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Front Lower Rail Section With No Welding

If there is a sectioning procedure on a front lower rail, GMA (MIG) welding across a seam is the usual method for attaching the new joint. On at least two late model Porsche vehicles, however, there is a front lower rail sectioning procedure that uses no welds at all. The rails on the Panamera, since 2010, and the 911, since 2012, both have aluminum construction.

I-CAR talked with Porsche Collision Repair Technology Instructor Mike Kukavica about the procedure on the Panamera rail.

The procedure on the 911 is similar, in that it uses fasteners and adhesive and no welds.

This article first appeared in the February 27, 2013 edition of the I-CAR Advantage Online.