General Challenger

  • Tim Kuniskis- A Real Car Guy

    Timothy (Tim) Kuniskis was named Dodge Brand and Interim Chrysler Brand Chief Executive Officer - Stellantis in January 2021. Prior to that, in June 2019, he was Head of Passenger Cars- North America in and Global Head of Alfa Romeo in February 2018. He has been a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) since October 2015. In other words, he oversees the Alfa Romeo brand around the world while leading Chrysler and Dodge passenger car programs in the United States. Kuniskis has connected...
  • Dick Landy- Mopar Drag Racing Pioneer

    Dick Landy, a legendary drag racer and a major pioneer in Super Stock, Funny Car and Pro Stock, was also known for his innovative race cars and wild wheel stands. His nickname "Dandy Dick" came from his neat appearance in pressed white pants and jacket and long unlit cigar clenched between his teeth. Landy was among the drivers who popularized late-model Super Stock cars in the 1960s, campaigned the first Funny Cars in the middle of that decade and helped establish the popularity of Pro...
  • Camshafts

    Camshafts are used to operate poppet valves. It consists of a cylindrical rod running the length of the cylinder bank with a number of oblong lobes protruding from it, one for each valve. The cam lobes force the valves open by pressing on the valve, or on some intermediate mechanism, as they rotate. Camshafts can be made out of several types of material. These include: Chilled iron castings: Commonly used in high volume production, chilled iron camshafts have good wear resistance since the...
  • Tire Contact Patch

    All vehicles are supported by a cushion of air contained in four flexible rubber tires. Each tire’s contact patch, or “footprint,” is a little smaller than a hand. As a result, not much of the tire's surface area is touching the ground, so the amount that does touch the ground must handle a great deal of weight (i.e., load) and force. These four patches create the traction which makes the vehicle go, stop and turn. Basically, they send feedback to the driver which helps to control the...
  • Ronnie Sox- A Tribute to "Mr. Four Speed"

    Ronnie Sox is one of the greatest Mopar drag racers. Like many who eventually became professional racers, "The Boss," grew up around cars, raised in the shadow of his family’s Sinclair service station. As soon as he was old enough to drive, Sox began competing in drag races, sponsored by the Police Club of Burlington, NC, at a local airport. In the early days, Sox didn’t even own a car and used his father’s 1949 Olds. From these humble beginnings, Sox would go on to become what many...
  1. Exhaust Backpressure

    This YouTube video explains exhaust backpressure, exhaust scavenging and turbo pressures.
  2. How does MDS Work?

    The following Motor Trend article, describes in detail, how the MDS system works. What Is Hemi MDS? (motortrend.com)
  3. Pulling Fuse #2 and Adaptives

    HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PULL #2 FUSE (older Challengers) Pulling Fuse F2 resets: All PCM DTCs erased. All OBD2 monitor results erased. All "long term fuel trim adaptive" values reset to Zero. Long term Fuel Adaptive trim will now start over the next 100 engine start cycles. Cycle the headlights as described above will create a Short Term Fuel Adaptive trim table over the next 50 start cycles. Driver Adaptive? Driver Adaptive and related fuel table trim is probably the least...
  4. EV Charging & Battery Life

    Electric cars need to be recharged frequently for efficiency. However, charging an electric car is a much different experience than refueling a gas or diesel vehicle. Instead of a few minutes, charging an EV can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over 30 hours. This is because there are actually three levels of electric car charging. Levels of Charging NeoCharge provides a breakdown of the three levels of EV charging. Each level of charging is defined by the amount of voltage, which...
  5. New LED's for my 2009 R/T. Pictures do not do it justice!

