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One Cars & Coffee Meetup Got Creative With A Few Foam Noodles

Dodge Splitter Guards

The Dodge Splitter Guard Saga continues. Its origins are murky, but over the last couple of years, the trend of Challenger and Charger owners leaving on their banana-colored plastic protectors has spread faster than the damn coronavirus. Dodge thought they found a cure for the disease but changing the color of the splitter guards from yellow to pink, but its effectiveness only applies to new vehicles. Turns out, however, that there may be a better cure for splitter guard goons: good old fashioned shaming and mockery.

Take this photo of a recent car meet, for example. Yes, those are yellow pool noodles affixed to a variety of vehicles that don’t come with splitter guards. Maybe the Mopar mafia got the message. And if you look closely, you’ll see that even a Dodge Charger partook in the festivities, clipping a foam noodle to the front splitter like the Mustang and Subaru next to it.

Dodge Splitter Guards

Despite efforts to curb the misuse of the Dodge splitter guards, it’s become both a subculture and a cottage industry. For example, you can regularly find these plastic bananas on eBay for $100 from opportunistic sellers.

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. The main issue is that leaving the splitter guards in place will eventually lead to some nasty looking paint damage from road grit becoming trapped between the guard and the splitter.

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.

Dodge Splitter Guards

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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