Dodge Charger Rear Suspension Diagram

Dodge Charger Rear Suspension Diagram

We’ve made plenty of articles about the Dodge Charger, so we’re pretty well-versed about the various components that it has, including its suspension.

For this specific article, we’ll be mainly focusing on the Dodge Charger’s rear suspension, which already has tons of smaller individual parts in and of itself.

To present this topic properly, we’ve provided both diagrams and tons of information regarding the Dodge Charger’s rear suspension, so make sure you stick around until the end!

Dodge Charger Rear Suspension Diagram 

Dodge Charger Rear Suspension Diagram
Ref. No.Part No.Part DescriptionPrice (Mopar)
16104717AAHex Flange Lock Nut (Trailer Hitch Nut) (M10x1.5)$3.29
268245415AAShock Absorber Retainer$6.16
368042668ACStrut Mount (SDA/SDB/SDC/SDE/SDD)$25.63
368343524AAStrut Mount (SDX/SDN)$31.74 
46512088AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M10x1.5×55)$2.45
505039356AIRear Shock Absorber (Left/Right)$148.96
65181804AGRear Shock Absorber (Left)$532.80
65181805AGRear Shock Absorber (Right)$526.14
768374016AAHex Flange Lock Nut (M12x1.75)$1.89
86504863AAHex Flange Head Bolt (M12x1.75×89.5)$7.70
96507089AAHex Head Bolt (M14x2x120)$10.36
1068374015AAHex Flange Lock Nut (M14x2)Discontinued
1168229216ABSpring Link$196
126503993Hex Flange Head Lock Bolt (M12x1.75×110)$5.63
135180371AASpring Link Bushing$40.71
1468374016AAHex Flange Lock Nut (M12x1.75)$1.89
154895382AALower Spring Isolator$26.38
165168888ACRear Coil Spring (Left/Right) (ZAR/ZNR)$81.94
165168889ACRear Coil Spring (Left/Right) (ZBR/ZPR)$83.89
174895372ABUpper Spring Isolator$25.25
184782923AAShock Absorber Dust Shield (SDA/SDB/SDC/SDD/SDE)$8.96
185039021AAShock Absorber Dust Shield (SDX/SMC)$35.19
194895302ABBumper Jounce$14.44
194895402AABumper Jounce (X91/SER)$21.81

The first diagram we’ve presented above specifically covers the shock absorbers and coil springs of the Dodge Charger’s rear suspension. It also includes all of the various nuts, bolts, and interlinking parts that keep these two major components together.

As a side note, the availability and pricing of the parts we’ve listed may vary from one Mopar shop to another. 

Otherwise, we have confirmed that the hex flange lock nut with the part number “68374015AA” is currently the only part in the diagram that’s been discontinued.

Hex flange lock nut with the part number “68374015AA”
Ref. No.Part No.Part DescriptionPrice (Mopar)
168224118AARight Camber Link Assembly (AHB)$138.88
168224119AALeft Camber Link Assembly (AHB)$135.52
26507097AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M12x1.75×70)$5.32
36512602AAHex Flange Lock Nut (M12x1.75)$1.47
46507097AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M12x1.75×70)$5.32
56507108AAHex Nut and Washer (M12x1.75)$3.92
668045330ACTension Link Assembly$257.60
76507097AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M12x1.75×70)$5.32
86502697Hex Flange Lock Nut (M12x1.75)$2.03
96507097AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M12x1.75×70)$5.32
106507108AAHex Nut and Washer (M12x1.75)$3.92
1168184781AACompression Link Assembly$86.25
136502697Hex Flange Lock Nut (M12x1.75)$2.03
146507098AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M12x1.75×75)$5.18
156507097AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M12x1.75×70)$5.32
1668051638ABRight Toe Link$156.80
1668051639ABLeft Tow Link$138.88
176507107AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M12x1.75×75)$6.72
186507538AAHex Head Bolt and Washer (M12x1.75×123)$16.13
19 6507539AAFlat Washer (Toe Link Inner Pivot)$3.50
2068374016AAHex Flange Lock Nut (M12x1.75)$1.89
216502697Hex Flange Lock Nut (M12x1.75)$2.03
224854458AHRight Rear Knuckle$217.28
224854459AHLeft Rear Knuckle$211.68
234743263AAKnuckle Sleeve$11.97

The second diagram presented above showcases the Dodge Charger’s five-link suspension components with the rear knuckle situated in the middle. 

As a result, it’s slightly more complicated due to the sheer number of individual parts.

As with the first diagram, we’ve also provided a parts list for the second diagram that includes several nuts and bolts that seemingly have the same name. 

But take a closer look and you’ll see that they actually have different part numbers and measurements, which are very important to keep in mind because not every nut and bolt on the Dodge Charger’s rear suspension is completely interchangeable.

Luckily, every part listed for the second diagram is still currently in production by Mopar. However,  the availability of the parts may still vary from shop to shop.

Is the rear suspension the same for every Dodge Charger?

All Dodge Charger models made from 2006 to the present year utilize the same five-link rear suspension system. 

However, part availability and the designation of part reference numbers may slightly differ depending on the model year. 

Ever since the modern iteration of the Dodge Charger came in 2005 via the “LX” platform, Dodge has made use of a five-link setup in order to cater to the Charger’s independent rear suspension.

Is the rear suspension the same for every Dodge Charger

Fast forward to the time of this writing (2023), the latest year model of the Dodge Charger “LD” still features a five-link rear suspension, albeit improved to more modern standards.

