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My friend sought out a 4 door car with power, with a fairly limited budget. And he wanted muscle. American Muscle. And then to throw in a curve ball, he wants modern as well That left our options at 1. A Dodge Charger. We looked at R/T's, having decided on black, the biggest decision we faced was AWD or RWD. And then, we saw it. A 2007 SRT8 Dodge Charger, in black, in our budget. It even was low mileage, at 50,000 miles. We went that very day, and bought it. The men selling it were young 20-something Russian's who were returning home that very day. Nothing as sketchy as the previous owner relocating across the globe same-day. Needless to say, in a fairly awful part of Sacramento, we were sufficiently sketched out. All of the documents checked out, and after counting the cash 4 times, both parties were satisfied and we parted ways. And we had an SRT8 Dodge Charger! My God! It was fun, but probably one of the more stressful drives of my life, seeing as it was New Years Eve and we were crossing state borders. Having got home safe, 6 months of general hooning ensued; however, with an old badly-done repair breaking, the Charger was side-lined for the most part. Fortunes changed, and the Charger changed hands to another of my friends, who didn't really want it. He was in the market for a car though, and wanted something with 4 doors, that looked good, and was fairly comfortable. I had the idea of fixing the car, and doing some nice little tasteful modifications to bring it up to something he would like. After a couple days shopping, and a visit to our local custom shop (B&T Custom Rods, Reno NV) we had a preliminary plan for the Charger. Parts were ordered, and the Charger is slowly being reborn. It is getting a new coat of black, going more shiny than pearl, and the interior is being completely re-done in leather. As much crappy Dodge plastics are being covered up as possible. To tighten the car up coil-overs and anti-sway bars are being installed, Bigger wheels are being installed, mainly for looks. The looks will be rounded off with some of Danko's product line, a front splitter, and a rear diffuser, as well as the stock spoiler.The main piece is the fully functional shaker hood, modeled to look like the old ones. The sound system is being updated and beefed up as well. Engine wise, it is as mild as a 6.1L build can be. An oil catch can, as well as Mopar CAI and Exhaust catch your eye. Lurking in there is also an BBK 85mm Throttle Body for hopefully better throttle response. After we get it back from B&T it is going to our local tuner at Mayhem Tuning for a dyno tune. I will update the profile when it is done with pictures, and how everything turned out. I am currently part owner with a friend. UPDATE: 7/27/2016: It has been a while since I have come on here. Still need to post pictures. Long story short B&T really ruined the charger. We got the interior entirely redone, and have gotten all the crap they left with us worked out. We currently are running 22" wheels but in CA they are not great for a DD on the rough roads. I picked up some TSW Bathurst wheels with some Pilot SS's. 255/40/20 front and 295/35/20 rears. Pretty mild but I want to be able to put 4 people in and not have any rub. The car is quick and loud, and looks great, and I couldn't be happier. Well, I will be once the new wheels and tires are on! Very soon we are looking at adding a 3.92 LSD rear end with upgraded axles. After that a SRTmax cam with tuning will help us utilize that rear end. Our end goal is to run either a single turbo or twin turbo front/top mount turbo system. Space is SO tight that it will probably be a single, and regardless it will all be custom.
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