Thanks for your reply. about the size of a index finger pushing through a peach skin, like a finger nail clipping.good news i put bondo on it last night and rode it hard today and the case did not leak nor did the bondo mess up in high heat in mud or in any thang i ran over. I do have one more question. I called the Yamaha dealer about the engine and was wondering if the noise was damage done to it when it barely broke the case. it is a two stroke and it makes noise when idling. don't get suspicious on that. the Yamaha dealer was very comfortable in saying the engine is noisy like a hammer hitting the piston every time. The quad does not smoke, runs like a bat out of hell, and doesn't give me any strange vibrations. to add to this, today on the trail i meet a guy who had a blaster like mine and he had the same noise and repaired the rings?? and a few other things and he never got rid of the noise. he said mine was makeing the same noise and not to worry cause his lasted 6 years than sold it... soooooo my question is that noise .. is it something to really get checked out or what?