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  1. The virus

    HA. He will have to cut his teeth on my Colts or maybe my old Remington .22 before going down that road! Matt
  2. The virus

    At this very moment he has a Taurus and a Tbird Nascar Hot Wheel apart and he is, and very successfully mind you, putting them together and bringing them to me to see. Hes about a month shy of 3. I should tell him "ok now that you have those finished, come out to my work bench" And it will likely last about as long as the last one!!!!!!!! Matt
  3. The virus

    Yes sir its on my bench ready to rock! Now if I can just keep Luke busy ill have time to make it happen! Matt
  4. The virus

    Yeah all but one person we know personally that have gotten it have had it super super easy. 4 of those folks are people we woulda swore were bound to have a rough go of it due to age and such but nope, they had it easy and we are beyond thankful. The one person we know that got their butt whooped still never felt the need to go to the ER or anything like that. Kathleen is doing great and were hoping its more behind us than ahead and she keeps feeling better. Luke and I are both meh but not stopping long enough to know better. Gonna lock this place down tighter than JohnC's work for the next couple weeks either way tho! @JohnC being more tired than normal was something we all experienced but there are so many things out there that can cause that as well. Its also amazing how your head can get after you. Keep an eye on it either way. Matt
  5. The virus

    Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllllllllllp. It has invaded the household. Took a while but we finally started seeing positive cases getting closer and closer to us, folks we know, people from her work etc. Kathleen went today after having an off weekend (prego so not unusual) and then loosing her sense of taste and smell and brought home a positive test result. Weve all been kinda funky feeling last little bit but figured it was the typical "funk" and nothing much else. Heres to hoping that it takes it easy on her and Luke at least and we can get to the other side of this fun stuff in one piece and in time to detox everything before the new little one wants to join us!!! Matt
  6. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    The rod rattle is gone, but they can develop slop where the wastegate rod that holds the puck exits the exhaust housing wallows it out. Apparently its not an issue that later 2019 and 2020 models have encountered so its not a big deal. The 2018 Gen 2 3.5 gets the Raptor/Limited turbo so they are plenty good! There isnt anything mechanically wrong, its just annoying to listen to so its getting fixed. Had they shot me down like Columbia then it would just rattle on. Its an early first run of the Gen2 setup so its gonna have its wiggles. It still makes more power, torque, tows more and is WAY faster than anything else in its class while still getting decent mpg. The Coyote doesnt even come in 2nd in its own truck and its a good motor (tho apparently its NOT in the truck according to everyone I talk to). The 2.7 is very well built and beyond reliable in every way from what Ive seen. But then again, so is the 3.5. Im just making sure I get every little thing sorted before it hits 60k and Im on my own! The phasers were not broken when I replaced them, but if there are better replacements AND they will do it for free, Im in. The turbos work perfect, they just rattle. Fix it for free? Yes please! The 10 speed is a great trans but I didnt like how clumsy and clunky it was, flash to the latest trans logic and book, works great! The ONLY thing so far that this thing sucks at that just about every other V8 powered truck on the planet is WAY better at is...exhaust note. Bleh. But thats ok, Ill just keep this one quiet and be ok with it! Matt
  7. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Well...I couldnt wait any longer. Plan was to buy this sucker on my Bday (Oct 25) then hit the Blue Ridge Pkwy that weekend for a fun weekend trip. There was literally 1 optioned out perfectly the way I woulda ordered it from Ford and they were in a hurry to get rid of it meaning I got a half decent deal out of the mix. Friend of mine had it transfered to her dealership and the rest is history!!! Specs: 2013 Focus ST with ST2 package 2.0T (TINY K03 turbo) 6speed manual Tangerine Scream Charcoal/Smoke Partial leather Recaro seats Sunroof, MyFordTouch w/ Nav and Dualzone are added options Love this car to DEATH already. Managed to clock 33mpg on the way home taking it easy on her so she wont hurt the wallet too bad when in Eco-mode and when you smack the throttle this little suckers got some balls! Not entirely up to date on torquesteer and how to drive around it so Ill need to learn but otherwise Im diggin it. Smooth, rides nice, handles better than most cars on the road and is super economical when you want it to be. I like how you can drive around town and NEVER see and single psi of boost thanks to the torque and you never have to shift out of 6th when cruising to pass or get back to speed, just give it some throttle and the little turbo comes to life getting you where you need to be! Perfect blend of reliable/responsible/economical and FUN. Never in a million years would I ever imagine owning a yellow car but this color really stood out to me in person so no regrets there either! Look forward to seein how she does down the road! Matt
  8. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Columbia bailed on me on the wastegate rattle SO I got with a good friend of mine that I used to sell with who works with Newton in Shelbyville and she got me in with their Service Manager. He and his lead tech listened to it, took it around to his bay and then got to work ordering new turbos to solve the issue. THANK YOU! The last annoyance will soon be sorted and hopefully it will carry on its merry way from here. The PCM update that was done during the phaser swap has made the 10 speed WAY WAY better as well. It went through the adaptive learning much quicker and is 100x smoother than ever before. Intercooler and resonator delete are in the garage waiting for time to swap them in then itll be ready...for a long winter of DD duty and THEN Test n Tune when spring rolls back around YAY Matt
  9. Random thought thread

