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Left Colleyville Tx about 4am Friday in a 100% perfectly detailed machine with 1600 miles and Amsoil Gear oil in the trans and motor oil 10-40 in the engine, use the Shelby air filter and have Magna Flow exhausts (not the track but the next in line for loud).

 

On the other side of Dallas hooked up the Redline detector and ran a little faster---the Recaro Seats made the trip! Without a doubt the most comfortable vehicle to “drive” on a long trip that I have owned including several AMG’s. It just fits me like I was poured in. The nav system worked very well and loved the weather radar esp on the way home! Now on to more important things---have the steering set on sport and display on Red White and Blue lol. This is where I have one of few complaints---Ford screwed up the ergonomics by making it too hard to see speed because of the steering wheel. The tach view is screwed up as well but I just use the light and sound to tell me when I need to shift but am getting a lot better about learning the car so this view is not as important at least to me.

 

Resting the right hand on the white ball and the left holding the left side of the wheel was pretty comfortable for me. Mileage was pretty good but the AC killed a couple of mpg along with the hot air going up. Ran right at 1k with 20.3 going up and 1k with 23.1 coming back with temps 30 degrees cooler and rain :sing_rain: for 600 miles. Damn this car ran great in the rain as the speed was kept between 70 and 85 partly because it was raining AND it was a all night drive coming back. Lighting on high is great but low beams are not good because of the cut off is too short for anything but 55mph imho. The fog lights are useless :rip: because of color and throw so I left them off during the trip.

 

Ran with several “rabbits” but one trap busted me like an egg dropped on the pavement! State Police in Arkansas had a very cool little trap set up with an unmarked Tahoe just parked off of the shoulder in the middle of nowhere meaning not near an underpass, hill or any other cover. Had the rear gate window rolled down about halfway down and when you got close the laser detector went off and on. Hell of this was there was another car in front of me in both lanes kind of staggered with me catching both of them and he waited until he had a clear shot and pulled the trigger at less than 200 yards. Went another couple of miles thinking ok I am safe but going around a small bend and overpass saw a whole lot of flashing lights and a car pulling up behind me with them on. Will be getting out of this one because the Trooper did not put the speed or even check the box on the citation to indicate what it was for. Called the County Clerk this morning and she is going to speak to the Judge about just dismissing it because she cannot even put it into the computer system without a violation code and then the speed – better to be lucky than good! Not so lucky in Louisville---did not see the sign in the city going from 70 to 55 so I got a 75 in a 55 for that.

 

Back to the Shelby---going up steep hills is no problem in 6th running 70 to 90 and with just a little throttle pass easy except for the occasional “old man” running in the left lane who did not want people to pass him! Learned my lesson on the first one—dropped into 5th and made short work of it. The solid feel and very precise handling of the car instills a very high level of confidence which at least in my case makes driving more enjoyable. The Brembo’s are no small part of this! Will haul the Beast down very quickly and as I found out the handling of the car under hard braking is OUTSTANDING!! Due to the short throw of the low beams there was a tire separation (if I saw 1 I saw a hundred) that I had to avoid in Light traffic at 90 at night! SOLID AND CONTROLLABLE!

 

Did have to give up running with a Vette going down a huge hill in Tennessee because mine has not been fixed yet and is speed limited!!! :censored:

 

Did get a pretty good rock ding on the windshield and other than a little rubber from truck tires going under the car a couple of times no issues---going to drive it again in 3 weeks and this is my fault for buying them but the Magna-Flow has a drone that makes it hard to even listen to the radio! Let off the gas going down a hill and they are pretty quiet but on flat and level the Drone will drive you insane!

 

Who has an idea for replacements that and I do not care if they are loud (actually like loud) just no Drone!!!

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Thanks for the read! This post caught my eye because I have made this trip before. I'm originally from Cincinnati, but moved to Texas. Not a shelby owner YET, but once I get back from deployment I will pick her up in Cinci and make the road trip down to Texas. Hopefully it wont be as "eventful" as yours, and I'll keep an eye out for that Tahoe!

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Left Colleyville Tx about 4am Friday in a 100% perfectly detailed machine with 1600 miles and Amsoil Gear oil in the trans and motor oil 10-40 in the engine, use the Shelby air filter and have Magna Flow exhausts (not the track but the next in line for loud).

