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The Déjà Vu Build

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I thought about Dekagrams, but given the lack of tire options in that size and that I wasn't really looking to run a 200 treadwear Falken, I went for the Sparcos. They are still significantly lighter than the OEM wheels (17 lbs. vs 22), and the price seems justified. This is the second set of Sparcos I've bought, and like the first set they came perfectly balanced with very few wheel weights. I had a set of Motegi wheels on another car that each had probably a dozen weights on them, and they still weren't entirely balanced (and I had tried twice).
I've seen the strength and quality (besides being one of the sweetest looking wheels made for these cars!) of the Terras first hand, from an ARA Northwest based rally crew who had them on a FiST at the 2018 NEFR event.

They actually hit bumps/'yumps' and compressions on those stage roads hard enough to send the M-Sport/Bilstein Motorsport front dampers right through the shock towers, but their Terras held up flawlessly! [:)] [thumb] [driving]
 


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Great to see you back
Thanks. I really needed some time away to appreciate just how special these cars are.

It's also reminded me how much I hate some of the things Ford does. This morning I used Forscan to switch the Sync 3 boot animation to the ST version, because for some reason it's set to the basic Ford animation. Also disabled TPMS, because it gets really old hearing the random Ford warning tones every 15 minutes or so.

On the other side of things, holy eff the Cobb stage 1 93 octane tune is way more aggressive than the 91 octane tune. I know I still need some break-in miles on the Indy 500's, but it's already riding the limit of how much torque they can hold. I didn't quite expect this stark of a difference. When it does hook up off the line, it's vicious. More so than my '15 ever was at stage 2 / 91 octane.
 


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I had been planning to do Cobb's CBE, but they seem to be on perpetual backorder (7-8 weeks as of today). Ron over at Whoosh says the Thermal R&D CBEs should be shipping in the next week or two, and it seems to have a very similar character to the Cobb CBE, with maybe a bit more "raw" sound. Just put my order in, so we'll see how it goes.
 


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Not much has been moving here, but I'm going to be making a change this week. The Mishimoto intake picked up a vibration in the lid that covers the air box, and that was really the final straw for me. It's coming off, and the OEM intake is going back in until I decide what I want to do instead. I pestered their support about it for a while, got a vague promise to ship another hard pipe that it appears they won't actually be shipping, but I really don't care anymore. I gave them a second chance, they blew it, so I won't be back.

The Thermal R&D CBE has been in the UPS logistics chain since last week, has been delayed twice already, and probably will be again. Such is shipping during COVID-19, so it gets here when it gets here.

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The exhaust made it! Will be getting installed on Monday.
 


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The Thermal R&D CBE went on today. First impressions are very good so far. It burbles a lot at low RPMs when coasting. It gets decently loud when on the gas, and quiets down a lot when off. Need to take it for some highway miles, but so far I haven’t detected any droning scenarios. The pitch is great too; there’s no raspiness.

Compared to the Cobb CBE, i think it’s a bit quieter when cruising. Though the sound seems a bit more raw. Pretty much exactly as described, so I’m very happy with it.

Also ordered a symposer delete kit, as I’m getting out of sync stereo sound from the front and back of the car now. It’s a bit distracting and annoying, so that’s getting fixed as soon as the kit comes in.
 


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