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Vestin112

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I guess I'll post all of this to one build thread and spare the internet.

2018 SHO PP just hit 40k miles

Car is tuned on auto octane from GH
I've been running it with the basic setup colder spark plugs 3 bar map 180F thermostat H&R coils and Geard head intercooler for two years. Last year I got the Wilwoods on the front with R1 concepts rotors. I finally got all of the parts together to go HAMM on the rest, so after about 3 months of careful work and research we're probably a few days away from completion.

I replaced every piece of suspension under the car as well as rubber.

BC Racing DS Series Coil overs with swift springs
Mevotech TTX components ( outer tie rod ends, rear swaybar link , front sway bar link)
Other control arms were mevotech painted with brake caliper 2k paint
New trans axles OEM all around
Whiteline rear sway bar
Sway bar bushings OEM
Timken PP wheel hubs front and rear (they're a local company I had to try)
[ currently slotting the rear lower control arm bolt holes to finally correct negative camber after lowering] no more inside tire wear

New Anthony D Trans mounts ( Welded in front trans mount bracket)
New Upper trans mount urethane'd and painted as well as engine mount

Upgraded Gearhead Turbos (hot side ceramic coated)
Stainless steel works Downpipes (ceramic coated and titanium wrapped)
3rd cat delete with resonators and crosspipe added running Vibrant Ultra Quiet Resonators (Gold quad exhaust tips with CF heat shields)

MSD Ignition coils
Eco power parts hot pipes set with CAI
UPR Dual catch can

Ceramic coated engine valley coolant pipe
X35Designs intake manifold phenolic spacer
PRO METH Intake manifold with direct port injection/ 5 gal tank big pump setup (Added in extra aluminum heat shielding underneath intake manifold to help with heat soak) AEM HD water meth controller
70mm BBK Throttle body
New radiator hoses wrapped in titanium heat wrap to help with under hood temps

Removed OEM Performance pack oil cooler for a Improved racing sandwich plate oil cooler with a 17" Mishimoto Heavy-Duty Bar and plate fluid cooler
Removed OEM Performance pack PTU cooler loop and transitioned to a low amp meziere water pump going to a small plate oil cooler (off amazon I think, nothing crazy)

Moved Battery to the trunk opposing the meth tank hopefully balancing out weight added to the rear
Had GT500 front bumper winglet splitter fabricated out of aluminum
Carbon Fiber Hood vents added to help under hood temps
Removed OEM front seats for Sparcos to save on weight with brackets from Aaron at Schwartz Performance (was able to scoop a CF seat off a local facebook ad for half price so i couldn't pass it up)
Zen Carbon fiber steering wheel with airbag cover

I think that is everything so far just getting ride height sorted then its gunna get flat bedded up to get put on a body rack and made sure we have perfection in the alignment front to back (slotting the rear lower control arms should help attain a very nice level balance)

Once I can get Some of those Helix Clutch packs I'll have them thrown in with the Traction concepts LSD packs I've been sitting on once I get those it's on to fueling with a hpfp from XDI along with injectors and I think we're done and happy lol
 

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Love the build man. Do the Ds Series Coilovers have the camber plates? Did you have to use oem strut mounts?
 

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Love the build man. Do the Ds Series Coilovers have the camber plates? Did you have to use oem strut mounts?
The DS does have camber plates and I'm pretty sure you don't even use the strut mounts you just slap them in there unless I'm confused. I wasn't there for the day they got put on. I'll check and get back to you though I remember thinking I needed to order some new ones but it never came up so that might be a fun surprise for the future lol
 

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I have been contemplating upgrading the turbos for some time, but I was told that even stock turbos put us at the trans' limit. If our trans is the weak link, what are you gonna do when the engine overpowers it?
 

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I have been contemplating upgrading the turbos for some time, but I was told that even stock turbos put us at the trans' limit. If our trans is the weak link, what are you gonna do when the engine overpowers it?
Sourcing for a custom Torque converter and waiting on Helix to release the clutch plates so I can have all of those done at once. After that we'll address whatever breaks with better materials as it presents itself.
 

