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Chrysler 300M



  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    Tom - Yes, Pinnacle recommends the Paste Glaz for light colors and Souveran for reds and darker colors. The stuff isn't cheap, but it's absolutely awesome! Try the Paste Glaz on your car first (if wife will allow) and you'll be hooked. Then go for the Souveran on the dark blue! Just be sure and do the Zaino first!

    sdmike2 - Since EZ can't make it this Friday, how about next Friday the 28th at 2:00p?

    Finally, for those of you that are as crazy as I am, I bought the 3D "Cotton Candy" engine lettering kit from Goldcoast Autotronics. The "Cotton Candy" looks like the shiny side of a CD; sort of a rainbow prism effect. It comes in many other colors and patterns. The kit sells for $140.00 which includes next day air shipping, but it's still rather pricey IMO. Anyway, it went on easily and looks, well you decide:

    The prism effect is not nearly as pronounced as in the photo, guess the camera sees things differently. It looks much better in person. If you're interested, here's the website. The guy's name is Jay Harris and is a super nice person to deal with!

  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    Your going to make me spend more money !! Ive been thinking about dressing up the engine, and now I have to...

    Looks Sweet !
  • ezaircon4jcezaircon4jc Posts: 793
    Next Friday works for me! I'll have the Borla replaced by the Magnaflow by then.
  • jab02lhsjab02lhs Posts: 122
    Glenn That looks awesome well worth the price. You gotta spend it so you have a reason to go back and make more.

    Doc Tried to chat with you tonite but kept getting blown out each time I started to type ???
    Hope you are mending fast so you can put some miles on. I know how tough it was to sit and wait to mend. But hopefully time will go fast and you will be out cruising soon. Now just try to stay healthy!
  • lonestarsledlonestarsled Posts: 226
    Glen, looks great!

    I have been looking all over the prowler sites for pics of the kit but have never found any, but yours looks great! Curious, what kind of adhesive is used. I have noticed that not very many things stick to the air plenum, including the 3.5L badge.
    But I do have engine dressing on it. I would hate to hose down the engine and have the letters wash down the driveway.
  • Just got back from a short fishing vacation in the Galveston area with my 12 year old son . One of his little buddies joined us for the fishing and rode back with us. I got up early this AM and washed the 'ol bullet (five days of seagull bombing practice)for the trip back. We caught some truckers that were really in a hurry to get to Dallas and convoyed with them at 75-80 MPH. Looks like I averaged about 29 mpg. Linkun Park CD's make me edgy, though. ;)

    Great road car!

    Regards, Silver
  • sdmike2sdmike2 Posts: 2,909
    ez & glenn - the 28th works better for me than this friday anyway. See you there.

    silver - if it wasn't for linkin park you would have been doing 65-70 ;)

    glennbp - looks great. Does that stuff stay stuck (say it fast 3 times)
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    It looks like you removed the upper rear seats from the frame that connects to the unibody.

    What did the 280 sq.ft. cover -- the trunk and the entire floorboard? Did you remove the front seats?

    Why did you cover the rear window deck if, I assume, you have large bass speakers in the trunk?
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    The lettering looks great. I may just try cutting up some old cd's and ....... just kidding.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    After adding the spacers you still getting the vibration?
    The lowering springs make the wheels feel up the wheel well better. The larger wheels give the appearance of filling it up more. The combination magnafies the effect.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Well I got the car back and the after market warranty paid it in full, except for the alinement which the dealer wanted $100 for. I told them to forget the alinement (just had it done 3 weeks ago, and they only worked on the front wheels) So tomorrow it goes to Discount to have the tires rotated and balanced and alined. The problem turned out to be the front struts. So I just signed for the work and didn't have to pay a cent.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    I made my own air box. The K@N came out a little too late for me and besides having the hood scoop kind of limits your options. My air box was done at basicly no cost except for the filter. If you have the money the K&N is a nice system. For us on a budget it is more like Junk Yard Wars intakes. Not pretty but functional. All I can say is thank god for toilets.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    sold in home centers and roofing supply centers for sound deadening material. The stuff is used for preventing ice damage. It is peel and stick and cuts with heavy sissors or rasor blade. The best stuff runs about $80 for 300sq feet.
  • ceikostceikost Posts: 30
    I was in Phoenix for a few days and Got in touch with 300michael to look at his M.

    Nice work Mike. You have me tinking now. I really enjoyed our meeting. I hope the next time I'm in PHX we can get together again.

    Monday afternoon my son and I were in the Cosco parking lot on 27th street and saw a Inferno Red M that is a twin of mine,interior, PHP the whole thing but also the same spoiler like yours with out the LEDs also wood interior trim. I'm going to order those this week.

