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This option is available on the 2019 Challenger Scat Pack. Exactly what does this suspension do? Does it contribute to a smoother ride on bumpy roads? Or does it stiffen up the ride more for better handling so that you will feel every imperfection in the road which will contribute to a bumpy ride?
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It does both, smooth when you want it and firm for handling in Sport and very stiff in Track with the expected reduction in ride quality, of course you will feel more bumps in Sport or Track but even in Street it handles fine as the shocks will adapt to conditions.

Nothing like being able to adjust your ride so this option is a must have imho.


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On my sp wb the ride goes from 3/4 ton pickup to dump truck very quickly

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On my sp wb the ride goes from 3/4 ton pickup to dump truck very quickly

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So the WB is stiffer? I've yet to ride in one, what's your pressures set at? Mine with 275s is very smooth in default.


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So the WB is stiffer? I've yet to ride in one, what's your pressures set at? Mine with 275s is very smooth in default.


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WB Scat Packs have the highest spring rates of all the trims - there was an FCA media release in a Motor Trend article:

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"Especially the Scat Pack Widebody.

"This started out as a project to just put the Widebody package on the Scat Pack, but then we thought, 'Why don't we try to go a bit further,'" explains SRT vehicle dynamics chief Erich Heuschele.
His team ended up with a completely new spring/damping/roll-stiffness setup. At 359 lb/in, these are the stiffest front springs on any Challenger, up from 313 on the Hellcats and 284 on the base Scat Pack.

Its rear springs are shared with the Hellcats. The anti-roll bars are stiffened by increasing their diameters from 32 to 34mm in front and from 19 to 22 in back relative to base Scat Packs.
These hollow bars are now the same diameter as the Hellcat's solid ones. New Bilstein three-mode adjustable shocks are borrowed from the Hellcats but are uniquely tuned to match this spring/bar setup, the weight of the lighter naturally aspirated engine, and to work with the big 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zero three-season (or P Zero Nero all-season) tires.

Note that by contrast, the Redeye Widebody is just a Widebody package on a Redeye with no fundamental tuning changes."


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It sounds like the SP wide body would have the advantage of the suspension tuning and lighter curb weight (over the Hellcat) to take on the corners and road courses.

Now swap over the former '15 - '18 Hellcat hood and put a Shaker setup on it...

I'm fine with the 'Cat nose, but the vented hood that comes on the '19s really doesn't add much functionality - performance wise, IMO
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Oh yes... But so much fun. 32 front and rear.

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SO the wide body package is suppose to improve the handling of the Challenger on the track. As far a s regular street driving it is not going to make the car ride any smoother. In fact with those bigger wider tires it might make the ride even bumpier and if ground is wet more chances of hydro planning?.
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SO the wide body package is suppose to improve the handling of the Challenger on the track. As far a s regular street driving it is not going to make the car ride any smoother. In fact with those bigger wider tires it might make the ride even bumpier and if ground is wet more chances of hydro planning?.
hydroplaning occurs with narrow width or wider tires - it comes down to having the proper tread depth and how deep the water (poorly draining roads for example).

once a tire gets to 6/32" of tread depth hydroplaning at higher speeds can occur.

4/32" it would happen much more readily

[2/32" is minimum tread depth, but frankly, even dry braking distance is greatly compromised with that little tread remaining]
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