    In Sarasota FL they used to do a deal where the first time getting caught street racing you would receive a "ticket" which was a free pass to Bradenton Speedway (best 1/4 mile around) for their Street Drag nights and the cops would show up with everything from regular squad cars to drag cars and you could "Race the Cops". Second offense they would crush your car. I remember seeing it on the news down there, they crushed a handful of cars during the segment. Matt
  10. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Got the truck back pretty quick from Surgery. Appears to have went well, runs great, shifts way better and so far doesnt appear to be leaking anything. Ill keep an eye on that for next couple days just to be sure. Pretty decent parts and materials list but she should be golden for some time. New timing chains were added while in there which Im happy for. They did not address the wastegate rattle and as I suspected, called me back this afternoon saying that since it didnt appear to be a mechanical issue nor would it cause any performance issues they likely would not be interested in doing anything about it. I let them know that many many many thousands of folks have been told different which is the only reason I brought it up and that its a known issue with Ford, hence the "band aide" fix and to please approach Ford on my behalf regardless of what THEY think and let me know what FORD says. They are gonna call back Monday. If they arent interested then I still have a contact at a more local dealership and will see if they can go to bat for me. Otherwise shes running top notch and will hopefully stay that way for a while! Matt
  11. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Last TNT of the season last night saw mid to low 60* temps and the DA was around 1700 dropping to roughly 1500 by the end of the night. Was hoping it would be slightly lower, Monday night's DA was under 1000, but it was still better than last week. Pulled the engine cover (read some report lower IA temps with it off and unplugged the grill shutters again. Run 1: 8.17 at 84.77 mph with 1.78 60. They accidentally had the lights set to pro tree so I didnt have alot of time to get on the converter. Run 2: 8.25 at 84.42 mph with 1.82 60. Seemed to be having issues getting it up to 2500 rpm so I waited for the lights to start dropping and stepped on it then let off the brake letting the converter flash a bit before letting it loose. This pass I spun and hopped out of the hole bad. Run 3: 8.20 at 84.28 mph with 1.77 60. Flashed converter quick when lights started again to about 2500. Run 4: 8.27 at 84.43 mph with 1.84 60. Run 5: 8.20 at 84.90 mph with 1.81 60. Flashed converter quick when lights started to 2500 again. Run 6: 8.14 at 84.59 mph with 1.74 60. No knock on log. Flashed converter quick again but appears to be roughly 2800 rpm. Run 7: 8.36 at 83.51 mph with 1.88 60. Did the same as previous pass and it showed slight knock in every gear like when it had weak sauce 93 in it. Not entirely sure what the deal was with this pass but the truck did not like it. Not a bad way to end the season!!! Tune only with some octane thrown at it...yeah Im pleased. Its got more in it too with an intercooler worth a flip and some more time to figure out how to get her out of the hole consistently. She's going back to stock for now tho. FINALLY got word that the dealership has all the parts for the cam sprocket swap so itll be going in next Tues and will likely be down for a little bit. Ive got a laundry list of things they are going to look at before the warranty expires! Matt
  12. Positive Note for 2020

    Thats fantastic news congrats!!!! Matt
  13. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Yeah thats some insaaaaane stuff right there. Hell his "slowest tesla available" is stupid fun to drive around town and light to light!!!! Instant go. Matt
  14. Random thought thread

