So approximately 45 minutes after getting it home from the dealership this got plugged in ...
And on went their basic remap! Certainly improved the urgency in the mid-range and probably did give it a little extra at the top end but I'm not really convinced it is anywhere near the 260bhp odd it claims it produces. The extra urgency in the mid range is well worth it and happy for this addition but having driven another TalkFord members remapped pre-facelift car I'm not sure there is a huge difference in outright power - will get some video of them together when we have a chance to compare!
Then the mods stopped for a couple of weeks as we took it on holiday for a week, was nice to give it a proper blast through some country lanes. Certainly four up under moderate driving the standard brakes weren't really amazing, I found they lacked the real stopping power from higher speeds and under repeated braking they were fading so decided I will try a few upgrades when I got back - under normal driving conditions they were absolutely fine but didn't inspire me when pushing on.
Looking smart in its new surroundings haha!
Next mod was to LED indicators on the back - seems so random that Ford supply everything else as LED on the back (apart from the reversing lights which are still to do!) but not the indicators. Will post a video at some point of the differences etc. I had to add some resistors to fool the system but all went together nicely and looks fairly factory now its back in the car.
Hard to tell brightness but other than being more 'orange' than the original bulbs the brightness is almost identical. I used Osram official LED bulbs which although were quite pricey (around £22 a pair) they are far better than the flickery rubbish you get from eBay.
Next was a quick spruce up of the callipers all round with some high temp paint, when it arrived to me they looked terrible and really made behind the wheels look a bit tired, so took them off and gave them a quick clean up and a blast with the high temp silver paint. Not sure how long it'll last but looks good enough for now! Also swapped the ~400mile old Ford pads out for EBC Yellowstuff. I run these in my track car and they are brilliant, I've run the ultimax pads on other general use cars I have with good results so figured I'd give them a go. So far really pleased although not run them in yet so haven't really been leaning on them until the bed-in coating comes off and then I can complete the bedding in process (I know people have varying opinions on this but I just follow what EBC suggest given they make the things!).
Apologies the wheel is filthy haha!
I've also started exploring Forscan and did a adaptive clutch fork relearn thingy - it has really improved the gearbox at pull away and crawling and seems smoother in the lower gears around town. Even the wife noticed the difference!
LED indicators on the front and reversing lights just to tidy it up (no daft LED number plate lights however haha)
Exhaust - realised there is literally no off the shelf options so will go custom at some point
I'm debating the Bilstein B12 suspension setup but would be interested in opinions, I found the existing setup fairly crashy with the existing wheel/tyre combo but also it feels a bit over sprung/under damped ... not sure.
Tyres will move to Michelin PS4Ss at some point, the current Bridgestones that came on the car are fine but not great - will run them for a while to see how I go as the tyre costs are a little eyewatering!
Been looking at further brake upgrades but went for just the pads for now - if that is still not enough for me then I'll look more into the S Max upgrade but not currently.
A full detail and ceramic coat will happen at some point, I've ceramic coated my last few cars and it really was a revelation getting it done as to how clean it keeps the car. The paint is in average condition at the moment - nothing permanent but certainly not been massively loved previously!
Hopefully will keep this thread up to date!