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Mustang5L5

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In fact, i'm probably going to stick the 19# injectors back into the car and use the SN95 MAF just to get it up and running.

I just want it running for troubleshooting reasons. Make sure it runs well, charge the AC, purge the power steering and cooling, make sure no leaks, etc etc. No WOT blasts or dyno runs just yet, so 19's should be able to handle idling and light throttle driving around my neighborhood.

Once the car is "set" to my liking, i'll finish wiring in the MS. I just didn't want to deal with tuning while i am chasing mechanical leaks and other issues that i may find after redoing, well, everything.
 
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In fact, i'm probably going to stick the 19# injectors back into the car and use the SN95 MAF just to get it up and running.

I just want it running for troubleshooting reasons. Make sure it runs well, charge the AC, purge the power steering and cooling, make sure no leaks, etc etc. No WOT blasts or dyno runs just yet, so 19's should be able to handle idling and light throttle driving around my neighborhood.

Once the car is "set" to my liking, i'll finish wiring in the MS. I just didn't want to deal with tuning while i am chasing mechanical leaks and other issues that i may find after redoing, well, everything.
That is a sensible approach, I am used to jumping in head first on untested projects that I dont even think about it anymore.
 

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Well at least it will be rainy and 50* this weekend. At least it will knock some of the pollen down. I hate unintentionally having a yellow car.
 

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This pollen is killing me. Gone through three boxes of tissues in the last 2 days.
used to affect me real bad, allergist has me on a daily regimen of an otc allergy pill, fluticazone nasal spray, and a few inhalers for my asthma.... best I have ever been able to breath my entire life.
I also go in for shots bi weekly for the allergies as well.
 

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I get the bad enough where I’m knocked out for 2-3 days and just miserable, and then I’m fine the rest of the year. It’s grass I’m allergic to. When it goes to seed, it just knocks me out and makes my nose a running, sneezing faucet. Some OTC pills, nasal flushes, and lots of showers help me get through it. I resorted to wearing my painters mask yesterday for a few hours to get some relief (it worked)

I wish I went into work this week as I would just camp my but in our iso class 7 cleanroom with its highly filtered air and would feel better almost instantly. Then I dart from ac building to AC car to AC house trying not to breath outdoor air.

3 days of rain....this should make a significant dent in getting me over this.

sat I have some car time scheduled as well as getting my shiplap delivered to work on my 3-season porch. I told the wife the porch takes priority, so we will see what gets done on the car.
 

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Is it too late to suggest this:

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Haven’t touched the car in a while. Just too much going on.

won’t be able to touch it this weekend…. I’ll be busy

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Ok, how bout this hint…
 

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The GT500 is just insane to drive. I had expectations but the car blew them away.

I’ll have to wait til back on a PC to type my review.

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^my two oldest boys checking out the car before my run.
 
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My buddy Kris went last week too , he used to be on here long time ago with ttop nick . Said it was insane
 

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Ok, where do i begin with the GT500.

This was a base model, and not the Carbon Fiber Track Pack model. From what i was told, it was bone stock with OEM equipment pads and tires. It was wearing the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S equipped from Ford. More on this later.

I've sat in a few S550's, but this is my first time driving the new chassis. I just love the cockpit of these cars. It wraps around you and does make you feel like you are getting into a fighter jet. My old Sn95 felt like i was getting into a regular passenger car. This felt like a race car, and i realize this cockpit layout carries over to the base and GT as well.

We ran in track mode (obviously) and got to hear the difference in quiet vs track exhaust. Let me just say the exhaust note in track is LOUD. No idea how that is street legal, but i imagine it's not and meant for off-road use. Of all the cars there at the event, it was the loudest by far at WOT speeding down the straight. However, in the car it didn't seem that loud.

We had the AC blasting. It was 90 degrees. We had enough HP that we could spare a few to keep us from sweating to death. The car didn't care that it was on.

