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My white 2007 is now bone-stock, and I'm good with that.

However, I'm wondering if there are any upgrades - mechanical or cosmetic - that are considered a must for a long-term Shelby GT.

The only thing that currently interests me is a lower grille to protect the cooling fins in there. Also synthetic lubricants at some point, unless synthetics are factory fill.

The scoop upgrade is also on the list.

 

What else?

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You are correct that the lower grill is a must. I suggest some suspension pieces, specifically upper and lower control arms and a Watts Link or adjustible panhard bar to center the rear wheels under the car. Getting drilled and slotted brake rotors, with stainless steel lines and Hawk brake pads would be nice as well.

 

Jim

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Lower Grille was first priority on my list just for the reason you listed...I bought my SGT to drive, so I was very concerned about how open that was down there...Next was the Panhard bar to re-center the rear end since the car was lowered and SAI didn't seem to think to put in an adjustable panhard bar...DOH! The panhard bar will get the rear end where it should be...if you go to larger tires/wheels like I did, you'll definately notice it more...Brakes are also good to upgrade...I just added the Front Brembos off of a GT500 to my SGT...they will NOT fit stock SGT wheels though, so be aware of that...unless you use some spacers...I bought GT500 wheels so not an issue...Stainless Steel brake lines are a must with any brake upgrade...J&M and STEEDA both make lines that are pretty much exact factory replacements...Goodridge are very close, but not exact...the J&M and Steeda lines are not cheap...the Goodridge are a little less expensive if you look around...I got mine for about 160.00...

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#1 must do mod for a stock SGT = custom tune. Google Brenspeed or VMP.

 

Ken

 

Hey Ken,

 

Does a custom tune stop all or at least some of the black all over the exhaust tips? Mine must be running pretty ruch, cause it's always black all over the tips...

 

Carl

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Hey Ken,

 

Does a custom tune stop all or at least some of the black all over the exhaust tips? Mine must be running pretty ruch, cause it's always black all over the tips...

 

Carl

Yeah man it definitely will, if the custom tune is setup right. If you have black soot on the muffler tip, you're definitely running rich.

But the tune from SAI isn't much more aggressive than the stock Ford tunes on the MGT's. A custom tune will make your car perform better, unlock hidden HP, and increase throttle response.

It's a heck of a bang for the buck mod. Beyond that, I'd say tires and brakes.

 

Ken

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I'm in the slow process of doing what I feel are the "must haves". See my sig for the items and links.

 

I also want the lower grille and Shelby brake ducts.

 

I'm not exactly decided on the lower control arms yet; if I do them it will be with the adj. panhard bar. Or, I may go w/ a Watts Link.

 

I'm saving the custom tune for the post warranty days, but I do see a Brenspeed tune in my future.

 

I also want the aluminum driveshaft.

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My white 2007 is now bone-stock, and I'm good with that.

However, I'm wondering if there are any upgrades - mechanical or cosmetic - that are considered a must for a long-term Shelby GT.

The only thing that currently interests me is a lower grille to protect the cooling fins in there. Also synthetic lubricants at some point, unless synthetics are factory fill.

The scoop upgrade is also on the list.

 

What else?

The "else" depends on what you intend to do with the car.

 

Many of the suggestions you've seen here are intended to improve the pavement-ripping or corner-carving behavior of the beast. The SGT is good for both those, in stock form, but adding the suspension and brake parts mentioned will make it even gooder.

 

My process was:

· protect the car (lower grill insert; dual-action buffer for the paint and wax; car cover for use even when it's parked indoors)

· increase my enjoyment of the car (custom tune by [your choice among Brenspeed, JLT, BamaChips, and a very few others] will change the experience in quality and quantity; turn off the radio, so I could hear all the sweet sounds of driving; wider wheels and tires because they not only add to performance in an appropriate way, but make me feel better as I drive, knowing they look good!).

· increase braking and handling performance and thereby safety (bigger tires, wider wheels; larger brakes; more anti-sway front and rear).

· increase power (that custom tune will do plenty in that direction; you may want more).

 

The 'net is loaded with opinions.

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You are correct that the lower grill is a must. I suggest some suspension pieces, specifically upper and lower control arms and a Watts Link or adjustible panhard bar to center the rear wheels under the car. Getting drilled and slotted brake rotors, with stainless steel lines and Hawk brake pads would be nice as well.

 

All that sounds good, but I want to keep it SCCA F-stock Solo legal, so most of those won't work.

You did not mention shocks though. What are the shocks on the car?

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Had not thought about an AL driveshaft. I like that idea.

