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Greetings from Kansas City!
I had just purchased my first ST about a week ago, it’s a 2017 in race red. I finally found one bone stock. I have literally been on this site researching for about 4 hours a day searching every question I could ever think of and you all have nailed it all, and most of important you don’t bash anyone for anything. So I thought I’d actually sign up and be apart of the cool kids 😎.

as of today I have already dumped about ~$1500 in parts on order. (Don’t tell the wife🤫)
I don’t plan on going big with it, just pretty much what I’ve seen most of you have. Here’s what I got.

cobb v3 acessport
I went with the gold mishimoto FMIC
Boomba BOV
Boomba sound symposer delete
“Muffler delete” rev9 catback exhaust
K&N air filter


any tips, suggestions, concerns?
I’m extremely excited and anxious to get it all put together. as of today I just installed the sound symposer delete, BOV and K&N air filter. I have to say I’m loving the sound already 👍 I had the chance to to make 2 passes at Import Face Off in Topeka over the weekend and I was impressed. (I’m a complete N00b on the track) and I ran a 14.689 looking forward to pumping those numbers down 😬
 

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First of all, welcome. Secondly, Bravo for searching the site. This is the gold mine of info.

Your list is good, the only thing I'd add to it would be an upgraded rear motor mount, and a custom tune versus running any of the off the shelf tunes that come preloaded on the AP.
 

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Hmmm 🤔 I’ve never thought about changing a motor mount as an upgrade, I just assumed it was an “as needed” part. Good to know! 👍🏼 And yes, once I get it all together as all the parts come in, a custom tune will be last thing, are the OTC tunes not that great? On a side note right before I made this post I forgot one of the most import things to get, spark plugs 🤦🏻‍♂️ So from what I’ve seen/researched I went with NGK 6510's. Good/bad? Thanks in advance!
 

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Hmmm 🤔 I’ve never thought about changing a motor mount as an upgrade, I just assumed it was an “as needed” part. Good to know! 👍🏼 And yes, once I get it all together as all the parts come in, a custom tune will be last thing, are the OTC tunes not that great? On a side note right before I made this post I forgot one of the most import things to get, spark plugs 🤦🏻‍♂️ So from what I’ve seen/researched I went with NGK 6510's. Good/bad? Thanks in advance!
I’ve got a boomba rear motor mount and yeah they’re simple to replace and make a huge difference to the feel of the car.
 

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Welcome & Congratulations on your purchase!

We'll definitely hear you coming with the muffler delete, lol.

RMM was the 1st thing I did, but this is my 2nd ST (live and learn).

The plugs you listed are indeed 1 step colder, & a decent plug. Gaps are pretty important, but with COBB OTS stuff seems to be a bit more broad. After enough time contemplating, it's about time for a custom tune on mine: Which will provide access to a pro tuner's preference on the gap per their tune and you're mods.

#1 best mod for any vehicle is to 'tighten the nut behind the wheel'! HPDE classes are worth the $200 for a full day of track and education. Plus getting to know you're own car's limits. If you want those times down, don't just listen to pros say 'I should have braked later...' or you'll end up in the daisies (or worse).

Sounds like you're off to a good start man. Enjoy!
 

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Thanks brother! I’ll have to wait till next pay day before I get any more goodies. I spent a lot of money the past few days 🤷🏼‍♂️ But that’s definitely my next purchase!
 

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Welcome aboard! Fantastic list of initial mods!

The one thing you're missing... Pictures. We want to see the car. I don't care how many race red STs I've seen, another one is never a bad thing.
 

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Congrats on the purchase, and all of those mods is a pretty ambitious start. A few pieces of advice:

  • Drive the car stock for awhile so you can appreciate the differences that the modifications make.
  • Don't do more than one modification at a time. If you do, you may not be able to see the difference a singular mod has made, and you may have a more difficult time isolating any issues that pop up as a result of the changes.
 

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Okay so I can’t believe I don’t really have any good pictures yet, but the old lady got a video of it running on the track over the weekend. This was my second run, it was immediately after the first I think I might have a little heat soak.
(I don’t know how to enter a video so I made some screen shots 🤷🏼‍♂️)
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Since you have the symposer delete and a BOV, i would suggest this:

Otherwise, cheers and keep enjoying the car!
 

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Since you have the symposer delete and a BOV, i would suggest this:

Otherwise, cheers and keep enjoying the car!
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what does running this vacuum actually do?Do I just get a more accurate reading since it’s actually running vacuum instead of the ecu reading?
 

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what does running this vacuum actually do?Do I just get a more accurate reading since it’s actually running vacuum instead of the ecu reading?
yeah in stock form it's controlled by the ecu and a solenoid. Touch the gas pedal and it has a tendency to blow off.

Off the true vacuum source, it only actuates when it needs to based on actual vacuum. There is more discussion in that same thread as well.

If you get annoyed with hearing yours blow off all the time, look into switching to natural vacuum. If you enjoy the noises (most do when they first get a bov!) Then just leave it alone for now.
 

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With a true vacuum your boomba will stay closed until higher boost pressures giving you more STUstustu. More turbo flutter noises.
 

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Welcome @Sgray913

Congrats on your recent purchase and thank you for introducing yourself and sharing your background!

This is a great community to be apart of, there are a ton of informative members and vendors on the site, as well as a ton of threads with tips and tricks about your ST.

We love seeing the post about the track or parts coming in and look forward to seeing more from you!
 

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Update 5/16

Just got finished installing the cat-back exhaust! It’s REALLY loud. But this isn’t my DD so that’s okay 😬 I think it looks pretty good 👍🏼

cobb access port and Mishimoto intercooler are out for delivery today too 😬😬
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