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Alex’s barn find 98 Neon R/T is up and running. Check out the before and after photos!

Our friend Sgt Alex Lopez bought this 1998 in 2012. When Alex found it, there was no engine, and most of the interior was missing.

It sat for a while, and Alex slowly built it up, and got it running again.

2012 vs 2017 photo:

Want to check out more photos from before Alex bought it? Check the link below.

Barn find! 98-99 Dodge Neon RT that our friend Alex found/is buying.

The 1995-1999 Neon is now considered “Vintage” by Mopar..

The 1995-1999 Dodge Neon is now considered VINTAGE by Mopar

Our employee Matt ordered some window moldings for his 1998 Dodge Neon and the moldings were transferred from the “Vintage Parts” division.

We think its pretty interesting that our 1995-1999 Dodge Neons are now considered “Vintage”. Should we start applying for ANTIQUE VEHICLE plates yet ? Hehehe. We got a laugh out of this and thought it would be cool to share with you guys.

Putting a large turbo on your Neon SRT4 ? Installing a header on your 95-05 Neon ? Use these!

Anytime you are installing a new component like a new larger turbo on  your 03-05 Dodge SRT4, or a new header on  your 95-05 Neon, you should consider installing ARP Exhaust studs.

ARP Exhaust studs for 95-99 Neon and 03-05 SRT4

Why ? Well, each time you remove and reinstall a screw into the head of your engine, you increase the chances of stripping out the threads, and furthermore the ARP studs are stronger! The ARP studs, because they are forged, can handle a lot more weight than your typical bolt!

The way these work, is you thread the studs into the head just like a normal exhaust bolt. You use a allen key to thread the stud into place as the stud has a allen key receptacle on the end of it. After tightening down the stud, you then put the new component onto the stud, and then torque down the nut onto the stud.

Heres a photo of a few of the ARP studs threaded into a head.

ARP Exhaust studs installed into a 03-05 SRT4 head

Why you should keep your cam gear cover on your motor

2004 SRT4 with snapped timing belt

The photo above is of a 2004 Dodge SRT4, and you may wonder why the engine is sitting at an angle.

The reason is, the customer that owns this car has a very modified engine, larger turbo, cams, and cam gears. Most owners of cars who install cam gears typically leave the cam gear covers off so that they can adjust the cam gears easily.

The problem with leaving the plastic cam gear covers off, is your timing belt and other timing accesories can be damaged. In this particular case, the customers power steering belt flew off, somehow got lodged into the timing belt assembly and destroyed the timing belt. Thankfully the 03-05 SRT4 is a non interference motor that in case the timing belt breaks the valves wont slam into the pistons, and this customer had no engine damage because of his timing belt failing.

The 2.0 Neon motor from 1995-2005 are all interference motors so if your timing belt fails, then the valves will crash into the pistons and cause catastrophic damage.

Alex got a new set of wheels for his 98 Plymouth Neon ACR

Our good friend Alex, who bought a bone stock 98 Plymouth Neon ACR a few weeks ago,  has replaced his bubble alloy wheels with a set of Rota Slipstreams!

These wheels used to be on my 95 NYG ACR, which we are currently doing the SRT4 swap into. I hadnt planned on selling these wheels, but due to me installing the SRT4 brakes, we need more clearance for the SRT4 calipers, and will need larger wheels. Furthermore, the super lightweight 15 inch Rota wheels will spin like mad with the additional power and torquefrom the 2.4 turbo setup thats being planted into the 95 Neon NYG engine bay.

Before we move onto the photos, Id like to give you some more information on the Rota Slipstream wheel for the 95-05 Dodge/Plymouth Neon. I HIGHLY recommend them for the following reasons 1) You can get them in the PERFECT offset for the Dodge Neon. 2) They are super lightweight 3) They are super affordable, usually costing only $110-$130 per wheel in the 15 x 7 inch size.

Now, onto the photos.

Here is a photo of a stock wheel on a weight scale. Here you can see it weighs 32 lbs for the stock 14 inch wheel and tire.
Stock bubble alloy Dodge Neon wheel and tire weight

Here is a photo showing the Rota 15 inch wheel and tire, weighing in at 31.4 lbs. Saving 1/2 a lb doesnt sound like much, but it makes a difference, and the lower profile tire makes for better cornering!
Rota Slipstream 15 inch wheel with tire weight for Dodge Neon

Now here is what Alex’s 98 Plymouth Neon ACR looks like with his bubble alloy wheels.
1998 Plymouth Neon ACR with stock bubble alloy wheels

Front quarter view with the new Rota wheels, also showing off the Stealth black Depo headlights.
Rota Slipstream 15x7 inch on a 98 Plymouth Neon

Front quarter view with the stock 14 inch bubble alloy wheels.
98 Plymouth Neon with stock bubble alloy wheels

Ahh, what a beautiful wheel..

Rota Slipstream 15x7 wheel mounted on 98 Dodge Neon

98 Plymouth Neon with stock bubble alloy wheels

Wheels that are lighter, larger in diameter, and better looking!

