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All, my 2017 Lightning Blue with White stripes and Electronic Package is in PDI at my dealership. I've already been over to see it and have a few (pre-PDI) pics...enjoy! Can't wait to get it home, let the mods begin and my thanks to all of your who assisted me throughout the ordering/delivery process :) Wheel Tire Car Vehicle Land vehicle

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Inspected it pretty closely, no dents/dings, even under the front fascia no scrapes! My thanks to the rail and auto loaders for taking it easy! Checked the splitter hardware/fasteners and all there (some had come with no or only partial hardware). Passenger rear fender fascia has a bit of a gap and the front hood edge gap seems a bit large...not sure yet if I may just live with it as sometimes the "cure is worse than the cause" but will speak with the dealer when I go to pick up today!

Excited to hear that engine roar...can't believe it's in...the Lightning Blue looks spectacular in person as well!
 

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Congratulations! Very nice color. Glad to read it arrived with no issues. Give us first drive impression write up.

Speaking of splitters, you might want to look at these https://zl1addons.com/collections/splitterguard-washers/products/splitter-protection-washers-ford-mustang-gt-350. I've scrubbed my splitter despite being ultra careful at entrances and exits. These cars sit low. Now these washer touch down first.
Svtride....too funny - they are already sitting on my workbench for install when I install the splitter, I found'em a few days ago on another forum, thanks!!
 

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Very nice and CONGRATS!!!!!
Thanks Voodu, waiting again, while it goes through PDI at my dealer. I like your new plate and did read your Steeda Chassis post...went to their website and it's a mess to navigate...you wouldn't happen to have a link to the parts you are considering?
 

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Wow, where to start after having picked up my Lightning Blue GT 350 this past weekend! I'll post more of an initial driving impression thread once I've been able to put some miles on it. In the meantime, here are some other initial thoughts!

Most of my neighbors stopped by and checked it out, was surprised that they all liked the white OTT Stripes and, while I was dead set on removing them, they are growing on me and I'll leave them on for now. The engine is awesome, just cant say enough about the sound and feel of it. Body gaps are not the best (alignment wise) and I may take it to a body shop for adjustment. In particular, the right rear bumper fascia has a 1/4" gap where it meets the taillight housing. Surprised the plant didn't catch/fix it before shipping. Really like the Recaros, very comfortable and easy to find a good driving position. One thing that would be nice is adjustable thigh support but good overall. Clutch pedal action is nice! Feels just right to me, not too light and certainly not too heavy. Transmission feels precise and you can "snick" through the gears easily. HUD Shift Indicator is great and helps to keep it at 4K or under. Easy to go fast in this car, jumped on the freeway and was going much faster than I thought. Steering feels very solid and this car goes where you point it. You can definitely feel the wider tires up front and that's OK, makes me smile as the car always feels ready to "go"! Felt some tramlining, but again not bad. Sync 3 is great, very similar to my 2016 KR with Siri functionality, etc. Audio needs help, I was shocked at how cheesy the rear deck speakers are...didn't realize they made speaker magnets so small :). Hard to tell if there is wind noise at freeway speeds as the engine sounds so awesome, you would notice it nor care anyway.

Spent a couple of hours yesterday installing the front splitter. All I can say is it was more of a project than I anticipated, but everything is on tight and looks good. If you are going to do this yourself, use a lift as crawling around under the front end on the garage floor gets tedious real fast. Speaking of the splitter, this car is low, low, low in front and scrapes even when you are being careful with it. going to install the ZL1 splitter washers tonight. Will be lower, and scrape easier, but at least I'll just be scraping the washers not the splitter assembly. Installed the Red Line hood struts last night and removed them. Even though I ran them through roughly 40 compression cycles (each) they were VERY stiff and trying to close the hood made me think I was going to bend it.
Disappointed as I've had excellent luck with the RLT struts in the past, and will be looking for another solution to the prop rod. Even in quiet mode, it's going to be hard to not bother the neighbors on early morning start ups...speaking of which cold start up is loud (I love it) but kept the garage door closed till rpms dropped.

Going to get out and drive it more this afternoon in the canyons, more to come...
 

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Another tip, be sure and check your lug nut specs and the inflation pressures...for some reason mine were between 30psi and 42psi cold pressure...calls for 32 so not sure why they were over inflated...

Several lugs were not tight and I was only torqueing to 140lbs...
 

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OK, had my first couple of canyon sorties and just amazing. This thing sticks like glue!! You'd better be hanging on though cause in Track mode the steering is DIRECT..."feels" like no power assist and you need to be "on the wheel"...so sweet. Reminds me of watching an F1/Indy/Nascar race when they show the driver's view and you see them working the wheel, nice!! Got up to 5500 RPM's (once, as I'm trying to be good during break in) and wow, this thing is a rocket about 4K RPMs. Speaking of braking, world class all the way!!

Cant wait to get more miles on this truly well balanced and FUN TO DRIVE ride :)

PS there may be faster cars out there but I doubt many as well balanced and fun to drive as this GT350. Ford designed/engineered it right (just wish the assembly process was better quality as I have lots of body gaps and misalignments.) But you tend to overlook those areas as as soon as you press that little red button :)
 

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Join the OC Cobra club. COCOAOC.org I believe. Open track at Willow Springs is 2 weeks away. This thing is an animal on a road course even if you are not an experienced driver. It is really the best place to see what these cars will really do. Check out the Track Attack at Miller too. Ford pays for a 1 day school with an option for a second day.
 

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Join the OC Cobra club. COCOAOC.org I believe. Open track at Willow Springs is 2 weeks away. This thing is an animal on a road course even if you are not an experienced driver. It is really the best place to see what these cars will really do. Check out the Track Attack at Miller too. Ford pays for a 1 day school with an option for a second day.
Barstow will do, Track Attack already on the radar and will check into the OC Cobra club! thx!!
 

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Open track at Willow is this weekend. $10 just to spectate. Lots of cool Ford iron to see.
Nice, wish I had time this weekend that would be a fantastic day! Would be awesome to watch others techniques, pick up tips, and see a bunch of awesome cars...please post when you are headed to the next one perhaps we could get a SoCal GT350 group out there!!
 
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