 

On the other side of Dallas hooked up the Redline detector and ran a little faster---the Recaro Seats made the trip! Without a doubt the most comfortable vehicle to drive on a long trip that I have owned including several AMGs. It just fits me like I was poured in. The nav system worked very well and loved the weather radar esp on the way home! Now on to more important things---have the steering set on sport and display on Red White and Blue lol. This is where I have one of few complaints---Ford screwed up the ergonomics by making it too hard to see speed because of the steering wheel. The tach view is screwed up as well but I just use the light and sound to tell me when I need to shift but am getting a lot better about learning the car so this view is not as important at least to me.

 

Resting the right hand on the white ball and the left holding the left side of the wheel was pretty comfortable for me. Mileage was pretty good but the AC killed a couple of mpg along with the hot air going up. Ran right at 1k with 20.3 going up and 1k with 23.1 coming back with temps 30 degrees cooler and rain :sing_rain: for 600 miles. Damn this car ran great in the rain as the speed was kept between 70 and 85 partly because it was raining AND it was a all night drive coming back. Lighting on high is great but low beams are not good because of the cut off is too short for anything but 55mph imho. The fog lights are useless :rip: because of color and throw so I left them off during the trip.

 

PS arent you running an Escort 9500--itll catch splash over from laser--of course if its not running THEN he hits you, youre done But they have a data base of reported trap locations that might give youa heads up

 

Ran with several rabbits but one trap busted me like an egg dropped on the pavement! State Police in Arkansas had a very cool little trap set up with an unmarked Tahoe just parked off of the shoulder in the middle of nowhere meaning not near an underpass, hill or any other cover. Had the rear gate window rolled down about halfway down and when you got close the laser detector went off and on. Hell of this was there was another car in front of me in both lanes kind of staggered with me catching both of them and he waited until he had a clear shot and pulled the trigger at less than 200 yards. Went another couple of miles thinking ok I am safe but going around a small bend and overpass saw a whole lot of flashing lights and a car pulling up behind me with them on. Will be getting out of this one because the Trooper did not put the speed or even check the box on the citation to indicate what it was for. Called the County Clerk this morning and she is going to speak to the Judge about just dismissing it because she cannot even put it into the computer system without a violation code and then the speed better to be lucky than good! Not so lucky in Louisville---did not see the sign in the city going from 70 to 55 so I got a 75 in a 55 for that.

 

Back to the Shelby---going up steep hills is no problem in 6th running 70 to 90 and with just a little throttle pass easy except for the occasional old man running in the left lane who did not want people to pass him! Learned my lesson on the first onedropped into 5th and made short work of it. The solid feel and very precise handling of the car instills a very high level of confidence which at least in my case makes driving more enjoyable. The Brembos are no small part of this! Will haul the Beast down very quickly and as I found out the handling of the car under hard braking is OUTSTANDING!! Due to the short throw of the low beams there was a tire separation (if I saw 1 I saw a hundred) that I had to avoid in Light traffic at 90 at night! SOLID AND CONTROLLABLE!

 

Did have to give up running with a Vette going down a huge hill in Tennessee because mine has not been fixed yet and is speed limited!!! :censored:

 

Did get a pretty good rock ding on the windshield and other than a little rubber from truck tires going under the car a couple of times no issues---going to drive it again in 3 weeks and this is my fault for buying them but the Magna-Flow has a drone that makes it hard to even listen to the radio! Let off the gas going down a hill and they are pretty quiet but on flat and level the Drone will drive you insane!

 

Who has an idea for replacements that and I do not care if they are loud (actually like loud) just no Drone!!!

 

corsa dont have a drone--id say its between Roush and Corsa as to no drone

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Thanks for the Roush and Corsa commets -- I figured those would be amoung the short list.

 

The oil question has been discussed many times in many threads. The UOA has shown that the Amsoil has quite a bit less shear that the 5-50 oils with the exception of Redline and I can get the Amsoil at dealer cost so I use it. Have been using Amsoil in all of my engines for many years including my MB's including the AMG's. There is a thread on this site that goes into detail on this.

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OK, definitely did NOT want to spawn another Oil debate...plenty of those. I was just curious. BTW, I agree on the Recaro's! They are amazing. The only complaint someone might have is if this were a daily driver, the getting in and out part is a little more effort than the standard seats, but mine is not a DD so it makes no difference to me.

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