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Ok it's been a minute! At the end of finally getting all the work done the rear turbo oil seal went and left me up ***** creek with winter coming soon I decided to store the car over the winter and get everything finished in the spring and depending how it goes maybe bite the bullet on doing HPFP and injectors possibly completing the LSD setup.

I have a good rapport with the Tech at my local Ford who did my steering wheel and brakes, so they're pretty good doods and are gunna get me sorted after the GT500 and Saleen Mustang that's ahead of me.

Gunna be interesting getting him familiar with all the work that's been done
 

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Ok it's been a minute! At the end of finally getting all the work done the rear turbo oil seal went and left me up ***** creek with winter coming soon I decided to store the car over the winter and get everything finished in the spring and depending how it goes maybe bite the bullet on doing HPFP and injectors possibly completing the LSD setup.

I have a good rapport with the Tech at my local Ford who did my steering wheel and brakes, so they're pretty good doods and are gunna get me sorted after the GT500 and Saleen Mustang that's ahead of me.

Gunna be interesting getting him familiar with all the work that's been done

If you do decide to do injectors, take that phenolic spacer out and throw it in the trash.
 

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If you do decide to do injectors, take that phenolic spacer out and throw it in the trash.
I was getting that notion from my reading in here at least the intake manifold needs to come off anyways basically to get to the rear injectors so not to big of a deal.
 

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Yea they're off the car bUT ia getting ready to take them to a local fab shop and have more made.
Do you powder coat them or paint them and any pics of them installed with them painted? Think you had shown them held by hand up to the car in raw aluminum
 

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Threw some paint on em real quick then I just wrapped em with black vinyl but I'm gunna have them powder coated in the future.
 

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Yea I have a custom front lip from a place in Canada during covid but it's way too heavy and I have to have it made out of the same aluminized material as the side skirts. I'll post a pic of the lip when I find it. I'm also doing some custom sideskirts to go along with it that'll incorporate the mudguards.
 

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I'd really rather not leave the SHO platform for an ST, but what can be done to bring the SHO on par with the ETs guys are getting from their STs with little more than an intercooler and a tune? I know the transverse engine with the AWD system has presented problems. Has anyone come up with anything to fix it?
 

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I'd really rather not leave the SHO platform for an ST, but what can be done to bring the SHO on par with the ETs guys are getting from their STs with little more than an intercooler and a tune? I know the transverse engine with the AWD system has presented problems. Has anyone come up with anything to fix it?
The limitations are in the bottom end and the trans ptu and driveline we got clutch plates out now for the trans and someone has done a complete build on the bottom end but it is what it is. By all means if you are not that dedicated to the platform this is not the car for you. Go get an explorer by all means. This car is never going to be more than it is, that's why I have 2 c63's because my SHO is a hobby car that's just about a passion for the platform but my c63's are much much faster and better made cars. So you ask yourself why do I want this car.
 

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The limitations are in the bottom end and the trans ptu and driveline we got clutch plates out now for the trans and someone has done a complete build on the bottom end but it is what it is. By all means if you are not that dedicated to the platform this is not the car for you. Go get an explorer by all means. This car is never going to be more than it is, that's why I have 2 c63's because my SHO is a hobby car that's just about a passion for the platform but my c63's are much much faster and better made cars. So you ask yourself why do I want this car.
I agree. I have been in the platform for 5 years. I have seen almost everything. I have seen the megabuilds ect. I am happy with my FBO SHO that might clip an 11.9x. That is why within the year, I want to sell my SHO and pick up a 2020 E63s. Better motor, better AWD system, better craftmanship. Tune only, the 63's go into the tens, and you can drive them at 120 mph+ across the nation if you wanted too. Yes, I will pay the premium for that.
 

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The ST’s have a 10 speed transmission, RWD bias AWD system. Leaps and bounds better than our 6 speed FWD bias AWD setup. I think you could expect better ET’s from a 10 speed SHO over a 10 speed Explorer but with the amount of money that would cost…I’d rather not.
 

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