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I've been thinking about "de-molding" the doors of my Magnum. I decided to ask Ralph what he thought - he responded in about 2 minutes!
That's why I'm thinking of adding mouldings to the Challenger. That's one thing I miss form the 300C.FreeLantz said:Remove the moulding if you never drive the car in public places or park in parking lots, ever. Otherwise you should consider how bad it will look with a few years' worth of door dings. It's a little different on a truck or SUV where the doors of smaller cars will hit you lower than the mouldings anyway. On a Magnum, those things are a must.
I usually park in the back, as far away as I can. Drives my wife and kids nuts, but a little extra walking won't hurt.valiant67 said:That's why I'm thinking of adding mouldings to the Challenger. That's one thing I miss form the 300C.
The car may look better with no moldings, but it's gonna look horrible with door dings and there are enough people who don't care and slam their door into your car no matter how much you try to avoid them in a parking lot.
The Jeeps all have lower cladding, and the Rams have an optional (IMO gauddy) chrome trim for the doors, but you are right! Only the minivans have these.Powdered Toast Man said:Well Ralph's tweet got me curious so I looked. The only vehicles in the current Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep lineup that have any sort of decorative side moldings are the minivans. I kind of wonder if this is a result of Gilles being made head of design in this last generation of vehicles. There are pre-release press photos (that are on Allpar) of the Journey with silver side moldings but they did not make it to any of the production models. 05-10 300? Side moldings. 11+ 300? Clean doors. Same goes for Charger. Nothing on the Challenger. 1st gen Avenger had them. 2nd gen does not.
I've kind of had my eye out lately. It looks like that styling craze of gluing plastic molding and cladding to the doors has ended. Lots of newer vehicles have no molding at all.
Same here.pug-man said:I usually park in the back, as far away as I can. Drives my wife and kids nuts, but a little extra walking won't hurt.
Exactly my thinking when I took mine off "what are the odds..." *bang*Powdered Toast Man said:My experience with regard to the side moldings offering dent protection is that it's a total crapshoot. My 06 Caravan had them but it didn't stop someone from putting a massive ding in the driver's side door. It all depends if the widest part of their door lines up with the molding strip on your door. Park an SUV next to a car and the car will get the dent above the molding.
I even accidentally just caught a Civic all the way up in the door handle with the edge of the rear door of my Journey.
The side moldings are mainly decorative.