Overpowered – In Print Feature

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT
Eric Gold “Overpowered”
Member of the Month – March 2011
Photos by LaMichael C. Pruitt & Kalem Romero

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Eric Gold is known as “Overpowered” both by his screen name and for having one nasty powerhouse of a car, while still retaining his Challenger SRT8s stock appearance. Eric has always had a place in his heart and his driveway for Mopars.

In his early years as the neighborhood gear head, Eric took the lessons learned from his father an ex-Mercedes mechanic and garage tinkerer, along with his technical talents to graduate from repairing bicycles and dirt bikes moving on to cars all before even having a driver’s license. Eric could be often seen wrenching in one of the family’s Mopars whether it was the Plymouth Belvedere or their Plymouth Satellite. Upon getting his license, he was driving the family’s tank a Dodge Polara Custom and shortly thereafter he needed his own wheels and bought a Plymouth Cricket. It wasn’t long after driving and owning these not so desirable Mopars, that Eric bought himself a plain Jane ‘71 Plymouth Barracuda with a 318 auto from his High School gym teacher. Through several convolutions of upgrades to the stock small block, finally a balanced and blueprinted 440 was dropped in this Cuda. This turned the Cuda into a 10.5 second, barely street legal ”Overpowered” beast.

web_overpowered2Soon Eric’s love of E bodied Mopars turned a 21st century announcement of the new Challenger into an immediate commitment of having one. That commitment took 4 years to get fulfilled, because of continued local dealer issues, further delays and gouging market adjustments. Eric finally went on to track every planning and build step of his car. At which point his search finally ended and he found his new soon to be “Overpowered” beast at South Oak Dodge near Chicago, getting the car just on week before Thanksgiving 2008. “With my lack of time or space for a project like the Cuda, the new Challenger fit the bill perfectly with old school looks and new school performance and reliability”, Eric says.

web_overpowered3This Challenger started life under close supervision of “Brampton Builder” on Nov 10, 2008 in the Brampton plant where he personally signed the vehicle making this vehicle very unique. Eric received the car in Texas with 12 miles on the odometer on Nov 24. Only two days after receiving his car, Eric joined the DFWLX car club. The club has not only been a valuable resource for everything to do with Modern Mopars, but for him it is a family of people who genuinely care about one another and are always there to help out or just share a friendly smile.

I joined the club in order to be able to learn and share expertise with others. It turned out to have many more benefits than I could ever imagine.

Eric’s commitment to DFWLX led him to being added to the staff as a club photographer. “I like to experiment with photography and love going to club events. Being one of the club photographers gives me an opportunity to tie these two together”.

web_overpowered4Eric isn’t the only Gold family member that is active at events and meet and greets though, his youngest daughter Remy (12) can be seen at almost any event he attends. She will make any event she can as long as the event does not interfere with school or sports. Remy also benefits from being able to attend car events with her Uncle Steve Gold (Ford Mustang Club) when Eric is unable to attend an event. Eric’s wife LeeAnn, daughter Maddy (17) and son Spencer (14) also enjoy attending several events and meet and greets each year.

In early 2009, Eric started to adventure out trying his hand at road racing on track days in the Challenger and showing many that these Challengers are more than the best looking retro muscle cars out there today. Eric is also part of the DFWLX Recovery (Chase) Team using his Dodge Ram 3500 Dually Diesel for hauling his car and road racing gear to the track or gear to an event.

web_overpowered6Then in late 2010, Eric began discussions with Exatorq, convinced he could have some modifications (fully reversible to put back to stock for collectability) he sought out to create a reliable, higher performing naturally aspirated SRT8 to enjoy. Even with Eric’s Mechanical Engineering degree and vast experience in old school Mopars, it was a territory best left to the wrench turning expertise of SNL Performance and the phenomenal CMR tuning of Exatorq. The modification team didn’t disappoint and delivered Eric his car back with over 100 more horsepower then it originally had and nearly 500 horsepower to the rear wheels.

