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Temporarily stopping of photo posting of Neon SRT4 swap..

For those of you following the SRT4 swap into the 95 Neon Ive got some bad news and some good news.

BAD NEWS: We’re stopping posting photos of the swap progress for a little while. Why you may ask ? Well, we have WAY WAY too many photos, and its going to take some time to organize it all, and post it.

GOOD NEWS: We’re making EXCELLENT progress with the swap car, and we’re not stopping! Just hang in there with us, we promise we’ll be posting the photos of our swap project soon.

Mopar Manual trans fluid in stock for 95-05 Neon, 03-05 SRT-4, 08+ Caliber SRT-4

Mopar ATF+4 Fluid

We get a lot of calls from customers asking what type of oil they should be using for their vehicles, due to confusion at local dealerships. So, to make it easier, we have stocked up on plenty of Mopar Official manual transmission fluid and we can ship it right to your doorstep to make it easier.

So now, when youve got a good amount of mileage on your car, or are doing a clutch job and want to refresh the manual trans fluid in your car you can get the correct fluid from Modern Performance!

Now, we are listing this fluid as Manual transmission fluid, however the label shows ATF+4 in the picture and you might be a little puzzled. Mopar used ATF+4 in all of the manual transmission Neons, Neon SRT-4′s as well as Caliber SRT-4′s and so as weird as it might seem, this is the right stuff!

2008-2009 Caliber SRT-4 – Fill Capacity 4 Quarts of ATF+4

Please note: This is the fluid recommended by Mopar for the vehicles above. If you drive your car very hard, a Chrysler Engineer that we work with quite a bit has recommended the use of Mobil 1 High Mileage 10w/30 with ZDDP or Zinc dithiophosphate which helps protect the gear surfaces better under high heat conditions. You can find the ZDDP labeling on the back of the container.


Want to find out more about ZDDP ? Check out more details on Wikipedia.org with this link..

Link to 95-99 Neon, 00-05 Neon, 03-05 Neon SRT-4 ATF+4 fluid..

http://www.modernperformance.com/mopar-manual-transmission-fluid-9505-neon-0305-srt4-p-1937.html

Link to 08-09 Caliber SRT-4 ATF+4 fluid..

http://www.modernperformance.com/mopar-manual-transmission-fluid-atf4-0809-caliber-srt4-p-1936.html

Photo of Neon SRT-4 with Sportstop rotors installed

Neon SRT-4 with Sportstop Rotors installed

A customer with a 2003 Yellow Dodge SRT-4 stopped by our shop today and installed a set of Sportstop rotors along with Hawk brake pads on his car.

I figured it would be a great idea to take a photo of the rotors installed to share with you all. HOpe you enjoy the photo!

More information on the sportstop rotors here:

http://www.modernperformance.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=sportstop&x=0&y=0

How To: Sealing headlights/taillights to prevent condensation/moisture buildup.

Sometimes, regardless of the manufacturer of headlights/taillights you buy, condensation or moisture can leak into your new lights.

With installation usually requiring 45 mins – 2 hours for headlights or taillights, its pretty frustrating to have a leak develop in  your new lights. This procedure will take about an extra 20-30 minutes to do, but will guarantee you wont have to remove the lights due to fogging/condensation buildup.

So, to properly demonstrate the procedure of how to seal the taillights/headlights, we decided to demonstrate on a set of 08+ Dodge Caliber headlights.

First off, heres the headlight we’ll be working with.

Dodge Caliber SRT-4 Depo Headlight

This headlight has a clear plastic outer shell on the front, and a black plastic basket surround. The two are sealed together with a heavy duty industrial glue/sealer. However, sometimes with extreme heat, the glue/sealer can come loose, and holes can form that will allow water to enter.

This is the sealer we are using. This is GE Silicone 2, a premium grade silicone sealant. This is a great all purpose silicone that can be used indoors/outdoors and it will never crack, and is permanently flexible so it will seal, but yet flex with heat/cold expansion/contraction. You can buy this in small tubes for about $4 at your local hardware store.

Heres what the initial bead of silicone looks like that we used to go around the headlight. We made sure to apply a consistent bead of silicone across the entire headlight.

The last step of sealing a headlight or taillight, is to make sure that the silicone has a good seal against the two surfaces its sealing. So, with our pointer finger, we ran our finger along the bead, pushing the silicone into the crack, and sealing the silicone to both the inner and outer casings. Notice how there are no globs, and how the silicone nicely fills the void.

Most silicone sealers will take about 1 hour to cure, and about 12-14 hours to fully cure, so be sure to allocate enough time for the silicone to fully dry and seal.

