The final piece of my vehicular mod-list was completed today; I think I’m done for the foreseeable future now.

  • Looks: Limousine-grade tint all the way around.
  • Performance: Unlocking the computers in the car to enable the SRT stuff.
  • Sound: the stock exhaust is designed for people who don’t want to know the car is running.

Today that last item was completed.

Yes, that really is an engine the size of a large doghouse…

I took the car over to the local speed shop and had the four ultra-silent mufflers cut off of it, everything replaced with 2.5″ stainless steel, and added a couple of Flowmaster 40’s.

See, I’m old – so I come from a time where a ‘hot rod’ at idle tended to sound like a large boat – and if you got on the throttle they were loud enough that any discussion was reserved for the next stoplight. Fast cars were a total sensory package that included the smell of high-test exhaust, acres of brilliantly painted steel to look at, the feel of gravity moving from under you to behind you, and an incredible soundtrack powered by literal explosions.

Cars nowadays tend to have one or two of the listed items, but never the full package… Well, unless you spend six figures on something rare, exotic, and a pain in the butt to work on.

So, with the 300 I wanted to get as much 80’s teenager petrolhead-ness as possible out of it while still being a responsible adult… The car is extremely quick and has a 160MPH speedo for a reason, but never gets outside of the safety envelope for public streets where other people are being road hazards. The tint is pretty dark, but still has excellent visibility so it’s safe to drive even at night. And now it’s rumblier and louder, but (probably) won’t wake up the neighborhood when I leave for work at 6am.

There are a few more things I’d like to do to the car, such as lowering springs to take an inch out of the stance and some 305’s for the rear… But the roads are generally bad for being lowered and pulling into the average parking-lot is already as close to the front air-dam as is practical, and I think I’ll burn the tread off of the current (new) tires first before investing in newer ones.

See? Adult! 😀

Listening to "Lost Highway" by Marvel83'