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A budy of mine got my hellcat sideways and hit a curb...I know, I never let anyone drive my Cat, but they have a 392 and wanted to try it out. They are paying for the damage...to me it looks like a compression link broke and the wheel is toast. I'm going to take it to my buddy who is a mechanic. I would rather do the work myself, but don't know what to look for if further damage. Also, while I'm in there, Any performance parts I can use to prevent wheel hop?
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A budy of mine got my hellcat sideways and hit a curb...I know, I never let anyone drive my Cat, but they have a 392 and wanted to try it out. They are paying for the damage...to me it looks like a compression link broke and the wheel is toast. I'm going to take it to my buddy who is a mechanic. I would rather do the work myself, but don't know what to look for if further damage. Also, while I'm in there, Any performance parts I can use to prevent wheel hop?
Thanks!
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An AAD kit would help with wheel hop. This would probably be the opportune time to install it.

Looks like it took a pretty good hit. Whatever you do, would inspect all the bushings on that corner and get a good alignment done after repaired. Check the wires for the shock as well, make sure nothing came out of place and was nicked.
 

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A budy of mine got my hellcat sideways and hit a curb...I know, I never let anyone drive my Cat, but they have a 392 and wanted to try it out. They are paying for the damage...to me it looks like a compression link broke and the wheel is toast. I'm going to take it to my buddy who is a mechanic. I would rather do the work myself, but don't know what to look for if further damage. Also, while I'm in there, Any performance parts I can use to prevent wheel hop?
Thanks!
Joe
That kind of impact may have caused damage to the hard points to which the obviously damaged suspension components bolt to.

My advice would be to have the car booked into a highly regarded repair shop -- a dealer may not be able to provide the level of the repairs needed -- to have the full extent of the damage determined and then of course get this properly fixed. (When your buddy gets the estimate he might determine it is cheaper to no longer be your buddy rather than pay to have the car properly repaired.)

Combining fixing the car's damage and mod'ing the car to address wheel hop at the same time complicates the separating what your buddy pays for the repairs and what you pay for the wheel hop mods.

I would focus on getting the car repaired to its pre collision condition. Only after this is done and you have lived with the car long enough you are sure the car is back to its pre collision condition then you can tackle the wheel hop issue.
 

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That kind of impact may have caused damage to the hard points to which the obviously damaged suspension components bolt to.

My advice would be to have the car booked into a highly regarded repair shop -- a dealer may not be able to provide the level of the repairs needed -- to have the full extent of the damage determined and then of course get this properly fixed. (When your buddy gets the estimate he might determine it is cheaper to no longer be your buddy rather than pay to have the car properly repaired.)

Combining fixing the car's damage and mod'ing the car to address wheel hop at the same time complicates the separating what your buddy pays for the repairs and what you pay for the wheel hop mods.

I would focus on getting the car repaired to its pre collision condition. Only after this is done and you have lived with the car long enough you are sure the car is back to its pre collision condition then you can tackle the wheel hop issue.
Good advice. Don't muddy the waters any more than they are.
 

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And when the "friend" gets the bill to make good on your mistake of letting him drive your car, will he still be a friend?
 
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That kind of impact may have caused damage to the hard points to which the obviously damaged suspension components bolt to.

My advice would be to have the car booked into a highly regarded repair shop -- a dealer may not be able to provide the level of the repairs needed -- to have the full extent of the damage determined and then of course get this properly fixed. (When your buddy gets the estimate he might determine it is cheaper to no longer be your buddy rather than pay to have the car properly repaired.)

Combining fixing the car's damage and mod'ing the car to address wheel hop at the same time complicates the separating what your buddy pays for the repairs and what you pay for the wheel hop mods.

I would focus on getting the car repaired to its pre collision condition. Only after this is done and you have lived with the car long enough you are sure the car is back to its pre collision condition then you can tackle the wheel hop issue.
Thank you! What are your thoughts on getting used parts? They showed me that they have the money in the bank to fix it, but ate there options to getting it fixed through their insurance?
 

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Thank you! What are your thoughts on getting used parts? They showed me that they have the money in the bank to fix it, but ate there options to getting it fixed through their insurance?
I would not get used parts. I would purchase new factory parts from an authorized dealer. The goal is to repair the car to its pre collision condition as best a humanly possible. used/salvaged parts is not acceptable unless new parts are not available.

Since you gave your buddy permission to drive your car your insurance or that is the insurance you have on the car would be the insurance that I think applies. If you file a claim against your insurance this can be a problem in that the insurance company can bring some pressure to bear on you and the repair shop you chose which can result in a subpar repair. Like used/salvaged parts.

Even if it is possible your buddy's insurance could be used I would not ask your buddy to file a claim against his insurance.

Furthermore, and you won't like to read this, but I would NOT ask my buddy to pay for the damages out of pocket either.

Experience is the best teacher but it is the most expensive one. This will teach you the important lesson to not loan your car to anyone, at least your Hellcat, and when you do you should do so with the understanding your insurance and you will be responsible for any damage. It is with this in mind that when I was asked by people to let them drive my Porsche Turbo I said No. Can I drive the Scat Pack? No. Can I drive the Hellcat? Hell No.

The flip side is if I end up driving someone else's car -- as was the case with a family member's car some years ago -- I did so with the knowledge if something happened I would arrange for the family member to find a suitable replacement and I would buy the car and give it to the family member and take ownership of the wrecked car which I could fix and sell or just sell.

Think you should realize how lucky -- yes lucky -- the damage is confined to your car. I saw a video the other day of a Mustang (with the driver engaging in some inappropriate driving on the street (maybe racing)) running into a school bus of children sending some of them to the hospital with thankfully not serious/life threatening injuries. But oh the liability the accident will involve. The driver/insured owner of that Mustang will be lucky to be able to insure a grocery store shopping cart for years to come...
 

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Also, are the components of the rear knuckle assembly totally different for the hellcat compared to the scat pack?
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If you are asking me I don't know. I would hazard a guess they are different. Regardless I will repeat here what I have said in other posts: Once you know what parts are necessary go to an authorized Dodge dealer parts department and order the factory parts. If you are having the car fixed by a shop instruct it to use factory parts. My experience when my Scat Pack was hit and the other driver's insurance wanted used/salvaged or aftermarket parts used I spoke with the body shop and said no way. The shop helped me by price matching factory parts to those of aftermarket parts. I got the car repaired with factory new parts. The insurance company saved some money by paying aftermarket prices for factory parts. So it is possible the repair shop you chose can do the same for you seeking factory parts at aftermarket parts prices.
 

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Had something of the sort happen to my 2022 Hellcat 700miles on it btw. Some kid in his Honda flew up on my nearly side swiping me in the middle of the city. To get away I slid my ass over correcting and demolished my rim about 30mph. After getting new tire my car was crabwalking. Brought it ti get looked at and if nothing was wrong to align it. Kid said he didn't see shit prolly didnt look and did the alignment came back and stated he couldn't get the back right the one I hit adjusted 100% and it's a degree off so something is bent. Ffs.

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