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Chrysler 300M

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  • muskateer3muskateer3 Posts: 103
    Thanks for the info.
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    I replaced my shift knob with the Razo knob yesterday. Very easy! Only glitch was the center plunger extension piece is made to screw on the Japanese type center plunger shaft. If you don't fix it to the shaft somehow, it will still work just fine, but it will rattle. The solution is to epoxy the piece to the top of the center shaft and then seat and tighten the knob. I'll post pics this evening. Anyway, if any of you are thinking about replacing your knobs, it was obvious that any automatic knob should work with the M.
  • blondablonda Posts: 542
    I found the card. The SA at Poway I spoke with was Gene.
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    how's it look?
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    Looks very cool! I went with the titanium and black instead of the carbon fiber and chrome. There's already a lot of carbon fiber in the car and I liked the titanium finish better than the chrome. The overall height is a bit shorter than stock which makes for quicker autoshifts which should make someone on this board happy. (I forgot who was complaining about the travel distance of the shifter.) Anyway, you'll have to come by and take a peek!
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    Will likely see you this afternoon. I'm on my way to fight the crowds at Sea World because my dear wife wants to see her cousin from Oregon who is there today. I'm not sure why she feels a need to include ME in this little exercise when I have more important things to do.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Another idea I was thinking of is to resest half the guage into the top dash (the non padded part) since most guages are 90 deg sweep. I also want the lite (not the beer) ones because they are white faced and match the M's guages. I just have to see how much room there is to work with. Or to go with digital guages.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    You will have to post pictures for those of us out of the San Diego area to see.
  • videoman1videoman1 Posts: 201
    Well, I may have found a solution to my wood trim problem. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, I installed the Joshua Tree trim which didn't match the factory (yeah, my fault) and I now want to change it.

    I found a place called Dashes Online www.dashesonline.com who sells a Sherwood kit which includes everything, and I mean everything, to replace the original 300M trim. Their kit includes all the regular trim peices such as around the shifter, radio, air vents, power windows, etc. But they also include the long piece that goes across the dash and the long pieces that go across the doors.

    The guy who owns Dashes Online name is Will and he's extremely friendly and helpful. He sent me a sample sheet of all the trim selections including Rosewood, Burl, Carbon Fiber in real or simulated materials. They also have Brushed Aluminum, Gray Burl, Birds Eye, Villa Burl, Red Burl and Glossy Silver.

    I now have two problems (one which I believe is solved) That one is that Sherwood doesn't have the 1999 300M shifter trim with their 25 piece trim kit, but they do have it with their smaller 15 piece trim kit. Will said he could add the trim from the 15 piece kit to the 25 piece kit for a minimal cost. It would certainly be less than if I went out and bought the 2000 shifter trim for $199.

    My second problem is now that I see the brushed aluminum and glossy silver, I may just bag the wood altogether and choose one of those. Does anyone know where there's any photos of a 300M trim in brushed aluminum? What do you guys think it would look like with the dark gray interior?

    -vman
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    avalanche had that in his, but I'm not sure if there are pictures to be found anymore. I remember not being too impressed with it, as it looked like someone started chroming the interior. I think it took away from the regal good looks of the car. However, opinions are like noses....everyone's got one and they're all different! :)
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    Glad the trim problems are resolving. My thinking, for what it's worth, is this: If you want the classy more luxurious look go with wood. If you want a more spartan or sporty look go with the brushed aluminum or even carbon fiber. I would stay away from the glossy silver as it does, as Mike said, cheapen the interior considerably. I have seen some brushed aluminum, as one of the guys at the Carlsbad meet had a custom aluminum job done by a friend of his. I likes it, but then again, I have the carbon fiber!
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Count me in the wood grain look too. The brushed aluminum looks unfinished to me (like its been sanded and waiting for the finish coat or something), but in the end it is whatever rocks your world that counts.
  • valhsvalhs Posts: 63
    Go to Discountdash.com, click on the "photo showroom". Go to the 300M Pix. They are using burlwood and bronze. I have had this kit in my LHS for over a year and it has held up fine. My dealer commented on the interior and said he liked it much better than the stock interior. It looks especially nice in car equipped with beige interiors.
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    I've posted a few pics of the Razo knob. Honestly, it's nice, but not worth $105.00. The titanium "finish" is plastic. Actually, I don't think there is any metal in the entire knob except for the set screws. Look under interior photos:


    http://glennbp.bizland.com/

  • easyrider300measyrider300m Posts: 1,116
    for $250 its a good deal for real wood. And it covers the factory pcs as well. Anyone put that on his M? Wonder which would look better with agate---the walnut or the burl? any opinions?
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    I had the pleasure to view glennbp's latest mods today. I have to say, the engine lettering looks simply awesome. Only about 1 million times better than I could ever paint. Imagine the texture of the Chrylser letting on the exterior (soft and raised), but apply them to the engine lettering with wicked translucent colors. The picture didn't do it justice. It looks more like opal than the picture. I also got to see the Razo shift knob (but wasn't allowed to touch it) and I have to say it's real cool looking in glenn's interior. It would look like crap in mine, but our interiors are very different. I'm not sure if these two mods were worth $250, but they sure are nice!
  • toms99toms99 Posts: 252
    From their web site FAQ:

    "Is this real wood?

