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@  Hondaxr6 : (17 February 2018 - 11:48 AM)

fuel recomendations

@  wacopilot : (16 February 2018 - 11:40 PM)

Kona Blue GT350 is now in production!! 2k under sticker

@  Scott 350R B... : (10 February 2018 - 04:41 PM)

cleared by smokum

@  2017350GTRRR : (10 February 2018 - 12:57 PM)

Hello All! I have a 2017 GT350R chassis HR687. Does anyone have the final breakdown on the 2017 production number totals and production of each specific model and option pkgs yet? Ford SVT told me there were 942 R's made and about 6000 GT's. Also, what is a good street tire to run on an R since no other company makes the R rear tire size? Can I run the front tire size on the rear of the R? I have seen phohot of guys running the 325-30-19 on the rear but it looks too large for the wheel well. I wanted to go with the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S. Thanks!

@  Biggest : (05 February 2018 - 06:52 PM)

Thanks guys, I was able to get a New 2018 Black with White Stripes for 5k over

@  Takiotoshi : (05 February 2018 - 10:55 AM)

track attack

@  Takiotoshi : (05 February 2018 - 10:55 AM)

track attack

@  panzer69 : (05 February 2018 - 01:32 AM)

i got mine on amazon, with prime free 2 day shipping. Love mine, made in the USA. I'll post the particular tomorow.

@  Havinfun13 : (03 February 2018 - 11:11 AM)

I hit enter to quick. Where are the best locations for a jack and subsequent jack stands?

@  Havinfun13 : (03 February 2018 - 11:10 AM)

Jack stand locations

@  Giulio24 : (31 January 2018 - 12:09 PM)

@Biggest for a 2017 anything between 5 and 10 over is a good price but you'll have tough time finding the color you want. Popular color/stripes combo can easily go for 15/20 over. I'm not sure if I would even try to buy a 2018. Being the last production year I'd be surprised to see anything below 20 over sticker. My advice is to be patient and keep calling around all over the country. I got mine at 7 over sticker out of pure luck. Every single dealer that I spoke with before finding mine would not go below 15. All you need is one lucky situation where they are trying to get rid of it

@  panzer69 : (29 January 2018 - 01:15 PM)

yeah i agree with that, my dealer is selling his 60k above

@  smokum : (29 January 2018 - 11:11 AM)

IF YOU FOUND A GT350R AT MSRP ITS PROBABLY ALREADY SOLD TO SOMEONE ELSE .... JUMP ON IT ... DO NOT PAST GO DO NOT COLLECT $200

@  Biggest : (27 January 2018 - 10:10 AM)

Hey Guys, im new to this forum(registered now) Can any of you give me an idea of what a good price for a new 2017 Gt350R is? I have one on hold in New Jersey, Black with white stripe and electronic package, MSRP is $68020, I have not found one at MSRP so my question is whats a good/decient price on a 2017? Thanks

@  Mover312 : (26 January 2018 - 03:27 PM)

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Sway bars

@  KoreanGT350 : (24 January 2018 - 02:26 AM)

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anyone else has difficulty signing in the forum with their phone?

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#1 OFFLINE   Giulio24

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:23 PM

Hi everyone,

 

This past weekend I took my R to the track for the first time and I wanted to report my impressions. I also noticed that there were no threads about this topic so I hope that this will be used in the future to discuss about track days.

 

If you're reading this and you plan on tracking your Shelby: The owner's manual mentions 28 psi as the optimal tire pressure for racing for both R and non-R models. I personally had much better results with 26 psi and outside temperature was never higher than 72. I have an R model with Cup 2s so I'm not sure if it applies to GT350s with Super Sport's. Just something to keep in mind.

 

If I had to summarize the experience in one word I simply put it as: insane. The car has so much lateral grip that I struggled to convince my instincts to keep the foot off the break during some turns. The balance and weight transfers are flawless and it responds to throttle inputs instantaneously and without offsetting the balance, the only other car that I remember being so sharp it's a 911 GT3 that I've driven last year. Breaking power is something from another world. I recommend trail breaking through corners due to, again, the composure of the chassis under stress. I beat my personal best by almost 6 seconds without even pushing too hard. I could have definitely pushed it a lot more but I simply didn't have the guts to do it being the first track day with this car.

 

The thing that struck me the most was that this is a big, heavy car. However it feels so nimble on its feet and it feels like it gets lighter and smaller as you go faster. Even in technical sections where power doesn't really count I was going faster than many Lotus and GT4s. 

 

Below is a video shot with my GoPro. Quality is not great, but it gives an idea of how she does.

 

 

Same video, rotated: 

 

The only sad thing about all of this is that I drove home thinking "I have to sell this car". After a day at the track you realize that this car can only be really enjoyed on a track. You can't really use it in the city, and it is so well done that in the canyons/back roads it's almost boring. On the other hand, the tires on the R simply melt away when racing. I did 3 sessions out of 4 and I doubt I'll be able to do more than 2 sessions the next time I go to the track with the same set of tires. Between labor on the carbon fiber wheels and the cost of the custom Cup 2s you're looking at more than 3 grand for a tire change. So between tires, track day insurance and other misc expenses each time you take take it to track you're burning ~$2000. Don't get me wrong, these are nice problems to have, but don't be surprised if you'll see me put it for sale soon. 