Rota Slipstream 15x7 wheel mounted on Dodge Neon

To view the other blog posts on Alex, simply type in Alex in the search bar in the blog, or copy and paste the link below into your brower. In the posts that show up youll see how Alex bought his car, and his first round of modifications.


Photos of a Mishimoto Radiator installed into a 95-99 Neon

Rich Clauser received a Mishimoto Aluminum radiator and promptly installed it into his 98 Neon with SRT4 motor swap. He sent us these photos that we decided to share with you all.

First, his stock radiator:
95-99 Neon Stock Radiator

Photos of his Mishimoto radiator installed:
Mishimoto Radiator installed into a 95-99 Neon
Mishimoto Radiator installed into a 95-99 Neon

Link to the Mishimoto Radiator on our website:

MPx Neon 2.4 Motor swap Power Steering brackets finally all cut !Off to powdercoaters now!

MPx Neon 2.4 swap Power Steering brackets finally cut

The MPx Neon 2.4 Motor swap Power Steering brackets are all finally cut ! PHew, that took a long time! Now they are all off to the powdercoaters to be powdercoated black.

Thank you guys for all your patience on this, we have been working hard to get these in for some time! We’re on the home stretch now!

Previous blog posts about the 2.4 power steering bracket:

Photos of final 2.4 Cam gears installed on SRT4 motor

For those of you who are following our MPx 2.4 cam gear project, heres an update!

We have taken the cam gears and installed them onto our SRT4 motor we are swapping into a 95 Nitro Yellow Green Neon ACR.

They fit great, look great, and most importantly, because of the latest revision, they are stronger than any other cam gear design. So,
if your concerned about cracking cam gears like some SRT4 owners have had, this shouldnt be a concern with the MPx 2.4 cam gears!

Here are some of the benefits of these cam gears over other brand 2.4 cam gears.

– Solid inner design means great strength, no having to worry about spokes breaking or cracking.
– These were designed so that you can use the factory plastic timing cover
– These were designed so that you DO NOT HAVE TO TRIM THE MOTOR MOUNT (unlike Fidanza)

Here are some photos of the cam gears installed.

MPx 2.4 Cam gears for SRT4 / Stratus / PT Cruiser

MPx 2.4 Cam gears for SRT4 / Stratus / PT Cruiser

MPx 2.4 Cam gears for SRT4 / Stratus / PT Cruiser

Link to the other threads showing prototype cam gears, and revision of the design:

As of 9/4/09 we have ONE spot left for the incoming 95-99 Neon Quaife LSD’s

As of 9/4/09 we have ONE spot left in our 20 incoming Quaife LSD order for the 95-99 Neon.

If you’d like to get one, now that Quaife has discontinued producing these, you will need to order one with Modern Performance asap.

Read more details here:


Having shifting problems with your 95-05 Dodge/Plymouth Neon with manual transmission ?

Having shifting problems with your 95-05 Dodge/Plymouth Neon with manual transmission ?

We get calls often at Modern Performance from 1995-2005 Dodge/Plymouth Neon owners who have problems getting their manual transmission into gear, or even into reverse.

Sometimes, these problems can arise from shifter problems, but a very high percentage of Neon owners have problems with their manual transmission shift linkage bushings.

To better understand explain the problem, lets start out with the basics. Every manual transmission Neon has a shifter assembly inside the car, and two shift linkage cables attached onto it. The shift linkage cables go through the firewall and attach onto the transmission. The shift linkage cables are made out of steel, but the end of the shift linkages have rubber bushings that fail over time. Over time, your shifter will start to feel more and more mushy, and it will be more difficult to get the transmission into gear.

Heres a photo showing the shifter and the cables which are under the center console. The shifter bushings are pointed to in red, and the shift linkages are pointed to with yellow arrows.
95-05 Dodge/Plymouth Neon Manual Transmission shift linkage and bushings

Now, if you go to the dealership and try to buy replacement bushings, they arent sold seperately so you have to buy new shifter cables which will cost $130+! The solution to fix this, is with a product called Booger Bushings. Booger bushings are a set of four bushings that replace the two shifter bushings inside the car, and the two shifter bushings on the transmission.

Here are the Booger bushings:
Booger shift linkage bushings for the 95-05 Dodge/Plymouth Neon

Here is a photo of the same shifter above, with the Booger bushings installed on the shifter assembly.
Booger bushings installed onto a 95-05 Dodge Plymouth Neon

Here is a photo of the transmission with the booger bushings installed.
Booger bushings installed on the transmission of a 95-05 Dodge Plymouth Neon

Link to booger bushings on our website for more details:

Just for fun, heres a photo of a Neon where the shifter bushing disintegrated and fell off the car. This Neon still drove, but the driver would have a very hard time getting the car into gear!
95-05 Dodge Plymouth Neon with missing shift linkage bushing

Link to booger bushings on our website for more details:

MPx Underdrive pulley for 95-05 Neon, 03-05 SRT4 has been Revised/Improved!