    Real wood may be ideal for your dining room table but for a vehicle that is subjected to temperature changes, high and low humidity wood kits can crack and warp. Our kits are made from synthetic material that is designed not to fade, crack, peel or warp."
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    I want to thank glennbp for helping with my hitch today. For those of you that don't have another club member nearby, find one! Worth it's weight in gold. Anyway, the mopar hitch went on pretty easily, and it doesn't look too obnoxious. I'll post some pictures soon. The important thing to know is that it is NOT a one person job. There is a bunch of lifting and maneuvering, and the darned thing is HEAVY. Also, if you have duals the installation is easier because you don't have to get the rear muffler out of the way.

    To follow up on my previous post, we were able to get the adapter to fit (1 1/4 to 2 inch) by cutting a notch in the adapter with a dremel bit. Cutting solid steel wasn't very fun, but all it cost us was time and one bit that I virtually melted. :) The instructions were pretty good, and everything fit like it was supposed to. We only had to drill 3 holes for bolts, but other than that it was just an assembly project. Next time you see glennbp ask him about his magic drill that cuts rectangular holes. lol!

    Thanks again glenn.
  • valhsvalhs Posts: 63
    The wood is synthetic but the grain is done so much better than the stock Chrysler Zebra. The brushed bronze is plastic as well but very tastefully executed. I'm telling you, installed this kit rivals anything out there.
  • easyrider300measyrider300m Posts: 1,116
    thought you said you didnt like faux dash kits--eat your words! yes the pics look good--does it fit perfectly over the dash, shifter, door and radio? I like the idea that it fits over the original fake wood--

    the dash online site is flat, but it is real wood. ut you have to remove the long dash pieces and door pieces to install kit. Does anyone know of a moulded kit the covers the long dash pieces and is real wood? Joshua wood trim is real wood but therefore probably wont match my 2000 fake wood --they dont offer the long dash piece.

    If I go with discount dash now I have to decide color---walnut or burl---I have agate interior--opinions?
  • videoman1videoman1 Posts: 201
    Discount Dash is synthetic wood and goes over the existing factory trim. If you have a 1999 300M though, the piece that fits over the shifter trim is wrong. It's only for the shifter with the boot. It looks like the kit Discount Dash uses is from Woodview Automotive Trim (www.woodcorp.com).

    The reason I like Dashes Online is because I can get the 1999 shifter trim piece and the long pieces that go across the dash are replaced instead of taped onto. They have both real and simulated wood and it's hard to tell the difference with the Rosewood style. The Burl does have a difference, though. The real burl looks better.

    The brushed aluminum and shiny silver kits aren't just thin pieces you stick on. They have the thick clear lacquer finish with rounded edges you see on the wood trim. It's very shiny and very polished. I'm really thinking about the shiny silver cause it almost matches my Platinum exterior perfectly. It may look pretty cool to have the dark gray interior with the glossy silver trim and since it has the lacquer finish, I don't think it will look cheap. If you've ever seen the inside of the PT Cruser and how some of the trim matches the exterior color, I think it would look like that. I'm still undecided, though.

    Also, one other thing. For those of you who like the rear wing on sdmike's Big Red, I emailed California Dream and the price is $279.99 painted and $209.99 unpainted. It's $15.00 or less for shipping.

    -vman
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    If you want an fast wing (painted) get the Cal dreams, but you can get it for (unpainted) $100 less at wings4less.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    If the wood trim is incased in epoxy, the humidity and weather conditions shouldn't effect it in the first place.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Any word on the HID conversion for the 300M"s
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    With all the reformating of the site, they didn't fix the Message# you still have to add something like 690 posts to the number you really want. I was hoping they would have fixed this by now.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Any good hosting sites out there? Homestead is going to triple their price, and I have Webshots, but would like to find another site to host my 300M photos.
    Thanks
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    That site will pass us up in a year.
  • easyrider300measyrider300m Posts: 1,116
    and has some space but I dont know what he would charge---I will put the good word in for you if youre interested. How much space do you need?
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    here are the pictures. View at your own risk. ;)

    http://community.webshots.com/album/41396245WINBwT
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