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This 2017 Shelby GT350 (S550) was purchased from Justin Gaines at Athens Ford, a very positive experience for us. First pics below are of Justin gassing up the GT350 prior to us picking it up and you can see it in the background of Isaac's video at the dealership HERE.
Kind of a funny side note HERE on the origins of racing stripes since this car has them.
Purchase includes a track event. (Archived website and video).
I looked at this car when it first hit dealers in 2016 but refused to pay ADM of +$10-20k and was holding out for Ford to correct the packaging in 2017 to allow for both track and electronics packages (mutually exclusive in 2016). What attracted me to this dealership was the price below MSRP and the free lifetime powertrain warranty.....and all of the staff there were GREAT.

This car is a bit different than the standard Mustang for 2017; MagneRide suspension/tuning, huge brakes, Tremec TR3160, and aero with the key difference being the motor: a new 5.2L engine with a flat plane crank (aka VOODOO).

One thing I found weird in week 1 of ownership was that the voltage fluctuated between 12.1 and 14.9 with engine running, forum thread HERE and HERE discusses this is normal and I also confirmed this with the dealership tech. This is new "smart" charging technology where the PCM decides how the battery should be charged which saves very little gas and never completely charges the battery.....may be a way to disable this though, I like constant voltage charging and batteries that don't require chargers in between trips More related info can be found HERE.

Good pre-delivery and ongoing checklist can be found HERE.
Non-R models have front spoiler P/N FR3Z-17626-E, this should be looked upon as a disposable part and checked before taking delivery for scrapes and/or incorrect installation.

Window Sticker, Dealer Ad, Sales Brochure, Quick Reference Guide, Owners Manual (with GT350 Supplement and revised oil filter service process after build date 2-17), Technical Specifications, Dealer Price Sheet, and Informational Video.

Owners Supplement arrived via FedEx a week after purchase and contained a certificate of authenticity, a print, a poster, a brochure, and a stand with the chassis number to hold the small scale flat plane crank- NICE

Wired V1 to mirror accessory wiring by modifying the old Viper harness and plugging pins into back of the plug and running wiring through existing channel to headliner. Pics below detail what is involved, some information on the V1 plug pinout can be found HERE (archived in pdf format HERE). Similar wiring solutions for the mirror plug can be found on Amazon.
Trustworthy Valentine 1 radar detector should help keep me out of trouble, manual HERE (archived HERE)..

First investment/upgrade was to install passenger side catch can from Ford Performance after reading these forum threads HERE and HERE, some have decided to reverse one of the lines as shown HERE for a better fit......this is what I found to work better as well.
The catch can was purchased from American Muscle, installation instructions HERE.

For now I am skipping the driver side catch can, oil on that side seems to be minimal to non-existent (I took the same approach with the Viper for the same reason)......but, I may at some point decide to install the driver side can, installation instructions HERE- According to a Ford engineer in the above referenced forum thread the driver side can will collect some oil if track level cornering forces are experienced. A simpler solution for the driver side might be the UPR Clean Side Separator which does not collect oil but prevents it from leaving the valve cover.

To establish a more linear feel to the clutch and eliminate the vague engagement point, the OE spring(s) were scrapped for the Steeda Clutch Spring Assist And Spring Perch Kit 35 Lb/In Manual Transmission (2015-2017) from CJ Pony Parts.

Installation Instructions HERE and HERE, Informational and Installation Videos HERE and HERE.

I did not have to use any pliers for the springs on removal or installation, all was done with hand pressure- start to finish in 10 minutes. I did lubricate all the same points where the OE assembly was lubricated, this was not noted in the provided instructions.

Some on the forums have reported this spring was not much of an improvement over OE, some even went back to OE......I have to say I'm with the majority and find that this spring is definitely an improvement and worth the $15 and 5 minutes it took to swap it out.

