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Since many of you use GoPro cameras, please be aware that if you try to use the latest version of GoPro Studio (v319) with the latest version of the GoPro Hero2 firmware (v312) it will lose the audio during the conversion process! The 319 version of GoPro Studio was released more than a month ago on 30-Jan-2014, so hopefully they will release a new version soon to fix this major bug.

To check the GoPro Studio version, in Windows Explorer go to the C:\Program Files (x86)\GoPro\Tools directory and right-click on the ConvertGoPro.exe file and select Properties, then select the Details tab and check the Product Version entry.

To check the GoPro Hero2 camera version, connect the camera to your PC, turn the camera on, in Windows Explorer open the drive corresponding to the camera, open the MISC directory, then open the "version.txt" file. It should look like "HD2.08.12.XXX" where XXX is the firmware version.

I hope that helps save someone the waste of time I went through while trying to make a new in-cabin stage3 exhaust sound after symposer delete video.
UPDATE for GoPro Hero2 (like the free one Ford gave out to ST pre-orders in the summer of 2012):

There is a new version of GoPro Studio out now...v389 (2.5.1.389). I ran a few tests, and it appears that GoPro Studio v389 works fine with Hero2 firmware v312 (HD2.08.12.312), and does not have the audio bug (dropped audio track during conversion) like GoPro Studio v319. Now that this major audio bug has been fixed, I'll try to shoot some new video to show off how the ST sounds with my current mods (CAI, TBE, symposer delete).
 

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Added the following entry to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

17-Oct-2014: Updated the navigation map version to A5. I took a chance with an eBay vendor named stockholm4104 and ordered the A5 SD card using PayPal for $43.98 including shipping. The package arrived a day earlier than promised and everything looked good. Before installing A5, I went out for a ride and found several roads that were not in A4. These are roads that were built approximately one year ago. I took out the A4 card and installed A5, then checked the same roads. No difference at all unfortunately, and the new roads still do not show up. When I got back home, I checked Navteq Maps (here.com) and I can see the new roads show up online, just not in the A5 update. However, the only area I checked was near the north side of Magic Kingdom. I checked MyFord Touch system settings, and it now shows the map version as A5, so it does recognize the SD card correctly.

(photo by ST2Focus, but mine looks identical)


You may have a different experience, but none of the new roads in my area were added in A5. I'm not sure how to tell what new Points Of Interest (POI) for my area were added, so I cannot comment on that yet. They must have done some kind of data optimization in A5 because navigation loads faster now, so that is a nice improvement.
 

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Added the following entries to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entries directly using this link and this link, or just read them below.

24-Oct-2014: Today is the two year anniversary of when I took delivery of my ST. Even after two years, I'm still in love with Belle.

21-Nov-2014: Installed the Cobb Tuning stage 3 91 v300 map. Before installing this tune I checked for DTC codes and found P23DB. This code is a result of disconnecting the symposer and does not generate a MIL on the dashboard. After installing the v300 map, the DTC was gone, but it will probably come back. I also reset the ECU and KAM after loading the map. As a safety precaution, I loaded the 91 octane map, even though I always use 93. I did not have time to take the car out for a run tonight, but I will do it this weekend.
 

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Decided to take advantage of the sale price by CJ Pony Parts / Spool Tuning on the Street Scene front splitter. It is a non-stock item and I have to get it painted or wrapped, so it may be a while before I actually get it installed, but excited to finally get my order in.

Here is the splitter installed on Bobby9621's ST...


I'm thinking of color matching it performance blue, with maybe a thin red stripe along the top front edge, though I'll probably just leave it all color matching.
 

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Discussion Starter · #245 ·
Official teaser...


See it at PRI Booth #4746. PRI= Performance Racing Industry
It appears to be December 11-13 in Indianapolis (Indiana Convention Center)

Source: cp-e blog entry

We have all been waiting a long time to see this. It seems to finally be ready for release soon. Very interested to see this kit.
 

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Discussion Starter · #246 ·
Belle and I were out today enjoying a beautiful winter day in Orlando.



This is B-52 Park near the old McCoy Air Force Base (Orlando International Airport). Many people in Orlando said it was cold (60 F), but I say it felt great to ride around with the moonroof and windows open.
 

