2003 SRT DD

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2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:42 am

Let's try this again. The R/T was supposed to be my last Neon, but it ended prematurely. A good friend of mine was selling his one-owner SRT-4 for dirt cheap and I couldn't pass it up. So here we are:

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02 base -> 05 SRT ACR -> 96 sedan -> 99 R/T coupe -> 02 R/T -> 03 SRT

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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:42 am

Here's what it has on it so far. I'll update this as I swap parts over from the R/T and make changes.

Engine:
Mopar Stage 2
Walbro 255
Diablo Predator
Maxxfab catted 3" DP
Borla 2.5" catback
DCR 55mm TB
DCR oil restrictor
K&N filter
ETS Direct fit intercooler
Torque Solution engine mounts
Check valve

Trans:
2004 LSD trans
AGP billet fork
Mopar STS
Boogers
Torque Solution billet shifter mounts

Suspension:
Polyurethane control arm bushings
P-werks rear STB
PT front swaybar
Prothane end links
ACR rear swaybar
Prothane short end links
BC Coilovers w/ rear camber plates
Koni inserts (removed)
Mopar Stage 1 springs (removed)
DC front STB (removed)

Wheels/Tires/Brakes:
17x8 Enkei RPF1
235x40 Yokohama s.Drives
Stoptech Slotted rotors
Stoptech Street pads
Drilled front rotors (removed)
17x7 TSW Volcanos (removed)
225x45 Continental (removed)

Exterior:
Tint
Front bumper flares
Caliber SRT badge
Partial debadge
Hood struts
Blacked out corner lenses
Spec D black housing headlights
LED license plate light

Interior:
Pioneer Bluetooth head unit
Polk speakers
LED dash lights
Custom painted shift knob
LED cubby light
Trunk lid carpet
Aeroforce Scangauge (removed)
Alpine head unit (removed)
Alpine disc changer (removed)
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by blueneo03 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:57 pm

in for another of your builds! this one looks clean! did you pull your wheels from the silver one??
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:30 pm

Yeah, the red RPF1s will be going on this car shortly. I'm going to have to roll the fenders before I try out the coilovers again. I might just raise them up a bit before installing. Not worrying about rubbing has been nice so far. I just feel the need for more than the one-inch drop that these springs provide, so coilovers it is. I've got a lot of work to do.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by occasional demons » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:03 pm

Full R/T swap...


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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by jonnymopar » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:24 pm

Aaaaaaand... subscribed.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:42 pm

occasional demons wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:03 pm
Full R/T swap...


:D
I know, right? Perfect candidate.

I should mention this car had 176,000 miles on it, the day I bought it. I'm going to see how it handles 200+ with regular driving. Most of these things get wrecked or torn apart by this point, so it will be interesting to see what comes up. I have a backup vehicle, so this is officially a project car.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by Neon4Life » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:27 pm

Wow. Very nice purchase. Always nice to see 1 owner cars. I bet it's in better condition then most of them out there.

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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:09 am

It honestly looks like a 50,000 mile car, inside and out. It’s going to give me grief with little stuff because of its age, but in general, it’s really solid. I’m prepared to do some work as needed.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:25 am

I found myself racing the sun down again in the driveway, but I managed to get the RPF1s on it. It's fairly dark in the picture, so the wheels look straight up maroon. You get the idea.

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I also removed the "DODGE" badge because it was in pretty bad shape.

Here are some random pictures of the interior, the intercooler (it looks like an AGP, but I'm not sure), and the bumper flares.

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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by blueneo03 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:51 am

that thing looks clean for 176k and the wheels look right at home on there IMO i think i like the red better here than on the silver!

lower bolsters look good how are the uppers for that kind of mileage?
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:22 pm

Just a couple of minor cracks. Really not bad.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:40 pm

And just like that, the corner lenses are gone.

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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by Midnight_Rider » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:06 am

And here I was dismayed to notice (a few weeks ago during a lighting check) that the front side markers don't blink with the turn signals. I always thought that they did. Now I really wish that I had the BUX repeater turn signals on the front fenders.

Back on topic- why would you want to do this? I'm NOT criticizing, just curious as to why you decided to do this.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by occasional demons » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:08 am

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And here I was dismayed to notice (a few weeks ago during a lighting check) that the front side markers don't blink with the turn signals. I always thought that they did.
Nope, never did stock.

IIRC, there is/was a "How To" on making them blink, but I never really was too interested in it, as it was more of a GM feature.

