2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Not Digging this Exhaust (Video)
July 21, 2015
I'm over aftermarket exhausts, especially the one on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8. I had an aftermarket unit on the last car I owned. Yes, it sounds cool when you first get it and when you show it off to friends, but after that you're left with a car that brings way too much attention to itself. I'm not really that type of guy.
Worse yet, as Mike Monticello noted, our JBA exhaust makes an annoying droning noise at sustained speeds. More on that in a bit.
We didn't have much choice in the matter when we were shopping for Chargers. Just about every SRT8 we saw in the wild had a modified exhaust. I guess it's just a thing that SRT8 owners do, but I wonder: Was the stock exhaust really that bad?
If you drive our Charger a short distance, you don't really notice anything out of the ordinary. This is why we couldn't hear the exhaust during the test-drive. Spend a day or two in it though, and you'll start to hear the noise. It's a low-pitched booming noise and rather than sounding cool, it just beats on your eardrums.
I've tried to capture this effect in the video below. I had the windows down for better sound, but I think I ended up recording more wind noise than exhaust noise. Still, you can make out the sound approaching the 40-second mark on the video. Put on headphones to get the most out of it.
I want to make this car stock again. I want to break the cycle of modified SRT8s and possibly add some resale value to the car.
What do you think? Keep the exhaust or go back to stock?
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 69,065 miles