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Discussion Starter · #247 · (Edited)
I made an appointment today with my detailer, Brian Guy at AOWheels to do a full detail of Belle (interior, engine, wheels, exterior including wash, clay, polish, coat). This is the same guy I used when I first took delivery of the ST. Although I'm very happy with Brian's work, I was not completely satisfied with the longevity of the 22ple coating. For the first couple of months, I could just spray the 22ple coated wheels with a garden hose and they were sparkling clean, but then it began to lose effectiveness, and appeared to be completely gone from the wheels after 6-months. It appeared to me as if the protective qualities of the 22ple were significantly diminished on the paint by 6-months, barely there by 12-months, and completely gone by 18-months. Keep in mind my car is garage kept and only has 18,000 miles on it, so I was expecting more out of such an expensive product.

This time I'm trying Optimum Gloss-Coat, which is a less expensive product and I believe it will work as well or better, although it will take a couple of years before I can tell you if it was the right choice. Even if the Optimum Gloss-Coat protects exactly the same, it is still a better value. If I'm not completely happy with this coating, I may just go back to waxing and skip coatings. My detail appointment is near the end of January, and I'll post details and pictures to my main build once it is finished.
 

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Discussion Starter · #248 ·
Ordered myself a couple of gifts today...

01. Dead Pedal from Boosted Designs


02. Short Shift Kit from FSWerks


I'll update my main build page with pictures and impressions once I receive them and get them installed.
 

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Added the following entry to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

17-Dec-2015: Installed dead pedal from Boosted Designs. The pedal is made of metal with several rows of low-profile rubber grommets. Here are a couple of pictures of it installed.





Super easy five second install. Remove from shipping bag and place where you want it. It comes with the necessary hoop and loop strips already attached to the backside so it is ready to go. The hook and loop strips work great and keep the pedal firmly in place on the carpet.
 

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Dropped off the front splitter at Samuels paint shop in Sandford yesterday. Had a pleasant talk with Brad and Cassie, and Brad gave me a tour of their shop. I expect to get the splitter back this weekend. I also stopped by CFM in Longwood and talked with Chris. I asked to look at a few different colors for the filter part of the valve cover breather and Chris was very friendly and helpful. I didn't think the wrinkle red or gloss red matched with my red cp-e intake and decided to go with wrinkle black. Chris said they are currently out of stock for the ST breathers, but should have a new batch in soon, and he will notify me when they are good to go. The breathers have free shipping anyway, so no big deal.
 

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Added the following entry to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

21-Jan-2015: Installed a valve cover breather from CFM. I looked at several colors, but decided on wrinkle black. This breather has a check ball so it does not effect vacuum, a baffle to keep oil from spewing out the top, and a filter to catch any fine particles when venting excess pressure.




Here is the check ball / baffle unit installed in place of the oil filler cap.



Here it is with the filter cap on.



I'll update again later with my impressions after I've put a few miles on it.
 

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Added the following entry to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

31-Jan-2015: Installed the short shift kit from FSWerks. The short shift plate is well designed and easy to install.

Here is the plate installed on the shift arm, but before the new ball joint was installed.



I decided to go with 30% reduction for now and this picture shows that.



A close-up with the shift cable installed on the ball joint.



Almost done now with air box back in place. I decided to clean and oil the filter while I had it out.



After wrapping up this install I took the car out for a test drive and it felt great. I love the shorter throws and it is still has a very smooth feel. I have to admit, I was not used to the shorter throws for the first few shifts and had brief moments where I was afraid it was not properly in gear. That was just in my head though because shifting was such a habit and it took me a minute to adjust to the shorter throws. Quality product, easy install, great feel, all positive. Way to go FSWerks!
 

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Added the following two entries to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

07-Feb-2015: Installed the front splitter from Street Scene which I purchased from Spool Tuning while it was on sale. This fiberglass splitter comes unpainted and needs a little prep work. I wanted it to color match, so I sent it to Samuels in Sandford to sand, primer, paint, and clear coat. I also had it coated with Optimum Gloss-Coat by Brian Guy at AOWheels. The install is actually very easy. Spool Tuning has a video of the install here. I put the 3M tape behind the screw holes. My son held the splitter in place while I clipped the panel push pins in, removed the tape film, and pressed the bumper and splitter together. After that, I drilled five additional holes and installed the screws provided in the kit. Here are a couple of pictures showing the panel push pins and the screws.




Here it is installed.





I think the splitter looks great, but I'm even more careful now to avoid hitting or scraping it. I plan to add the Street Scene side splitters too, but I'll have to wait until my mod account has more funds. I also want to get a rear diffuser, and the Roart one from RDC looks pretty good, but costs even more. The addiction never ends.

08-Feb-2015: It was a beautiful 77 degree winter February day in Orlando and I decided to take some pictures of Belle. Sorry for the cell phone quality, but it is all I have. These were all taken in the general vicinity of the Sassagoula River at Disney World.








