Bad Stereo Install Gets Worse - 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Bad Stereo Install Gets Worse

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 2, 2016

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

I wasn't looking for more reasons to be frustrated by PCH Custom Audio's install job on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. Still, I found one. The large bezel surrounding most of the center console is going to crack. And being the owner of an older Nissan 240SX, I'm sensitive to cracks in the dash.

Installing aftermarket stereos often requires using what's called an adapter kit. These plastic pieces replace certain parts in the dash so your fancy new aftermarket headunit fits better.

The problem is our bezel doesn't fit.

Brent Romans noticed the gap and the associated problems first. But now both top and bottom partitions are bulging out, and some of the tabs have broken from attempted forced fitment. These bulging ends are putting stress on the center, which will invariably crack due to stress and constant vibration.

Solutions? We'll have to pull it apart first, but I'm betting on having to buy a new adapter kit and redoing the stereo install.

Judging by the overwhelmingly positive response to a previous post, maybe we'll add some more Dynamat, too.

Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 78,485 miles

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