The Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger muscle cars have become an absolute force in the car market since their 2015 refreshes. The two models have amassed a devout following, and continue to sell quite well despite their relative old age. The Charger remains the champion of the full-size sedan segment, and the Challenger has cemented itself as the official runner-up behind the Mustang in muscle car sales. While the Brotherhood of Muscle are an avid fan base, it’s time we talk about their biggest flaw: the Dodge splitter guards.
It’s not actually Dodge’s fault that its buyers are making poor choices that ends up ruining the paint of these vehicles. When Dodge ships the R/T and SRT-trimmed muscle cars to dealers, they fit the front splitters with a protective piece of plastic in order to ensure the piece isn’t damaged before it arrives on the lot. These pieces of plastic have become known as the Dodge splitter guards, and many owners choose to leave the yellow colored plastic attached to the front of their vehicles after purchase.
Well, originally the splitter guards came in a bright yellow, giving the corners of the splitters a banana-esque look. Why it became popular to leave the guards in place is a mystery, especially considering that the pieces themselves read “to be removed by dealer” in all caps. Perhaps it has something to do with adding a bit of color to the often dark colored SRT cars, or perhaps people do it for the meme nowadays. Leaving the splitter guards in place will eventually lead to some nasty looking paint damage, which is exactly what they are supposed to fight against.
FCA themselves have even tried to step in and end this trend by changing the splitter guard color to a vibrant pink (previously described as a purple). And judging by the photos that various dealers have uploaded on Facebook, they might be too stylish for their own good. Nevertheless, they’re not supposed to kept on. In fact, there’s even a Facebook page dedicating itself to the cause of pressuring Dodge owners to remove their splitter guards.
Whether or not this color change is going to dissuade future buyers from leaving the splitter guards on has yet to be seen. While we are sure some owners will rock the pink-colored guards with pride, others may turn to the large pre-owned splitter guard market. As jockey as that may sound, there are currently plenty of yellow splitter guards selling on eBay for as much as $100.
Just throw the damn things out, we promise your car looks better without them.