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Hey all. Just picked up a new ST on Saturday and I am really liking the car so far. Signed the papers with 89 miles on the clock. Car is pretty much loaded with all the goodies. I bought the car sight unseen. I was looking for a Magnetic, Oxford White, or Kona ST3 and really had a hard time finding one here in NY. I ended up getting in touch with an old college friend who works at a dealer and he was able to get his hands on one. I wasn't a huge fan of the Machined wheels looking at pictures online but in person they are a million times better than the base wheels.

I only have a couple pictures so far:

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I only have about 600 miles on the car so far and I am really impressed with it. I haven't had the chance to take it on a really twisty road but I can tell it will be really fun on a back road.

Here are a couple of my previous vehicles. I like a little bit of everything:

02 Cummins 6-Speed. Borg Warner FMW S362, injectors, tune, intake, exhaust, clutch, the usual. Was making in the neighborhood of 425hp and around 1000 lb ft of torque.

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Loved that truck and sold it to my brother. It was a lot of fun but I drive a lot and it wasn't a cheap vehicle to maintain.

I still have the following car albiet it's back to almost stock. 06 Kia Spectra 5-Speed:

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Car was 'stanced'. Used to be really big into StanceWorks and went to Southern Worthersee a couple of times. Met a lot of good people and had some fun. That was a few years ago before it became really big. My car was sitting on 17x8 and 17x9 Wald Duchatelet wheels and a set of Megan coil overs for a Tiburon that I made work for the Kia. Rode slammed like that for about 60k miles. Didn't raise it for winter either, just threw some snowtires on.

My plan for the ST isn't too go too crazy like that. Stance was fun but it was difficult to live with on a car I drove day in day out. It was always fun getting reactions on peoples faces and going to a car show and getting, "Is that a Kia?" Anyways, I digress. My plan for this car is a fun DD I can have fun with but also go on long trips and not have it beat me up. I had a 5" straightpipe on the truck and while I was responsible and didn't make it loud all the time, it was hard going on long trips and not getting somewhere and being close to deaf. It was pretty loud. Here are my plans so far:

-Window tint, just enough for a little privacy and to get rid of the 'fish bowl' look.
-Amber fog light bulbs. Just love that look of the bright white Xenon lights with amber fogs.
-Mud Flaps. Gotta protect the paint. We're not talking Rally Armor either. I'd like to kick someone in the nuts for inventing those. I'm sure they're functional but man they look silly IMO.
-Intake (Injen caught my eye as it uses a dry filter but I'm open to other suggestions)
-Exhaust (will have to read more here. Don't want something too loud but stock is too damn quiet. MBRP, Borla, Cobb, Rouch, Mountune?? Any suggestions??)
-Symposer delete. I just think it's silly.
-I would like to do a BOV but I don't care for the Turbosmart or Boomba stock replacement sounds. I would replace the stock I/C piping and go with a Tial Q. I might just do an intake and exhaust and get enough visceral noise from those I don't need to do an aftermarket BOV.
-Further on down the road I'd like to go Accessport. I've never owned a new car and don't feel it's smart to void the warranty this soon. lol
-I'll have to look hard at it but I wouldn't mind lowering the car a smidgen. If anything it would just be to get rid of the little bit of wheel gap there is. I don't want to change the driving dynamics of the car though, so I'll have to read more there. See what others are doing..etc.
-Wheels. This will be down the road too. The Machined wheels are nice but I would like something lighter and wider. I'd like to think I could stuff some 255's under this sucker. Probably a 18x8 with offset in the mid 30's. Haven't played much with a wheel calculator but that should work.

That's all the plans I can really think of right now. I'd appreciate any input on intake/exhaust setups. Thanks.
 

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seems like you've got a nice path laid out for your ride, congrats btw on owning such a machine, I'm ecstatic about mine. I'm no expert at all and haven't done any mods myself yet, but im in the same boat as you Intake, exhaust, and BOV. Not a fan of that symposer but don't want an obnoxious exhaust either, just a good REAL roar. Intake for me is either Injen or Cobb for me I think. As far as BOV's go, im not a fan of any that are out atm except for 1 by HKS, its more expensive and requires a lil more than swapping out the old wastegate and adding a bracket, but the sound is more of what im looking for. Hope to read more soon...
 

