Stiffening The Cat

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  1. VanishingPoint

    VanishingPoint Silver Member

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    Was looking at subframe connectors, and strut brace front & rear.

    Is there any reason not to get these items?
     
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    Only if your going to track the car on a road coarse.
     
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    Does the HC have additional stiffening added to it vs the other SRT's?
     
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    In the roof structure,they are the same as every other SRT/RT body wise.
     
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    I am thinking of preventive medicine; getting the cat stiff early will keep the body stiffer longer across it's span, I think.
     
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    Do it VP can't hurt
     
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    Any news on Hellcat specific stiffeners?
     
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    Yes, I've noticed when going up into a driveway or any other slightly inclined entryway, since I go up at a slight angle so the front splitter doesn't rub, I hear a bit of creaking from the structure. So there is definitely room to stiffen up our chassis.
    Kind of bothers me a bit that a brand new performance car with this kind of power creaks a bit from chassis flex.
    Makes me wonder if it will sound a lot worse in several years.
     
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    Definitely guarantee will get worse as time it's dodge not Toyota
     
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    That's funny, but I've owned Toyota's too. And they creak and rattle just the same.
    I've also, and currently have a couple Honda's as well....wife's family hauler is a Honda Odyssey Elite.
    I had three rattles in it that I fixed myself. One I had to remove the tailgate hydraulic arm. Noticed it was rattling.
    Second one was in the steering wheel, added some sticky foam. Third was the glovebox door. Adjusted it and added some padded foam too.
    My Toyota's were some of the worst.
    Several years ago, a tech told me, that Toyota was saving costs and not making their cars as sound. He said he spends about 30% more time dealing with rattles.
    I also had an Infiniti that I must of taken into the dealer 5 or 6 different times for rattles in the 3 years I owned it, from new.

    So they all seem to do it. Some are worse than others. I've also had solid and quiet Toyotas, BMW's, even a Dodge minivan as my gear hauler. That van back in 2007 didn't make a sound. And little rattles and such bug me.
    So if this under carriage frame stiffens the structure to reduce or eliminate future creaks, rattles and so forth, I'm getting it, not even a second thought about it. :)
     
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    My Hellcat is much stiffer than my '09 Challenger was. My friend and I were pulling our Hellcats into a steep driveway and had to go in sideways. Both of us ended up on three wheels. That would have never happened in my '09. That said, I'm a big believer in the stiffer the car the better. Don't think it will hurt anything to add some extra bracing.
     
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    Doing all this, doesn't it make the car ride rough???
     
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    Hmm, i'd say "tighter" not rougher. I had all 3 braces on my 2010 Challenger, and it was good. But with the hotchkis kit etc, it was def rougher. One of the reasons i don't plan on doing any suspension mods to the Hellcat other then these braces.
     
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    One of the reason I bought the hellcat is that it rides great, I had a charger and 300s before it,,and am very happy with the ride
     

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