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Chrysler 300M

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  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    I'm sure I could use the Aircharger's 3" tube with Franken-Intake, although I don't think the few transitions between 3" i.d. nitrile tube and almost 3" i.d. aluminum tube makes any noticeable difference (the aluminum tubes I now use are very thin-walled), and I have other things to spend $230 on.


    http://public.fotki.com/Scotian/300m/air_intake/plumbing_plenum_tb_bend/ns-40.html


    The oily residue that exits the engine breather tube must go directly into the engine. On the stock setup, and on my current setup, the oil collects in the bottom of the plenum. In my setup, there is only a small hole for engine gasses to enter the airstream, on the stock plenum, these gasses intermix a lot.


    http://public.fotki.com/Scotian/300m/air_intake/plumbing_plenum_tb_bend/ns-7.html

    http://public.fotki.com/Scotian/300m/air_intake/plumbing_3_5_elbow/ns-15.html


    I still feel that it is essential to get as much cold air into the engine as possible, especially in summer, and the Aircharger's partition is far from airtight, but definitely worth getting for those with a stock system.

  • Your Air bag stickers overlays look good. The factory installed "Canadian" Air bag stickers must be larger than the "American" ones as I think the sticker you have used would not be big enough to cover mine. Maybe ottowrkr can comment on this.

    I borrowed your truetype '300m' font in case I have to get some custom made.

    I do like your choice in radar detectors the Bel 980 is a fantastic unit. I have a Bel 936 and it is mounted using the windshield bracket immediately to the right of the rear view mirror. I have the powercord running into the overhead console. Only approx 1 inch of power cord is visable and you can hardly even see the detector from the outside as it blends into the sun strip at the top of the windshield.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    I may use a little insulating foam to fill the gap between the aircharge tube and the heat shield. It's not big (average under 1/2 inch) but since it's now sucking through both the wheel well vents AND the stock intake hole the system can draw plenty of air without resorting to sucking warm air from the engine bay. I did some measurements and it appears that the hood provides a good seal at the top of the unit, thus completing the airbox.
  • denvermdenverm Posts: 356
    The visor air bag stickers on my '00 U.S. M are 2.5 inches X 5 inches.
  • denvermdenverm Posts: 356
    Seems to me like it would be pretty hard to measure to confirm the seal between hood and airbox. Here's an idea: run a bead of toothpaste along the top rubber of the airbox, close hood, then open and inspect hood for toothpaste. Your son would probably get a kick out of doing this for you! Both of my kids fractured a forearm when young - around kindergarten age. Seems to be pretty common, and both healed quickly with no problems.
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    Has anyone removed the 300M badge off their trunk? Is there a screw or post holding it on? I don't want to rip it off and find a hole in my trunk!
    SDMike-Sorry to hear about the broken wing. The good news is it will be a badge of honor very shortly!
  • To sdmike :
    You can put a link from your website to my background, but I would suggest just adding the picture to your server instead. Who knows how long I'll leave it up there. Maybe forever but then again, maybe only a few months. I don't want you to miss out on it.

    To everyone:
    Does anyone know where in western Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) I can get the dual exhaust added to my M? Do normal shops like Midas do these types of things or do I have to find a custom place? Anyone here near Pittsburgh that can make a shop recommendation? Thanks
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    I know that Roger (Rogor) had a Midas shop install his. He bought the mufflers, tips and mandrel bent tubing and took it in to them in a box. You might want ask him about it.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    A Midas shop did mine too. I gave them the parts and they welded it together for me.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    OK, which one of you is trying to get rid of their filter on E-bay???? It seems every time a new system comes out, there is a rash of sell offs.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Hmmm....that one looks vaguely familiar...
  • Thanks sdmike and 300michael,

    300michael, where did you get the parts and how much were they? Also, did you have to give Midas instructions on how to do it or can they figure it out for themselves? Did instructions come with the exhaust kit?
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    First, I would go in and show them a diagram of what you want and make sure they're comfortable doing it (and get a price). Find someone you trust. A lot of these places will hire raw kids to put mufflers on, but I would suggest someone with some years under their belt. If you're buying the parts and designing the system yourself there will be no instructions. However, these guys do dozens of exhausts per week and shouldn't be stumped. Just make sure you give them specific information on the construction (e.g. use the stock intermediate pipe, how far you want the tips to stick out, if you want them staggered to the shape of the bumper, if you want stainless pipes wherever possible, etc.). Also tell them what you want done with the stock stuff (otherwise they'll throw it away). Make sure that they're either comfortable cutting the hole in the other side of the bumper (unless you use Borla's design) or give it to them already done.
  • Thanks Mike,

    Does anyone have a photo of the Borla's exhaust system on their M? What does it look like without the right side hole cut out? Seems like it would look strange. Is it hard to cut the hole out? Does it have to be painted? Sorry to ask so many questions but I'd like to get this done and I want to do my homework first :)
  • uxca300muxca300m Posts: 155
    Doesn't seem that the rest of the group is too interested in covering the air bag stickers except you and me. The guy that makes them has e-mailed me twice today.( one attached )and I will forward the dimensions to him and see what the price is.
    Mike ,
    I can make them in other sizes, Can you send me the dimensions of
    the other labels that you would like to cover.

    Thanks,
    Ira]
  • I would love to cover those ugly stickers too!
    Big government run amok AGAIN!
    Let's come up with an attractive 300M sticker to cover them.
  • C'mon, Mike, Big Red will have a birthday before you make up your mind!

