Even if you don't like the styling of Dodge's new low-riding Magnum or other LX platform cars, you must admit it's nice that Mopar finally provided a V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive performance automobile. In our eyes, the Magnum is a nice blend of utility, performance, and style, and the Hemi-equipped R/T version has plenty of power to elevate your heart rate. But while the Magnum R/T performs well, it just doesn't have many styling cues to distinguish it from its V-6-powered siblings. So when our friend Steve Edwards of Bartow, Florida, decided to give his Magnum R/T the look of an SRT, we decided to follow along and see just how involved the conversion was.
The performance of the new Magnum R/T and the power of the new 5.7 Hemi is more than enoug
From the front, the Magnum R/T doesn't look much different than its V-6-powered SXT siblin
Styling differences are subtle between the R/T and SRT versions of the Magnum, but the SRT
Adding aftermarket hardware to a car to improve its looks, performance, or both, is nothing new. In the '70s, it was Hi-Jacker air shocks, traction bars, and a set of Cragars. In the '80s, everything was overchromed or pro-streeted, but rarely ran down the track. In the '90s, the G-machines became popular as more aftermarket suppliers were manufacturing quality suspension and brake components for older vehicles. These days most automotive upgrades are a blend of performance and looks. Large diameter wheels, low-profile tires, composite body panels, and ground effects are now the trend, especially when it comes to new iron. Since the Magnum already has large wheelwells, Steve wanted to take advantage of this feature by adding larger rims and tires. When it came to the external appearance of his Magnum, he liked the styling of the SRT.
To achieve the look of an SRT Magnum, both the front and rear bumper covers must be changed, as well as the grille and trim. There is also some ducting which must be added to take advantage of the additional openings in the SRT bumper, routing air to cool the brakes. All the parts necessary to complete the bumper change are available from Mopar through your local dealer.
Since Steve didn't want to simply look like every other SRT Magnum on the road, he opted for a fiberglass "Magnum Force" hood from RKSport in Murrieta, California. This hood closely resembles the hood of a Viper SRT 10 and fits well on the SRT-adorned Magnum, giving a look that appears somewhat factory, but is much more aggressive. An added benefit of this hood is that it ducts fresh air to the airbox, giving a performance gain as well. The swap is really pretty straightforward, but since the new SRT bumper covers and the hood all come unfinished, they need to be painted to match the outer body color of the car.
Overall, this conversion is easy and, except for the painting, can be accomplished with basic hand tools. Aside from the painting, the entire conversion took about 10 hours to complete and really changed the appearance of the car. While the parts aren't cheap, they cost far less than the price tag of an actual SRT Magnum, so this conversion makes sense if you're after the look but not necessarily the performance of a Magnum SRT-8.
Before the hood is removed, the windshield washer nozzles, lines, and hood insulation must
The factory hood is held to the hinges with four bolts. Since the factory Magnum hood is m
Before painting our new RKSport hood, it must be checked for proper fit. It's better to ma
Once the hood is properly fitted to the car, the windshield washer nozzles can be installe
Having the right tool helps to remove the clips holding the upper front bumper cover on. T
With the upper clips removed from the front bumper cover, it can be pulled away from the r
With the factory front bumper cover removed, the new SRT cover is trial fit to the car. An
With the new front bumper cover installed, the fit of the new hood is again checked. It's
Once everything is properly fitted, it is again taken apart to be prepped for paint. Since
Using the factory front seal, the new hood is marked and drilled for the retaining clips.
After priming the new hood, it's coated with a dry guide coat and sanded to find any low s
Once sanded and prepped, the parts are moved to the paint booth where they are once again
What You'll Need
Lots of small parts are required to complete this conversion. the following is a list of the part numbers you'll need to make your Magnum look like an SRT. Thanks to Tom Edwards Dodge, we were able to secure all the part numbers. You'll need to call your local Dodge dealer for current parts pricing.
|Quantity ||Part number ||Description |
|1 ||4854675-AA ||Front fascia |
|1 ||5030048-AA ||Fog lamp bezel |
|1 ||5030049-AA ||Fog lamp bezel |
|4 ||6504521 ||Pushpins |
|1 ||030054-AA ||Air duct |
|1 ||030055-AA ||Air duct |
|1 ||5030042-AB ||Grille |
|1 ||5030043-AA ||Grille |
|1 ||5030044-AA ||Front molding |
|1 ||5030045-AA ||Front molding |
|2 ||6503819 ||Retainer |
|8 ||4806226-AA ||Spring clip |
|4 ||6505223-AA ||Nut |
|2 ||6503929 ||Cone screw |
|4 ||4806110-AA ||Pin |
|8 ||505145-AA ||Hex screw |
|1 ||5029908-AB ||Front shield |
|11 ||34201631 ||Retainer |
|1 ||065322-AC ||Weatherstrip |
|1 ||5030050-AB ||Rear fascia |
|1 ||5030052-AA ||Fascia molding |
|1 ||5030053-AA ||Fascia molding |
|1 ||5030051-AA ||Closeout panel |
|4 ||6504521 ||Pushpin |
|3 ||4806240-AB ||Pushpin |
|4 ||4806334-AA ||Fascia pin |
|4 ||6500859 ||Rivet |
|1 ||4805754-AF ||Headlamp |
|1 ||4805755-AF ||Headlamp |
|1 ||4806011-AE ||Windshield washer hose |
|1 ||5030130-AA ||Plate, package |
|24 ||68019469-AA ||Grille clip |
|1 ||4805899-AB ||Ram ornament |
J.D. paints each part in Diamont base/clear to match the car's exterior color. If you're d
After the paint cures, the grilles, trim, and ducting can be assembled before the bumper i
Starting at the bottom, the SRT front bumper cover is installed using the new hardware. Th
The hood can now be installed and adjusted for proper fit. Once the hood is bolted in plac
From the rear, the SRT bumper cover gives the Magnum a more aggressive look.
The SRT bumpers, trim, and grille, matched with the RKSport Magnum Force hood, really give