Twisted Shifterz GT350 Qualifier White w/ Black 6 Speed Shift Pattern Knob from eBay installed, 2 1/8" diameter and M10x1.25 threads with recess for lift-for-reverse collar. Blue Thread Lock included and required, READ the instructions that came with the knob.

Key for the thread locker to work is that the threads on the shifter and the knob have to be clean. To remove the OE knob (which also uses blue thread locker) I just used one of the rubber jar openers in the kitchen (think small rubber sheet) and a little bit of force to unscrew it....still in mint condition after removal.

Installation video of similar knob HERE.

I don't mind using a hood prop rod as a backup but prefer struts as a primary method to raise and support the I ordered the Redline Tuning 2016+ Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 & GT350R Hood QuickLIFT PLUS (P/N 21-11030-02) from Amazon.

Installation Instructions HERE, Informational and Installation Videos HERE and HERE.

Hood actually opens an inch or so farther than with the prop rod. You will have to drill/cut your battery cover (P/N FR3Z-63018A16-AA).

I ordered the below to reinforce key chassis points:

Big THANKS to Bill Tschida at MA Performance for the superior customer service

Lloyd Ultimats from Auto Anything. Article detailing the new logo release HERE.

I ordered Black, Ebony would have been a closer match to factory carpet.

Diode Dynamics LED Interior Light Conversion Kit (Cool White) from CJ Pony Parts installed.

Installation video HERE and HERE.

NOTE: Diode Dynamics is generally unresponsive to emails so not the best customer service rating from me- I would probably just use cheaper bulbs if I had it to do over- quality and customer service can't be any worse so no value to pay a premium. I assembled a guide HERE that outlines a MUCH better way to install the vanity lights in the sun visors when compared to the game of Operation their video recommends and provides lots of working room to avoid damaging the sockets and bulbs. Also check out some alternative DIY guides like this one HERE.

Diode Dynamics XP80 Backup/Reverse LED from MMS installed.

Generic S550 Installation video was a bit more work on the GT350 since the diffuser required removal to access the light bulb. (6) Push pins removed using a screwdriver, (2) ribbed push-in retainers removed with Door Panel/Clip Remover, (4) bolts removed with 10mm wrench (front then rear since front hooks will hold diffuser up until rear bolts are removed)- pics below are color coded for fastener type, tool used, and location. It's a tight squeeze to get your hand in to access the plug; turn and pull out, replace bulb, check that it works, reassemble.

~1 week old, less than 300 street miles on the odometer.....a problem/issue with the OE Michelin Super Sport tires disintegrating.
Over the course of installing some of the above performance parts, I noticed severe chunking of the passenger side tires - I wish I would have taken some pics because the dealership pics don't represent just how bad the issue was.

Back to Athens Ford, I was told that the service manager, Jeff Owens, took some pictures to forward to Michelin to start my claim for a replacement set of tires from Michelin. After several follow-ups and almost 2 months later (odometer at ~1000 miles now) I am contacted to bring the car in to the dealer to get the set of tires replaced and I confirm on drop-off that the SET of tires will be replaced.....after a day in the shop, the dealer is reporting that Michelin is refusing to cover replacement of the left side tires, one of which now shows delamination. I have seen retreads that look better than this "new" set on my brand new car. A call to Michelin (1-866-866-6605) prompted them to reopen dialogue with Athens Ford after assuring me that the SET would be replaced. I'm not sure if this was a bad day for manufacturing at Michelin or if the Ford spec tire compound is the issue.
I will have to say it was fairly easy to get in touch with a person at Michelin Customer Service and they always returned follow-up calls promptly.

Because a wheel was scratched during installation and had to be repaired, my car was at the dealer for 7 days, which included a nice weekend and some car activities ....and then it was discovered that the "fix" was not adequate since these were powder-coated wheels and that they all were damaged in varying degrees. A few more days down for all to be sent off for bead-blasting and powder-coating and discovered that these guys also failed. Waiting for a set of OE wheels so my car can know life without jack stands.

