What did you do to your M1 today

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So I have to do some winter prep and I was wondering if those of you with more experience could give me some helpful input here.

I'm looking into getting PPF and having an undercoating done (yes, i'm driving this car in winter). The local shop I contacted said that there's no issue putting PPF over the decals and he's done several Mach 1s already, but I'm wondering if they are FJG models and that's why he said that. Does anyone who has experience here recommend the best option for bang-for-buck coverage and what it'll run me cost-wise? The guy at the shop is recommending I cover the entire car, but I don't really want to spend $5k on PPF.

Other issue is winter tires or all-seasons. I'll be driving this in the winter but not in ice storms or snowstorms — debating if I need the snow tires or if I could get by with just swapping the MP4S's with a good all-season tire, which would also give me the freedom to go south to visit friends for a bit. I live on the border of NH/MA (so very near Boston) and work from home, for the record. What would y'all recommend here?
I went with Xpel Stealth on the hood decal (came out great)
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and Xpel Ultimate Plus on hood, mirrors, front bumper and rocker panels. Here are some pics of the hood decal.

 

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Got my next mod. delivered last night. It's an external piece, that was part of many a Mach1 in the past. Dentist appointment today, so it will probably have to wait to get installed till tomorrow, any guesses?
 

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Got my next mod. delivered last night. It's an external piece, that was part of many a Mach1 in the past. Dentist appointment today, so it will probably have to wait to get installed till tomorrow, any guesses?
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DING DING DING! Winner winner chicken dinner.
LOL! I remember you saying something about getting aluminum louvers. It should look great. Send pics after you install.
 

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You still gonna do the hood? What about side louvers?
Yep, ordered the GT500 hood a week ago from Cervini's, and they are going to paint the hood vents Magnetic Metallic to match the side mirrors and Swing. If I end up keeping the rear window louvers, I'll probably try and paint them Magnetic too.

Not sure about side louvers yet, might be too much. I haven't seen any that I really like, other than the 50th Aniv. louvered glass. The aftermarket louvered glass available just doesn't do it for me either.
 
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Yep, ordered the GT500 hood a week ago from Cervini's, and they are going to paint the hood vents Magnetic Metallic to match the side mirrors and Swing. If I end up keeping the rear window louvers, I'll probably try and paint them Magnetic too.

Not sure about side louvers yet, might be too much. I haven't seen any that I really like, other than the 50th Aniv. louvered glass. The aftermarket louvered glass available just doesn't do it for me either.
I'm assuming your having Cervinis paint the EG part of the hood as well. Please let us know how the paint match works out.
 

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I'm assuming your having Cervinis paint the EG part of the hood as well. Please let us know how the paint match works out.
Yeah, I'm hoping for the best. I've talked with a couple guys on here, one with a Bullitt and they said the paint workmanship and match were good. I don't know if they've actually painted the color (EG) before, but they have done lots of Mustang colors. If the paint formula is followed correctly, it ought to be good...right?

The way the hood and fender seam work, there isn't a direct side by side as the fenders are vertical and the hood horizontal and will flop different color tones. The small part of the nose that's horizontal and the leading edge of the hood are going to be the big tell...I would think.

The way Eruption Green changes colors in the sun, the main color matching issues would be if you had to make repairs in the middle of flat panels I would think. Probably have to do the whole part, but I'm not a paint expert.
 

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OK - it was pretty easy - knob installed. I must say it makes huge difference. And the quality is really good.

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One thing I noticed after installing mine and it seems to be the same on yours as well, but the knob seems to be slightly not centered and like the ball is tweaked left some and unfortunately you can not change the direction of the ball on the auto shifter.
 

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Steeda x. Sounds amazing in track mode. No drone and easily cut the weight in half. Amd if you go by steedas dyno sheets it gained me 9 hp. Lol.
I did the roush x pipe on mine and I know lots of people say it makes it more raspy. I disagree at least on this car, it just amplified what sound it was making to make it a bit louder but did not seem to change the tone to me.
 

 
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