If you are big into Hellcat builds, then you are more than likely familiar with @Khal_SRT. The famed Hellcat wizard from Dearborn, Michigan has transformed a number of Chrysler 300 models into SRT Hellcat models. He even installed a supercharged 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) Hellephant HEMI® V8 crate motor into his own Chrysler 300, something we have talked about in the past.
But now, he has a really smart tip for HEMI L-series car owners, to help prevent the theft of their vehicles.
There has been an ongoing issue with Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300 models being stolen by thieves who have figured out how to reprogram a new keyfob to the car in a matter of minutes. This means once a thief has broken into the car, they can reprogram a new key and simply press the start button and drive away with the car.
In August 2021, FCA US, LLC came up with a new software update to help prevent criminals from stealing cars equipped with the 6.4-liter (392 cubic inch) SRT HEMI V8 or supercharged HELLCAT HEMI V8 engines by offering three new security solutions.
Those three solutions included…
- “Enhanced Security Valet Mode” uses a four-digit code in the radio to limit engine power output to less than 3 horsepower, preventing fast getaways.
- “Key Programming Lockdown” prevents thieves from programming new key fobs after breaking into a vehicle.
- “Intrusion Module” that activates vehicle alarm systems if it senses glass breakage or vehicle movement.
The solutions still had some issues. “Enhanced Security Valet Mode” would still allow someone to take the vehicle if they were to push it or drive very slowly. “Key Programming Lockdown” disables the Radio Frequency Hub (RFH) from being reprogrammed. The only problem with that is, if you lose both of your key fobs, your dealer will have to install a new RFH and reprogram two new fobs, costing you a lot of money in the process.
So Khal_SRT’s latest video shows us how to install a killswitch into the wiring for the push-button start, disabling it so no one can start the car unless they know where the switch is. The modification is simple to do and is pretty inexpensive to help secure your vehicle. But do keep in mind, doing such a mod can affect your vehicle’s warranty.
For areas like the Metro Detroit area, where it seems L-series are stolen daily, it seems like a no-brainer. Facebook groups like the ‘Stolen Cars DETROIT, MI’ page are a non-stop photo gallery of stolen modern Mopar muscle cars from the Detroit area. Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles are other hotbeds for thefts when it comes to Mopar cars as well.
So what do you think? Would this be something you would do? Let us know in the comments below.