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Chapman Wranglers

thCABMHCB5Chapman Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and RAM love to sell their Jeep Wranglers! Our mechanics both drive Wranglers and a few of them get to build these four wheel drive monsters for you our customers. Even though Wranglers do come trail ready some people like just a little bit more, and we provide that here at Chapman. Jeep Performance Parts include four-inch lifts, Tires, Wheel, Winches, LED Lights and much more.
If you’re new to “JEEPING” once you own your Wrangler there are a few things you need to know, depending on what type of off roading adventures you intend to get yourself into. Start by knowing your ground clearance, it is the height of objects your vehicle can take on without causing damage to the underside of your vehicle. Four wheel drive is what gives you traction and helps you from sliding in less ideal terrain. When you really need some extra traction you always have Low-Range, this also helps when rock crawling. Your Wrangler’s crawl ratio is what allows it to climb steep inclines and take on large rocks. Crawl ratio allows your jeep to slowly maneuver up and over obstacles without having to use the accelerator. These are just a few tips to get you started adventuring through various terrains. Happy trail riding!

 

2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker    2015 Dodge Charger and 2015 Dodge Challenger Refreshed

While subtlety may not be the forte of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, their mid-cycle refreshes are—sort of. For 2015, both the Charger and Challenger received cosmetic and mechanical upgrades to keep the cars fresh, stylish and powerful.

With Dodge celebrating its 100th birthday this year, the brand is going all out with its full-size sedan and muscle car. You can rest assured Chapman Dodge will be celebrating, too.

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Dodge Charger

According to the folks at Dodge, the 1968 Charger inspired the 2015 redesign. The goal was to make the Charger appear smaller and lighter without actually compromising interior space and cargo volume. The exterior dimensions are virtually unchanged, although the roof and doors are the only panels to be carried over. The underpinnings are the same as well, except for new cast-aluminum axles and housings.

Power comes from either Chrysler’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 or the base 3.6-liter V-6 mill. The V-8 engine produces 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. The six-cylinder produces a modest 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines are paired with Chrysler’s eight-speed automatic transmission, the only choice available. All-wheel drive is still available, although it now features an active transfer case that automatically disconnects the front axle when it is not needed. Dodge says this can improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent.

Slipping inside, the interior features new seats, extensive use of soft-touch materials and eight trim packages. There is a new three-spoke steering wheel with optional paddle shifters, which allow brisk, 400-millisecond shifts; that speed is cut nearly in half to 250 milliseconds in sport mode.

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Dodge Challenger

The Challenger is the classic muscle car reincarnate. There is no other car on the road that looks as cool or as retro as the Challenger. While the Challenger has been extensively refreshed for 2015, its 1971 roots are still clearly visible.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger sees the front and rear fascias redesigned. There are other changes that include a deeper air dam, LED halo surrounding the headlights, a bigger hood bulge and an optional Shaker hood. LED taillights are still out back on the refreshed rear.

Like the Charger, the Challenger is little changed from the previous offering.

Inside, the front seats have been redesigned. Upholstery choices range from cloth to Nappa leather, with the option of heating and cooling for leather trims.

Power is a staple of the Challenger and 2015 is no different. Power comes from a base 3.6-liter V-6 engine up to the burly 5.7- and 6.4-liter Hemi V-8s. The 5.7-liter Hemi makes 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. The 6.4-liter produces 470 horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque. Both Hemi engines are paired with a six-speed manual, although the eight-speed automatic—with paddles—is an available option.

For 2015 Dodge is enhancing both the Charger and Challenger with great new features and trim offerings that make the two vehicles class acts. For more information about the two, visit Las Vegas Dodge today.