    Well I've been waiting around to win the lottery so I could afford some LED tail lights. So just for giggles I bid 400 bucks for a set on eBay and the offer was accepted. I ordered my three layer center decal in advance so I put it on before the lights. It was a little tall so I just trimmed it before I took off the paper. I always wanted a blacked out rear end but I never liked those covers that went over the stock lights of the 2008 through 2014. I purchased the smoke set and it does not...
  6. Featured

    Windshield Dots

    The small black dots on a car windshield are called frits, which are black painted enamel that’s baked onto the surface of the glass. Modern cars have a windshield bonded to the frame. He described how the windshield is bonded using a strong and long-lasting urethane adhesive, which makes the windshield a structural component of the vehicle’s body. The frits “provide a secure point of contact between the glass, urethane adhesive, and windshield frame. Essentially, the small black dots help...
  7. Blind Spot Monitoring

    What is Blind-Spot Monitoring? Blind-spot monitoring one of those features we didn’t know we needed or wanted until carmakers began offering it. Volvo was the first, incidentally. It offered its Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) for the S80 in 2005. BSM is just what its name implies. It keeps an eye on the space just off the rear quarter areas of your vehicle. These blind spots can hide a vehicle approaching in an adjacent lane because many drivers improperly set their car’s outboard...
  8. Li-Ion Batteries

    We are now entering the electric car age. These vehicles are powered by Li-Ion batteries. This type of battery is energy dense and durable. However, it can also be unstable and prone to catching fire under certain circumstances. But not all Li-Ion batteries are suited for vehicles. How Do They Work? Lithium ions store the energy by creating an electric potential difference between the negative and positive poles of the battery. Those are isolated using a separator material to prevent...
  9. Featured

    Prochargers

    In a previous article, superchargers and turbochargers were discussed in detail (see link, below). Superchargers vs. Turbochargers | Dodge Challenger Forum Anyone who goes to the track, or watches the cable TV show, Street Outlaws, knows that many knowledgeable racers are going to prochargers. In fact, Ryan Martin, switched his Fireball Camaro from twin turbos to prochargers. Watch his interview at the 2:30 minute mark. Prochargers, superchargers and turbochargers are all different...
  10. 100 Anniversary Edition Challenger.

    Hello, I have a 2014 Anniversary Edition Challenger. purchased it new in 2014. Since then, I have NOT seen any other anniversary models on the road, except I did see a 2014 anniversary Charger. Everywhere I go, a lot of Mopar guys ask me, What model is your car. In the winter time, its kept in the garage, covered and I drive my Ram. Which is also awesome. Several people at car shows ask if I want to sell it. The answer is, always, NO. I love this car. I have under 30,000 miles. Now, I've...
  11. Wind Tunnels

    When most people think of wind tunnels, an aerospace tunnel usually comes to mind. This helps designers and engineers understand how aircraft will behave during various flight conditions. Automotive wind tunnels are usually very similar to aerospace tunnels, but they often feature a rolling floor that lets test engineers simulate a car driving on the road at various speeds. What are Wind Tunnels? Wind tunnels are large tubes with air blowing through them which are used to replicate the...
  12. Security Devices

    As you know, there has been an ongoing problem concerning the theft of high performance Dodge cars, notably Hellcat and Scat Pack Challengers and Chargers. Security devices are now more important than ever. They can be categorized as follows deterrent devices, anti-theft devices and tracking devices. Deterrent Devices Alarm System Alarm systems are only effective in areas where they will attract immediate attention. And unless the alarm is unique, it will be ignored. If you want to add...
  13. Window Tint

    Window film (a/k/a, tint) is a thin laminate film that can be installed to the interior or exterior of glass surfaces in automobiles. It is usually made from polyethylene terephthalate due to its clarity, tensile strength, dimensional stability, and ability to accept a variety of surface-applied or embedded treatments. Window films are generically categorized by their construction components (dyed, pigmented, metallized, ceramic or nano), by their intended use (automotive, marine or...
  14. Ethanol Fuel Mixtures

    The question frequently comes up, “Are E10 and E85 fuels harmful to my engine?” Here is everything you wanted to know about the chemical compound ethanol that is added to gasoline. Ethanol is used as an “oxygenate” and is added to fuel to help reduce hydrocarbon emissions that cause air pollution. It is highly refined beverage (grain) alcohol, approximately 200-proof, that can be produced from natural products such as corn, sugar cane and wheat. New technology allows ethanol to be made...
  15. Burnout Primer

    All drag racers spin their wheels in a burnout before every race. The burnouts may seem to be pure show-boating, but there are real reasons behind all the smoke and noise. Burnouts before a drag race serve to heat the tires of the car, softening the rubber, providing more traction for the start of the race. The burnout also removes any debris from the tires. Spinning the wheels leaves a layer of rubber on the road surface, providing better traction in the future. The burnout is crucial for...
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