I also like braided brake lines. I doubt I'd do the full brake upgrade.

No SC for me. I'd have bought a 500 if I'd wanted boost.

Panhard rod sounds interesting. What locates the axle laterally now?

 

What's involved in a Brenspeed or other tune? Do you take the car to the shop, or do you buy a chip, or have it flashed or what?

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Had not thought about an AL driveshaft. I like that idea.

I also like braided brake lines. I doubt I'd do the full brake upgrade.

No SC for me. I'd have bought a 500 if I'd wanted boost.

Panhard rod sounds interesting. What locates the axle laterally now?

 

What's involved in a Brenspeed or other tune? Do you take the car to the shop, or do you buy a chip, or have it flashed or what?

 

The panhard rod locates the rear of the car now, but it is NOT an adjustable one...therefore, when SAI lowered the car by putting in the Ford Racing Springs, it moved the rear end over toward the driver's side of the car about 1/8 of an inch. Not much, but if you ever go to wider wheels and tires, you will definately notice it...

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What's involved in a Brenspeed or other tune? Do you take the car to the shop, or do you buy a chip, or have it flashed or what?

1st, spend some time perusing the mod/tech section. All of your questions so far have already been asked and answered in previous threads.

As for the tune, Google Brenspeed. You can buy the programmer from them. It arrives in the mail with the custom tune already loaded.

Plug & play.

 

Ken

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All that sounds good, but I want to keep it SCCA F-stock Solo legal, so most of those won't work.

You did not mention shocks though. What are the shocks on the car?

 

Yeah, w/ respect to the slotted/drilled rotors (which I already bought), I thought of this also. You can change the lines and the pads and stay stock, but no the rotors. I'm sort of on the edge about changing them now because once you "modify" then your in a class where a lot more mods are needed (i.e. $$$) to stay competitive.

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20" shelby razors

supersnake quarter window scoop

lower grill

install brake duct bezels with brake ducts (uninstall come race day)

sequential brake lights

shelby upgraded leather interior

shelby gauge pod

Carroll Shelby's signature on the airbag cover (A MUST)

Roll bar or cage (if wanted)

 

That's all I could think of that could keep you in F stock.

 

I'll probably be seeing you out there from time to time.

 

Best of luck!

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quote: Getting drilled and slotted brake rotors, with stainless steel lines and Hawk brake pads would be nice as well.

 

I just completed this type of install today. Took my time but I am sure tired. Now if it stops raining I can bed them in on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are correct that the lower grill is a must. I suggest some suspension pieces, specifically upper and lower control arms and a Watts Link or adjustible panhard bar to center the rear wheels under the car. Getting drilled and slotted brake rotors, with stainless steel lines and Hawk brake pads would be nice as well.

 

Jim

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Take your pick

 

AFCO Pro Series Dual Pass Intercooler Heat Exchanger

Agent 47 Side Mirrors

Agent 47 Brake Cooling Kit and Lower Grille Inserts

Agent 47 Upper Honeycomb Grille with OEM Fog Lights

Alsa Killer Chromed Power Steering Pump

AmericanRacing 1 5/8 Long Tube headers with H pipe FRRP Bolts

ATE Super Blue DOT 4 Racing Brake Fluid

AutoMeter Cobalt Gauges (Full Sweep Electric) Boost, Oil & Fuel pressure

Baer DecelaRotors Drilled and Slotted

BMR Prothane Bullet Motor Mount

BMR Driveshaft Loop

Chip Beck Fiberglass Hood Scoop and painted on stripes

Fore Precision High Flow Fuel Rails (Billet Aluminum)

FRPP Push Button Start

FRPP Ford GT 38lb/hr fuel injectors

FRPP 0 degree Ford Racing spark plugs

FRPP Shelby GT500 Duel fuel pump

FRPP Rear Axle Girdle with Chrome Bolts

FRPP Axle Back Mufflers KR500

FRPP 62mm Dual Bore Throttle Body

FRPP 4.10 Gears

FRPP Cold Air Intake

FRPP Front and Rear Anti-Roll Bars

FRPP Racing Blue Valve Covers

Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Lines

H3R Halo Fire Extinguisher Chrome with Bracket

Hawk HPS Brake Pads

Hurst Short Throw Shifter

Hurst Line Lock with Shifter Knob Button

Hurst Hurst Equipped Retro Emblem

Innovators West Harmonized Balancer – aluminum

J&M Adjustable UCA and LCA

J&M LCA Relocation Bracket

Koni Yellow Adjustable Sport Shocks and Struts

Leonard Racing SpyderShaft1 piece Aluminum drive shaft

MM Products Adjustable Caster Camber Plates

McGard Lug Nuts and Locking Nut

Meziere Electric Water Pump

Midwest Auto Radiator Cover with side extenders

MoleSkin Window Felt

Moroso Coolant Expansion Tank (Aluminum)

