I have a dilemma in choosing what model Challenger to purchase. As soon as I purchase the Challenger it's going in for major mods stroker s/c complete drive train etc..
I can pick up a used RT for approx $25000. My mods and expenses required before stroker would be:
BC racing coil overs $1000
6.1 block core $1100
6.1 intake core $500
$6800 + $25000 = $31800
I can shop around and get a used SRT for $32000 and not have the core cost, or have to upgrade brake, but I wouldn't have it lowered or have the sweet wheels I like.
I guess it might come down to insurance... How much cheaper is RT insurance vs SRT? Other than insurance what is the benefit if having the SRT over the R/T?
Jason, for what you're planning on doing with it I would just buy an R/T. You can probably find one cheaper than $25k and yes insurance will be cheaper. But I would get the insurance to cover the actual build cost when you get done. I still wish we could have worked out some sort of trade a year ago.
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There are four things to consider...
1. Seats. Some people love the SRT seats. I actually prefer the R/T seats (so does InferAl).
2. Brakes. Brembos are sweet, but I am not road racing. My R/T brakes are just fine.
3. EVIC. A few R/T cars have it, but all SRT cars have it. I don't miss it.
I know there are other (small) differences, but these are the ones that seem to be most important to folks discussing the differences between the R/T and SRT.
Last edited by novawagonmaster; 07-19-2011 at 09:05 AM.
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Last edited by Jweezy; 07-19-2011 at 04:06 PM.
I would go the route of the R/T.
I'm actually glad to see other people support that too. Most people across the forum will be quick to say you're dumb for not buying the SRT. I think they're dumb for not considering their options.
I went the route of the R/T and have done upgrades across the board. As you're finding, a modded R/T is cheaper than an SRT in the long run and you'll be much happier with where you are with it. When people ask me if I have an SRT, I just tell them it's something like that. Similar to your numbers, I have about $1000 in my pocket compared to what the SRT would have been and I've got wheels, brakes, suspension, cosmetics, and engine work done that will beat an SRT every day.
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Why don't you just get a v6 then?
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Don't forget pcm if you're doing a 6.1 based, and rear end (2.82?rt or 3.06srt)
Also styling, if you want to add the lip or not.
You can sell the srt wheels a lil more than the rt wheels
I know jarz has an rt magnum and a srt mag, and his srt is like 15 bucks cheaper a month for insurance.
I depends on just how much you're going to switch out. If you ditching the seats for race seats, or gutting
the interior, then get a v6 or rt for sure.
Or you can get an SRT and be able to rock that neat badge :D
Last edited by srt8madness; 07-19-2011 at 09:18 AM.
I ended up going with the R/T road and track when I started my build. This got me essentially the entire same inside of an SRT and everything else was getting changed anyways so I saved nearly $15k off the initial purchase price that all went to mods.
The only remaining issue that I should address is going to a 6.1 PCM which should be a little easier to tune....but the 5.7 PCM does work just fine too.
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I'd agree with everyone else on this R/T for sure. With what your going to be doing I wouldn't waste the money on an srt either. And atm I'm paying 220 for insurance on my srt
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The R/T is the most likely candidate but there are certain circumstances where the V6 would do the job just fine. This much you'd have to evaluate yourself more thoroughly.
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I like hearing that you're looking at paying $25K for a used Challenger R/T, but I would think that if you shopped a little bit, you should be able to find a good one for less than that.
Something to consider: I have been told that the NAG1 in the SRT has more clutch pads than the NAG1 that they put in the R/T's (or at least it was with my 2005 Magnum R/T).
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Just a thought, if you went for a V6 with intent to replace engine and tranny, you could see what rental car companies have for sale. I think Enterprise carries Dodge vehicles. Hertz only carries R/T as an exclusive rental. Most companies replace vehicles every year.
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