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Cleaned up the car a bit today. Spiffed up the interior and then washed and waxed the outside. I like Turtle Wax Ice products because you can use it on all the trim. Car looks really good. I'll clay bar it come spring and wax it again.

I am waiting to get my Weather Tech front floor mats, so in the meantime you'll see rags on the floor mats in the interior shots.

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Up next on the list of things is some non obtrusive mud flaps. Before I go with a full catback exhaust I might remove the resonator on the stock exhaust and see how that do. Watched some YouTube videos and it didn't sound too bad. I'll look to do that after an Intake (most likely Injen as I like they use a dry filter) and symposer delete.
 

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Looks great, I love the white. Got the Tangerine Scream color but always wished i would have gotten white instead. On my white evo i had white and did the black and white mud flaps and black wheels for the storm trooper look. Good luck modding!
 

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White st3 ! ! !

YES, your car makes me pumped! haha. I have the exact same car on its way from Ford... It'll be here (hopefully) Friday! Oxford White ST3. :smile:

Sounds like we've got similar plans too. I already have flaps here, WeatherTech "laser fit" mats including cargo and full front-end clear bra lined up.

I would suggest getting a COBB AP before installing an exhaust system & intake... So when you do get exhaust, your cars tune will be happy. (and so will you!)

OH... and I have a '99 Cummins 5-speed. LOVE that beast! You've got good taste man.
 
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YES, your can makes me pumped! haha. I have the exact same car on its way from Ford... It'll be here (hopefully) Friday! Oxford White ST3. :smile:

Sounds like we've got similar plans too. I already have flaps here, WeatherTech "laser fit" mats including cargo and full front-end clear bra lined up.

I would suggest getting a COBB AP before installing an exhaust system & intake... So when you do get exhaust, your cars tune will be happy. (and so will you!)

OH... and I have a '99 Cummins 5-speed. LOVE that beast! You've got good taste man.
Thanks man. I've looked into the Cobb AP's and it'll be on the list eventually. I told myself I would have fun with this car but reasonably. I make good money but I'm at the point in my life where I want to save for other things and can't just dump thousands into my car. lol. Sucks growing up.

Enjoy your car! I miss my Cummins. It was a really fun truck. It was an SLT Laramie so it had heated leather and every option back in the day for 2002 except the tow mirrors which I didn't mind. I liked the smaller mirrors and I rarely had something hooked behind the truck. It was a toy more than anything.

I threw some winter sneaker on the car over the weekend:

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17x7 ET44 Steelies with 215/50 General Altimax Arctic tires. Also changed the oil at a tick over 1100 miles with a Motocraft FL-910S and Ford Synthetic Blend 5W-30. I'll change again at 3000 and switch to full Synthetic then. I've always liked Valvoline oil's so that's what I plan to switch to.

Other than that I have some ZL1 rock guards I plan to install this weekend and then next on the list will be tint. Most likely going with 25-20% front (Legal in NY is 35% and I'm kind of pushing it already with no front plate) and I'll do 15% for the hatch and rear windows. No brow either. Don't care for the way they look.

I also told myself I wouldn't lower this car but there more I see them dropped an inch and a half the more I have an itch to do it. Would probably go with Koni Yellow's and H&R springs as opposed to coilovers. I'd also want to run an 18x9 wheel and try and make 255's fit. :)
 

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Yep... growing up is $$$$$ haha. Whether it's my cars or house, modifying/upgrading stuff is always happening but house mods are expensive!

My Dodge is SLT as well all power everything. LOVE IT.

Right on, steelies are a great (cheap) way to go for sure and dropping to 17" saves a couple hundred.

I'm right there with you, no front plate for me (sketchy for Washington state due to the STUPID toll lanes now) but I don't care, front plates suck. I'll be doing light tint as well up front, don't need the extra attention/harassment.