 

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Added the following entry to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

23-Jan-2015 through 26-Jan-2015: Brought Belle to Brian Guy at AOWheels to have a complete detail. For the interior, cleaning the leather with Leatherique Pristine Clean, then treating with Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil. For the paint, wash, clay, 1-stage polish with Rupes UHS Easy Gloss, and coat with Optimum Gloss-Coat. For the wheels coat with 22ple VM1 Rim & Metal. For the windows, coat with 22ple VG1 Perfect Vision. For the engine, light general cleaning. Besides being a very talented detailer, Brian is also a very cool Guy (pun intended). Here are some finished and in progress pictures from the detail.











Belle looks great and I am very pleased with the results, but only time will tell how well the Gloss-Coat holds up.
 

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Discussion Starter · #256 ·
I am still waiting on my Visual Garage Shark Fin antenna to ship from a group buy that closed on 13-Feb-2015.



While waiting, I decided I wanted to change up my wheel look. Initially I was looking at going with a 19x8.5 Team Dynamics Jade-R wheel with 245/40R19 Michelin PSS tires.




I will probably do this, but it will have to wait, at least until I decide whether I want to save for an RS, or just keep working on my ST. Anyway, I went with just a subtle change and ordered some Gorilla spline drive gold lug nuts. They are identical to the black ones I have on now, except for the color of course. They should be here by Friday, so I hope to get them on this weekend.



I also realized I need to adjust my Street Scene front splitter. I have the middle support bars too tight and it is pulling up the center of the splitter. It is not noticeable from most angles, but the one below shows the issue fairly well. I'll readjust them to try to get the splitter pointing straight out.



I'll post pictures and update my build page once I get these items installed. By the way, which wheels do you like better...the 12-spoke Pro Race 1.2 or the 5-spoke Jade-R?
 

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Added the following two entries to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

07-Mar-2015: I decided to keep the wheels I have, but replaced the black lug nuts with these gold ones. The effect is subtle, but I like the little splash of color better.






21-Mar-2015: I was part of the third Shark Fin Antenna group buy. It took quite a while from order date to delivery date, but it did eventually arrive. Here it is freshly installed.



 

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Added the following entry to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

28-Mar-2015: The oil life monitor (OLM) gave me an alert on Thursday, so Saturday I did my third engine oil change at 20,285 miles, which is 7,624 miles since my last change. Once again I used Pennzoil Platinum Pure Plus 5W-30. This full synthetic oil is not based on crude oil, but derived from natural gas instead using a GTL (gas to liquid) process. I did collect a sample to send off to Blackstone Labs, but I made a stupid mistake which I'll share with you so you can avoid it. I did not have the sample bottle right next to me when I pulled the drain plug. I had the empty collection bottle in the garage (car was in driveway). By the time I pulled the drain plug, got out from under the car, grabbed the collection bottle and got back under the car, the stream was weak enough that it came in contact with the oil pan. I'm afraid that may skew the test results based on whatever contaminants may have been on the oil pan, but I'm going to send the sample in anyway. I'll post the lab results once I get them.



I did not take a picture of it, but please note that the CFM valve cover breather was bone dry...no trace of oil. Below is a picture I took when I installed it more than two months ago, but it still looks just like this...



As a reminder, to reset the OLM, put the car in Accessory mode by pressing the start button without touching any of the pedals, then hold down the brake and accelerator pedals until the screen indicates the OLM reset is complete.

I was originally planning to also change the cabin air filter, but after stopping at three different auto parts stores (Walmart Auto, Advance Auto, and AutoZone), I found out none of them carry one for our car. I even stopped at a local Ford dealership (Tropical Ford) and they had none in stock, but they wanted $25 for it, so I wouldn't have bought it at that price anyway. I wound up ordering one on Amazon for less than $15 dollars with free shipping, and I'll probably install it next weekend.
 

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Added the following entry to the first post of my build thread. You can access the new entry directly using this link, or just read it below.

05-Apr-2015: Finally changed my cabin air filter. It was pretty gross after 20k miles. The filter you need is a Motorcraft FP-70.



Here is the dirty old one.




Although it is not particularly difficult to change, its location was poorly designed. If you need it, here is a 90 second video showing the process...


If you want something with a lot more details, then try this 26 minute video...


Going forward I plan to change the cabin air filter every time I change the oil.
 
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Mine was pretty bad too I think the interval they recommend is too high. Also I really wish they made it easier to get too.


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