David B’s 03 Dodge SRT-4 with Fiber Images F1 hood and Projector Halo headlights

David B's 03 SRT-4 with Fiber Images F1 hood and Projector Halo's

David B's 03 SRT-4 with Fiber Images F1 hood and Projector Halo's

David B from San Antonio sent me two photos of his 03 Dodge SRT-4 after a wash and detail. The photos are a little fuzzy but you can still see how good looking his SRT4 is. David B has the privilege of owning the very first Neon SRT-4 in Texas, from way back in Feb of 03 !

In these two photos you can see he has a Fiber Images F1 hood and the Projector Halo headlights that he bought from MP. He is also using a set of HID lights with the projector halo headlights (not sure where he bought them from) and luckily enough he hasnt melted his Projector Halo headlights! We have heard from several customers of their headlight housings melting due to the extreme amount of heat from the HID kits focusing the light output via the projectors on a 2 inch diameter area on the headlight. Sorry I cant advise on which kits will or will not cause melting, we havent done any testing!!

Anyways, thought you guys would enjoy these two quick photos.

Photo of Calico Coated SRT-4 bearings/pistons that we shipped to a customer today.

Our shipping department was packaging up a set of coated Mopar rod bearings, Mopar main bearings, and JE pistons for a customers 03-05 Dodge SRT4 today. I thought this would be a good time to snap a photo and share this cool product.

For those of you who arent familiar with coating internal engine bearings and friction surfaces, coating engine internals provides several benefits. Engine coatings can reduce wear, eliminate horsepower losses due to friction, and protect surfaces if oil pressure drops.

For this particular customer, we had Calico coatings coat the piston top to protect the piston from extreme temperatures and help deflect heat. Also, the piston side skirts were coated to reduce friction in the cylinder bore.

Here are some closeup photos. The black coating is whats called a dry film lubricant, and the gray coating on the piston top is a thermal barrier.

03-05 Dodge SRT4 Calico Coated Pistons and Bearings

1995 Dodge Neon NYG ACR gets SRT4 seats ! (SRT-4 Viper Style Seat Swap into Neon)

Photo of the 95 Neon ACR Nitro Yellow Green.
1995 Dodge Neon ACR NYG
For those of you who may not be familiar with MP’s project cars, heres the vehicles we currently own for testing and development of parts:

1995 Dodge Neon ACR Nitro Yellow Green
2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Turbo

In this post, we’re going to post photos and discuss the new seats we swapped into our 1995 NYG Neon!

We decided to get more supportive/comfortable seats for the NYG, and so we called up a local junkyard that had a 03 Neon SRT4 they were parting out. We were able to score the two front seats, and rear upper and lower seats for $250 which is a STEAL!

The front seats have very supportive side bolsters which is great for cornering, and they are also adjustable (unlike our old fixed back Corbeau seats we installed for weight savings!)

For any of you (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) Neon owners out there that want a set of seats that are a MAJOR upgrade to the factory 95-99 Neon seats, these are a DIRECT SWAP in. Meaning, NO cutting, No bending, just remove the old seats and install these! It might be hard to find these in junkyards, and or they might fetch a lot of money on Ebay but its well worth it in our opinion!

Front seats – perfect fit, no rubbing on doors, no issues at all!
1995 Dodge Neon NYG ACR

Rear seats – perfect fit, AND now we have fold down rear seats!! Our previous back seat didnt fold down.
1995 Dodge Neon NYG ACR

We’ll bring you more photos and details of our other project cars, and development work when we have an opportunity!

Batch of 03-05 Dodge SRT4 Throttle Bodies with Spacers

We received a batch of MPx Throttle Body with spacer for the 03-05 Neon SRT4 the other day from our machinist.

With each batch of the throttle bodies we get in, we do some final assembly, and quality test each throttle body to ensure perfect operation and fitment.

This was a cool photo opportunity, so we snapped this photo to share with you guys..

MPx Throttle Body for 03-05 SRT4

More photos and information here:
03-05 Dodge SRT4 MPx throttle body and spacer

Older News – Crane Cams no longer in business

Older News – Crane Cams no longer in business-

For those of you who may have missed this update from late last month/beginning of this month, Crane Cams is no longer in business.

This is pretty big news for MP, as we relied on Crane Cams for their lineup of camshafts and valvetrain for the 03-05 Dodge SRT-4 ,95-05 Dodge Neon Dohc and Sohc , as well as the 95-99 Mitsubishi Eclipse NON Turbo.

Have no fear though! Crower has stepped up and we have replaced the whole Crane cams lineup with Crower camshafts, Crower valve springs, and Crower Valve spring and Titanium retainers! PLUS, Crowers camshafts are $369 versus most Crane cams being $429+, and SRT4/Neon Crower valve springs are $75 versus Crane valve springs costing $99+!

The only downside, is that Crower does NOT make 95-99 Dodge Neon SOHC components, so we no longer have any camshafts, or valve springs for the Sohc Neon.


To see what we have left in inventory from Crane, click on this link.


To see our new lineup of valve springs, titanium retainers, and camshafts from Crower that we are now stocking, click on this link.