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Old February 12th, 2020, 06:45 PM   #1
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New '06 Roadster owner checking in

My closed transport delivered my 2006 Slate Crystal Viper Roadster this morning. I've been a Viper fan since I first set my eyes upon a prototype at an NHRA race back in 92. It's been a dream of mine to own one ever since that day, and today, I finally made that dream come true.

It's the wet season here in the Pacific NW, but today, the sky opened up and the sun was shining down. I gratefully put a couple hours of seat time in it and gave my family all a ride. After returning home and parking her in the garage, I couldn't help but choke up a bit. It feels surreal. I'm not a materialistic person, I've owned several fast cars in the past, but to finally own the car I dreamed about as a kid is a feeling that is indescribable in words. I have overcome a lot of obstacles throughout my life and to be in a position to make a purchase like this without impacting my lifestyle is something that I am very proud of.

I look forward to learning and being a part of this community.
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Old February 12th, 2020, 06:47 PM   #2
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Here's a quick pic I snapped after giving her a wipe down.
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One of the best colors that Dodge ever conceived. Great looking car sir!!!
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Congrats & welcome! Great looking car.

I'm a nobody newbie here but I'll just mention that this gang is one tight bunch. Definitely
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Nice looking car, congrats.
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Old February 17th, 2020, 04:36 PM   #7
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Thank you. Looks like we have several days of dry weather, so looking forward to getting a bunch of drive time in.

I noticed that when I turn the wheel all the way one way or the other, there's a rubbing noise coming from the rear end. When the dealer performed the PPI, they noticed this and changed the diff fluid for me and stated the noise went away, but I still hear it. Has anyone else experienced this? What's the fix?
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Welcome and nice Viper! I have the EXACT same car, same year/color/vert.
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Thank you. Looks like we have several days of dry weather, so looking forward to getting a bunch of drive time in.

I noticed that when I turn the wheel all the way one way or the other, there's a rubbing noise coming from the rear end. When the dealer performed the PPI, they noticed this and changed the diff fluid for me and stated the noise went away, but I still hear it. Has anyone else experienced this? What's the fix?
You mentioned they changed the diff fluid, but did they also put the friction modifier in?
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Old February 26th, 2020, 11:18 AM   #10
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Welcome and nice Viper! I have the EXACT same car, same year/color/vert.
Thanks! Share some pics! Is yours stock or do you have any mods?

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You mentioned they changed the diff fluid, but did they also put the friction modifier in?
Good question. I'll call to verify the FM was added. When I called last week to question them about the diff, I spoke directly to the viper tech who said that this is a common issue when the viper sits for a while and isn't driven. The fluid gums up and most of the time a diff fluid change will resolve it, but occasionally, it requires a second flush which works 9/10 times. For the 1/10 times it doesn't work, the diff needs to be rebuilt. Curious if anyone has any feedback on this.
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Old February 26th, 2020, 12:52 PM   #11
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If you do need a rebuilt diff get 3.55 gears. Honestly, one of the best mods you can do.
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what kind of noise are you hearing? have you checked your inner brake pads on your emergency brake yet?
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If you do need a rebuilt diff get 3.55 gears. Honestly, one of the best mods you can do.
I'll second that.

I did 3.55's in my '06 Coupe and one of my '08 Coupes. Awesome mod and you can actually use 6th gear!


Nice looking Viper - Great Color as well. Good Luck w/ it!
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Old February 29th, 2020, 10:48 PM   #14
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If you do need a rebuilt diff get 3.55 gears. Honestly, one of the best mods you can do.
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I'll second that.

I did 3.55's in my '06 Coupe and one of my '08 Coupes. Awesome mod and you can actually use 6th gear!

Nice looking Viper - Great Color as well. Good Luck w/ it!
Thanks. This is my 3rd car with a 6 gear box and the 1st where the 6th gear is literally useless.

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what kind of noise are you hearing? have you checked your inner brake pads on your emergency brake yet?
It's difficult to put into words. It is definitely coming from the rear of the vehicle and I'm 85% sure it's from the rear end. It sounds as if you took 2 piece of rubber that were being pushed against each other while simultaneously being pushed perpendicularly, so every little bit they release their friction and catch again making an odd rubberized squeaking sound as the release and catch. Not sure if that makes sense, but like I said, it's an unusual sound and is hard to describe.

Next time the weather permits, I'll take it out, get an audio recording and upload it.
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yes, but have you checked your INNER emergency brake pads? known to wear out on gen 3 even if not used due to tension put on them by the e brake cable.
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yes, but have you checked your INNER emergency brake pads? known to wear out on gen 3 even if not used due to tension put on them by the e brake cable.
I have not. I assume the dealership, who performed the PPI, would've done that since they had it up on the lift and provided a thorough inspection for me. However, I'd like to inspect for myself. I'm pretty capable, is it pretty easy to spot? Any tips for doing the inner e-brake pad inspection on our gen 3s?
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you need to take a look for yourself. jack up car, pull rear wheel off and take a look. the mechanic doing the PPI might have looked at the outside pad, said looks good, put checkmark on the PPI.
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Thanks! Share some pics! Is yours stock or do you have any mods?
Mine is stock, just BC Coilovers.
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Mine is stock, just BC Coilovers.
I don't think that the H wheels are the stock wheels, and they didn't come in black from the factory, so those are painted or powder coated. But they're nicer than the more common 10 spokes so good for you.

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