I'm kind of torn on the side marker delete. It looks cleaner from a distance, but also looks like it's missing something. Almost looks too plain.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by jonnymopar » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:37 am

Car is looking good! Those wheels look killer on the black car. I have to jump on the side marker train here though.
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I'm kind of torn on the side marker delete. It looks cleaner from a distance, but also looks like it's missing something. Almost looks too plain.
Never been a fan of the side marker delete, aesthetically or safety-wise. With a similar amount of effort, you can get them to blink (which is the way the damn car should have come from the factory). I did mine in 2006 with some weatherproof heat shrink, tossed in some nice bright LEDs, and never had to give it a second thought. It's certainly nice to have when maneuvering through traffic at interstate speed.
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And here I was dismayed to notice (a few weeks ago during a lighting check) that the front side markers don't blink with the turn signals. I always thought that they did.
Next time I see you, I'll install the leather shift boot and wire the markers so they blink. Anything else you need? :D
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:21 am

I just like the aesthetics of a smooth front bumper. I've never once been pulled over or gotten into any sort of trouble over the missing lights. I also really hate amber lenses and the cheap clear ones on eBay tend to crack and fall apart after a year or less. It's just personal preference.

On the other hand, I'd never tint my headlights or black out my taillights. Those seem like safety hazards to me. I also appreciate a pop of color and the red tails look great on black.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by jonnymopar » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:46 am

JeremyJ wrote:
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On the other hand, I'd never tint my headlights or black out my taillights. Those seem like safety hazards to me.
Just this week I ended up behind an old Sentra that had taillights that looked like they were bombed with black primer. It was a sunny day and it was anybody's guess as to when this clown was braking. I couldn't get away from him fast enough.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:28 pm

I think a mild tint is fine, but there's a point at which it becomes hard to see them. I'm not willing to search for that threshold, personally.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by occasional demons » Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:33 pm

I came up behind a Camaro the other night that looked like the tails were burnt out. Once you got about 20 feet away, you could just barely see the glow of the bulbs inside.

Oh well, the process of natural selection at work...
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:46 am

Take it from someone who drives approximately 300 miles daily for work- obvious tail lights are much safer. I really like the Dart/Charger full-width tails since you can see them from quite a distance. [/rant]
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by Neon4Life » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:18 am

Midnight_Rider wrote:And here I was dismayed to notice (a few weeks ago during a lighting check) that the front side markers don't blink with the turn signals. I always thought that they did. Now I really wish that I had the BUX repeater turn signals on the front fenders.

Back on topic- why would you want to do this? I'm NOT criticizing, just curious as to why you decided to do this.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by occasional demons » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:19 am

Midnight_Rider wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:46 am
Take it from someone who drives approximately 300 miles daily for work- obvious tail lights are much safer. I really like the Dart/Charger/Durango-Aspen full-width tails since you can see them from quite a distance. [/rant]
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:21 pm

Whelp, P0522 and an oil light on the dash. This is either a sensor issue (pretty common) or the engine is about to blow. Thoughts and prayers.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by blueneo03 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:27 pm

I liked to tint the side marker lights to soften the amber on the sides but not lose the lighting there... im all for a smoke.. i dont particularly car for a really dark tint.... unless its the vinyls that actually let proper light through... even still i do argee that i like the contrast of a nice red tail light..
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:33 pm

I reinstalled the stock boost gauge last night. No pictures because stock. The car had a malfunctioning ScanGauge in its place that was doing nothing. I want to be able to monitor the boost, so in went the stocker with a red LED. On a side note, red is not a good color of light for these gauges. It makes the red needle really hard to see.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by occasional demons » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:59 am

JeremyJ wrote:
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On a side note, red is not a good color of light for these gauges. It makes the red needle really hard to see.
:lol:


Kind of why they use red contact lenses on chickens, so they don't see blood, and go all cannibal on an injured buddy.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by JeremyJ » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:44 pm

The car had a really worn out leather shift knob that looked like shit. I pulled the stock one that I repainted from the silver car and installed it in the SRT. For those of you wondering: no, I will not do the boot-free setup in this one. Too big of a lint/crumb trap. I really liked the way it looked, but I don't want to struggle to vacuum it out.

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I keep putting off the motor mount and coilover installs; I just haven't had the time. I hope to have those done soon.
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by occasional demons » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:26 pm

It's more proper to keep your holes covered... :lol:
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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Post by jonnymopar » Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:40 pm

JeremyJ wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:44 pm
I pulled the stock one that I repainted from the silver car and installed it in the SRT.

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Looks damn perfect. What did you use for paint? I've always wondered if you could paint those plastic knobs and not have it wear out quickly. I've got an idea for keeping the Dodge essence in my wife's Mazda once it's my daily :D .
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