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  1. As an added bonus, my rear end looks like its pretty well centered (I'm still at stock PP height). The 295s are definitely wider, and the pictures don't really do them justice. Here's a few shots to show the fit. I'll have to post again when I get a chance to break in the Michelins. Time to go get a shower and get ready for another HS graduation party.
  2. So, after I got the replacement wheel, I needed to order tires. Well, like I said "not the speediest guy". I did order some Michelins for my birthday in April. I went stock size in the front and 295 (105Y) in the rear. I forgot to mention, I went with 19x9.5 and 20x10.5 on the wheels. It took a couple weeks to get the tires, and I was up at local Discount Tire watching them like a hawk to be sure they didn't scuff my new wheels. A few more weeks go by, and I finally put some Adams Polishes Wheel Coating on yesterday. This morning, I put them one and I'm very happy with how the fit and look. I'm surprised at how similar the colors is. Before Side by side After
  3. Ok, so I'm not the speediest guy. I got my wheels in early February, and I just put them on my car today. When they arrived, I unboxed them to check for damage. Good news was that 3 of 4 were in great shape. I had scuffs around the outer edge of the 4th. A quick call to Jeremy, and I had another one headed my way. Unfortunately, they had to wait for the next shipment, and I had to wait to see if the color would match. Thankfully, it did. Here is a picture of the packing and the damage. The center cap is packaged in a small box, and all four of mine were rattling around loose.
  4. I pre-ordered a set of the new Venom wheels, and was curious if anyone had any insider info on their status. When I ordered, the anticipated ship date was late December.
  5. So, I have about 700 miles on the '13 I bought off the showroom floor. (That was my made it car) I bought a used '12 to daily drive and I've got about 4,000 mile this year. I tried for more, but with travel and other issues at home, I just don't drive it enough. As a side bar: I'm in Alaska today, it was raining all week, and some guy at the office has been driving a Ford GT to work this week. I wouldn't have the guts to drive that to work in the rain. I guess it is all relative.
  6. I just spent a week near London, and I'd be afraid to drive mine there. I have thought that it would be a blast to have mine in Scotland, really terrorize the locals and all those little cars. Have fun and be careful, hopefully your out of the congestion where you can enjoy it.
  7. I'm cool with the turbo tech approach. I still have a 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe (same motor as the SVO Mustang in a stretched Fox chassis). I drove the snot out of it, and even did a few mods back in the day. That car could hold its own against the stock 5.0 and vette of its time. I think that it's still the car that I've driven to the highest top speed (160+). That said, we're living in a new golden age. I think (I'm too young to know for sure) that we're living better than the fabled 60's muscle car days. My Shelbys (or is it Shelbies?) are amazing machines that exist in a completely different league. I can see a day when Shelby is associated with a maximum performance version of the current technology, but I will lament the day that it isn't based on a V8. It's just a gut feel, something that only an old guy needs to feel, the rumble that represents a piece of the past.
  8. I'm sure they were watching. Congrats on your anniversary. Cherish that woman, I know I cherish mine.
  9. OP, I understand your dilemma. I dreamed of owning a Shelby for as long as I can remember. When I got my 2013, it was a dream machine. I travel a lot, and kept waiting for "good days" when I was home. It's more than 2 years old, and it only has 570 miles on it. She's still perfect. But I love to drive, so I casually mentioned to the wife that I needed another. Believe it or not, she said "okay". Wow. I looked around and found a sweet 2012 Ingot Silver (the 13 is black with white stripes). I test drove it in the rain, and brought it home a day later, in the rain. I park it outside and enjoy it every day now. The best of both worlds. To answer your original question. I use Adam's Polishes, and keep two covers on the 13. The first is an indoor Coverking from Shelby, the second is the factory cover. That keeps the soft surface on the car, and the dust from getting through. I'm still driving that black beast on pretty days. But now, I get to enjoy a Shelby everyday. Besides, a nice used Shelby isn't any more than a nice late-model pickup these days.
  10. Looks really nice. I think that's a big improvement.
  11. This one has the inch mark on the top of the 5... The letters are 1.25" tall and centered on the 3" stripe.
  12. I'm on the iPad, so I can only do 1 picture at a time, but here you go.
  13. I always dreamed of a Shelby. My '13 has helped scratch the itch, but now I'm just start to itch more (know what I mean?). I don't know if I'll go for a '16 or '17 with the obvious technology advances, or go for the real lust. I've always wanted a '69 or '70. There's just something about the completely different front end that made them special in my adolescence dreams. Maybe I should start playing the lotto...
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