    My luxury Group kit has been installed for a year, and I am well pleased:

    http://www.woodtrim.com/catalog_detail.cfm?prod=3860

    Besides, if you are not happy with the match, return it to Joshua Tree, they are in San Diego!
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    Im in too !
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    PATRIOTS RULE !!
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    Count me in too. If they come with something nice, I would love to cover them.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Go to www.so-calspeedshop.com for pictures of the 300m with the borla system. Their site is down for repairs now.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    If the stickers are nice and not too expensive I'm in.

    Congrats all you Patriot fans. Too bad I missed the game. I'll have to turn in my testicles to the "guy governing board" tomorrow.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    I had my muffler guy cut the hole out of the rear bumper because he told me "oh, no problem. I'll do it for you"...and then I noticed he had done the same thing to his PT Cruiser. The bumper is molded plastic in your car's color so there is no painting. Depending on how confident you are in your ability to cut a clean line you may consider using door trim around the edge like I did. It will hid any jagged edges or little "oops" that might occur along the way. Here are some pictures:


    Exhaust Diagram ("Hugo Design"): http://www.ritchiefamily.com/misc/exhaust_diagram.jpg

    Passenger Cutout Trim: http://www.ritchiefamily.com/misc/pass_tips.jpg

    Another: http://www.ritchiefamily.com/misc/pass_tips2.jpg

    Showing the tip stagger: http://www.ritchiefamily.com/misc/stagger.jpg

  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Good idea! I'd use it if I wasn't adverse to putting foreign gunk into my car. lol! I used a level and I think I got a good idea. Thanks though. :)
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    Toothpaste -- I used that trick on Franken-Intake.

    Borla -- Why would not having the right hole cut out look strange? That's what non-Special M's look like already.

    Aircharger -- I would seal as much as possible to keep out hot engine air. It won't "resort" to sucking in air around the openings, it will take air from areas in order of least resistance, which would probably be from the bottom (battery) first, and next probably split evenly between hot engine air from around the edges and cold air from the fender.

    Superbowl -- Was that held today?
  • Great news - the guy seems very interested and willing to work with us. I measured the air bag stickers on my 2001 CAN 'M' and they are actually 2 3/8" X 4 3/4" with rounded corners.

    denverm in a previous post mention his were 2.5 inches X 5 inches on his 2000 US 'M', but I think he was refering to the sticker that he used to cover his up.

    Probably the Visor Plagues should be at least 1/8" or 1/4" bigger than the actual 'Air Bag Sticker', but the guy from KG should know what works best. If he charges us the same $16 US plus shipping for ours I would be very happy to pay it. I wonder if he would consider making a custom one (300M badge). At this time I would take anything as the more I think about it the more it bugs me.

    A few more people have posted saying they would be interested in purchasing Visor Plagues, so I will leave the ball in your court to followup with him.

    Great work!
  • Red white and blue are the colors of the Champions! Big Parades and parties in Boston Tuesday. I hear it may be declared a state holiday. The underdog became TOP DOG today! Congrats Pats!
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Visor sticker--On my wife's 96 Aurora, this sticker peeled off with a little careful persistence and some good fingernails. But on looking at the one on the 99M, it looks like it is actually molded into the fabric, if that is possible. I thought about spray painting it with a primer color which would match the grey, or putting some dark window tint material on it to hide the ugliness. I finally put a CD holder over the passenger side visor and just sucked it up on the driver side. But, over on the Lexus site which I was perusing last week after seeing that little sports model on CSI the other night, they were also talking about getting the stickers off the visors. [There weren't a lot of posts there so someone could still find the discussion pretty easily.] Anyway, someone recommended a product but I can't recall the exact name, and they claim it worked and didn't ruin the fabric. I think they got it at Home Depot or one of the hardware stores, and I think it ended in "Goof" or something like that [not "goop"] but am not sure. I am really reluctant to try anything that is a solvent type product on a surface with a cloth backing, but if guys with $65K Lexus' are trying it, there may be something to it. One guy said it dissolved the label very well and did not stain the visor material.

    Hemi C pictures. Really gorgeous. Note the wheels on the Hemi C. They have the medallions that many of us have put on the M wheels. What a great car and what a disaster if they don't produce it. I am afraid the underpowered Crossfire [down from 275 hp to 215 hp for the production model] will be DOA, and will scare them off on production of the Hemi C. We've got to buttonhole Deiter and /or Tom Marinnelli at the Dream Cruise this year and set em straight.

    300Michael. Thanks for the info on the fasteners. As fate would have it, on my M the area of the insualtion around one of the fasteners down where the spray lines are on the driver side had rotted away from the fastener [so much for my checking under the hood a lot] so I practiced removing the fastener, using a wide flat head screwdriver [no leverage there tho] and then some needlenose pliers. I could get it out a little way with the screwdriver, and then when the little sucker wouldn't budge, I finally noticed the little prongs on the stem. Once I pinched them togerther with the pliers the fastener came right out. This was the type of fastener that looks like a four-leaf clover on top. I notice also that there was another type on other areas of the insulator that was a solid circle, with no leafs, so I am not sure if the stem and prongs will be the same on that, but I hope they will be. I may just try to get a bunch from the dealer's parts department once the insulator arrives. On the shifter, I have located the hex screw on the front of the post, and will wait for the shifter to arrive before I dick around with it. I've got to see if I got a hex wrench to fit it, I think I do.

    Well, and finally, after 42 years of watching, I can no longer call them the "Patsies." In a stunning reversal of form, they actually showed some grit and won the Super Bowl when the chips were down. If Bledsoe goes, I would like to see Flutie as the back-up. It is time for Brees in SD, so Flutie would be good back in NE.
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    I went back over the Lexus site and the product was called "Goof Off" that supposedly can take such labels off. Comes in a spray can.
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