    Then Monday evening went to Mimi's for dinner and saw an '01M, Champagne with a fake convertible top. Oh well, to each his own.
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    When I called Jay to order, he ran through the entire placement process. The kit also has very explicit instructions. Jay swore that he hasn't lost a letter yet if you follow the instructions. Start with a cold engine! Basically, the key is to degrease the raised letters on the plenum using Simple Green or whatever else you like. I actually sanded the lettering very lightly with 800 sandpaper and then used isopropyl rubbing alcohol to clean. After it's totally dry, you put on a coat of 3M adhesion enhancer. (Comes with the kit). The Shimmers are pre-adhesived; you just peel and stick. You can move them a little to line them up and then firmly press down. After all the letters are on, go for a drive and heat up the engine and then firmly press the letters again. Jay recommends doing this "hot & cold" regimen several times. My guess is the adhesive on the Shimmers is heat activated. (although it's pretty sticky when cold as well) The engine heating and then cooling "sets" the adhesive. Anyway, all of this is explained very clearly on the instruction sheet. The whole process only took about an hour.
  • guesswho1guesswho1 Posts: 209
    looks great!!! anything to take away from that ugly aircharger...
  • glennbpglennbp Posts: 327
    What if I have the aircharger tube chrome plated?
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Anytime, Glad you made it back safely. Enjoy your new mods.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    If we keep up with all these neat and expensive new mods =I
  • rstilprstilp Posts: 105
    Just returned from a 2000 mile trip in the M and am noticing a vibration when braking. Is it okay to just get the rotors turned (with new pads) or get new rotors?
    Also, @ 41k am ready to buy the Yoko Avids. Those of you that have them; how do you feel about them? Good, mediocre, ?
    Thanks in advance.
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    The 280 sq ft covers everything twice... Front to rear including (only 1 layer on the doors though)... I took out the entire center console, both seats, the carpet, and all trim...

    I did the rear deck because I thought it was what was vibrating loudly... Turns out that it was some tubing that they run wires through around the base of the back window, and up into the trim panels on the sides of the back window... Before I did the soundeading my rear seat passengers would complain all they could hear is something vibrating loudly... Now nothing vibrates, all you hear is pure sound quality comming from the system...

    The sound deading on the rear deck doesnt hurt the bass at all... It comes straight through the seats with no problem at all... I have the box facing forward with about a foot between the speakers and the seats...
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    Nope no vibrations after the spacers... I just dont want to change anything to cause them to come back... If it aint broke, dont fix it..
  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    I basically chose the Brown Bread because of a review that was done that tested different products against each other... Brown Bread came out on top... Check it out...

    Look to the right of the page for the review...

  • ajpiiiajpiii Posts: 260
    Chrome plate it ! yes now that would rule..
  • I have been very happy with the Avids. They are the only tire on our 2 300M's that have not had even a slight left pull or drift. (Stock Badyears were the worst; Stock Michelins have a very slight drift on my wifes 2001 M).

    Cornering and noise levels are good. Most of all, they are a bargain compared to alternatives and have a treadwear warranty. They also seem to have a finish on the them that looks like tire dressing -- I've had them for 10,000 miles (close to a year) and they still look new.

    One issue I have is I had a slight wobble in the steering wheel at about 60-65 mph a few months ago. I had both front tires re-balanced, but they were rotated at the same time. With these tires on the back, the ride was perfect. I have since had them rotated again and the slight wobble is back. Could be they rebalanced the wrong tires since they were being rotated or they didn't rebalance them at all. Or, maybe one of the tires is slightly out of round.

    All that having been said, I think they are great tires for the money and I intend to purchase them again as replacements in the future.

    Hope this helps...
  • muskateer3muskateer3 Posts: 103
    Which extended warranty do you have?
  • blondablonda Posts: 542
    I did get the guy's card at Poway, but I can't remember if I kept it. I'll look in the car today and let you know who it was I talked with. Jack Powell had my car fixed in less than an hour, although I just left it there all day. They only charged me $49 and change which isn't bad. They are also now putting a large gold sticker on their invoices saying if I cannot answer "very satisfied" with any part of my experience then I should call the manager (his name and number was listed) ASAP. I guess they are really pumping up the customer service thing.
  • blondablonda Posts: 542
    You know I thought about that initially, having them replace the output sensor as well. Unfortunately, because of the hassle with the first dealer attempt, etc. I completely forgot about it. I also had a nagging feeling there was something else I wanted them to do and of course I finally remembered just after I picked the car up yesterday. I wanted to see what they would charge me to replace my front brake pads with the stock ones. I have the carbon metallic and hate them. They are noisey and dirty.
  • blondablonda Posts: 542
    I had the same problem a couple months ago. They turned the rotors and replaced the pads no problem. I won't consider buying new rotors until these become warped again. Just don't get the carbon metallic you can see from my post above, they aren't as good as the stock ones.
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    I am now using semi-metallic carbon fibre pads without any noise or excessive dust:

    If you want more gripping power, no matter what rotors you use, you have to use pads other than OEM with a higher friction reading. If you want your rotors to last longer, freeze them. Slotting seems to be the best to keep everything nice and flat and clean. Cross drilling can have a similar effect if the pattern is good.

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