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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.
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.
Hood actually opens an inch or so farther than with the prop rod.
I ordered the below to reinforce key chassis points:
- Steeda S550 Mustang Ultra Lite Low-Profile Chassis Jacking Rails (P/N 555 5205) from MA Performance
Installation Instructions HERE and Video HERE, Demonstration Video HERE
- Steeda S550 Mustang Ultralite 2-Point G-Trac Brace (P/N 555 5533) from MA Performance
Installation Instructions HERE and Videos HERE and HERE, forum discussion HERE
- Steeda S550 Mustang Rear IRS Subframe Support Braces (P/N 555 5754) from MA Performance
Installation Instructions HERE and Videos HERE and HERE
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.
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.
Oil Analysis performed by Blackstone Laboratories
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