I've often heard that the Fox cars seem raw and loud, and the new cars are numb. I didn't get that sense at all with the GT500. Just starting it up and idling it out of the pit felt like driving a fox body with off-road Hpipe and some sort of cam chopping away. Just a little tap of the gas pedal gave you a raw exhaust note and you coudl feel the car rumble. It idled down the road at 10MPH with attitude.

First couple laps i took it easy. First time on this track, and first time driving this car i was trying to get a sense of how it drove and paying attention to my braking and tuning cones. It was a lot going on, so i wasn't driving 100% which is understandable. I probably drove the car 75% to it's ability at times.

It's fast. Rediculously fast. Your body gets pushed back into the seat and you just hang on. The entire time you are accelerating towards triple digit speeds, you can feel the rear tires dancing and hopping behind you. The traction and stability control is amazing on this car. If you drive this car on the street, it will break traction over road ruts or any break in the surface at WOT, even at 80MPH. I think at one point the car shifted gears at 75MPH and i felt the tires break loose and then grab. Car kept going straight, fast. This car would scare the living crap out of me on a street. I still want it.

The DCT was pretty sweet. They would let you use the paddle shifters if you wanted, but i had a lot going on so i left it do it itself. I dont think i could shift the way it did. Upshifts were fast and at redline, and when you were hard on the brakes it would downshift automatically and rev-match on it's own. If you were in a corner and lightly rolling on the gas, it was always in the perfect gear right at the perfect RPM waiting for you to roll onto the gas. It was more like driving a stick vs an automatic, except you didn't have to do any shifting or clutching. Just picture driving your stick car, and having a computer handle all the clutch/shift for you. The rotary shifter takes some getting used to, but i don't miss the stick in this.

The tires. I thought they were race-tires because of how well they gripped. I've driven 400-500HP Mustangs with what i thought were decent tires and had them break loose just getting on it in 2nd. The Michelin's were impressive. They just gripped. Roll on it from 40MPH, they held. Downshift from 50MPH, they held. I might have to look at these tires in the future. I expected this car to have track specific tires on it, not OEM equipped street tires.

By the time i started to get a hang of the car and how to apply power in the corners. I will admit, i didn't want to go into this right out the gate and start mashing the gas in a corner, but i think the car would take it. But, not my car, so i took it easy and saved the fast stuff for going straight.

The brakes. I gotta say i wasn't impressed. They were the stock 15.5" brembos and pads, but i didn't feel wowed by their stopping power. Maybe i just had higher expectations i guess. Don't get me wrong, they still stopped the car fast repeatedly, but it required some solid leg effort to do so. Perhaps this is just how it's supposed to be. Or maybe it's the fact that the car has lived it's (short) life being tracked day after day. I did a few 80-40MPH stops and it just felt...typical.

This car was brand spanking new. Had under 5000 miles and still had plastic on the floor and some of the interior panels. No idea what they do with these cars later in their life.

I want one. Badly. I just don't want to pay for one.

I plan on doing this again. Due to the cost, i think i'll wait ti next summer, and maybe pair it with another car (corvette maybe) and a ride-along in the charger SRT-4's. I think having more familiarity with the course will help me drive close to the edge. I think i just got hooked on HPDE. I can't do it with the fox though. I might have to buy a beat up SN or S197 chassis, gut it, and start to get into this. It was fun.

I want one.
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Ok, still riding the GT500 high but i need to learn to let that go....for now. I can't swing a Gt500 right now, but if Ford ever decided to drop the DCT in the Mustang GT, i will give it a hard look. I am totally sold on that transmission.


Anyway, back to the Fox. I feel like i've been cheating on her.

Ordered up some banjo fittings for the hydroboost. M18 and M16 to 6AN. Neither really fit well out of the box. The M18 banjo was too long and bottomed out. Was 30mm long. I chucked it up in a lathe and turned it down to 28mm. Fit great after that.
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The M16 banjo didn't really fit well at all. It was too close to the block on the hydroboost and wouldn't let a 6AN fitting thread in. Ended up swapping it for a tuff-stuff 5550P fitting.

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