2014 Dodge Charger
The 2014 Dodge Charger continues fundamentally as the same car as from 2013, minus the addition of a Rallye and Blacktop appearance package. The V6 Penstastar is the default engine of choice in base models, producing an even 300 horsepower and 292 lb-ft of torque. R/T models get the base 5.7L Hemi V8 whereas SRT8 Chargers have a formidable 6.4L Hemi under the hood, which produces an extra 100 horsepower (rated at 470) over its smaller 5.7L brother.
Keeping engine temperature in check is paramount to both engine performance and longevity. In most conditions, a V6 Pentastar or V8 HEMI Charger should be operating between 200-221 F - anything higher risks engine damage and reduced performance. Installing an aftermarket performance aluminum radiator can help ensure that the engine temperature stays in the proper operating range, even when being pushed hard. Compared to the stock radiator, aftermarket versions feature significantly increased cooling capacity. This is achieved through the use of not only a larger heat-exchange core, but also through the number of rows found in the radiator. Nearly all aftermarket aluminum radiators for the 2014 Dodge Charger will have 3 or 4 cooling rows and improved fin spacing, thereby exposing the coolant to more exchange cycles in the time it takes to circulate in and out of the radiator. When selecting a new aluminum radiator, it is important to pay attention to the overall depth and the inlet and outlet configuration. Some super thick radiators may not accommodate the stock electric fan without interference, and the inlet and outlet spouts may be in different locations which would require additional plumbing changes.
Due to emissions and sound regulations, factory exhaust systems are always somewhat muted - even with 5.7L and 6.4L Hemi V8 equipped 2014 Dodge Chargers. This can be easily rectified by through the use of an aftermarket cat-back exhaust system. Designed as an entire package that replaces every exhaust piece rearward from the OEM catalytic converters, cat-backs come in 2.5" or 3" diameter and can sound from moderately muscular to full out voracious. 2014 Charger cat-back systems are found in three styles:
- Aluminized steel
- 409 stainless steel
- 304 stainless steel
The first, aluminized steel, is the same material as what is used on factory exhaust systems. Fairly durable, the main draw of an aluminized steel system is its low price point. 409 stainless steel is the next step up. With increased nickel and chromium content, 409-grade stainless steel is more robust than aluminized and will last longer. That said, 409 can eventually develop surface rust spots. Given that the exhaust components are hidden under the vehicle, 409 is the most common choice given its cost and durability trade-off. With the highest chromium and nickel content of the three, 304 stainless steel is top dog. Unlike 409, a magnet will not stick to 304 and it is impervious to rust. Rather, when exposed to heat, 304 stainless steel will eventually turn a golden color. High end cat-back systems use 304 stainless steel throughout. Most cat-back systems, however, reserve the use of 304 stainless steel for pieces that will show, like the exhaust tips.
Rain and Wind Deflectors
Window rain and wind deflectors make driving in the rain with the window open infinitely more bearable. Attached into the window channel or through the use of automotive tape, these low profile deflectors allow for the window to be cracked open when driving in the rain, without letting the rain drip in. Further, with the window cracked, the sculpted design of the deflectors smoothly transitions the oncoming air over the window and reducing associated wind noise. Rain visors are ideal for 2014 Charger owners that like fresh air but don't want any rain water with it!