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Madlock

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  1. If it weren’t for the event, I’d do just about anything not to stay at this, or any other, property which engages in the practice of assessing meaningless “Resort Fees” which account for absolutely nothing and guests cannot stay without paying rather than advertising the actual room rate and perhaps not always appearing first atop the list of supposedy least expensive alternatives which meet the search criteria. Othwrwise, I’m very much looking forward to attending.
  2. Any information about whether there will be any “run” from Gardena or elsewhere at the beginning so those of us who’d like to participate can coordinate air travel to the appropriate city?
  3. Cant think of anything less important than appearance to distinguish these two cars from each other.
  4. That depends. Have you resurfaced your rotors? What is their thickness? Are they warped?
  5. 2013-14 GT500 includes a three-piece lower air dam which supposedly must be installed to achieve VMAX but many have left uninstalled entirely due to the upper air dam looking and working well by itself and how easily damaged the lower dam is and how difficult it makes many things like loading to, and off-loading from, a trailer. The lower dam includes a small plastic bag containing instructions and eight small metal clips which secure the lower air dam to the upper. At least it's supposed to include a Hardware bag (as pictured) but, for myriad reasons, not all do. Does anyone know how/where to source replacement clips without buying an entire new lower air dam? Would anyone have a spare set from a previously-sold 2013-14 GT500 or replacement Splitter who'd consider selling them to a needier owner? Thanks in advance for any helpful insight.
  6. I think that's why people who already have a list of bolt-ons even before they've driven their new cars of dealer lots are, more often than not, recipies for disaster. Most of anything they intend to change are things they've only read about and many spend almost no time with the car in stock form to learn what exactly they like (or not) or works best (or not). And the vast majority of them spend more time boasting about the mods they've made putting them to use. And because 90% of mods are intended to make a car more aggressive and less compliant, they also end up making a car that's miserable to drive the 98.3% of the time it's NOT on a track - where they end up using their cars only half as much because they've spent every spare nickel making their cars as low, harsh and awful to be stuck driving in. There's good reasons why makers choose the combinations of parts they do. First and foremost is that they tend to work together reliably. Secondly, they tend to be what most buyers generally will find appealing and NOT make them want to keep taking their car back to the dealership to insist something is wrong. Presuming nothing is broken, the best thing you can do to square away your car's ride is to return as much to stock as possible. That includes the arms and everything else you presume keeps the rear end dialed in. Why? Ford didn't just choose stamped arms because they're cheap. Their compliance (give) and the factory bushings go a long way to determining the car's overall ride characteristics. Then drive the car. A lot. Take notes. Cold days vs hot days. Higher speeds vs lower. Identify exactly what you do and don't like and try to correct out the latter while persevering the former. Do it one component at a time so you know what to attribute for any change you notice. Everything is subjective. Others' definition of "better" or "worse" means diddly. It's "good" if it's how you want it. And the list of original equipment parts is as close as you'll come to a setup that most people are likely to find acceptable. After all, Ford has more time, money and resources to pour into testing various combinations of parts and settings than the whole of every forum you're likely to join - combined.
  7. Welcome to a short-geared supercharged V8, especially if it happened to be on those hockey pucks they call Goodyear F-1 G: 2s which are one of the world's most miserable tires until they've been heated up by a decent amount of spirited driving, even on days when roads already are good and warm.
  8. It's a RAM. They just assume it won't run and call the wrecker anyway.
  9. Thanks. I have one that won't hold any kind of charge which hopefully they will warranty. I'll need to bring in the battery myself since the car is in storage and I'm not about to move the other 3 blocking it to have it towed. LOL Any special trick to removing the battery?
  10. Does anybody know with certainty which type classification the 2013-14 OE batteries happen to be? Are they Standard, AGM or GEL? Much appreciated.
  11. I think you'd find much more enjoyment, not to mention huge additional amounts of money and time, by obsessing far less over every minute detail on a daily basis and simply investing in periodic cosmetic maintenance instead - unless what you enjoy most about your car is its ownership and preservation rather than operation. Otherwise, what happens the first time something beyond your control in this chaotic and sometimes shitty world we inhabit and a truck throws a stone into your hood and windshield, you curb a wheel, or some douchebag decides your GT500 makes a better place to leave a shopping cart than the corral at the other end of the lot? It's like obsessing from the day a daughter is born ONLY about the day she loses her virginity - even if it happens to be a well-kept slightly-used daughter as in this case. It may seem like the right thing to do and few would bother to argue otherwise. But is it likely to yield a relationship in which dear old dad is her hero and protector, or some ogre whose watchful eye she'll embark upon learning to elude as soon in life as possible? You can do a lot to strike a balance. Buy a set of pull-off wheels and box the originals. Later GT500s make that easy because BOTH the staggered wheels AND tires are such miserable choices for how the overwhelming majority of owners in the overwhelming majority of locations use their cars (when they do). You also can begin amassing spare interior and exterior trim parts to replace the visible surfaced that only naturally become worn over time. Buying over time spreads out the cost and look for bargains which, though not inexpensive, very likely will yield tremendous value and a brand new interior whenever you choose without all of the daily time, effort and expense. Don't misunderstand. I'm a person by whom the clinical diagnosis of anal retentive is calibrated with a whopping dose of OCD to boot who became so unable NOT to resent every mile that clicked by on the odometer that resigning myself to trading in my GT500 for a new one each successive year simply became an ownership cost that was necessary for me to be able to fully enjoy a car. And that worked well, right up to the points at which the following year's model wasn't necessarily as appealing and they stopped making GT500 altogether. That forced things into a new gear entirely which I freely admit to being very fortunate to be able to indulge - or ownership would be a very different experience to me. I finally realized that the only way I could enjoy owning a GT500 was BOTH to be able to drive it as often and hard as I like and having one set aside which I could use to rollback the odometer to day one or simply keep in perpetuity. I also still do all the other things like boxing the original wheels and replacing the occasional visible trim piece to keep the one I drive new, but I'm also free to drive it much more often and enjoy it much more fully than I ever would have been able on the basis of having one and only car which represented a finite commodity that eventually I effectively would consume. Though I freely admit to it requiring the ability to dedicate more resources that many are able, it's also not nearly as expensive as one might think. It does tie up liquid resources, but the net cost is only the depreciation and time value of money which has been virtually nil during the past eight years. And weighed against the cost restoring a vehicle to its delivery date otherwise would cost, it becomes downright cheap by comparison. Just pray your interests don't also expand into the BOSS 302, 50th Anniversary GTs and the upcoming GT350s which only multiply the challenge while heaping on the additional dilemma of how and where to keep them. My only regret is not fully appreciating the BOSS realitive to the GT500 whose supercharged power, brand appeal and the fear of looming fuel economy mandates swayed the argument. In retrospect, I'd have owned half as many GT500s and twice as many BOSSes and had a whole lot more of different types of fun for a whole lot less. But it's ALWAYS the GT500 that draws nods, stares, thumbs ups, and requests to take pictures with peoples' girlfriends standing next to it, which happens SO consistently that I recently had planned to trade my '13 Coupe and abandoned the proposition because of compliments I received EACH TIME I was driving to dealership to do the deal. Even my wife understood at that point.
  12. There is a bit of Charles Darwin at work here too...
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