So the next time you see a fairly stock looking Hemi Orange SRT8 Challenger in the Dallas area, DFWLX event or at a road racing venue and you hear a unique racy lope from the exhaust or an orange streak passing you by it might just be Overpowered in his Hemi Orange Pearl Challenger. &#9689

Vehicle Specs:

  • 2009 Dodge Challenger
  • SRT8 with 6 Speed Tremec
  • W/Trak Pack [21X]
  • MyGIG Nav [RER]
  • SRT Group II Sound [AY2]
  • Power Sunroof [GWA]
  • Hemi Orange Pearl paint

Modifications:

  • Diablo Predator
  • Custom optimized Dyno CMR tune from Exatorq
  • C&L cold air intake
  • Exatorq “X” Cam
  • CNC machined heads
  • PAC valve springs
  • Ported Throttle Body
  • Magnaflow high flow catalytic convertors
  • MBRP 3” high performance dual exhaust with drone eliminating tuning tubes
  • Mopar Front Strut Bar
  • Razors Edge 4 point rear shock tower
  • Skip Shift Eliminator
  • Billet Technologies Oil Catch Can
  • WebElectric Sequential Turn Signals
  • Lloyds SRT Mats
  • Goodyear F1 Supercar tires
  • Royal Purple Synchromax transmission oil

 

Modern Retro – In Print Feature

2006 Dodge Charger R/T
Ricky Erling “OSwindle139”
Member of the Month – August 2009
Photos by Lonnie Fluty

Ricky (OSwindle139) Erling is from Lucas, TX about thirty minutes north of Dallas and has been a member of DFWLX since 2008 and serves as the Communications Coordinator for DFWLX. He is in charge of helping with the social media part of DFWLX as well as sending out the text messages that you may have been receiving about our weekly and monthly events, along with other car shows and any last minute event information.
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Aside from DFWLX, Ricky owns and operates CARSHOWPOSTER.COM which specializes in designing most of the posters for the DFWLX club members and many others across the United States. The posters are designed to be as personal as your car and he also ensures the owner a chance to help out in the design process.

Ricky owns a Brilliant Black 2006 “Modern Retro” Dodge Charger R/T. Purchased in 2008 the Charger was bone stock and it did not take long for him to get to work on modifications for it. Wanting to keep with the “Modern Retro” theme that this car came from the factory with but putting his own twist on how he thought these new Chargers should have come from the dealer.

The two biggest modifications on his Charger are 20” Cragar S/S rims; a Shaker hood was added, much like the old Hemi Cuda’s. Ricky also added an original Charger script to the front of the car and an old school Mopar T-Shifter to continue his retro theme. Considering it’s not the 1970’s anymore the car needed to be modernized somehow, which meant adding LED’s and an improved sound system.
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The engine compartment is very simple; a lot of open space is covered with fabricated and painted pieces that match the Brilliant Black paint on the exterior. Next custom blue LED halos from AAC were added to the Hi/Low/Fog lights along with blue lighting behind the grille and the Shaker scoop. Blue LED’s were also used to light up the eyes of the Ram emblem on the hood and a Killerglass radiator tube filled with blue fluid and blue LED back lighting. web_oswindle4

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Perhaps the most astonishing design aspect of this car was that Ricky himself did almost all the install work on this car himself, from the Shaker hood and custom subwoofer enclosure, to the halos and the grille lighting. This is truly one amazing “Shaken, Not Stirred” Charger! &#9689

 

Modifications:

    • Danko Shaker with Custom True Fire “HEMI” Air
    • Box Cover
    • Danko SRT Shaker Grille Inserts
    • 20×9 Chrome CRAGAR S/S 610 Wheels
    • Yokohama Parada Spec-X 255/45-20 Tires
    • Custom Brilliant Black “Charger Script Engraved” MGP Caliper Covers
    • BT Park Lock Out Piece
    • AIRAID Intake
    • Magnaflow Exhaust
    • KILLERGLASS with Blue LED Backlight
    • BMW Blue Coolant
    • MOPAR Old School T-Shifter
    • Brilliant Black SRT Grille
    • Old School Script Charger Emblem In Grille
    • Hood Struts
    • Daytona Chin Spoiler
    • Custom Brilliant Black Painted & Tinted Tail Lights
    • Flush Mount Radar
    • Tinted Windows 25% Front, Limo Back Three

 

  • 10000K HID Headlights
  • AAC Oracle LED Fog Lights
  • Blue CCFL Lights Behind Grille
  • 2- Blue AAC LED Flood Lights In Shaker
  • Blue AAC LED Halo Bling Ringz Hi/Low/Fogs
  • Blue LED Ram Eyes
  • Tinted with Brilliant Black Overlay Marker Lights
  • Sequential Tail Lights
  • Custom Brilliant Black Fuse Box Cover
  • Custom Brilliant Black ABS Cover
  • Custom Brilliant Black Fire Wall Cover
  • Brilliant Black Strut Caps
  • Brilliant Black Radiator Cover
  • Brilliant Black Radiator Reservoir
  • Billet Technology Black Anodized Under Hood Dress Kit
  • Billet Technology Black Anodized Script “Charger” Sill Plates
  • Billet Technology Black Anodized R/T Shifter Plate
  • Custom Built Flush Mount Dual 10” Sub Woofer Box
  • 2- 10” Kicker Comp Sub Woofers
  • Kicker ZX300.1 Amp