~2 weeks old, less than 600 miles on the odometer.....
After eating breakfast on the way to my paint protection installation, I got in the car to leave and....NO START

My first experience with Ford Road Service was not great: although my home dealership was within the 35 mile radius, she told me it was not so I got towed to the closest dealership. This dealership was only 10-15 minutes away from where my car was stranded but about an hour from my home.
Dallas from Hemphill Towing and Recovery showed up and did a PERFECT job getting the car loaded- no scrapes and without any input from me followed the protocol outlined in the manual- Kudos Dallas.
Matt Lane at Angela Krause Ford was awesome as well, as a GT500 owner he understood my concern leaving the car out in the weather and agreed to store it inside on the service lane- Kudos Matt.
The issue turned out to be rare; one of the wiring posts had broken off the integrated starter solenoid, maybe a hairline crack was present in the plastic post mount at manufacturing/installation that vibrated to a breaking point Because the issue was not common, the starter was not in stock at the local DC and had to be shipped from Detroit so the car was at the dealership for a few days.

What started out as a bad day turned out to be OK, happy that I got stranded somewhat close to home and had some great people to get my car to the dealership and get the issue resolved Time to reshedule that missed paint protection appointment.....

SpaceCity Heel/Toe Spacers (discount code M6G) and Fingerprint Free Trunk Strap V4 (Red) installed. Props to Oy for bringing these small-detail-items to market.

Heel/Toe Spacers installation instructions HERE, forum discussion HERE. 1/2" seems perfect, pedal height is not raised drastically as you can see in the pictures but just enough so that heel/toe does not require as much effort.

Trunk Strap installation instructions HERE. This addition works exactly as I desired, I'm still not sure why Ford does not have some type of similar provision as OE....I've had older German cars that have handles molded into the interior trunk panel for this reason.

ZL1 ADDONS Rock Gaurds installed.

First engine oil and filter change at 1285 miles to get rid of break in material. My car was made after February 2017 and had the later canister style oil filter documented HERE - important to check your filter type prior to ordering as a spin-on metal oil filter was used prior. For the first change I decided to stick with the OE Motorcraft XO-5w50-QGT synthetic oil and the Motorcraft FL-2062 filter, an oil change kit is cheapest at K-MansParts and includes everything you need. I added 2 single quarts to my order to make a full case and have some oil to add in between changes.

There have been some reports that the OE Motorcraft 5w50 shears pretty quickly so at the next change onward I'll use Amsoil Signature Series 5w50 which meets the Ford WSS-M2C931-C specification- Data Bulletin HERE and will stick with the OE Motorcraft FL-2062 Oil Filter ordered in bulk from Amazon. Although I did not replace it this time I have bought new oil drain plugs in bulk as well and will replace them at every oil change going forward, FORD OIL DRAIN PLUG, BC3Z-6730-A / FT4Z-6730-A.....sometimes found cheaper on eBay or at Tasca.

The oil drain plug is easy to remove by hand but you can also use a 3/8" ratchet sans socket- there are stops built in so that you know when it is loose and can be pulled out or when it is fully tightened. Capacity with filter change is 10 quarts of oil and it comes out fast, make sure you have a big drain pan. It is apparent that the engineers placed the oil filter in it's location and orientation to make a mess, you can get creative and minimize the mess with paper towels, flexible funnels, etc. Filter canister is removed using a 27mm socket. The small red o-ring is not used, the two large red o-rings replace the OE black o-rings on the canister- be sure to lube with soem fresh oil. Old oil filter is pulled off, canister cleaned out, and new filter pressed into place. There is a torque spec to reinstall oil filter canister but I just tightened mine by hand until it stopped and the factory green marks lined up.

I also checked the passenger side catch can, it had about 1/4 of oil in the bottom which was cleaned out.

I also found this oil change guide and oil change video by TMO's j3st3r helpful.

