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Old 09-02-2016, 07:26 AM
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$1,000 splitter - broken off by animal, then crushed like a potato chip

Head into work abnormally early today to help some co-workers out with something. Going down a rural road at 5:45 AM, pitch black other than my headlights, and I go over the crest of a hill. Raccoon straight ahead, and the road is clear, so I veer into the oncoming traffic lane - the bitch tracks me at the last second and runs into that lane too!

BANG.

And the rest, aka my $1,000 BlackOps carbon fiber chin splitter, is history. It was a loud bang, but even worse, I felt it hard in my feet. I thought it was just the raccoon - maybe it hit the lower control arm. Get to work to check for any damage knowing that the splitter sits low (but I have gone over dead animals in the past without a problem)... nothing to check for, because the splitter is long gone. My girlfriend tried to go check the area where it would be on the roadside. She saw nothing but small pieces of something. I don't expect her to be able to identify if it was the splitter or not, but my guess is it was. I won't know until I go look when I get off this afternoon. But I don't see how it could have possibly survived going under the Jeep.

The splitter was secured with screws and 3M tape. How this happened is beyond me. The screws are not sticking out of the bumper, so they must have went with the splitter. Plenty of tape and markings left from where the splitter has been for the past 5 months though.

I'm sick to my stomach. My insurance should cover this, but I have a $500 deductible so I don't even know if it'd be worth it. It sucks because it really did transform the front end of the Jeep. I really don't know how to spin this though. I have holes left in my bumper, probably marks in the paint from where it was mounted/touching, and a $1,000 accessory totally gone.

What should I do?

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Old 09-02-2016, 08:08 AM
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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off and crushed like a potato chip

I guess that's your choice on how you want to fix it... return it to stock or gamble on another splitter. Splitters definitely look cool but they're basically a shovel to pick up anything on the road so running with one is always a risk.

Speaking of raccoons...

Years ago when I was still a cop one of the towns I worked for had just taken delivery of a new 96 Chevy Caprice squad car (the road toad, as we called them). We always took them out on the highway a couple of times a night for carbon runs. The car was about a week old and the officer on duty took it out for a run. He scooped up a 25 pound raccoon at about 70 mph. It literally grenaded everything up to the front of the engine block. $6500 in damage. LOL... I'm glad that wasn't me driving it that night.

That's certainly no consolation to you in your situation but I guess it could've been worse.
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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off and crushed like a potato chip

I contacted my insurace and went to a dealership collision shop and got an estimate. At least $2,000 in damage including the replacement splitter. That is without needing a new bumper - but I will fight tooth and nail to get a new one. The underside of it is scratched to hell, and more importantly, those mounting holes are gouged out too much to safely be re-used. We can't just make new holes somewhere else because otherwise the splitter won't be centered, obviously. So it'll probably be closer to $3,000... ridiculous.

This is all I found on the roadway. I tried bending one of the smaller pieces in half... it is surprisingly strong for how thin it is. That must have been a fat ass raccoon.

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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off by animal, then crushed like a potato chip

My first one I hit a blown out tire on the road. I stopped and the concrete company happened to be in the side as well changing the tire. They paid for me a new splitter. But it only took a small portion of mine like between the three pointy things...lol. I still have the pieces in my garage....

I'll take a pic when I get home.
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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off by animal, then crushed like a potato chip

This is interesting after looking at my $1000 side splitters with a painter friend here locally.(having the clearcoat redone) I noticed my full cf side splitters are LAMINATED ONE LAYER CARBON over flicking fiberglass! I paid top dollar for full cf parts! So I took a close look at your pics....
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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off by animal, then crushed like a potato chip

Why are GLASS FIBERS sticking out of your FULL carbon fiber splitter? Obviously NOT full CF!


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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off and crushed like a potato chip

makes me wonder if my CF parts are actually full CF as advertised? I got the radiator shroud and cover...
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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off by animal, then crushed like a potato chip

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Why are GLASS FIBERS sticking out of your FULL carbon fiber splitter? Obviously NOT full CF!



Is this the same splitter that's on yours? Maybe I should hold off ordering mine...


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Yep same one
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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off by animal, then crushed like a potato chip

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Yep same one

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Re: $1,000 splitter - broken off and crushed like a potato chip

Seems like Black ops got some explaining to do...

wonder if the Full CF hoods are Full CF..
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