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This 2017 Shelby GT350 was purchased from Justin Gaines at Athens Ford, a very positive experience for us.
Purchase includes a track event.
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 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 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

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.
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.

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 hood.....so 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.

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.

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, always the best prices for Corsa products.

Installation Instructions HERE.

Diode Dynamics XP80 Backup/Reverse LED from MMS installed.

Installation video HERE.

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

Installation video HERE and HERE.

NOTE: Also check out some alternative DIY guides, this one has a MUCH better way to install the vanity lights when compared to the game of Operation the video recommends and provides lots of working room to avoid damaging the sockets and bulbs.

SpaceCity Heel/Toe Spacers installed.

Installation instructions HERE, forum discussion HERE.

JLT Rock Blocker installed.

 

 

 

 

Oil Analysis performed by Blackstone Laboratories

Engine Oil Analysis at 1000 miles- Factory Motorcraft 5w50  

 

GT350 Documents:  

2017 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)

2017 Mustang Informational CD

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

2017 Roadside Assistance Guide  

 

GT350 Reviews and Articles:

Ford: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SHELBY GT350 SUSPENSION, CHASSIS AND BRAKING SYSTEMS

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

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 / 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: 2016 FORD SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG FIRST TEST REVIEW

Motor Trend: 2015 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 VS. 2016 FORD SHELBY GT350R MUSTANG

Motor Trend: 2017 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 VS. 2017 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350R: THE FOREVER WAR

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

AutoWeek: 2016 FORD SHELBY GT350 REVIEW- NEARLY PERFECT PONY

AutoWeek: 2017 FORD SHELBY GT350 REVIEW- OVERKILL AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

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

The Fast Lane Car: 2017 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350- YOUR CAR SEARCH ENDS HERE [REVIEW]

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: 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

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  

 

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)

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

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  

 

GT350 DIY Guides/Installation Instructions:  

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  

 

Mustang6G.com: GT350 FORScan Tweaks AND Modifying As-Built Data Guide
(mattlqx's Module Address spreadsheet, Summary, FORScan, Download AS-BUILT Data File by VIN)  

 

 

 

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