Wanting to make my GT350 sound more like a GT350R, I opted for the Corsa Resonator Delete/Stainless Steel Double X-Pipe 3" (P/N 14347) from Maryland Speed.....but the wait was a bit extensive; 6+ weeks and counting so time to dispute credit card charges since these guys refuse to cancel but keep giving me the runaround....first item ordered and may be last item received- ..... just go Amazon.
After following up with Corsa directly they price matched Maryland Speed and shipped same day

Installation Instructions HERE. Tool used to cut OE exhaust: OEMTOOLS 27045 Tailpipe Cutter...use with some type of cutting oil for best results.

Forum threads on resonator delete GT350.ORG Forum, MUSTANG 6G Forum, and Shelby GT350 Forum.
Picture of OE GT350R exhaust sans resonators HERE.
Corsa competitor Shifteck HERE.

I understand the GT350 focus is performance, but the stereo really is pretty horrible.

I decided on a JL Audio Stealthbox (manual) with a 12TW3-D4 (manual) powered by a JL Audio XD300/1v2 (manual) with gains tuned as per JL Audio with voltmeter to avoid clipping. Additional information for tuning amplifier gain with a voltmeter: MTX Video (MTX Test Tones Download), Sonic Electronix Video, Instructions from Sonic Electronix.

Some helpful forum threads:

Master Installation Sheet HERE
To keep speaker wiring simple and avoid tapping/splicing/hacking into the OEM harness wires, I decided to go ahead and replace the rear speakers with Rockford Fosgate Prime 6.75" speakers (P/N R1675X2) (manual HERE) from Crutchfield- they included the Metra speaker mounting adapters (P/N 82-5605) and speaker wire harness adapters (P/N 72-5602) at no cost with purchase of the speakers which were on sale for $39.99. The RF speakers were selected since they are marketed as a factory replacement speaker that works well with head unit power as-is, no need for a new amplifier. 16 gauge speaker wires were tapped into the Metra rear speaker wire harness adapters (P/N 72-5602- instructions HERE) and then to the JL Audio XD-CLRAIC2-SW adapters to convert the speaker level signal to RCAs. The amplifier senses an audio signal to turn on so a remote turn on wire was not required. Rockford Fosgate OFC 4 gauge power and ground wires were used with a 30 amp MAXI fuse.

I don't have any plans to upgrade the front speakers and OE amplifier but never say never- speaker impedance and wattage ratings can be found HERE and HERE, Mumbles 401a simple wiring diagram is HERE and HERE, converting OE amplifier plugs to RCAs is HERE.

I'm not quite sure why Ford did not give us a decent AGM battery but I figured with the amplifier installation above it was a good time to upgrade. An Odyssey PC1200MJT from Amazon (Battery Mart) installed using a hold down strap (SKU WCB-HDAS-METAL) from Poly Performance as recommended by Odyssey for this application.

Owner's Manual HERE, Technical Manual HERE, Ultimizer Charger Manual HERE, Warranty Information HERE.

Videos that show how these batteries are made HERE and HERE.

[PENDING] Wanting to make my GT350 handle more like a GT350R, I initially looked at the Ford Performance Springs (P/N M-5300-W) but decided I did not want it any lower so I opted for the OE GT350R springs and rear sway bar from AutoNation Ford White Bear Lake (front sway bar is the same P/N on R and non-R):

  • R rear sway bar (P/N FR3Z-5A772-E)
  • R rear sway bar bushings (x2, P/N F2GZ-5493-C)
  • R right rear spring (P/N FR3Z-5560-W)
  • R left rear spring (P/N FR3Z-5560-X)
  • R front springs (x2, P/N FR3Z-5310-M)
I also purchased new hardware that Ford listed as one time use:
  • Front Strut Lower Bolt (x4, PN W715932-S439)
  • Front Strut Lower Nut (x4, P/N W520517-S450)
  • Front Strut Upper Mount Nut (x6, P/N W715135-S440)
  • Rear Upper Shock Mount Bolt (x4, P/N W718383-S439)
  • Rear Lower Shock Mount Bolt (x2, P/N W716286-S439), if removing the rear shock you will also need this- I did not.
Installation videos that might help are HERE (transcript).
Vorshlag Spring comparison HERE and HERE.
Forum discussion HERE, HERE, HERE.

