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    Posted: Oct/10/2017 at 12:11pm
Hi, 
My team will be competing in 2 competitions this year, and based on how last year went I've realized some potential design/tech inspection difficulties. 
In illinois last year we dented one of the lower frame members, hitting a pretty big boulder. It was a 1.25in .058, I am still surprised how it happened. 

Either way, my question is whether any of you had dented a frame member, then had to go to a second competition several days later (also a 2 day drive). I heard of how dents are fixed in aircraft, but Im not sure of what would pass tech inspection here. 


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Done it a couple times
Chop off the dented part and replace it. If a butt joint is needed, do it as per the rules.
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as said before, cut out and replace, also, if your LFS is 1.25 x 0.058, it shouldn't have passed tech anyways. Since those are primary members, minimum wall thickness is 0.062" (B 3.2.16), unless your talking about lower members behind the RRH in which case, your thickness is fine and it should be even easier to cut out and replace the members. 
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Yeah my bad I confused it, it is .065. it is up front so yeah it should be .065. what about adding something like a half diameter "doubler" patch on top of the dent?
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that fix you should run by the official tech inspectors by submitting a rules clarification question. I personally would not accept it, however, I am not a technical inspector
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Fair enough, I'll review the rules again and submit an inquiry. Thanks for the advice, and good luck this season
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