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What is the large metal bar that sits behind the bumper?

That is your actual bumper The bumper you have off is just a cover for your real bumper which is what you are describing. That bumper, the real one, is tied to your frame and is actually absorbing ...
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What is the large metal bar that sits behind the bumper?

This part is generally called the impact bar, or sometimes reinforcement bar or bumper reinforcer, and, along with the (often styrofoam, sometimes plastic, missing or hidden in your picture) absorber ...
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Passenger front wheel not centered

There are a few front suspension issues that would be suspect, but my best guess would be the control arm bushings. When they go bad and break, the entire control arm that holds the wheel in place ...
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Rust precautions when enlarging two holes

Zinc spray ought to be enough. Alternatively rust converter. The most important thing is the preparation: a nice clean degreased hole (Brake cleaner and compressed air)
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Damages checklist after rollover

First of all check the body panels and items you can see under the bonnet, doing this before you go to the hassle of getting alignment checked can save you money as you might find something that makes ...
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Can corrosion on the subframe be addressed by cleaning and repainting or waxoyling?

If there is no structural damage, you should be able to take a wire brush or angle grinder with a wire brush attachment and clean the affected area, then using the Hammerite, paint the surface to ...
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What is the performance gain from four-wheel steering in high-speed emergency lane-change maneuvers?

So let's think through this really logically. We'll start by defining how much the back wheels can turn by comparing with the statistic on the Wikipedia article you referenced: they said that at low ...
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Finding banging/clanking noises when driving over rough surfaces or potholes

You didn't mention checking the exhaust system. If an exhaust hangar has rusted away or broken, some part of the exhaust system could be swinging and clanking against the underbody. If you can put the ...
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Is car body same thing as frame (or chassis)

Since the article in question was originally in Russian or some other Slavic language (based on the Cyrillic writing in the graphics), then translated into english, I think there may be a bit of ...
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Is four-wheel steering used for lane-change maneuvers in any production cars?

I know of at least 1 case where that was true. From Autoweek Honda’s first 4WS system, launched in April 1987 on the Prelude, was all mechanical, using a shaft to connect the front-steering rack ...
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Aftermarket Pneumatic Suspension - Pro's and Con's

Will installing a pneumatic suspension damage my vehicle? Not necessary depending on the kit. Per your vehicle a company called Air Lift does make an air ride lowering kit for your vehicle that has ...
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Good car for full electric conversion

You could consider a rear engined vehicle such as the MR2 or MG TF. You then wouldn't have to worry about steering or the wasted space of the drive shafts. You could even have direct drive which would ...
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Possible chassis damage

An autobody shop can make the critical measurements to specific suspension alignment points on the unibody, according to the OEM specification. The vehicle is "benched", usually on the pinch welds ...
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Can a cars chassis degrade, if so how and would this be noticeable?

I feel that being a Lancia enthusiast, I'm qualified more than most to speak on this. The condition of the chassis and by extension bodywork of a car is something that can be repaired, just bear in ...
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Does parking my car with 2 wheels on the sidewalk and 2 wheels on the road cause issues in the long term?

Basically, no ... it's no different than parking on a side slope. Even in your case it sounds as if the "side slope" really isn't that much of a deal. Just like parking on uneven terrain ... ...
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Is four-wheel steering used for lane-change maneuvers in any production cars?

Numerous luxury brands currently employ this technology. Usually the "crab" function only turns on above a certain speed, because it is counterproductive at lower speeds. At lower speeds you want ...
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What is the large metal bar that sits behind the bumper?

Dependent on your country, I've heard this referred to as a chassis cross member (not so much anymore), bumper reinforcement bar and crash bar.
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Good car for full electric conversion

There are many different enthusiast groups that have done this stuff. Here are a couple that jump to the front of my mind: White Zombie (Oregon, USA) Green Monster (Croatia) Haven’t been able to ...
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Does a strut tower bar have any useful effect on chassis stiffness for a car with 100K miles?

Yeah dude put the Jack under the left front control arm. Jack car up see how far the left front tire gets before the right front tire comes off the ground. Then add a strut brace and repeat the ...
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