Since I was already taking apart the suspension to install springs and would need an alignment, I figured it would also be a good time to install:





Oil Analysis performed by Blackstone Laboratories

Engine Oil Analysis at 1000 miles- Factory Motorcraft 5w50  


GT350 Documents:  

2017 Mustang/GT350 Sales Brochure

2018 Mustang/GT350 Sales Brochure

2017 Quick Reference Guide

2017 Mustang Owners Manual (GT350 Supplement and revised oil filter service process after build date 2-17)

2018 Mustang Owners Manual (the fuse guide here seems to apply to my 2017, maybe yours as well?)

2017 Mustang Informational CD

2017 Ford Vehicle Warranty (Addendum 2-16 and Addendum 6-17)

2017 Roadside Assistance Guide

GT350 Street Alignment Specifications and GT350 Track Alignment Specifications

SEMA GT350 Ford Performance Promotional Card: Front / Back  


GT350 Reviews and Articles:


Car and Driver: Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R Chassis Detailed- The More We Learn, the More Impressed We Are

Car and Driver Tested: Quantifying the Performance Benefits of the Shelby GT350R’s Carbon-Fiber Wheels

Torque News: New Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Features World Class Brakes

Hot Rod: 18 Things You Don’t Know About The 2015 Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT350R

Hot Rod: First Look! Inside the Ford GT350’s Flat Plane Crank 5.2L V8

Car and Driver: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Debuts with Flat-Crank V-8 and MagneRide Shocks!

Car and Driver: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R

Car and Driver: Long-Term Road Test Intro 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Car and Driver: In-Depth Review 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R

Car and Driver: Holy Flat-Plane Crank We Finally Get an In-Depth Look at the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350s 52-liter V-8

Car and Driver: On the Stick- Here's What Makes a Great Manual Transmission

Car and Driver- 2016 10Best Cars: Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R

Car and Driver- 2017 10Best Cars: Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport and Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R

Automobile: One Week With 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

Automobile: Inside the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang’s Tremec Manual Transmission




Motor Trend: It's GT350 vs GT350R on the Dyno



Road&Track: The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has an 8200 RPM redline

Road&Track: How Does the Shelby Mustang GT350R Compare to the Boss 302?

Road&Track: Ford Halts Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R Sales For Oil Cooler Defect


Forbes: 2800 Miles In The 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang- A Raucous Muscle Car For Everyman

AutoGuide: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350- 10 Things You Learn While Driving the Beast

CarBuzz: We Drove The Mustang GT350 For A Week And Loved Everything About It

Automotive Addicts: Why I Purchased a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 (Without Ever Driving One)

autoblog: Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a track-day weapon with 500+ hp

autoblog: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 First Drive

autoblog: Inside the Ford Shelby GT350s Screaming V8

The Truth About Cars: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Review- Seems Awesome, But We Really Have No Idea

AutoTrader (Doug DeMuro): Here's Why the Shelby GT350R Is the Ultimate Ford Mustang

Mustang 360: 2016 Shelby GT350 Gets Beefed Up Tremec TR-3160 Six Speed

SVT Top Gear-A look inside the Shelby GT350’s Tremec six-speed manual transmission

jalopnik: What Is A Flat-Plane Crank And Why Is It So Loud An Explainer

Power & Performance News: Inside Fords New 52L Shelby GT350 Engine

Yahoo Finance: 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350 — the legend gets even better

Ward's Auto: Ford’s 5.2L High-Revving Masterpiece, 2016 Story Behind 10 Best Engines Page 1, Page 2  


GT350 Video: *High Speed Connection Recommended*

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Commercial: "These cars were meant to be driven..."

