Solarflare’s *better late than never* build thread

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Wanted to start this thread because I would like to have as many pics as possible in case I were to lose my phone. I’ll try to update it daily as I gather pics..

August 2015. I purchased this comp orange premium 2015 GT in automatic..
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After about 6 months I felt like I was ready to add some power, car was fun but felt restricted by tune so I picked up..

Stainless power longtubes headers to pair with GT500 mufflers
JLT intake
Lund ngauge with tune

Along with some hood struts and lowering springs, BMR cradle lockouts and vertical links
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This is a sound clip of the car with only GT500 mufflers
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This is the car with longtubes, stock resonator and GT500 mufflers
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And this is a short pull with the new mods, difference was night and day
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After close to a year I realized I had waiting long enough. Decided to get some wheels, Velgen is less than a mile from me, those guys were really helpful and showed me all the options they had. Went with their VMB7s..
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With the help of Mak, I installed an unused P1SC I picked up for a great price. With ID1000s and JMS BAP. Several trips to the track track resulted in consistent 11.3-11.4 at 125 passes.
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Those wheels were a definite upgrade, nice lookin' ride. The Procharger was a nice pick up as well.
 
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Those wheels were a definite upgrade, nice lookin' ride. The Procharger was a nice pick up as well.
Thanks. S550 has been a pleasure to own.
 
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Next mod was a GT350 valance I picked up locally. Went to a resonator delete x-pipe and magnaflow mufflers to make the gt350 valance work. Exhaust didn’t necessarily sound bad, but wasn’t convinced.
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With the gt350 valance installed I felt something was missing, the base front bumper was lacking, adding apr splitter didn’t seem to fix it from the online pics. I decided to go with the Steeda Q series front bumper, stock looking with some tweaks to separate it from the the rest. I took to the classifieds and found one, purchased it and painted it. Looks great I think.

Before/after below
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At the end of 2017 when weather started cooling off I started going to the track a little more, we bumped up the shift points to closer to 7400 and surprisingly it didn’t really help. 1/4 mile and trap still about the same. Well decided to hit a local Dyno to see if we could find something obvious. Well we were greeted with a lowly 577whp and 467wtq and a really bad flatline at 6600rpm

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After the Dyno I realized the stock manifold wasn’t helping, it was hurting. I picked a GT350 manifold locally from a guy going up to a Cobra Jet. And threw it on and tweaked the tune a bit and went back to the track. We were requarded with my first ever 10sec pass!!
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