 

 

Mean White Monster – In Print Feature

2007 Dodge Charger
Nick Lotich “Sparkyloti6789”
Member of the Month – July 2011
Photos by Tony Walls

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Chances are that if you have attended a DFWLX event such as a weekly meet and greet, monthly event, or a DFWLX Race Team event you have met Nick “Sparkyloti6789” Lotich. Nick, or Sparky as he is more commonly known, is absolutely everywhere and proudly represents DFWLX whether it be at a car show, race track, or just bumping into a fellow LX/LC/LD owner in the parking lot of a store.

“If someone could bleed DFWLX I would,”

Sparky found his way to DFWLX during a Cars and Coffee event at Classic BMW Plano in December of 2010. “Cody ‘Dominion’ came up to me and began talking to me about my car and then talked about the club for a little bit. He gave me a DFWLX club card and as soon as I got home I joined the club.”

The love of both the classic and new Chargers was something that led Sparky to his 2007 white Charger. “I would watch movies as a kid and think that it would be cool to one day own a Charger and having one now it a great feeling,” he explains. There are many future plans Sparky has for his Charger including an SRT8 hood and new rims.
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It’s been a long journey for Sparky from his icy back road drag racing days in Chicago. He is now a member of the DFWLX Race Team and his passion for the track has led him towards respectability in bracket racing as well as other events. He takes his “Mean White Monster” Charger fearlessly down the track time after time looking to constantly improve his skill and overall performance. Squeezing every bit out of his car and with pure determination and dogged effort he has improved his reaction time tremendously since that first time sitting in the staging lane at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas.

web_sparky3 I can’t say enough about the help that both Bill ‘Roz One’ and Jorge ‘Surfer1420’ have given me. Without their help I wouldn’t be doing anywhere near as well as I am now.

 

Recently Sparky was given the Staff position of Club Recruiter. The fact that he is absolutely everywhere and that he will approach anyone that owns a LX/LC/LD platform vehicle made the position a perfect fit for him. His responsibilities also include distribution of club cards and club decals to members. If you are in need of either, chances are Sparky will be somewhere that you can easily get them from him.

DFWLX is family and Sparky is a proud part of it. &#9689

Apperance

  • 20 Pounds of nitrous oxide
  • AAC-white ccfl headlight halos
  • AAC- led scanner in the grill
  • Ledglow- million color lights underglow
  • Autolumination- blue dome lights and back seat lights
  • Daytona spoiler
  • Daytona style side stripes and black out trunk (side strips instead of daytona it says Monster)
  • White headlight housing matching car color
  • Monster claw side markers
  • 8 Feet of led strips 2 in the engine bay and 2 on the bottom mouth grill
  • 2 Led strips under neath dashboard of the driver side and passenger side

Performance

  • Custom made cold air intake
  • R/T true dual exhaust system
  • R/T rims

 

Pissy’s Dakota – In Print Feature

2006 Dodge Dakota
Ricky Erling “OSwindle139”
Photos by Lonnie Fluty

Long time DFWLX member Robert Erling, also known as “Pissy” on the forums is DFWLX’s Advertising liaison. Robert officially joined in 2009 but has been attending meets with his older brother Ricky aka “OSwindle139” since 2008. Robert helps out with a lot of the behind the scenes action to make sure all the DFWLX events run smoothly. If you have seen Robert at the events, he does not drive an LX platform vehicle, although he still has one cool 2006 Dodge Dakota! Now you may be wondering why this “truck” is in the club and the answer is we need it! Robert and his truck have made sure that all of the high end and large video and photography equipment safely make it to all the DFWLX events, as well as anything else we might need, canopy’s, coolers, etc. Robert isn’t afraid to travel across Texas with the club and has done so on more than one occasion.

pissywebRobert bought his Dodge Dakota in May 2010 bone stock from a local dealership. Shortly after purchasing the truck he went to work “blacking out” the entire truck. Robert had the headlights, wheels and tail lights all painted brilliant black to match the paint code on the truck, he even bought a custom grille, sanded it down and repainted it himself to match the paint code on the truck. We asked Robert what his future plans were for the truck and his response was

“I want to make it faster than my brothers Charger R/T.” Robert said “I either want to drop a 6.1L Hemi engine into it or “officially” move into the LX world and buy a brand new Challenger SRT8, either way I plan on staying with the DFWLX club for a long time.”

Robert is a great member and friend to the entire DFWLX club, always ready to lend a helping hand…or crack a joke on the President. ◙