Commercial: 2016 GT350

Commercial: "Be a Kid Again"

Commercial: Hot Blooded Hot Laps

Commercial: Mustang Practice- The Shelby GT350 (B&W)

2016 Mustang GT350: Winter Testing

SVT Performance: 2015 Shelby GT350 5.2-liter Engine Media Presentation

SVT Performance: Shelby GT350 Engineering Presentation

SVT Performance: Shelby GT350 Track Tour Ford Performance Presentation

The Fast Lane Car: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 vs GT350R: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Ford Performance: All New Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang

Ford Performance: Legendary | Shelby GT350

Ford Performance- The Ghost of Shelby | Shelby GT350

Ford Performance- Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: Performance Tuned

Ford Performance- Track Tested and Gearhead Approved | Shelby GT350

Ford Performance- 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Hits the Track

Ford Performance- Shelby GT350® Mustang Performance Shift Light Indicator

Ford Performance- How To Install Mustang Shelby GT350 Short Throw Shifter Kit

Ford Performance: Time Trials

Motor Trend- 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: An 8200-rpm Muscle Car to Shame Sports Cars! - Ignition Ep. 142

Motor Trend- Quick Drive: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R (w/ Randy Pobst) – Daily Fix

Motor Trend- 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R vs. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - Head 2 Head Ep. 71

Motor Trend- 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. 2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R - Head 2 Head Ep. 90

/DRIVE- Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R -- TEST/DRIVE

Winding Road- 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 - POV Review

Winding Road- 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 - POV Test Drive 2

Winding Road- 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 - POV Night Drive

Winding Road- 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 - POV Canyon Drive

MotorWeek | Road Test: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 & GT350 R Mustangs

MotorWeek | Track Test: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

savagegeese Quick Drive _ 2017 Shelby Mustang GT350 _ Magic

savagegeese Review | Ford Shelby GT350R | The Dying Superhero

Everyday Driver: Shelby GT350 vs Boss 302 - The Best Mustangs Compared

Jay Leno's Garage: 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

autoblog: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 First Drive

Autotrader (Doug DeMuro): The Shelby GT350R Is the Ultimate Ford Mustang

ShiftingLanes: Here's Why The Shelby GT350 Mustang Is Not A Muscle Car

Sarah -n- Tuned: This Car is Incredible! // Shelby GT350 Review  


GT350 DIY Guides/Installation Instructions:  

HELM: 2017 Ford Mustang Service Manual (including GT350)

Part Numbers: GT350 Stripes

DirectTech: Remote Start, Security, Keyless Entry, Accessories Wiring

BillsWebSpace: GT350 Radar Detector Wiring

Hard Wired Radar Detector using Rear View Mirror

BillsWebSpace: GT350 Clutch Spring R&R (OE to Steeda)

BillsWebSpace: GT350 Ford Performance Oil Catch Can Installation

BillsWebSpace: LED Interior Lights and Reverse Light Installation

Shelby GT350/350R Shifter Buzz Rattle Repair Solution

Video- GT350 Differential Fluid Change

Video- Shelby GT350 Shifter rattle and buzz repair! | Auto Fanatic

Video- Shelby GT350 Dash Rattles & Fix | Auto Fanatic

Video- Shelby GT350 Subwoofer Audio Upgrade | Auto Fanatic

Video- Shelby GT350 Front Bumper Removal | Sean Stecker-Facebook GT350 FORScan Tweaks AND Modifying As-Built Data Guide



Ford Video- GT350 Front Splitter Installation (archived HERE)

Ford Video- GT350R Front Splitter Installation (archived HERE)  


Forums and Clubs:










Other Mustang/GT350 Sites/Vendors:






Parts Lookup and Ford Performance Parts  









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