the Zuk @ 70 mph on a windy highway clogged with semis, i hear a sort of crunch come from the right front of my 88.5 hdtp and look in my mirror to see something long and black flipping and bouncing down the breakdown lane behind me. Nothing seemed to be wrong as I was zipping along, and then a minute later it occured to me it was my passenger side front fender flare! Torn off by the wind!
I came back down the same highway in the other direction about 25 minutes later and saw it laying in the breakdown lane across the way. I looped around as soon as I had a break and went back up to retrieve it. GONE!! It was too late to check the highway dept drop yard to see if they had scoffed it up or what.
Then, on my way home, I am going along the highway again with the window open (warmest day yet this year). As I am getting off my exit, I hear a scraping and flapping noise out front. What now? I pull into a parking lot and the drivers side front bumper end cap had lost a fastener and folded itself back around to wedge between the wheelwell and the wheel, wearing a big hole in it. Of course i had just taken my toolbox and bag of wire ties out of the truck this morning, so I had nothing to put it back on and hold it there. I drove about 100 yards before it came loose again and started flapping on the tread block like a playing card in bicycle spokes. I resorted to rippping it comletely off, exposing the ugly, rusty end of my black stock bumper. Fortunately nothing else fell off the Zuk before I got home.
So here's my question. Anyone have a spare stock flare for the passenger side front or know a good place to get one? Used is fine. Ditto for the bumper end cap, but I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get a more interesting bumper. I just checked around and I really don't feel like spending 200-300$ for a big bumper to mount a winch I will probably never have. Anyone know of a source for a decent, relatively simple tube bumper I can bolt up there that's street legal?
Here's to hoping nothing else important falls off my Zuk.