Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: U1450L DOKA
Location: BOZEMAN, MONTANA
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As I ponder this, and with both sides showing damage in the same area, maybe 'Random Bonks' are not the issue...
There was a very similar dent that showed up on my truck.
I didn't do it, and it appeared after the cab was tilted while the head gasket was replaced. I asked the shop about it, but they had no idea...and I didn't push it.
Since it is similar to what shows on the Dutch DOKA, and since it certainly happened while in the shop's care, I wonder if it is a type of damage that can happen while 'over-tilting' the cab or something.
It seems like if you hit the bumper or other pieces by letting the cab go too far, there would be some damage to the paint to give evidence to the impact.
My paint was fine, and the paint on the Dutch UNIMOG looks to be intact as well.
I wonder if this sort of damage could result from the cab coming to a hard stop while tilting it forward. There would be no paint damage, but maybe the shock of the stop would dimple the upper corners. I don't know, but the damage on my truck looks similar, and I know the cab was tilted during that time period.
I suppose it could also happen during the lowering process, if you bounced it or set it down hard.
I've tilted the cab on the Grey one without damage, and that truck has the ride-along cab tilting jack. The green DOKA did not have that system, so the shop would have been using a chain fall or a hoist of some type...I don't know.
The Dutch DOKA shows the tilting equipment in place.
The fact that they are both DOKAs might be a factor, or not.
Mine was only dented on the one side. I never thought that the damage was a result of tilting the cab until just now, but I wonder?
Last edited by TRUKTOR; 07-21-2019 at 08:44 AM.