Moroso Power Steering Fluid Tank (Aluminum)

Moroso Supercharger Coolant Tank (Aluminum)

Moroso Oil/Air Separator Tank (Aluminum)

Moroso Modular Oil Pan (Aluminum)

Moroso Fuse Box Cover 74220

Moroso Brake Reservoir Cover 74221

Odyssey Deep Cycle Battery PC1200MJT

Oil Mobil 1 5w-20

POR15 Rust treated and Painted Rear End

Raptor Shifter Light (Blue)

Speed of Sound Triple A-Pillar Gauge Cluster

Shelby Billet Engine Caps

Shelby Billet Under Hood Hardware

Shelby Billet Hood Pins 2008

Shelby Billet Pedal Covers

Shelby Berg Snake Faux Gas Cap

Shelby Snake Logo Center Wheel Caps

Shelby Satin Chrome Tail Light Trim

Shelby Satin Chrome Quarter Light Trim

SHR Quarter Window Louvers Painted Black

SHR Billet Fuel Door Black Anodized

Spec Stage 3+ Clutch

Spec Steel Fly wheel

StangMods Clear Rear Side Marker Lenses w/red LED bulbs

StangMods Clear Turn Signal Lens w/stealth bulbs

Steeda Battery Relocation Box

Steeda Bumpsteer kit

Steeda X5 Ball Joints

Steeda Front Street End Link Kit

ThumpRRR 76mm idler tension pulley

UMI Double Adjustable ChroMoly Panhard Bar (Rod Ends)

UPR Shorty Antenna

Vogtland Lowering Springs

Web Electric Sequential Tail Lights

Whipple 550 HO Intercooled Supercharger

 

 

Good luck deciding

Andrew

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Take your pick

 

AFCO Pro Series Dual Pass Intercooler Heat Exchanger

Agent 47 Side Mirrors

Agent 47 Brake Cooling Kit and Lower Grille Inserts

Agent 47 Upper Honeycomb Grille with OEM Fog Lights

Alsa Killer Chromed Power Steering Pump

AmericanRacing 1 5/8 Long Tube headers with H pipe FRRP Bolts

ATE Super Blue DOT 4 Racing Brake Fluid

AutoMeter Cobalt Gauges (Full Sweep Electric) Boost, Oil & Fuel pressure

Baer DecelaRotors Drilled and Slotted

BMR Prothane Bullet Motor Mount

BMR Driveshaft Loop

Chip Beck Fiberglass Hood Scoop and painted on stripes

Fore Precision High Flow Fuel Rails (Billet Aluminum)

FRPP Push Button Start

FRPP Ford GT 38lb/hr fuel injectors

FRPP 0 degree Ford Racing spark plugs

FRPP Shelby GT500 Duel fuel pump

FRPP Rear Axle Girdle with Chrome Bolts

FRPP Axle Back Mufflers KR500

FRPP 62mm Dual Bore Throttle Body

FRPP 4.10 Gears

FRPP Cold Air Intake

FRPP Front and Rear Anti-Roll Bars

FRPP Racing Blue Valve Covers

Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Lines

H3R Halo Fire Extinguisher Chrome with Bracket

Hawk HPS Brake Pads

Hurst Short Throw Shifter

Hurst Line Lock with Shifter Knob Button

Hurst Hurst Equipped Retro Emblem

Innovators West Harmonized Balancer – aluminum

J&M Adjustable UCA and LCA

J&M LCA Relocation Bracket

Koni Yellow Adjustable Sport Shocks and Struts

Leonard Racing SpyderShaft1 piece Aluminum drive shaft

MM Products Adjustable Caster Camber Plates

McGard Lug Nuts and Locking Nut

Meziere Electric Water Pump

Midwest Auto Radiator Cover with side extenders

MoleSkin Window Felt

Moroso Coolant Expansion Tank (Aluminum)

Moroso Power Steering Fluid Tank (Aluminum)

Moroso Supercharger Coolant Tank (Aluminum)

Moroso Oil/Air Separator Tank (Aluminum)

Moroso Modular Oil Pan (Aluminum)

Moroso Fuse Box Cover 74220

Moroso Brake Reservoir Cover 74221

Odyssey Deep Cycle Battery PC1200MJT

Oil Mobil 1 5w-20

POR15 Rust treated and Painted Rear End

Raptor Shifter Light (Blue)