Introducing the new VERSION2 MPx pulley for the 95-99 Neon. This pulley, is a redesign of the famous MPx pulley that has been out for the 95-99 Neon since 2001.

MPx Underdrive pulley Revision 2

This underdrive pulley creates more power over the stock pulley by reducing overall weight, and size of the crank pulley. This allows your car to rev faster, and overall be much more peppy.

We took the same measurements of our MPx pulley, machined out some material where we could to make it lighter, and then inserted a stainless steel center hub sleeve for maximum strength. The reason we switched to a stainless steel center hub was to improve the overall strength of the pulley, and to make it easier to remove.

Even though stainless steel weighs nearly 4 times the weight of aluminum for the same size, because of weight reduction and improvement in design of the pulley, we were able to increase the overall weight of the pulley by only .05 lbs, or 1/20th of a pound compared to the older design!

Older version on the left, revised pulley on the right
MPx Underdrive pulley Revision 2
MPx Underdrive pulley Revision 2

95-99 Neon MPx underdrive pulley REVISION2 with belts

00-05 Neon MPx underdrive pulley REVISION2 with belts :

03-05 SRT4 MPx underdrive pulley REVISION2 with belts

Follow up to Alex’s 98 Plymouth Neon ACR Coupe purchase..

So, Alex has had his new 98 Plymouth Neon ACR Coupe for about a week now. (Click here for the original blog post with photos and details)

He’s done a lot since buying it and its no longer stock! So far he’s installed :

Prothane Street motor mount inserts

Mopar Performance front motor mount

NGK Iridium plugs

Granatelli spark plug wires

Depo STEALTH black headlights

Depo Euro Diamond front turn signal lenses

Booger bushings in red

Eibach Pro kit springs

Replaced the two front steel wheels with two Sport/ACR wheels so we now have a matching complete set.

What a difference these parts have made!  The old headlights had yellowed, and light output was creating a hazardous driving condition at nighttime. The old shift linkage bushings were worn out and made the shifter feel soft and mushy!

The car feels GREAT now! We’re also suprised at how good the car looks, and how good of a condition the body is in considering its 11 years old.

Onto the photos!

98 Plymouth Neon ACR Coupe with Yellow/Fogged headlights

Alex's 1998 Plymouth Neon ACR Coupe with Depo STEALTH Black headlights and Depo Euro Diamond Turn Signals

What a beautiful front end..

98 Plymouth Neon ACR Coupe Dohc Engine Bay

This engine bay cleaned up really nicely.

98 Plymouth Neon ACR Coupe Dohc Engine Bay

Side profile with Eibach Pro Kit springs. This ACR looks amazing.

98 Plymouth Neon ACR Coupe Dohc Engine Bay

98 Plymouth Neon ACR Coupe Dohc Engine Bay

Road trips, bottles and sweater-vests…

We’re going to take some time to look back and reminisce about cars and events in MP’s history.

98 Sport

A project vehicle that is long gone from the form that you see here was a real personal favorite and popular around the office. The 98 Dodge Neon Sport coupe was a no frills car with no options but equipped with the popular DOHC/5-speed combo. This car made the trip up to Neon 2002 along with the first Nitro Yellow Green project car. A nice sight out on the mid-western freeways, two first gens, NYG and Intense Blue, lasered northward for the place they were assembled, Belvidere, IL. The blue car had an exhaust that was rage-inducing for people driving behind it, although equipped with a catalytic convertor and resonator. The word loud does not cover the deafening tone, needless to say it stayed behind the lead NYG car for the trip.

The Sport was a basic bolt-on car with no internal improvements to the engine but wanting some more power and a little more to show at the Neon meet, a Nitrous Express kit was installed before leaving. The basic ten pound EFI kit was given a Gen-X upgrade and the bottle was upgraded to the carbon composite 12 pounder. Beyond installing the basic kit, the Gen-X package showers you with some nice accessories to improve safety and performance of the kit. The composite bottle, is well, just pretty sweet and the cost prohibitive nature makes for an exclusive showing in any trunk.

The racing venue that year was Great Lakes Drag Way and among the racers was fellow Texas resident Noah, a first gen super-enthusiast with a taste for perfection. A really clean cut chap, Noah did everything to the 9’s, automotive hobbies being no exception. His 96 base model Neon had been so tailored the suspension was now beyond ACR spec and the engine was now breathing through one of HRC’s turbo kits. Noah did his best Uncle Sam impersonation and looked at our Blue car saying, “I want you!”. After letting the bottle heater do it’s job we lined up the cars, Turbo vs Nitrous, and edged out the sweater vest sporting Noah in the car’s only drag strip performance on the bottle.

First gen Neons are where the majority of the enthusiasts who visit our site came from and where most of our staff drew it’s beginnings. With Belvidere Assembly’s Neon days over and age becoming an increasing issue, finding a good example of a “best-gen” 95-99 car is getting more and more difficult. The car was given up in favor of the Neon SRT-4 when it was released and although now parted out and in close to stock form, it is missed.

Hi. Bye.