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  1. Wheels, Tyres and suspension needed

    Hi guys, Last Thursday was the first day it rained after my son got his P's the week before. He lost it on a corner, spun around and smashed the drivers side into on of those fairly high gutters Red Hill has. Luckily no-one was hurt and no other cars involved and hopefully he learnt a valuable lesson about how slippery the roads can be. I took it to Chris at Inline to check it out and the damage is 1, Badly dented rim with a twist. 2. Bent Control Arm. 3. Bent Knuckle. 4. Damaged plastic bits underneath and slightly bent front guard. Chris said it needs a new wheel and as I will never match what I have I should get 4. He also said it needs a new control arm, knuckle, wheel bearing assembly etc. which if I am lucky I can source secondhand. He said most people seem to smash the left side rather than spin right around and smash the right so I might be lucky and e able to get the right side off another damaged car. For info my car is a Blue S13 Convertible 1988 CA18DET that some of you might have seen around. I was told it as one of the first off the production line, maybe this is wrong but I was told 10th. It has 68mm hubs and slightly smaller brake rotors than later CA18DET's. So hopefully the suspension parts are not different. So my questions are; 1. Does anyone have and nice straight Right Hand Side suspension parts I can buy? 2. Advice on wheel sizes. I have/had 16 by 7 which seem to suit the car however it seems more people have 17's. Are 17's easier to get tyres for? What about grip? I read that a car fitted with 15's actually has more grip than the same car with 16's and lower profile tyres. If that is true does that mean 17's have even less? Any views on 15's 16's or 17's apart from looks? 3. What about wheel width? Do wider tyres have more or less grip? Sure wider looks nicer. With stock guards and not rolling etc. what can fit? 4. Is it legal on S13's to have different width wheels. For example (assuming they would fit) fitting 16 by 7 on the front and 16 by 8 or 9 on the back be OK? I have heard of Staggered fitting but am not sure if it is legal or sensible or not. Any Brand/Model wheels. Calling around and Googling I have found That King make a wheel called Sabeth in 17 that fits my PCD of 114.3 by 4 and I can buy it from JaxQuickfit. XXR make a fair few in 114.3 as well which Ozzy Tyres in Fyshwick stock and Rota have a few wheels in 114.3 as well that look nice. Reading reviews it appears XXR seem cheap but reasonably good wheels, same as Rota, however King wheels don't come up hardly at all. Does anyone have experience with any of these brands and can recommend them or not? 4. Lastly any Brand/Model tyre anyone likes that has lots of grip. I still have pretty good tread on my Goodyear Eagle 2's and Federal Evo 595's but chances are I am going to end up with different sized wheels anyway, plus I want as much wet weather grip as I can get. I don't want a repeat of what happened last week. Thanks Chris
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