I’m not sure who said it first, but I’ve always stuck with the philosophy that you are only as good as your last project car. It doesn’t matter what you did “back in tha day” but rather what have you done lately. With Grip Tuning, their approach is to take a project and continue to refine it over time. To get it built to the point where it is constantly evolving but also constantly gets noticed.
Based in Warren, MI, GRIP Tuning specializes in the design, distribution and sales of high-quality body kits for both domestics and imports.
Since we first saw GRIP Tuning products at SEMA years ago they continued to impress us with affordable and stylish bodykits. Based in Warren, MI, GRIP Tuning specializes in the design, distribution and sales of high-quality body kits for both domestics and imports. Since everything is done in-house at their headquarters in Warren, MI, GRIP Tuning is able to provide unbelievable availability and lightning-fast shipping times. Their nationwide network of distribution centers is something distributors of overseas kits just can’t equal.
GRIP’s fast growing reputation started off with their award-winning body kits for the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Charger. These were affordable kits that were also very durable since they were made from strong ABS plastic as opposed to delicate exotic composites. Since then, their ability to find niche markets in the industry for cars that are popular but not well-supported by other manufacturers has driven their growth. Their products are also made in the USA, a factor which has become more important than ever.
Owner Daniel Elson of Escondido, CA was fortunate enough to meet up with the team at Grip Tuning and discussed a sponsored bodykit for his Charger. While shopping around for cars, Elson decided his 2006 Dodge Charger R/T would be the best of all worlds. “I chose the Charger because I loved the styling,” said Elson. “And since it was a four door, I could get the ‘OK’ from the wife to purchase it. This is by far one of the best cars I have ever owned. It has the muscle car looks and power but the ride and quality of a Mercedes.” Elson’s comparison of the Charger to a Mercedes is right on the money, since its underpinnings come from the E-Class.
With the right platform picked Elson wanted to ensure no one would have a Changer that looked like his. A full 4-piece Grip Tuning body kit was added to the project to make the Changer’s aggressive mug look even meaner. The Charger was taken to AutoExplosion in Gardena, CA for proper fitment and several coats of Brilliant Black Top Silver with a Burnt Orange pinstripe. The car was accented with a Grip Tuning stainless steel grill and a Carbon by Design carbon fiber hood, trunk pillars and spoiler. Some HID fogs were added and all of the factory lenses were blacked out to complete the look.
Now that the exterior was sorted out, it was time to add some aggressive rollers for Southern California hot spots. A set of Lexani LSS10 22x9 and 22x10-inch wheels were selected along with some Toyo Proxes 255mm and 285mm meats. The right stance was achieved using B&G springs along with Tokico Blues to stiffen the ride. From there a set of Eibach sways eliminate some of the roll in this 4000-pounder.