I have been somewhat silent of late in the whole build process/modding direction due to not having done anything more since the OP but have been keeping a close eye on most Aussie builds and feedback from members which have both excited me and confused me. More so what direction I want to take which i'll touch base in a sec.
My ODO is currently reading 14000kms from Nov '13 and I have been loving every minute of driving this car. It hasn't skipped a beat yet. Looking forward to getting the 15000km service done (around September) and drop in some Mainlube Engine + Gearbox Oils. I have noticed the gear selections are feeling a bit more notchy so hopefully that will go away with a more premium oil that Fords trusted blend. Everything else seems to fine, but i did hear of someone getting a carbon clean done at this service interval also?? Tyres still look brand new or maybe I'm not driving it hard enough. Who is on their second set of tyres? How long did the RE050A's last?
Having just locked myself in for another bloody mortgage, I have put all mechanical mods on hold until early next year and hopefully by this time more developments in the tuning area are available for the Aussie market with proven R&D and results. My plan of attack/direction in regards to IC, TBE(including dump, cat, muffler), along with the Full Mountune Pipe upgrade, is to get it all installed in one big hit at the same time. I would then like to monitor the variables in increase of kw/hp and Nm etc, over my stock figures as a comparison using the ODB2 Bluetooth adapter/Torque Pro App. As I wont be going the Mountune AP route and all other current Aussie friendly tunes dont come with an AP, the adapter should suffice giving me the info I need. Then finish it off with the the right tune.
At the moment my head is swaying towards either a Revo or Collins Performance Tune, but im really hoping others come to the table for a minimum Stage 2 Spec that will support my hardware. I honestly think the Bluefin Stage 1 for $600~ is the best bang for buck for Aussie market at this present time. I could be sold on it if they do a Stage 2 or 3.
In saying this I haven't stopped sorting out the cosmetic side of things.
I managed to get a hold of another set of OEM FiST wheels with KU31 tyres, which never saw the likes of a road surface, so pratically showroom condition, at a fantastic price I couldn't say no to. Plans for these will be to get professionally powdercoated and wrapped in RE002 215/40/17 rubber when the stockies are on their way out.
Currently awaiting a package, which will see all exterior light bulbs (excluding the licence plate as already done) replaced with brighter Phillips branded bulbs (high and low beams) ,chrome indicators front and rear, LED driving and reverse bulbs. I only recently finished off the interior adding LED reading lights and boot light. Someone here managed to change the bulb for the glove box?? I couldnt figure it out.
Going to try my luck installing the Vibra-Techniks torque mount on the weekend, as I have been feeling alot more movement at gear changes than normal on those spirited/sensible outtings. My only concern is removing the bracket off the OEM mount, which is required for the new install. I believe its press bent, but would a simple wedge in a vice and hammer knock it out suffice?
Will keep all up to date with my experience after both installs.