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I have done a number of things to my 2005 Dodge Magnum. It started out small. But it never stopped, and grew especially insane when I decided to turn the car into a dedicated track monster.

There's a lot here that needs pictures and full writeups. But time is never available it seems, and often the best I can do is keep up this simple list. As time goes by, I'll change this and port over my dozens of writeups from both my personal site and online forum entries.

Links to Specific Modifications and What Was Done.

Mod List as of May 24, 2011

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Aftermarket parts

  • Motor by Bob Crespo at Motor Machine:
    • 392-cu. in. (6.4 liters) stroked up from a 6.1L block
    • forged everything
      • Scat crank
      • Oliver parabolic rods
      • Manley pistons
    • Hand-ported/polished heads
    • Smith Brothers Pushrods
    • PSI valve springs with Manley titanium retainers
    • High Horse Performance Stage 4 cam, modified for road racing
    • 6.1L intake manifold hand-ported by Steve Frank. Smoothed internally, coated for heat reflection on bottom, airflow inside and heat reflection on the outside.
    • Blue Giant (Ford!!) XL fuel injectors
    • Oversized blue-anodized billet fuel rails with front crossover from Billet Technology
  • Custom Street/Dyno tune (fat for longevity on a road course) by Bob Crespo at RBC Engineering using Diablosport CMR software
  • Frankentake IV intake
  • Stock 6.1L/SRT headers, midpipes and cats for CARB legality (These parts perform very well at stock)
  • The Frankencooler System
    • 57,000 btu/hr thermostatically-controlled engine oil cooler (25-row stacked plate type), -10 AN braided stainless lines and anodized alloy fittings
    • 43,000 btu/hr transmission oil cooler (16-row stacked plate type), -6 AN hard stainless lines and anodized alloy fittings
    • Stock transmission cooler hooked up as secondary in series with Frankencooler
    • 5,500 GVW power steering fluid cooler (24" finned heat sink from Hell)
    • Mopar police oil cooler
  • The biggest, fattest aluminum radiator that will fit into the available space (from JoelVan).
  • 3-Qt AccuSump connected to 40 psi auto-switch.
  • Custom 4-muffler, 2-resonator exhaust system spec'd by me and built and fitted by Zoomers Exhaust (designed specifically to pass 92db sound limit at Laguna Seca)
  • Quaife limited-slip differential
  • Pro-Torque converter with custom 2600 rpm stall (no longer custom in 2011)
  • Mopar Performance Transmission Control Module
  • Gauges
    • MSD DashHawk (quad view, various stuff from CAN bus on display)
    • Autometer full sweep engine oil temp (0-340 degrees)
    • Autometer full sweep transmission oil temp (0-340 degrees)
    • Center overhead console gauge pod
  • Big Brakes from TCE Performance Products
    • Wilwood W6A 6-piston front calipers with double-walled phenolic resin-insulated steel pistons, red powder coating
    • Wilwood BSL4 rear calipers, stainless steel pistons, red powder coating
    • 360mm x 32mm vented, slotted front rotors (SRT-stock)
    • 350mm x 28mm vented, slotted rear rotors (SRT-stock)
    • stainless lines
    • Street pads: Wilwood BP-20 fronts and BP-10 rears.
    • Track pads: Wilwood Polymatrix H fronts and Polymatrix B rears
    • Wilwood EXP 626-degree (dry) DOT-4 fluid
    • Titanium backing plates (front only for now)
    • Spindle ducts with 600-degree silicone feeder hose custom fabricated by Bob Crespo at Motor Machine
    • Dual switched 170 cfm marine environment inline cooling fans for spindle ducts
  • Pedders Track II kit - poly bushing installation for all available suspension parts
  • Hotchkis Sway Bars
  • KW Variant 2 suspension
  • Street wheels: Dodge SRT forged alloy 20x9 wheels, powder coated and polished, with Nitto NT-05's in 255/45/20. Custom skull centercaps by Billet Technology.
  • Track wheels (dry weather): 6 Forgestar F14 18x10 wheels, silver finish, centercaps removed, running Continental Grand Am (made by Hoosier) scrubs in 275/35/18 (coming 2Q 2011)
  • Track wheels (wet weather): Dodge SRT forged alloy 20x9 wheels, original finish, centercaps removed, with Bridgestone RE-050A Pole Positions in 255/35/20
  • SRT front steering knuckles (allows the use of the 10" wheels up front)
  • Extended wheel studs
  • Direct-wired, steering-wheel-mounted Mercedes AMG shift paddles
  • Stainless steel, SCCA-compliant tow hooks, front and rear from Rennline, custom-mounted by Bob@MM
  • Bolstered SRT seats, front and rear
  • E&G Classics stainless steel mesh grill
  • 5000k HID low beams
  • 3000k HID fog lights
  • Halogen Infrared Reflecting (HIR) hi beams
  • Danko Reproductions chin spoiler
  • RamAirHoods.com fiberglas functional scoop hood
  • H3R in-cabin fire extinguisher
  • LED taillights
  • Black floormats with red R/T embroidery
  • Custom solid billet black-and-clear anodizeed "6.4L HEMI" hood emblem from Billet Technology
  • 1970 Challenger R/T emblems (fenders)
  • Ultimate alloy pedals (gas, brake, parking) with custom engraving.
  • Satin finish billet alloy dash knobs, switches and shifter from Billet Technology
  • Under-hood billet knobs and dressings from Billet Technology
  • Husky 'bedliner'
  • Butweet's Mirror mod
  • "No Bra's Allowed For Safety" visor decals
  • Front SpoilerCam