Speed of Sound Triple A-Pillar Gauge Cluster

Shelby Billet Engine Caps

Shelby Billet Under Hood Hardware

Shelby Billet Hood Pins 2008

Shelby Billet Pedal Covers

Shelby Berg Snake Faux Gas Cap

Shelby Snake Logo Center Wheel Caps

Shelby Satin Chrome Tail Light Trim

Shelby Satin Chrome Quarter Light Trim

SHR Quarter Window Louvers Painted Black

SHR Billet Fuel Door Black Anodized

Spec Stage 3+ Clutch

Spec Steel Fly wheel

StangMods Clear Rear Side Marker Lenses w/red LED bulbs

StangMods Clear Turn Signal Lens w/stealth bulbs

Steeda Battery Relocation Box

Steeda Bumpsteer kit

Steeda X5 Ball Joints

Steeda Front Street End Link Kit

ThumpRRR 76mm idler tension pulley

UMI Double Adjustable ChroMoly Panhard Bar (Rod Ends)

UPR Shorty Antenna

Vogtland Lowering Springs

Web Electric Sequential Tail Lights

Whipple 550 HO Intercooled Supercharger

 

 

Good luck deciding

Andrew

 

Good Lord! Don't forget the custom PINK stripes! :hysterical::hysterical:

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Hey Andrew, I see your mods and raise you twenty :lol:

(Here's what my list looks like this week)

 

Powerplant

Comp XFI stage 2 cams

Comp valve springs

Comp titanium spring retainers

Steeda billet idler pulleys

Moroso aluminum high capacity oil pan

Moroso aluminum oil catch can

RedLine 5W20 synthetic oil

 

Fuel/Air

Paxton Novi 1200SL satin supercharger @ 9psi boost

FRPP GT500 dual fuel pumps

Ford IAT sensor relocation kit

BBK twin 62mm throttle body

Steeda billet charge motion control plates

Paxton 39# fuel injectors

 

Electrical

FRPP zero degree spark plugs

SCT Livewire w/ VMP custom 91 tune

Optima red top battery

 

Cooling

Moroso aluminum coolant reservoir

BeCool super-duty coolant

RedLine Water Wetter coolant additive

Lethal Performance 180* thermostat

 

Exhaust

JBA shorty exhaust headers

Magnaflow 2 1/2" off road x-pipe

FRPP mufflers (#M-5230-5GT)

 

Drivetrain

FRPP 4.10 gears

TA differential stud kit

RedLine 75W140 synthetic gear oil

RedLine D4ATF synthetic trans fluid

 

Suspension

Griggs GR40ST rear suspension:

Griggs Racing Koni rear coil-overs w/ street shocks & 225# springs

Griggs Racing road race adjustable rear lower control arms

Griggs Racing torque arm

Griggs Racing severe duty adjustable panhard bar

Griggs Racing axle & shock support bracket kits

Griggs Racing heim joints throughout

 

Wheels/Tires

GT500 18"x9.5" wheels

Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 285/40ZR18's

 

Safety

Halon chrome 2.5 lb. fire extinguisher

Griggs Racing 4 point roll bar (on order)

 

Brakes

Shelby brake cooling bezels

Baer 'Decelarotor' slotted/drilled front rotors

EBC black zinc slotted/dimpled rear rotors

Hawk HPS pads

Goodridge stainless steel brake lines

Stainless steel speed bleeder valves

Motul RBF 660

 

Exterior Styling

Painted hood stripes

Painted blue side mirrors

Silver pit stripes

RaceSkinz carbon fiber front splitter

Shelby Bash 'Bullrun' decals

Shelby aluminum quarter window covers

Shelby chrome lower grill

SGT faux gas cap emblem

PIAA lower driving lights

HID headlights

35% black onyx tint

Griggs Racing windshield banner

 

Interior Styling

Autometer A-pillar gauge pod

Autometer carbon fiber narrow band AFR gauge

Autometer carbon fiber boost/vacuum gauge

Shelby dash gauge pod

Shelby headrest covers

Shelby GT leather trim & silver stitch console cover

FRPP floor mats

SGT dead pedal

CS signed airbag cover (awaiting install)

 

Engine Bay Styling

Functional Shelby 2nd gen hood scoop

JLT carbon fiber radiator cover

Shelby American/Paxton retro engine bay plaque

Shelby engine cap set

Shelby fuse box cover

FRPP blue cam covers

FRPP strut tower brace

Steeda billet hood struts

Scott Drake billet underhood hardware

UPR fuel pressure gauge

 

Stereo

Dynamat - rear package tray

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