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#1 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 05:18 PM
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Body parts out of alignment

Hey Guys so my car has never been in a wreck to my knowledge but the driver side door sticks out a few MM further than flush and my trunk is a few MM higher on the passenger side also I think there is a slight gap between my hood and front thing where it closes. Am I just being nit pick? Can It be fixed? I'll post pics if it will help. I'm mainly worried about my door not being flush.


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How old is this car? My wife's Magnum has an issue of the striker plates moving over time from shutting the doors. I have re-adjusted them 2 times since new and the car has 40K miles on it now.

As for the hood, my Challenger sat too low on both sides when I picked it up. There were areas on the stops that paint was missing from like it was adjusted different when painted. I moved the bolts back to those spots covered and it looks a lot better to me.

The trunk, maybe on of the bump stops in the trunk jamb has been moved or something.

If it bothers you, figure it out and move it. It is really pretty easy.

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Challenger is not known for perfect fit and finish. Somethings might be adjustable though. If they really bother you get them fixed. I'd be careful about letting a Dealer do it.

You'd probably be better off checking with a reputable body shop. Most would give a free estimate and let you know if it is easily correctable.
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It's a 2009 with 73k on it. It's finding a reputable body shop that's the hard part lol and I'll make a few calls I suppose thanks guys!


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It's a 2009 with 73k on it. It's finding a reputable body shop that's the hard part lol and I'll make a few calls I suppose thanks guys!


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You purchased it used I guess?

I see you only joined in Aug 2012 so I originally figured the fit and finish was bothering you on your 3 month old Challenger.
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Yes I did purchase it used with 64k on it.


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Both of those could be DIY fixes. For the door, you can slightly bend the latch bar on the inside of the car (not the door part). If you don't like bending, you can probably undo the bolts holding that mechanism in place and slide the mechanism in a little bit. Just make sure you tighten them down snug when you reinstall the bolts.

For the trunk, my '11 has adjustment screws (plastic with a largish hex head) to fix that. Here's a pic with a red circle showing the hex head on the driver's side. Same on the passenger's side:

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Even new the 08's had a TSB for the trunk lids being off. mine is higher on the left side still

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the doors should be "proud" sticking out slightly
cuts down on wind noise
the rest need adjusted

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