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My wife was driving the Comanche home from work the other day, and got whacked right on the back tire by a Neon. Knocked the rear axle almost plum out of the truck. Thankfully neither party was hurt. The truck is banged up a bit, but I'm going to FINALLY get the 44 put in it. It's only been sitting in my garage for a year. Time for some other improvements while it's in the shop too...Anyway, here's a couple of pictures...Scott

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Yeah, Sure did a number on the old girl! I know the shackles are twisted, but all the mounts look ok. I won't know for sure on that, or the frame until I get it put on the rack. Keep your fingers crossed. They did have liability insurance, but I haven't heard from them yet as to what they will pay....if anything. The way my luck goes, I'll be in for a fight with their insurance.

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Wow! Busted the main leaf right off!

 

Are the mounts and shackle still good?

 

IN TWO PLACES!!! WOW!!! Glad to hear everyone is OK!!!

 

Stock shackles are tin/thin junk, upgrade these as well. I suggest JKS 1.5" lift XJ units. I don't know if you know this, but The XJ has 3.5" long shackles while the MJ's are closer to 5.5" so a 1.5" lift XJ shackle is about the same length as a stock MJ shackle. They are WAY stout and good looking to boot!!

 

CW

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They did have liability insurance, but I haven't heard from them yet as to what they will pay....if anything. The way my luck goes, I'll be in for a fight with their insurance.

 

Do not wait for them to contact you. You need to file a claim with their insurance. You will most likely never hear from them if you wait for them to initiate the process.

 

Willy

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Did you have any witnesses, or get the police involved?

 

If I'm not at fault for an accident, I'm calling the police unless I have a damn good reason not to. Legally here, over $1000 in damage or any injury and you technically have to call them. It doesn't take much to hit $1000 in damage with the way body shops screw people.

 

I just don't like getting the short straw when the other party starts getting creative with the story.

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well, did the insurance fix it or they total it.... If the price to fix the jeep exeeds the value of the truck it will be a total loss and the insurance company will screw you all the way to the bank - do not ask me how I know.

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They will total it if it's any where near 80% of the value of the vehicle. But in my case, cosmetic body damage was going to be $2k plus to fix on a truck appraised at $1250 (which is more than I had invested in it at the time). Instead I haggled with the insurance company and got $1016 while keeping the truck with a clean title.

 

I then turned around and spent $1016 on a lift kit :D

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