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    It never really occurred to me to ever make one of these types of threads until recently, when I decided I probably better document what I’ve done to my Mustang for insurance purposes. Only once I sat down and made a list did I fully realize that I’ve added quite a few things…

    But first, a couple of shots of the car, taken immediately after taking ownership… 1.jpg 2.jpg
     
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    #2 Strokerswild, Sep 29, 2017
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    …and as it appears today.

    My mods include:

    Exterior
    Ford Accessories matte black hood stripes
    UPR black grille horse and body color fender badges
    Ford Racing blank decklid panel
    MRR Design M600 wheels 19x10” front, 19x11” rear, 275/305 MPSS rubber.
    Ford Racing Touring axle-back exhaust
    GT350 TP rear spoiler
    Big Worm rocker stripes

    Interior
    Ford Racing shift knob by Speed Dawg
    Ford Racing floor mats
    GT350 dash gauges

    Chassis
    BMR SP080 lowering springs
    BMR CB005 IRS cradle lockout
    Steeda billet rear shock mounts

    Underhood
    Roush CAI
    Ford Racing chrome coil covers
    Scott Drake billet fill caps
    JLT color-matched engine cover and strut covers
    AM coolant tank cover
    AM radiator cover extensions
    Redline/JLT color-matched hood struts

    Unseen But Great
    BG trans and differential oils

    Everything was done by yours truly. I’m not sure where the mod trail will lead from here. A good flex-fuel tune for sure, which I’ll probably finally get around to next spring if life and other priorities don’t intervene. Beyond that, the vivid daydreams include different wheels, and maybe a stout N/A engine build. Time will tell… mootang.jpg IMG_20170826_175951.jpg IMG_20170926_164430.jpg
     
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    Very nice and even more so knowing you did it yourself and not someone who doesn't give a crap about your car.
     
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    It all started with a brake pad swap…

    Like many other folks with the PP brakes, I got sick of cleaning up brake dust every 200 miles and vowed to replace the pads. After seeing the forum thread regarding a certain eBay seller’s wares, I decided to follow the herd and go with the same pad and rotor combo. FYI, it’s all Power Stop stuff, rotors are zinc plated, eBay seller is brakemotive.

    It’s some nice bling to brighten up the wheelwells and help highlight wheels, not to mention less brake dust! And just a tick over $200. IMG_20171111_092538.jpg
     
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    #5 Strokerswild, Nov 13, 2017
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    …and the gratuitous glamour shot taken after bedding the new brakes in. Magnetic sure picks up the fall sunset. IMG_20171111_160817.jpg
     
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    Looking good finally someone else with the chrome coil covers :D
     
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    LoL, no kidding. Had to break up the black.
     
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    looks great. classy.
     
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    New shoes!

    MRR M600, brushed and tinted, 275/35 and 305/35 MPSS tires. Threw on some stealthy Big Worm rocker stripes over the winter too.

    Can't wait for the snow to go away and for things to green up outside to get some better pics in a couple of favorite spots. IMG_20180317_162838.jpg IMG_20180317_162852.jpg
     
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    Gorgeous car and wheel choice.
     
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    Thanks! :cheers:
     
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    A couple more glamour shots from early spring.

    Now that things have greened up, time to get out and get some more pics. If it ever stops raining, that is. one.jpg two.jpg
     
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    Gotta love the AM radiator cover extensions. They really clean up the one area under the hood that looked so unfinished to me.

    :thumbsup: hood.jpg
     
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    So, all the hoopla surrounding the 2018 intake on the ’15-’17 cars finally got the better of me and I pulled the trigger on a basically new take-off unit on eBay. However, being a sneaky, sleeper kind of guy, I wanted to retain my pretty JLT-painted intake cover for the swap. Time for a little engineering and fabricating…


    The masses seem to eliminate the IMRC/CMCV solenoids and lock them out with no real driveability issues, and doing so is a necessity if you want to keep your intake cover – the mounting boss on the rear passenger side that mounts a portion of the vacuum controls has to go. Here’s a shot of the 2018 unit with the IMRC/CMCV vacuum solenoids and associated nonsense removed, intake cover grommets as well. 1.jpg
     
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    The grommets that the intake cover snaps into are located closer to the centerline of the 2018 intake than on the earlier units, so clearance must be made for them to be relocated outward. The mounting points for the grommets must be slightly raised as well so the cover clears the larger intake runners. Dremel to the rescue. Here’s a shot of the post-surgery results, note the partially removed mounting boss on the runner for the IMRC/CMCV. 2.jpg
     
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    A little more careful grinding and some sanding, and that mounting boss is history. I plan to paint the upper portion of the intake to completely hide the deception and further beautify my engine bay, I’m just not sure what color at the moment. Maybe gloss black…maybe body color…or maybe red wrinkle finish. Decisions, decisions. 3.jpg
     
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    Homebrewed IMRC/CMCV lockouts. An engineer with access to machine tools pay $60 for these? I think not… 4.jpg
     
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    #18 Strokerswild, Nov 12, 2018
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    Time for some grommet relocation brackets. Long ago I had bought the setup that a member was selling to mount the intake cover to the GT350 manifold, thinking I might install that manifold someday if the price ever got appealing; then along came the 2018 intake. These consist of a bar that spans the studs on the top of the intake (these mount under everything else that uses these studs), with a grommet tab, and standoffs to space the grommet tab off the bar. The designer/maker of these was a little off on the grommet spacing relative to the stud holes on the mounting bars, so I made an educated guess based on the bore centers of the Coyote and made new ones; the grommet tabs were on the money at least. Bingo. The standoff lengths need to be different from side to side as the threaded stud bosses are different heights (longer on the driver side), and a little trial and error was needed to dial in the lengths to my satisfaction. Here’s the end product, with a very poorly painted intake cover confirming fit. 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg
     
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    #19 Strokerswild, Nov 12, 2018
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    Fun car season is more or less over here in Minnesota as of this writing since we just got our first blast of snow, so I’ve got a few months to install this baby, along with some 47# injectors and an E85 tune. The wait to play is gonna kill me. And the best part is that nobody poking around under my hood at a cruise night next summer will be the wiser.


    By the way, I have absolutely zero interest (possibly less) in producing these parts for sale, so don’t ask - the demand wouldn’t be high enough and nobody would want to pay what I would want to make it worthwhile. However, here are the drawings for the parts as seen here in my thread in case anybody wants to duplicate my madness. Cheers. Tie Bar_18.jpg Standoff.jpg Standoff_Opp.jpg Grommet Tab.jpg
     
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    Oh, and the lockouts.... :beer::beer::beer: Lock Bar.jpg
     
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