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Modding My Father’s Chrysler 300S For Around $50 On Lockdown:

Simple & Cheap Fun Spending Some Time With Family While Social Distancing...

There is still a lot of love out there for the iconic Chrysler 300 Series. Recently, my father purchased a Chrysler 300S and with the recent COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic going on, we figured it would be a good time to spend some time modifying his new ride with the time off from work and social distancing ourselves from others while not going bored out of our minds. So are you looking for some fun mods to perform on your car while on lockdown?

Mike Volkmann Sr. Installing The JR2 Painted Rear Window Roof Spoiler. (MoparInsiders).

While randomly looking around on Amazon.com, I found a JR2 painted rear window roof spoiler for the Chrysler 300. With a price tag of $32.99 USD (not including tax and $4.50 for shipping) and a four-star rating, I thought, why not. I also saw multiple vendors were selling tint for taillights for 300 Series cars, so I added a tint strip for the reverse lights from SlickMod to the shopping cart for $12.99 and hit the order button.

Both items arrived within two days and we were ready to install. OK, let’s have some lockdown fun!

JR2 Painted Rear Window Roof Spoiler. (MoparInsiders).
I cleaned the back window really well with a soapy water mix, then rinsed, and then dried it. Since it was a little cool and rainy out, we ran the rear window defroster two cycles, to get the rear window warmed up. We then used a heat gun on low and slowly warmed the top edge of the window up to where it was longer cold to the touch. We also ran the heat gun along the adhesive side of the spoiler, to warm it up a little also. After liberally applying isopropyl alcohol to the back window and wiping it with a microfiber cloth, my father and I were ready to install the spoiler.
 
JR2 Painted Rear Window Roof Spoiler. (MoparInsiders).
Using a razor, I split the removable film in the middle of the spoiler and folded it over. This allowed me to pull the film from either direction, middle, or outside edges, to remove it and allow the adhesive to contact the window. We slowly removed the film on the driver side first, curving the spoiler to match the line of the window. Once the driver’s side was done we did the same thing with the passenger side. Using the heat gun on low again, we gently applied heat and pressure from our fingers to make sure the adhesive set up on the window.
 
SlickMod Reverse Taillights Tint For Chrysler 300 Series. (MoparInsiders).
Next were the taillights. Just like the spoiler, we cleaned the lights with a soapy water mix, dried them well, and then wiped them liberally with isopropyl alcohol.  I then sprayed the soapy water on the back of the tint and applied it to the tail light.  While still wet, I positioned the tint on how I wanted it then began pushing out the water and air bubbles while applying a little heat to activate the adhesive.  I did have to trim the tint a little by running a razor along the edge of the lamp.  We did the drivers side first, then we did the passenger.
 
Mike Volkmann Sr.’s Chrysler 300S. (MoparInsiders).
 
The results were GREAT! While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it is a nice low expense mod that allowed us to still have some fun with our cars, even during the current situation. Next on our list for the 300S, is converting the rear valance to the export Chrysler 300 SRT version, while using the original exhaust tips from our long-term Dodge Charger SRT392. Expect a full write up on that soon.
 
Please stay healthy during this time, we will have lots of car fun soon!

Mike Volkmann

Michael Volkmann, a mechanical engineer in the steel industry, autocrossed and road-raced Neons. Michael has drag raced his 1971 Duster 340, 2015 Dodge Charger SRT392, 2009 Challenger R/T, and Neons, of which he’s owned seven — one SRT4, three ACRs, and three Sport Coupes.

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