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OK guys, if you are looking for a sweet build to keep tabs on, this is probably not it. I wanted a thread where I could just upload some pictures and information as I purchase various small bolt-ons that I am super stoked about. Of course, who knows, that's how all the threads start right?? Since I already added a few things, I wanted to put this up before I got too crazy and didn't document anything!

Well I've done a few things I can put in this first post already that I'll glaze over a bit since I don't have too detailed of step-by-step photos or anything. So here goes!!


I purchased my 2014 TB FoST on Nov 5, 2013. The first thing I did was get winter shoes after a disastrous attempt at driving in the snow ... I cannot stress enough how this is absolute suicide ... lesson learned!

I figured steelies would be fine for now. Got 195/?/16 Nittos ... can't actually remember the profile exactly off the top of my head.
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This is my old truck. I had it since I got my license. I sold it to my dad for the down payment on the ST, so in reality I still get to drive it whenever I want!
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One other personal addition which was quick to go into my car. This angel was in my grandmother's car and I got it when she passed away. I look at it as though she is my guardian while I am driving.
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So, through that first winter I didn't really do much except drive, and enjoy driving! I started to think about what to do with my wheels when I was ready to put them back on. I knew the brake dust was a huge issue for me since I am a neat freak, and I decided that Plasti-Dip was an obvious solution. I'd get to keep the OEM paint, while protecting my wheels from the dust if I couldn't get to cleaning them very often. So the day came and I started my work! This was my first attempt at dipping, and it went pretty well! No need for commentary.

I used flat charcoal with a silver flake metalizer, followed up with the glossifier.
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I was able to figure out popping out the center cap, luckily LOL!
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Notice the dent above the front passenger side wheel well ... yeah ... It is still there as of this post.
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More coming!!
 

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Roush CAI

OK, onto the next group of parts!! So, CJPP was offering the Roush CAI kit for a killer deal and I had been eyeing it for a while. Call me a nerd, go ahead ... but I really liked it for the looks of the airbox! So I bit and ordered it for myself for my birthday at the 1 year, 1 month mark with my car. Because of this, the snowball has started (not out of hand by any means yet!) and I fear it may keep growing, but it is yet to be determined.

Original!
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Of course, Green filter first ... I wanted to hear it!!!
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Of course, the biggest PITA of the whole project was attaching the provided coupler with the turbo inlet. I didn't remove the cowl so I could barely fit my arm. I could only manage hand tight so at my next oil change I had the tech tighten it down, since being on a lift it'd be easy to go at it from below. I had to show him where it was <facepalm>. I shouldn't make fun, I was a noob not so long ago, too!!

Finished
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More finished. I actually wish I had put it on the intake instead of on the outside. But It worked out in the end, you'll see.
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And the video of course!

Of course, more to come!!
 

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Recaros and Steeda Bushings

OK so at this point, I have pretty much been disappointed with the fact I chose an ST1 over the ST2/ST3. Somewhat about the entertainment, but mostly about the Recaros!! CJPP came through for me again when they started offering the FR Recaro set for $1K. I figured while I had the seats out on the install, I'd do shifter base bushings and cable bracket bushings from Steeda. Ordered these with the rewards points I got from the seats!

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Started with removal of old seats ... good riddance! Although my gf wasn't too happy...
This was actually remarkably easy.
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Then we started tearing out everything for the bushings!! This really wasn't that bad. It was actually a lot less hassle than doing the cable bracket bushings. Steeda's instructions are solid, and if you follow them step by step, you won't break too many things! Since the seats were already out, it made it that much easier, but its not necessary.

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Study the instructions ... it does help.
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Lets just skip to finished and begin install of new Recaros!! This was super easy. As long as you have the correct sized hex bit, you are golden. The only tricky part is the outside rear bolt can be difficult to get to at a decent angle where you aren't going to strip it. Since I was using an impact driver, I didn't want to accidentally destroy it. What I did was put about 3 extensions on it and I cleared the obstacle that was keeping me from hitting it straight on. No biggie really. 10 minute install. 8 of those minutes were devoted to getting the right tools!

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In the end, I really love that mine say Ford Racing. Its a bit unique!

Finishing touch that I got a few weeks later, in addition to Steeda's short shift plate. I am planning on selling the plate and replacing it with the Breedt shift arm, in case anyone is interested.
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I really like those seats, I just haven't been willing to drop the cash on them. They look really nice installed! Glad to hear it wasn't too hard to put them in

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I really like those seats, I just haven't been willing to drop the cash on them. They look really nice installed! Glad to hear it wasn't too hard to put them in

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Yeah, after having them for a while, IDK how I lived without them! That investment is definitely worth it in my opinion, it feels like a whole new car!
 

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ST Center Caps

Look what came in the mail today!

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I am impressed with their quality and the adhesive survived some spirited test driving. I think these look great!

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The plan is tomorrow to paint the calipers with the G2 high tempt paint. As well, I'll be installing the Steeda spacers!!

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Steeda Spacers

It rained today so I decided against doing the brake paint because the humidity was very high. So just spacers!!

This job was surprisingly more difficult than anticipated. Not that it was inherently that haard, it was just that I didnt know really what I was doing. so without further delay:


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I started by using some VHT Ford Red engine enamel.

And so it begins.

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This little bastard ... the simplest part couldnt even go right... this christmas tree clip was supposed to go flush ... I hit it with a hammer... it would not go flush. WP_20150516_16_48_49_Pro.jpg
 

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Whats the point of these spacers? Can someone explain
They add volume to the intake which adds power and torque allegedly. The Steeda throttle body spacer is also spiraled to put a spin on the incoming air. Its fancy ... does it add anything? ... <shrug>

I will say this, I could feel a difference on my test drive. A definite increase in throttle response. The companies who make them claim 5-10hp increase, something like that. I am no expert though, I just like buying shiny things that I know I am capable of installing. :RockOn:

EDIT: According to COBBST, Steeda throttle body spacer: +7 hp at the dyno!
 