    Good LORD how effortless it was to get to 180ish and I thought, man, that thing is quick THEN he appears to actually floor it and the speed starts POURING on. Ive never seen anything like that! Matt
  15. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Got some fresh plugs in (Ford GT plugs no less) and sent some E30 logs out hoping to get a hotter revision back from Gearhead but instead got a message saying the stock intercooler cant keep up so it is what it is till I swap it. DANG. Two more track nights till the season is over, I just wanna let this big girl fly before then is all. I ran it as is last night and the Octane Adjust tune really liked the extra octane. It was warmer than last week and the DA was about 2157 so right at 1000 higher as well but she still picked up. I pulled the plug on the grill shutters for these passes to give the poor stock intercooler all the air it could get. Run 1: 8.33 at 83.13 mph with a 1.80 60ft. Ran in 4hi the entire pass Run 2: 8.24 at 84.11 mph with a 1.80 60ft. Literal hot lap, didnt ever stop long enough to shut the truck down in the staging lanes. Switched to 2hi immediately after launch. Run 3: 8.29 at 83.60 mph with a 1.80 60ft. Starting lights were delayed so I was on the converter for a while waiting. Wheel hopped out of the hole bad. Went to 2hi after it stopped hopping. Run 4: 8.33 at 83.35 mph with a 1.82 60ft. Swayed slightly on launch, went to 2hi after. Run 5: 8.31 at 83.76 mph with a 1.83 60ft. LONG cool down, 45 minutes or more, did nothing for the pass. My buddy Gus was out there in his Tesla model x (the slowest Tesla available right now, single motor, long range package) and he wanted to race but I ended up leaving before we could get together. He ran an 8.5 at 85 and an 8.7. Sucker MOVES and hes never raced before so it likely has more in it, his 60's were lame. If he can figure out how to get that thing to 60 it likely will be low 8's. Next week hes gonna come out along with my buddy with the Fusion Sport and were gonna see who's got the quicker low 8, 4 door, Dad mobile. I put low 8 there to keep Mike from spoiling our slow fun OH, got the wheels/tires re-balanced and they said they were all 4 definitely out and it now rides smoother than the day I bought it. Not sure what the heck they were doing the first day I got it but thats ok. Im just glad its smooth again, this sucker will be seeing plenty of open road this coming weekend. Matt
  16. LS3 advice.

    Well congrats, hate seeing the old girl sell BUT if you got what you wanted for it and can now spread the automotive wealth amongst your other rides GREAT!!! Matt
  17. Renewing my 08' Silverado

    That is awesome, love that your sticking with it and renewing it like that. Hope it does last you another 200k! Matt
  18. LS3 advice.

    Sweet! Give her hell and keep enjoying it. Sold the classic huh? What brought that on? Matt
  19. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    I looked into flex sensors and gauges and decided, like 99% of the F150 guys that $200+ and the labor to install all that crap is not worth it. I have a glass tester and thatll work for this thing. I tested E85 and found ONE station in the Boro that was consistently 85% (actually higher) and stuck with it when I ran straight E85 in the GT but for an E30 blend tune its not as big a deal, especially when your mixing with 93. If the tuner comes back saying I need to dial in the mixture a bit more I will test the next station and make whatever adjustment to the 7 gallon E85/ rest 93 fill-up Im doing now. I agree on the colder months being a crap shoot so I will actually be switching back to straight pump gas when the track closes and save the E30 tune for Spring when things get cracking again. I can see the merit in a project like your SS where it could be the difference between VROOM and BOOM but on this thing its not gonna be that hairy of a tune. I mean Im on stock intake, intercooler, charge pipes, turbos, exhaust etc so I can throw that couple hundred bucks at more meaningful mods...or at fuel LOL Thats the conclusion I came to after really looking into it all here recently! You on the other hand apparently can run straight E85 without anything being done on your 2.7 with the right tune. 3.5 guys have to upgrade the HPFP and in tank pump to go higher than E50. Precisely what I did and will continue to do until told otherwise .
  20. The old Goat

    Ha it all downhill from here right??? Matt
  21. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Got some passes on the Gearhead OAR 93 octane tune last night. The tune is so sedate on the street that it honestly doesnt feel like much of anything but it boogies at the track proving that it woke up quite a bit. I think this also proves that this tune is safer than most others as I believe there are a couple tenths left in it but I sent datalogs to Gearhead to look over. Pass 1: 8.40 at 82.40 mph with 1.82 60ft. Launched at 2500 rpm (No Datalog) Pass 2: 8.42 at 81.68 mph with 1.81 60ft. 2500rpm launch. Switch to 2hi after launch. Hot Lap Pass 3: 8.49 at 81.22 mph with 1.85 60ft. Tried more rpm on launch but it pushed through brakes. Spun out of the hole as well despite being in 4hi. Switch to 2hi after launch Pass 4: 8.40 at 82.26 mph with 1.81 60ft. 2500rpm launch. 4hi entire race this race Pass 5: 8.47 at 81.67 mph with 1.83 60ft. 2500rpm launch. 4hi entire race Pass 6: 8.41 at 82.39 mph with 1.84 60ft. 2500rpm launch. Pass 7: 8.45 at 81.83 mph with 1.84 60ft. 2500rpm launch. 4hi entire race Left the track and filled up with 7 gallons E85 and the rest 93. Gonna get some logs today to try and dial in an E30 tune. THIS is the tune Im most excited about. The 93 is for the street, this tune will be for track season shenanigans. Im a little reserved at the moment tho because its gonna have to pick up a BUNCH to get it where I want it to be tune only but we will see. On a side note, noticed an almost intermittent vibration last night on the interstate at 80-90mph. Ive read that some folks get this when removing the rear lift blocks but Im not sure. Im going to likely put them back in and then see if it goes away. If not then its back to Discount for another balance as thats the only other thing I changed and it didnt do it before. I say intermittent because once in a blue moon it would go away and be smooth at 85 and then pop up again. Matt
  22. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Yep which is another pro for lowering the rear right now instead of raising the front. Its growing on me bit by bit. Even if I loose a mpg or two to raising it up Ill still be getting better than my Wagon, Shelby or 88 ever got so I guess its ok but I really dont want to sacrifice ET more than anything and taller tires and a little bump in height will do so. We shall see...never know what will happen next, so long as Im enjoying the thing itll stick around! Matt
  23. 65 Coupe to Fastback "Phoenix"