This means whether you choose the lower V6-powered SE trim or the supercharged “Hellcat” trim, you can expect your Dodge Charger to come with this kind of rear suspension setup either way.

What suspension mods can a Dodge Charger have?

You can modify your Dodge Charger’s stock suspension system with options such as coilovers, sway bars, and even air suspension systems.

Coilovers (Shocks and Springs)

Coilovers (Shocks and Springs)

Replacing your Dodge Charger’s factory shocks and springs with some coilovers will grant you a lot of adjustability in terms of ride height and dampening.

This level of adjustability that coilovers can give will allow you to fine-tune a big part of your Dodge Charger’s overall handling and drivability.

When looking for coilovers for your Dodge Charger, it’s important to keep in mind the kinds of spring rates, tube designs, top mount bushings, and spring and valving adjustability that each one offers.

Spring Rate

Spring rates in coilovers are simply how much force is required to compress or extend the coils or springs by about one inch. 

Thus, the higher the spring rate, the stiffer the ride will feel. This will also reduce the amount of suspension travel whenever you go over sudden elevation changes on the road.

Tube Designs (Monotube vs Twin Tube)

Tube Designs (Monotube vs Twin Tube)

Tube designs refer to the designs of the dampers that are inside coilovers, which mainly come in either monotube or twin-tube form.

The main difference between these two is that the twin tube design has an inner and an outer tube from which oil moves in between during compression and rebound, while the monotube design keeps everything and does the whole process in one tube.

The twin tube design is mostly used in OEM applications, whereas the monotube design is used in performance applications because of its better damping force, heat dissipation, and ability to hold more fluid.

Top Mount Bushings (Rubber vs Pillowball)

Top Mount Bushings (Rubber vs Pillowball)

A coilover suspension will have what’s called a “top mount” that connects the top of the coilover to the vehicle, and such a mount will have either rubber bushings or pillowball bushings made of metal.

Top mount

It’s important to consider which type of bushing a coilover’s top mount has, as this will also affect the stiffness of the ride.

Rubber bushings are used more frequently in OEM applications and absorb a lot more energy at the expense of less suspension precision and durability.

Pillowball bushings, on the other hand, are very rigid spherical joints made of metal, which leads to more durability and a more precise handling feel.

Level of Adjustability

The level of adjustability that a set of coilovers has is one of its main selling points, and in the case of the Dodge Charger, you need all the adjustability that you can get to improve its handling.

From ride height adjustment to spring preload and dampening, a good set of adjustable coilovers will enable you to set up your Dodge Charger for the street or the track just the way you like it.

Of course, if you’re not that familiar with coilover suspension tuning, then it’s better to have your coilovers installed by a trustworthy shop to get your car’s ride quality suited to your preference.

Sway Bars

Sway Bars

Aside from the shocks and springs, aftermarket sway bars can improve your Dodge Charger’s cornering ability. But do take note that the Dodge Charger requires a specific kind of sway bar setup to benefit from it.

From the factory, the Dodge Charger tends to understeer during cornering because of its body roll. To combat this, you need to specifically focus on upgrading the rear sway bars instead of the front.

Upgrading the Dodge Charger’s rear sway bars will not only reduce body roll, but it will also make its cornering characteristics more rear-biased, which will reduce its tendency to understeer. 

Air Suspension

Air Suspension

If you’re looking for a suspension system for your Dodge Charger that you can adjust on the go, then installing an air suspension system (also known as airbag suspension) is one of the most popular choices out there.

Air suspension kits are perfect for those car owners that don’t necessarily need something for the race track, but would still like to lower or stance their cars with the push of a button while also having a soft and comfortable ride.

While it does cost more than a typical coilover setup, air suspension offers unparalleled height adjustability so that you don’t have to worry about scraping your front bumper on every single speed bump.

Just bear in mind that air suspension does require more regular maintenance compared to coilovers, such as checking the condition of the air springs (bellows) and refilling the air tank.

Does the Dodge Charger have an independent rear suspension?

The Dodge Charger’s five-link rear suspension is considered an independent rear suspension system, as it allows each rear wheel to independently move up and down without transferring the force to the wheel on the other side.

What type of suspension does a Dodge Charger have?

The Dodge Charger has an independent five-link rear suspension setup, which means that it has five arms or “links” that allow one wheel to move independently on its own without affecting the other wheel.

Depending on the trim level, the Dodge Charger’s independent five-link rear suspension setup can be finely tuned to either provide more comfort for normal road use or better handling capabilities for performance driving.

What is a five-link rear suspension?

A five-link rear suspension is a type of multi-link suspension that uses five arms or “links” to control the amount of camber and toe of each individual wheel during suspension movement.

Compared to other traditional suspension setups, a vehicle with a five-link rear suspension is able to achieve a smoother ride on each wheel while also keeping lateral stiffness during cornering.

This means that a five-link rear suspension setup can strike a balance between ride comfort and performance if tuned correctly.

Does the Dodge Charger have air suspension?

The Dodge Charger does not come with an air suspension system from the factory. 

However, there are multiple brands out there that make air suspension kits for the Dodge Charger, such as Air Lift Performance and AccuAir.

Does the Dodge Charger have struts or shocks?

The Dodge Charger has both struts at the front and shocks at the rear. Its struts are part of the front suspension’s strut assembly, while its shocks are part of the rear suspension setup.