Edited by Giulio24, 26 September 2017 - 03:46 PM.





#2 OFFLINE   Texas Voodu

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:46 PM

Still looks like a great time.!!!!
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#3 OFFLINE   Giulio24

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:27 AM

Oh yes, it really was



#4 OFFLINE   smokum

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 11:35 AM

Giulio

 

 

I get what your saying. Working for a dealer I might have been able to find a R at a reasonable price but my plans where to use the car

as a daily driver. 

 

I did think about the R vs the non R and came to the same conclusions you did. You damage a carbon fiber wheel it isnt cheap. Your

rear wing $13000. The tires .... even street driving a R the tires wont last long and I didnt want to replace tires every 5000 miles or less

 

I hear ya !!

 

don


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#5 OFFLINE   smokum

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 11:49 AM

Have a suggestion

 

Buy a second set or rims ..... std GT350 rims and get the non R tires on the

GT350

 

Use your carbon file rims and R tires on the track, when worn out get track tires but from Toyo 

or another manufacturer and for every day driving use your second set of rims that pretty much no

one will notice than you

 

 

don


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2015 Taurus SHO leased 11/03/2015

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2013 Boss 302 purchased 06/30/2013

1990 Taurus SHO purchased 07/09/2010

2007 GT500 553 rwhp purchased 12/08/2006


#6 OFFLINE   Texas Voodu

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:39 PM

Good idea and cheaper
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#7 OFFLINE   Giulio24

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 11:17 AM

I thought about getting a second set of wheels+tires for city driving but I realized that I don't really drive the car in the city. If I'm not racing it, I'm driving it in the canyons. I live in West LA, the home of 24 hour bumper-to-bumper traffic. Last Saturday on my way to the track I was stuck in traffic at 5 in the morning.

 

With my previous car I would track it on average once a month and I was able to get between 6 and 8 track days out of a set of SuperSports/PS4S. If I do the same with my R by the end of the first year of ownership I will spend so much money in tires and labor that I could almost buy another sports car


Edited by Giulio24, 28 September 2017 - 03:06 PM.


#8 OFFLINE   Texas Voodu

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 07:03 PM

Maybe a different car would be better for your needs
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#9 OFFLINE   Giulio24

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 11:14 AM

Most likely. Maybe I should trade in the R for a non-R?



#10 OFFLINE   Texas Voodu

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:52 PM

Most likely. Maybe I should trade in the R for a non-R?


There ya go. Always a option and you would still have a bad ass car and have some extra cash for tires !!!!!!
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#11 OFFLINE   Giulio24

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 11:26 AM

Running ps4s on a gt350 is tempting



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:39 AM

Ok so I found a guy on Youtube that put aftermarket wheels on his GT350R with PS4S on them. That could be an amazing workaround. Quick question. I remember reading that the suspensions on the R where specifically tuned for the carbon fiber wheels. Do you think running different wheels could ruin the suspensions?



#13 OFFLINE   Texas Voodu

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 06:41 PM

Wow good question but I can't imagine how what the wheels are made of could effect the suspension that much
..but then again I am not a engineer
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#14 OFFLINE   smokum

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 10:15 AM

tires and rims might be $3000 ish give or take ..... hard to find a good race car for $3000- $4000

 

Still think the second set of rims with the stock GT350 rubber is the way to go .... unless your really pushing the car ( at the track yes ... canyon rd I hope not) you shouldnt 

feel the difference

 

don


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2007 GT500 664rwhp purchased 04/14/2014

2013 Boss 302 purchased 06/30/2013

1990 Taurus SHO purchased 07/09/2010

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#15 OFFLINE   WAGT350

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 02:22 PM

also- I feel the 'R' will be an investment so be careful selling it. You hate to see that car double in price in say 10 years or less unless you still have it lol!



#16 OFFLINE   Texas Voodu

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 04:28 PM

also- I feel the 'R' will be an investment so be careful selling it. You hate to see that car double in price in say 10 years or less unless you still have it lol!


Totally Agree!!
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#17 OFFLINE   Giulio24

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 08:28 PM

tires and rims might be $3000 ish give or take ..... hard to find a good race car for $3000- $4000

 

Still think the second set of rims with the stock GT350 rubber is the way to go .... unless your really pushing the car ( at the track yes ... canyon rd I hope not) you shouldnt 

feel the difference

 

don

 

That's probably the route I'm gonna take. I'm doing some research on this right now

 

also- I feel the 'R' will be an investment so be careful selling it. You hate to see that car double in price in say 10 years or less unless you still have it lol!

 

Completely agree. If I can wait selling it at least until they sell the last MY2018 the value will probably go through the roof






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