Body Side Molding?

Discussion in 'Challenger Exterior Modifications Forum' started by arizonajack, Aug 1, 2020 at 11:42 AM.

  1. arizonajack

    arizonajack Member

    Posts:
    7
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Friday
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm concerned about eventual parking lot door dings. Has anybody installed the molding that's painted to match the car color? Like this.

    [​IMG]

    Have you installed it in addition to belt line graphics? How did it look? Can you post photos.
     
    Dennis Creese likes this.
  2. Wizard of Iz

    Wizard of Iz Full Access Member

    Posts:
    246
    Likes Received:
    67
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2015
    Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I've seen ONE Challenger with door moulding added. It just didn't look right.

    But I certainly understand your concern. I got dinged last month .... but it's above the rear wheel well so the moulding pictured wouldn't have protected the car.
     
  3. Hopslayer

    Hopslayer Full Access Member

    Posts:
    476
    Likes Received:
    132
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2018
    Location:
    Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
    My car had a door ding when I bought it. It was right on the seam, much higher than the molding in that picture.
     
  4. arizonajack

    arizonajack Member

    Posts:
    7
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Friday
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't look too bad on a car without graphics but I think it might be too much of a conflict with graphics.

    Hopslayer, maybe I'll just wait for my first ding and then decide. :)
     
    Hopslayer likes this.
  5. Hopslayer

    Hopslayer Full Access Member

    Posts:
    476
    Likes Received:
    132
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2018
    Location:
    Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
    I normally park away from the crowds. No dings in 2 years. :)
     
  6. arizonajack

    arizonajack Member

    Posts:
    7
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Friday
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    I can use my Crown Vic for parking lots and the Challenger for cruising.
     
    Hopslayer likes this.
  7. B5blueRT

    B5blueRT Full Access Member

    Posts:
    404
    Likes Received:
    149
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2018
    Location:
    Broadview Hts., Ohio
    I question how much the moulding would really help. From my experience most dings are higher than those side mouldings. They're usually from the upper back edge or a rear door of a car or SUV. Its that small area to the rear of the door handle where the door extends above the rear wheel wheel. It happens when a passenger swings the door open without looking at the back of the door for clearance. I've seen where a parent (being careful) getting a child out of a car seat accidentally bumps the door with their hip and it dings the car next to it.
    The width of parking lot spaces vary too. There are some parking lots I'll never park my R/T in because the spaces are too tight. Park away from others if you can and save the money - use it toward getting a ding or two PDR'd if needed. (Paintless Dent Removal)
     
    Wizard of Iz likes this.
  8. 70-426_10-SRT

    70-426_10-SRT B&E body lover

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    1,176
    Likes Received:
    383
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2018
    Location:
    PDX
    Week 1 of owning mine I got a ding right in the crease, dead center of the passenger door.
    I seriously thought of putting these on, but am just more selective on parking spaces.
     
  9. 2017 Redline HC

    2017 Redline HC 2017 Redline HC

    Posts:
    513
    Likes Received:
    120
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2019
    Location:
    Southern Ontario
    I always park at the rear of the lot.....the extra exercise doesn't hurt either.
     
  10. arizonajack

    arizonajack Member

    Posts:
    7
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Friday
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Good idea.