    You already know it but im SUPER jelly on the 69 great purchase!!!! The 67 is coming along nicely as well, cant wait to see it complete. Matt
  24. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Went ahead today and neutered...I mean lowered the rear of the truck. Free, easy and will help Kathleen till the Baby is here...why not. Took longer to get the tools out than it took to pull the rear blocks. Doesn't actually look as bad as I thought it would to be honest. Ill do a 2.5" front and put the factory blocks back in down the road but for now this'll do. Matt
  25. EVENnewestER DD 2018 F150

    Meant to get these up earlier, got a couple runs in last Tues and tried a few things out. Only hard change to the truck was removing the intake "silencers". TONS of debate on whether or not these make a difference to power, adding it by swirling the air to the turbo or restricts it by...well, being in the way of air going into the turbos, if they are there for a reason other than sound dampening etc. 2019 and 2020 trucks DO NOT have them. I yanked em out and did some testing of my own. Couple people say they lost mpg doing so. I gained .2 over the next tank so no change (20.4 with 20.6 without). I also hit the track and...saw a slightly better PB but no change if you look at the average. Conclusion...they can come or go, no difference except a tiny but more spool noise with windows down. Nowhere near as loud as the 2020 I drove which makes me wonder what thats about. On to the runs. DA was aroun 1863 earlier in the night. Run 1: 8.86 at 78.55 with 1.93 60. 14.79 psi. Straight off the road, had to load the converter for a while waiting for the lights to drop. Thought I was onto something here but never came near it again. Dang. Run 2: 8.93 at 78.64 with 2.00 60. Pulled the plug on the grill shutters locking them open. Saw NO change. Run 3: 8.94 at 78.24 with a 2.00 60. 15.8 psi. Shutters open again, ran in Normal mode to see if it would help like some report. No change lol Looks like you can run in either just the same Run 4: 8.95 at 78.40 with 2.00 60. 15.08 psi. Shutters plugged back in. Nada Run 5: 8.91 at 78.40 with 1.95 60. 15.8 psi. Run6: 8.94 at 78.26 with 1.97 60. 14.64 psi. Won first round but went home to hang with Luke before he went to bed. Sucker toyed with my emotions that first run but went back to being a consistent 8.9x truck the rest of the night. Those will likely be the last stock passes, time to try out a tune! Sold some parts off the Shelby and decided to spring for a couple things Ive wanted to do for a bit now. Talked around to a couple Ecoboost tuners and went with a tune from Matt at Gearhead. Its an octane adjusting tune thats super linear and not as aggressive on tip in as most other tunes. Some complain that it feels "slow" compared to others due to this but others praise it for its street manners. More than that, the trans tuning seems to be more laid back than others I looked at which is perfect for DD duty. I was actually going to get this tune for the street and then find another for the track but after some back and forth picking Matt's brain, he claims his tune can be just a potent on 93 as the other big names and doubled down saying if I sent some logs in on an E30 mix he would dial in a track tune and see what we can safely tweak out of it. Truck feels exactly how others stated, smooth and comfortable and instead of being violent down low, its super linear and doesnt feel all that quick till you look at the speedo and realize whats going on. I will be putting the "may see up to 2-3 mpg increase if driven right" to the test as well but have already seen about that much of an increase on the dash readout already. Will know more when I fill up but I honestly wasnt expecting it. The track will be the ultimate test tho. Im hoping for more good weather Tues to find out if his claims of it being as potent as other tunes is true. I also found a set of wheels I liked. I really wanted some Method NV's in their bronze (more of a gold color) and was going to do a Ford sport package stripe in a matching color to set the truck off a bit BUT the wheels I ended up with were muuuuuuch more friendly to the wallet and I really like the look. Will rock the stock sized Toyo's till they are dead and then likely look at a 33. It will be leveled at some point as well. Im digging them in black but am working on getting the stripe done how I want and then getting some of the same vinyl to wrap the centers of the wheels to match. If it turns out hideous then I can remove it and go back to black. We will see tho. I like the change tho. Not a fan of big rim small tire look so the small rim taller tire look is good, ride stays good and it looks a little slicker and less...Budget Rent-a-Truck now. Gotta sell a few more parts then Im gonna throw a few more parts that it desperately needs at it and go from there. Matt