MOPAR parts

  • UConnect
  • Red lighted door sill guards
  • remote start
  • saddlebags

Coming Next

  • roll cage (coming 2Q 2011?)

Gone But Not Forgotten

  • 390-cubic-inch 5.7L-based bord/stroked motor - murdered by a Mahle piston whose heat treatment was off. (boo hoo)
  • Mopar Maximum Duty (export only; used on the euro-diesels) radiator (replaced by much bigger low-production/custom radiator)
  • Wilwood BSL6r 6-piston front calipers, red powder coating Replaced by much bigger Wilwood W6A calipers
  • Wilwood FSL 4-piston rear calipers, red powder coating Replaced by BSL4 calipers, which can handle much bigger rotors, allowing more bias (aggressive braking force) to be put into the rears via more aggressive pads.
  • 13" directionally-vaned smooth rear rotors, zinc plated Replaced with much larger - and cheaper - SRT stock rotors
  • Track wheels (dry weather): 6 Borbet TS cold cast alloy 18x8.5 wheels, centercaps removed (to be replaced by 18x10.5 Forgestars)
  • Electronically actuated steering-wheel mounted wireless button shifters (ShiftHammers) by Hammer Automotive (Replaced with direct-wire kit matched to underlying Daimler-mf'd parts)
  • 14x1.25" directional-vane, 2-piece, aluminum-hatted front rotors, cryogenically treated (cracked two sets after racing with them)
  • Forge-Tec FT19 20x8.5's cracked one (actually it cracked on its own), traded away the other three
  • Comp Cams Stage 1 cam (MDS-friendly) (replaced by HHP cam)
  • Zoomers 5.7L catback (replaced by custom Zoomers Hi-Po system)
  • Gibson shortie headers (replaced by JBA's)
  • JBA shortie headers (replaced SRT stock headers)
  • SuperChips FlashPaq (replaced by custom CMR tune)
  • Jet Chip Stage II (replaced by Superchips Flashpaq)
  • B&G replacement PCM for track use only (out of service in favor of CMR tune)
  • Taylor shortie plug wires (replaced with 2006+ Dodge no-wires configuration)
  • Frankentake III intake with 12" filter. Replaces various store-bought products, mfr's prototypes and Frankentakes I and II. (replaced by AirHammer)
  • AirHammer intake by Hammer Automotive. Replaced by Frankentake IV
  • Zinik Z1 Shogun 18x8 cast, chromed wheels riding on stock Conti's (replaced by the Forge-Tec's above)
  • Eibach Pro-Kit springs (replaced by KW's)
  • GSM Torque Management/Fan modification (removed)
  • Halogen Infra Red (HIR) lo beams, 9005 fogs (replaced by HIDs)
  • 1969 Coronet R/T emblem (tail -- later shaved off along with the Magnum lettering for a cleaner look)
  • MOMO airleather / alloy shift knob (replaced by billet alloy shifter)
  • Toyo Proxes S/T tires in 255/45/20
  • Goodyear Eagle RSA tires in 245/45/20
  • Continental TouringContact ch95 run-flat tires in 225/60/18
  • Hoosier R6 DOT radials in 255/40/18
  • Hoosier R100 race radials in 265/645R18