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Hello again Challengertalk community. I've been making new threads at a decent clip lately since I'm preparing for my Challenger to arrive. So here goes one more (hopefully the last) before it actually gets here!
I'm wondering what are the FIRST MODS you guys would do to a brand new Challenger to protect and help maintain it's condition.
I've already looked into:
- Catch Can (probably going with BT)
- Wheel Locks (Gorilla "The System" already in the mail)
- Tint (I know where I'm going for it and the price... 3M for sure)
- Paint Protection (Want the 3M film, but local installer quoted $700 for the bumper, leading edge of hood, fenders, and mirrors... seems pricey)
- Wider rear tires (probably 275 NT05'sor similar once the stock ones wear out)
- Exhaust (Solo or Zoomers... undecided, but will be later down the road)
Now I've also started wondering about mudflaps to protect the paint behind the wheels... or maybe paint protection film there? Any ideas?
Anything else you guys have in mind as MUST HAVE first mods to help protect this car?
Mopar Front Brace. Petty 4pt Rear Brace. Mopar Stage One Lowering Springs. Flowmaster Force II Exhaust, '11 Charger Intake Tube, SRT Air Box, BT Catch Can and nose emblem. Mopar Hemi Orange Engine Cover, "T" Shifter, Door Sills, and Trunk Mat. Tinted windows, and R/T by Jina's on the Headrests.
My $0.02 - Hurst short throw shifter. Period. I've done all the other stuff, exhaust, catch can, strut tower brace (that would be #2), though not new tires, and I have to say that the HST continues to shine every day. I think about it every day when I shift, it's great. I first had the white ball and short straight shaft (that's what she said), but I recently changed to the old school bent shaft, slightly taller, pistol grip handle. The new handle is a smidge too tall (though just a smidge), but I've gotten used to it and now would not change it. Again, just my opinion. That said, a catch can was the first mod I did and it was relatively inexpensive and easy to do.
get the color stable 3m tint, lifetime garuntee not to fade, its worth it. You can get the ceramic or crystalline but you are going to drop ~$300-$600 more. % is your prference, I did 20% and have always been happy with 20% with any of my cars, anything darker makes it a lot harder and less safer when seeing at night in my opinion especially since this car has some horrendous blind spots.
Buy the mopar splash guards, they do work ands take a small amount of finessing to get them affixed, nothing you can't do.
Exhaust, a lot of people like the corsa system.
Tutrtle wax ICE - i like it, good synthetic, leaves a great shine and smells good too!
Are you an audio guy? follow along in the audio section if you have questions in regards to that.
Sounds like you are off to a good start though!
"The Black Beauty"
2012 Challenger R/T Black with Super Trak Pak with 5-Speed
-Pioneer DEH-80PRS Deck (running 3-way network mode)
-Arc Audio KS 300.4 - 90 watts X 4 channels @ 4 ohms for front stage
-Arc Audio KS 300.2 - 700 watts X 1 channel bridged @ 4 ohms for subwoofer
-Hybrid Audio Imagine I69-2 Woofers and Sundown Tweets
-Dayton Audio 8" rear deck IB subwoofer
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