Longtime SHO Owner that is FINALLY Starting to Mod It

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After all these years of my partnership with Bertha, my '13 SHO, I have decided she needs some work done and a nice makeover or I might just leave her for one of those younger models. I've been eyeing the P100D for a few years now, but it wouldn't be fair of me to just up and leave Bertha. Sure, she doesn't look great in plaid but she has been so dedicated to me and our family... so here we are....

Bertha is currently stock and only has a SCT tune on it (Pre-Lawsuit/Pre-2018.)

I just replaced all belts, water pump, chains, differential, etc. so she is good (hopefully) for another 100k miles.

That being said, I've pulled the trigger on some PPE Downpipes (2 month lead time,) a Magnaflow Exhaust, Tony's Trans Mount, and the EPP Dual Intake.

I did not opt for the Catch Can model of the EPP Dual Intake because it made it seem like I couldn't do it for the 2013 model. Should I see if I can change that?

Have been talking to Gearhead Tuning about purchasing their Turbos and Intercooler. Lead time on the FMIC is similar to the PPE Downpipes so I will be patient for that one rather than the LM FMIC as it seems to be lesser quality.

I've been looking into the Megan Racing Coilovers. I've used their products on most of my previous vehicles and have been impressed with the quality every time. I've seen a few threads that owners have stated their SHO went faster when lowered, which seems odd to me because it has always been the opposite on any of my other vehicles in the past. Any clarification on this?

That being said of the cool vehicles I've previously owned or still do that are worth mentioning are a 1979 C152m 1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD, 1998 3000GT VR4, 1998 Grand Prix GTP, 1999 Trans Am WS6, 2006 GTO, 2006 E55, 2008 Ninja ZX-6R, and 2010 ZX-10R. Wife has a 1992 Bayliner, 2012 F-150 EB 3.5L, and a 2013 Yamaha FZ6R.

Hopefully I can make some sort of difference here on the forum. I'm in Middletown, MD, right outside of Frederick, MD and the D.C. Metro area.

Thank you all very much and it is a pleasure to be here.
 

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welcome. look into ajpturbo for tuning. I am seeing more satisfaction with that than the others so far. I own the older stuff so no turbos for me but I do track every model on the forum.
 

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welcome. look into ajpturbo for tuning. I am seeing more satisfaction with that than the others so far. I own the older stuff so no turbos for me but I do track every model on the forum.
Thanks.

I've been lurking all of them for years now.

I have a tuner by the name of Andrew @ Adrenaline Automotive in Frederick, MD. Under the radar shop but he knows his stuff.

I was thinking of getting a legit Dyno/street driven tune and ditching the SCT. I can re-marry the SCT to the F150.

I used to tune all my vehicles utilizing AEM or HPTuners. Street tuning was great for dialing in, but was tricky and risky at times. Definitely more helpful if you have a competent passenger.

That being said I haven't looked into the SHO for tuning myself much other than going to the GM sensors seems like a good path if I want to up the cooling power of my fuel.

Wanted to add that I did order a White line Swaybar kit as well.

Anyone figure out a nice adjustment level on them?
 

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Thanks.

I've been lurking all of them for years now.

I have a tuner by the name of Andrew @ Adrenaline Automotive in Frederick, MD. Under the radar shop but he knows his stuff.

I was thinking of getting a legit Dyno/street driven tune and ditching the SCT. I can re-marry the SCT to the F150.

I used to tune all my vehicles utilizing AEM or HPTuners. Street tuning was great for dialing in, but was tricky and risky at times. Definitely more helpful if you have a competent passenger.

That being said I haven't looked into the SHO for tuning myself much other than going to the GM sensors seems like a good path if I want to up the cooling power of my fuel.

Wanted to add that I did order a White line Swaybar kit as well.

Anyone figure out a nice adjustment level on them?

Great to hear you ordered the Whiteline sway bar, we had a big part in development of it, it's a great piece that we really enjoy for both track use and spirited driving.

One thing I will say about tuning on these is they aren't for the weak, and I would talk in depth to whichever tuner you go with to ensure that they understand your goals and needs and if you go with a local tuner make sure that they actually understand the Ecoboost platform. I've seen make dyno tunes that end up making less power than stock and drive horribly, so it's best to stick with an experienced tuner. With these cars being Speed Denisty, a dyno isn't needed near as much as with MAF cars, and I can probably count on both hands the number of SHOs that have actually been on a dyno for tuning. 99% of what you see is street tuned.
 

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I would get rid of the SHO while you can get a higher price and go with a newer SHO or the Tesla. 10 year old cars start getting expensive to repair.....this coming from a 2013 owner....
 
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Great to hear you ordered the Whiteline sway bar, we had a big part in development of it, it's a great piece that we really enjoy for both track use and spirited driving.

One thing I will say about tuning on these is they aren't for the weak, and I would talk in depth to whichever tuner you go with to ensure that they understand your goals and needs and if you go with a local tuner make sure that they actually understand the Ecoboost platform. I've seen make dyno tunes that end up making less power than stock and drive horribly, so it's best to stick with an experienced tuner. With these cars being Speed Denisty, a dyno isn't needed near as much as with MAF cars, and I can probably count on both hands the number of SHOs that have actually been on a dyno for tuning. 99% of what you see is street tuned.
I appreciate the advice.

The swaybars arrived the other day. How was the install for these? Any opinions on the settings?

I haven't tuned a vehicle in probably ten years now but I have done speed density street tunes on GM vehicles. MAF tuning was really simple with the GM cars.

Watching some videos tuning the Ecoboosts it looks like a lot of the electronics and sensors make it fairly difficult as well.

If Andrew doesn't work I'll end up doing gearhead most likely.
 

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I appreciate the advice.

The swaybars arrived the other day. How was the install for these? Any opinions on the settings?

I haven't tuned a vehicle in probably ten years now but I have done speed density street tunes on GM vehicles. MAF tuning was really simple with the GM cars.

Watching some videos tuning the Ecoboosts it looks like a lot of the electronics and sensors make it fairly difficult as well.

If Andrew doesn't work I'll end up doing gearhead most likely.

Not bad at all. I think the entire install can be done with a 12mm and 14mm ratchet. The main thing is to keep everything loose until you get it all installed, and make sure that you don't have any binding or contact when the rear suspension is fully retracted. I'll have to glance under the car at lunch to remember which hole I went with, I think I am on the outer hole.
 

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Not bad at all. I think the entire install can be done with a 12mm and 14mm ratchet. The main thing is to keep everything loose until you get it all installed, and make sure that you don't have any binding or contact when the rear suspension is fully retracted. I'll have to glance under the car at lunch to remember which hole I went with, I think I am on the outer hole.
Good to know.

Any benefit to having a front sway bar built?

Looks like there is some room to do so under the hood
 

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Don't know what year your car is bu
Good to know.

Any benefit to having a front sway bar built?

Looks like there is some room to do so under the hood
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Good to know.

Any benefit to having a front sway bar built?

Looks like there is some room to do so under the hood
Unsure of your year model but a 10-12 have a fatter front sway bar, interceptors use the 10-12 bar.
 

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Good to know.

Any benefit to having a front sway bar built?

Looks like there is some room to do so under the hood

The Whiteline sway bar is made to work with the PP/PI front sway bar, so if you are a non-PP you can swap, but the front is plenty beefy enough for balance.
 

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The Whiteline sway bar is made to work with the PP/PI front sway bar, so if you are a non-PP you can swap, but the front is plenty beefy enough for balance.
Good to know.

I have a 2013. It is not the police package.

I'll debate on a future add, but if not needed then it would be a later addition.
 
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