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  1. That's definitely not stock. Looks like some kind of aftermarket mod a previous owner did. This is how they looked, as delivered by Ford...
  2. They look great! I'm envious. Converting to painted stripes is something I'd really like to do, for the exact reason you mention - getting them under the clear coat with no seams. Congrats on your upgrade! Agree with your assessment of '13/'14 GT500s. Another spot-on assessment.
  3. Congrats and welcome to the Shelby family! Looks like a great car. I'd like to see/hear more about your painted stripes. (Pics here don't show much detail.) BTW, these forums aren't very active. You might want to check out SVTP and/or FordGT500.
  4. Haven't seen these in a long time... The first announced the return of a great American muscle car, 14 years ago. https://youtube.com/watch?v=3ObUXS4KD7s The second launched one of my favorite toys, eight years ago. https://youtube.com/watch?v=k15NfO03GCM
  5. +1. Welcome, OP! I've owned my 2013 since I drove it off the showroom floor in late-2012. There are a lot of variables involved (e.g., tune, tuner, fuel, driving style, ambient conditions, etc). In general, however, Trinity internals are good up to ~750RWHP. Mine remained stock until 2017 (~19K miles), when I added the "usual" bolt-ons (i.e., JLT 127mm CF CAI, CFM Twin Jet 67mm TB, VMP 2.4" Upper, 90mm Idler, BPS Oversized & Ported Plenum/Elbow, and NGK TR7-IX plugs) and a custom dyno tune. Those upgrades took me to 733 RWHP & 713 RWTQ (SAE-corrected). I've logged over 10K more
  6. Not sure how long you've looked or how badly you want one, but these things are no longer made, don't come up for sale very often, frequently show some wear, and usually cost more than the current bid. I haven't inspected this one, but I don't see anything in the photos that powder coating wouldn't fix. FWIW, that's what I did and it turned out pretty well. Here's an old photo of it that Shelby purloined to hock their billet engine caps...
  7. Not mine and no knowledge of the seller or his product, but... https://www.ebay.com/itm/303322420222
  8. Welcome back! I ran a strut tower brace on my '13 until I upgraded the intake, making it difficult to fit. The brace looked good, but I can't say I noticed a big difference in handling with it. Obviously, YMMV.
  9. If yours will never see inclement weather, you should conisder Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. I migrated to those last year, when Michelin began phasing out Pilot Super Sports in favor of them. Not as aggressive as your brother-in-law's Sport Cup 2 tires, but an excellent choice for the type of service you describe.
  10. Probably late to your need, but I second the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ recommendation. Haven't run them on my Shelby, since it sits in storage during inclement weather, but they're phenomenol on my wife's BMW. If I needed A/S tires on the Shelby, they would be MPSAS3+.
  11. I was not eagerly awaiting the new GT500, because I prefer the S197 chassis over the S550. (See #5 on the list of reasons you love '13'-'14 GT500s.) I agree that Ford took too long and set the price too high. They should have rolled it out in 2017, as a 50th Anniversary Edition. As for pricing, no one will touch a fully-optioned (i.e., "Golden Ticket") specimen for its $107K MSRP. Instead, price gouging dealers will ADM them beyond the cost of a fully-optioned ZR1 and into exotic territory. I disgree that the extra weight means slower 0-60MPH. The DCT, 3.73 gears, more rubber on the
  12. +1. S550 styling, no stick and only two pedals, and price are all reasons the 2020 is of no interest to me.
  13. I agree with all those who predicted little impact from the 2020. Entry price is too high and, for many of us, the new one is not a suitable substitute for the S197 chassis. The '13/'14 MYs came with 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Warranty coverages. While warranty may play into some price variances, I doubt it's a major factor. There was no precipitous drop in prices (last year for '13s or this year for '14s) but, rather a continued slow decline. There are plenty of unmolested garage queens for which I wouldn't think twice about warranty coverage.
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