I've heard great things about the stock suspension from a couple guys who've been to the track and during my test drive, the car felt great. But I agree, the 1"+ drop looks goooood and that's the setup I'd run too. H&R + Koni is quality. We have very similar taste. haha. Can't stand when I see people ditch the nice stock suspension for cheap coil-overs...

I've already decided to get 255's, gotta have that grip! Leaning towards the standard classic Michelin Pilot SS. I know they fit stock height, might have to do a little fender roll with the H&Rs?? Only time will tell.
 

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I'll have to take some fender measurements this weekend so I can play around with a wheel calculator and see what I can come up with. I don't want to roll the fenders if I don't have to. I rolled fenders on my friends new WRX a few years ago and it was hard taking a soft blow hammer to a brand new car. There weren't any dimples and I didn't chip the paint but I still didn't like doing it. lol

I'm pretty impressed with the stock suspension so far. I didn't test drive an ST before I bought one and as soon as I left the dealer I noticed the stiffness. I don't think it beats you up, but it's certainly firm. It's not as firm as my old Kia on coilovers, but it's not too far off. In terms of cornering, it sticks like glue with the Eagle F1's. The snow tires dramatically changed the way the car behaves, but I can deal with that for a few months out of the year. I was surprised when I did a 4th gear roll and traction control came on at 65. This car certainly likes to move.
 

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Not much of an update but I installed a Boomba Symposer delete yesterday. Can't believe how quiet the car is now. Other than that I've put a ton of miles on the car. Right now I am sitting at just under 6500 and I purchased the car 9/24/16 so I sure do drive a lot.

I changed the oil at 1000 miles and 3000 miles with a Motocraft filter and Ford's Synthetic blend 5W-30 oil. At 6000 miles I changed it again with a Motocraft filter and switched to Valvoline full synthetic. From here on out I'll change oil right around 4000 miles. A little OCD but oil is cheap.

Now that the symposer is gone and the car is too quiet I'm really itching for an intake. I thought about just a drop in filter like the COBB, but I don't like how it's oiled and I can't find any dry filters similar to the COBB filter. aFe makes some really nice dry filters but they don't have any for the ST. I just don't care for oiled filters. The oil coats the compressor wheel and then any dust or debris that does make it through sticks to the wheel. The stock HX35 on my old Cummins was run with an oiled filter and the wheel was black. If I go with an intake it'll most likely be an Injen as I like the fact they use a dry filter. In the meantime if anyone know of a filter similar to the COBB that's a dry drop in I'm all ears. The AEM is nice but the end isn't open like the COBB so I won't have the nice fancy turbo noises.

My GF got me a gift certificate for tinted windows also. Forgot to mention that. Haven't had them done yet but hopefully soon. Can't wait to get rid of the 'fish bowl' look.

Also, this is going to be a wildly slow build. I'm saving for a ring for the lady, more guns, and a vacation so the car comes last.
 

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From on OW owner to another, thats a pretty slick car. Love the look of the new style wheels. These cars are a lot of fun and believe me the mod bug bites hard. Have fun and enjoy it!
 

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Windows finally done.

35% front and 20% rear.

Tint is too dark on the front in NY and I'm not running a front plate (required). Let's see how long it takes to get pulled over.

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Thinking about picking up some amber Lamin-X for the fog lights and a clear set for the regular lights. Might think on it for a dew, hard to spend $80 on plastic film.

That's all for now. Putting money aside for an intake. Car will most likely stay stage 1'ish. Intake, res delete, motor mount, and eventually a COBB. I would also love to bring it down about an inch all around. Would most likely go drop springs and new dampers as opposed to coils.

That's all for now.
 

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Here is my 2015 ST1. Lowered on Steeda springs. Just need some tint now.
Good looking car. RS brakes and wheels? Looks sharp.

I'd love an RS style wheel in 18's. Don't want to go any smaller than a 40 series summer tire.

Looks good on the Steeda springs too. Stock dampers still?
 
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