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    Default Mind how you go sir...

    M62 yesterday, about near the Oldham turn off west-bound, just before 2pm.

    Had a nice passing gift from a truck - a stray curtain-side retaining clamp (you know, the metal and strapping combo that they use to tighten the fabric sides of the load area) - detached and bounced straight into my OS headlamp...



    By the roadside - pulled off straight away, then pulled up the Oldham sliproad when I'd worked out nothing serious had happened - safer up the top there than down the bottom - passing traffic roughly 50mph slower!



    Later that day - glad I travel with a touch-up pen in the glovebox - there's also scratching low down on the bumper by the front wheel arch. Biggest chips are the one nearest the camera here, the one on the leading edge of the bonnet and the one half-way down the grille edge.

    Now I don't regret fitting those headlamp protectors! It took the full force of the metal clip, cracked a bit, sprang upwards from the headlamp (didn't lose any of the clips or washers - just refitted it all and everything's tight) - bit of a bang, mind you. MrsT thought the clip was heading through the screen, but it hit the h/l and bounced into the central reservation.

    That crack is big, abt 8cm, but the protector did it's stuff amazingly well, all things considered. Could have been a replacement headlamp - instead all I've got is a few 'stone chips' (and marks that'll polish out) plus a crack that doesn't go in front of either lamp beam. If that risks failing my MOT in a few weeks, I can swap them for a few quid instead of a trip to the breakers etc (or a few hundred quid for a new unit).

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    omg, those protector's have indeed saved you a fortune.....bet you are glad mate...
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    Best bits of plastic ever fitted... even if I had, erm, problems cleaning behind things that I now know are basically held on by air pressure - glad I didn't ever take them through a car wash!

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    lol, just read your other thread...although saying that ''car wash'' word is more frightening to me than the other clip thing....
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    Yeah - car washes are a more sinister version - metal in motion and flailing plastic straps. Is it worth scratching the paintwork instead of spending an hour or so out in the fresh air?!

    BTW, the clip was on the downward curve of the bounce - it hit the protector at that big chip on the edge above the crack, presumably a split second before it also hit the bonnet edge and grille surround, then bounced off and into the bumper corner - the rest was caused by the flapping strap as the car carried on at speed.

    A few miles later and the whole M62 was down to single-figure mph after a tanker trailer tyre blowout scattered all sorts across the road (including some of the trailer metalwork).

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