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This is a discussion on dimples within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Can anyone explain the dimples that ta's are famous for....

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    Can anyone explain the dimples that ta's are famous for.

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    the t/a hoods are weaker than the camaro hoods, this is why you get "torque dimples" and camaro's don't.

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    They actually show up on the rear quarters and not the hood.

    Its from the body flexing from torque. Subframe connectors are a must.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TempleU_WS6 View Post
    They actually show up on the rear quarters and not the hood.

    Its from the body flexing from torque. Subframe connectors are a must.
    missed my sarcasm

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    i did too,

    and camaros get them as well

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    ^ +1 Ya i was like "What No! " at first. LOL. glad my car came with subframe connectors, one less mod to buy and dimple free....

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    Hitting the axle stoppers can also cause these. I've even seen the 6ers with the dimples and they sure ain't from stock torque..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Hitting the axle stoppers can also cause these. I've even seen the 6ers with the dimples and they sure ain't from stock torque..
    this, my 6er maro had one too, but i told people it was the 'power' that did it anyways for the lol of it

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    SFC's and multiple suspension mods. One side of the TA still got the dimples

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    SFC's and multiple suspension mods. One side of the TA still got the dimples
    What kind of numbers is your making???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    SFC's and multiple suspension mods. One side of the TA still got the dimples
    Imho that's because I believe the "tunnel" for the axle is weak @ its peak. SFC's do nothing to strengthen the tunnel.. Just my opinion tho..

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    Also I think if we want it to be extra strong in those areas it needs to be seam welded. Again my oppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokaholik View Post
    What kind of numbers is your making???
    Whatever it takes to push a full wieght TA with a iron block to 11.91 at 116 MPH.

    Dont have numbers with the Frost SD tune, But I KNOW its better then the tune I got from a shop here in Michigan.

    Old numbers where 416 RWHP and 375 RWTQ. So nothing too crazy in the power department.

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    Mine on the support bar for the roof, i think i had the tops out and used a floor jack to change the oil and thats alot of flexing, little dipples/bubbles are showing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black 98 formula ws6 View Post
    Mine on the support bar for the roof, i think i had the tops out and used a floor jack to change the oil and thats alot of flexing, little dipples/bubbles are showing up.
    nonono, thats a waay different problem, and one i feel sorry for you for.

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    Not to diminish all you guys who have "body rippling torque", but I would venture to guess the "dimples" he is talking about are the ones that appear where the front corner edge of the fender meets the corner of the bumper cover

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneGunman View Post
    Not to diminish all you guys who have "body rippling torque", but I would venture to guess the "dimples" he is talking about are the ones that appear where the front corner edge of the fender meets the corner of the bumper cover
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    again no, those fenders arent metal so they wont get dents. its the quarter panels guys the only metal panels on our cars, the part in between the doors and the rear bumper. the dents appear around the wheel wells

    edit: in fact, if you look at the above picture you can see where the horizon reflecting off of the paint gets obscured in the area i'm talking about.
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    Yes I know. But not all T/A's and Camaro's have "torque dents" on the quarters. ALL T/A's have the bumper dimples, a lot of other GM cars have them too. The reason: design flaw,the same reason the door panels crack on the T/A's. The fender has a tab on it that fits into a slot on the bumper cover to hold the two together, the fender is a thicker, more rigid material than the bumper cover. When you put the two together the corner of the fender pulls in, and gives it that little dimple you see. Look closely, they all do it.

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