Dodge Charger and Challenger air dams were apparently scratched during shipment between the assembly plant and the dealer, so Dodge installed some yellow plastic "shipping covers" to be removed from the dealer. Except now, people keep them in place because they like the look and some people even sell them on Ebay for a pretty penny.
Jump on a Hellcat or Charger / Challenger forum, and you'll find heated discussions about the small yellow plastic air pads with "To be removed by a dealer" written on their fronts, mostly because people use what was meant to be a temporary shipping protection method as a car modification.
These small-scale plastic airbags (also called splitter guards or splitter guards) come from the factory and act as a way to reduce damage during shipping, with Fiat Chrysler saying in a technical service bulletin removal cover: "Light yellow shipping covers have been added below vehicle production to prevent / reduce damage to the front fascia air dam during vehicle transportation. "
Several people say it's stupid to keep the shipping covers in place, while many love the look. Some people sell the covers while some people are crazy that people ask for money for something meant to be thrown away. It's all a bunch of typical internet drama.
"Driving around with the yellow shields is like holding the Styrofoam protector on your television after removing it from the box …" Forum-goer Hunter from Hellcat.org opines. "Sold packing material. Good job. It's funny. I shoved off the screen protector from my hub when I bought my car. PM me if somebody wants to buy it," Hammer down from the same forum jokes in an air damper protector for sale posts.
In the case of sales outlets, there are many because air damper shipping covers have become hot modifications in the charger and challenge the scene. Here are a couple on Ebay from a 2017 Challenger R / T Scat Pack; The listing has 25 bids already and the price has reached $ 111 with over one day to go. Here is a Charger Hellcat set for sale on Ebay for $ 140 (there are a variety of charger covers for around $ 100), and so are the Challenger Demon covers, which transfer $ 200 in some cases.
The above technical service bulletin, which applies to Hellcat Challengers, describes how these protective covers are installed. Apparently, it's either a small push button (also called a Christmas tree) especially to hold the cover or there are two push pins that doubles to hold the air dam together (the two clips must be replaced after removal, you do not).
Many Challenger and Charger owners do not remove any of these Christmas trees, as they like the way they cover. And if I'm honest, I do not disagree. I have to admit that the two Charger R / T Scat Packs that are sitting outside the old Detroit police station are so damn good with the little yellow accents on their lower corners:
There are a few problems with keeping the covers on, of course . Dirt, says some forum members, can be caught between the yellow plastic and the lower facia, and over time the relative movement between the two parts can lead to wear on the car's clear coat.
But some people just throw a little tape on the back of the cover or just make sure your back is fine and clean. A number of people have also painted theirs like this gentleman, YouTuber Shoka252, whose red set looks really pretty:
I'm a fan of trend; Anytime people are out there who change their vehicles or get amplified in forums about cars, I see it as a good thing.
Certainly, the parts were initially designed to protect the car during shipment and not to get fixed fixtures on the bottom of the L-car air dams. But still; They look great and if I was Fiat Chrysler, I would either sell these things or offer air dams with painted accents, because there is obviously a little demand for a little more color on the lower fascia.