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Weekend Goodies!

OK, this weekend I got a couple of things out of the way before "my" exhaust install.

Steeda oil separator, Steeda SS delete and Breedt short shift arm. I forgot to start taking photos until after I had already installed the symposer delete and separator ... but those are pretty straight forward, nothing crazy to see.

Let it begin!:

Oil separator. It is tucked in behind the intake, underneath the cowl. You can kiiiinda see it.
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Symposer delete. Yup, its pretty straightforward. I painted it like the spacers, with VHT engine enamel, Ford Red.
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So, begin with the AWFULLY difficult shifter arm. As you can see, I previously had the Steeda short shifter installed.
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So the big hangup is the awful roll pin that holds the arm on. So, getting it soaked in WD40 I had yet to find a useful punch to pop it out. Looking in my bag of goodies I keep with all my OEM parts, I find my stock intake manifold bolts. Turns out they are the PERFECT diameter for that roll pin, AND they are strong enough to withstand the hammering. You can only use the very end to start the pin, because the threading on the bolts is too wide to go into the hole. It almost immediately started moving as soon as I started tapping. Once I got it started, I switched to smaller bolt and it was pretty straight forward tapping it all the way through.

So here is THIS bad-boy!!
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That's a wrap!
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OK so final note: I got a change to drive it of course. A HUGE difference between the plates. It is noticeably lighter now, but immediately felt a bit clunkier. After driving it a little more, as I got used to it I realized this is how it SHOULD feel!!!! I LOVE IT! As for the symposer... since I don't have my exhaust on yet, I thought it was going to be weird. Turns out, I really like not having the competing engine bay and cabin sounds. I thought you should only do the delete if you get an exhaust ... now I see that I should've just had it the whole time! And finally the oil separator. Its a separator ... I mean ... not much to say really ... I've driven like 20 miles so far, not exactly going to see it fill up!
 

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Guess who's coming to dinner ... COBB!!!!

Thursday is the install. I am taking it to a local exhaust specialist who I know and comes well recommended by friends (and Ford). I don't have a lift or much of a driveway, so I figured $100 worth not crawling under a car (I'm also claustrophobic). I picked up this exhaust used for under $500 and it looks in great condition! The installer wants to weld the joints ("gaskets leak, my welds don't") which I am OK with since I am fairly certain I am not going to be disappointed with the resulting sound ;) And if I am? I'll cross that bridge when I come to it ...

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Also, the lady picked up this gem last night!
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COBB Installed!

I love it. I love it. I love it. I picked it up used, shop charged dirt cheap. I couldn't be happier!

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A sound clip will come I'm sure soon. What is the point of having an exhaust without a cellphone exhaust video on youtube???
@CWLFielden ... you might like to see this.
 

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They add volume to the intake which adds power and torque allegedly. The Steeda throttle body spacer is also spiraled to put a spin on the incoming air. Its fancy ... does it add anything? ... <shrug>

I will say this, I could feel a difference on my test drive. A definite increase in throttle response. The companies who make them claim 5-10hp increase, something like that. I am no expert though, I just like buying shiny things that I know I am capable of installing. :RockOn:
Great build so far! Love the Recaros!! BTW, a friend of mine installed the Steeda TB spacer then ran his FoST on the dyno and that one mod added 7 whp.

I'm going to buy the Steeda TB spacer, Steeda oil separator, and Steeda SSD. That's right, STEEDA because great parts from a reputable company that has never done me wrong in years of buying from them :wink:
 

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Great build so far! Love the Recaros!! BTW, a friend of mine installed the Steeda TB spacer then ran his FoST on the dyno and that one mod added 7 whp.

I'm going to buy the Steeda TB spacer, Steeda oil separator, and Steeda SSD. That's right, STEEDA because great parts from a reputable company that has never done me wrong in years of buying from them :wink:
Awesome!! I knew I could feel something after that install LOL. I've still got to get my Steeda springs! BTW ... that COBB exhaust sounds AMAZING!
 

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Awesome!! I knew I could feel something after that install LOL. I've still got to get my Steeda springs! BTW ... that COBB exhaust sounds AMAZING!
Yes the COBB CBE is great! I had it in my 2014 FoST and will be buying one for my 2015!
 

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Yes the COBB CBE is great! I had it in my 2014 FoST and will be buying one for my 2015!
Wait, you had a COBB exhuast too!!??!? NO WAY!!! he he he ...

Seriously though, I can't wait to pair it with a downpipe, but I need to get a tuner ... I have my 4 banger friends screaming AP AP AP, while my Ford friends say SCT SCT SCT lol. Then there is the whole, who do I go through? And all I'm thinking is ... d--n, I'm broke.
 

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Wait, you had a COBB exhuast too!!??!? NO WAY!!! he he he ...

Seriously though, I can't wait to pair it with a downpipe, but I need to get a tuner ... I have my 4 banger friends screaming AP AP AP, while my Ford friends say SCT SCT SCT lol. Then there is the whole, who do I go through? And all I'm thinking is ... d--n, I'm broke.
I know the feeling of being low on funds. Whenever you are able to buy one, I highly recommend the COBB AP-V3!
 

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I know the feeling of being low on funds. Whenever you are able to buy one, I highly recommend the COBB AP-V3!
Yup, I hear you on that. PHEW, big decision! I am not going to worry about it for a while, I think I am going to focus on some other ... less expensive .. things for a little while. Anyway, I appreciate the thumbs up for my build! I started without a plan, just kind of tinkering that so far has gone farther than I ever thought it would. With what I have in my head I think it will keep going to!
 
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