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    Default 2012 Boss 302

    I picked this car up a little over a month ago. Its not a panther, but its a pretty cool Ford.

    I wasn't necessarily looking for one, but we all know how that goes. I should have been getting rid of something, but instead I added to the stable. 2019 has been a bit of rough go for me, and although I've made the best of it, I felt it necessary to get myself a new toy. I am definitely a Ford guy, but I was scratching at 6MT Hellcat Challengers in the Mopar court, but also '12-'14 GT500s, and Boss cars. I have always liked the 2012 Boss better than the '13, because I like the black ground effects and less instrusive grille. In addition to being about $15K-$20K more, the Hellcats and GT500s are portly beings, although certainly well equipped with power. I decided that the Boss was just the performance value I needed. I have not been disappointed.

    Some of the OG members will remember that I bought a Race Red 2012 GT/CS brand new, and because of that I have always had a soft spot for S197s (and Fox's, and '67-'68 Fastback cars). I have a thing for white cars as well, and this one showed up for sale in Hudson, OH, for what I considered to be a great price. It was optioned with the both of the only available options (Recaro seats and the factory car cover), and was a 1 owner car with 17K miles. I rented a Challenger R/T and my brother and I drove out to OH to pick it up.

    It needed a good detailing, but aside from a couple tiny dings (no paint damage, PDR is coming in 2 weeks) it was pretty much perfect. Weathertechs from new, never driven in the slop, and THE ORIGINAL TIRES, with virtually no wear (who does that?)

    I do not know what my plans are for it (my plans are always changing for all of my cars), but it is a super fun car to just drive. It also has the red track key, which is a desirable accessory.

    So far, I have done:

    **J&M adjustable panhard bar; the rearends are not centered in these cars from the factory, and I consider this a must have
    **Motorcraft Oil Change; they use 5W-50 synthetic (8+qts!)
    **New rotors and pads; I did this because I am fucked up, and anal, and like the rotors to look new. I also painted the rear calipers and brackets flat black to match the front Brembos.
    **Removed the side pipe baffles; this mod kicks the shit out of aftermarket exhaust; the car is just absolutely perfect with the side pipes open. If you didn't know, Boss cars had quad exhaust exits from the factory (the sidepipes are hidden though).
    **High level cleaning/ detail job; there is more work to be done, but I brought it around and cleaned it up to my standards.

    At this point I just have paintless dent repair planned. The dings are ever so slight, but once I see them I can't deal with it!

    I will say that this car way out handles and out brakes my last S197, although the factory shifter on the MT82 is hot garbage. This thing likes to rev, but I have gotten very frustrated with the shifting north of 7K rpm. It gets very notchy and unforgiving. I did an MGW shifter on my last one, and I suspect I will do the same for this one, in time.

    Its the first car I have driven in a while that gives me a shit eating grin. Very happy with the purchase.

    At this point my only other thought has been that this engine and transmission in my foxbody would be absolutely epic. Hopefully I can resist the urge to 'yote swap the fox.

    Couple of pictures from the for sale ad. I'll get more in time.

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    Nice ride doesn't seem to do it justice.
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    Beautiful boss man! I almost traded my 17 gt a week or so ago for a 12 Boss in race red but you know I wasnt impressed with it to be honest. Its a beautiful car and an awesome one to have though.


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    Favorite Mustang ever. Nice score.
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    Nice ride Nate good luck with it.2 things with the trans, change the fluid use XT-11-QDC Dual Clutch Transmission Fluid from Ford or Pennzoil synchromesh you can get it at Autozone. Also have installed several different shifters in these cars at the shop & we have come to find that the Barton shifter is the best. Being as I am the resident trans guy in the shop I will tell you that mt82 is a bitch to repair, takes a bunch of specialized tools to get it apart ,lots of patience & the knowledge that the parts are costly.It's actually almost more cost effective to buy a new one when it finally does fail.I have one here that came out of a 17 that we put a t-56 magnum in that only has 441 miles on it if you ever need one.

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    Got married in 2012. It came down to living with one boss or another. The warmer one won. Still lust for the cooler one.
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    BTW very nice homestead I sure would love a peek in the garage.
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    I wish the magnum didnt have such lame gearing. If it was geared closer to the mt82 I wouldnt mind swapping. And the dual overdrive is overkill imo. I can see why its good to have but for a racing/big power transmission its unnecessary. Im one of the few that actually likes the mt82, even with the factory shifter. The only thing is you can downshift a little too easy. It likes to guide you into the next gear but sometimes it likes to guide you into 4th instead of 6th or 2ns instead of 4th and you wont notice until you lift the clutch...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang Eddie View Post
    Nice ride Nate good luck with it.2 things with the trans, change the fluid use XT-11-QDC Dual Clutch Transmission Fluid from Ford or Pennzoil synchromesh you can get it at Autozone. Also have installed several different shifters in these cars at the shop & we have come to find that the Barton shifter is the best. Being as I am the resident trans guy in the shop I will tell you that mt82 is a bitch to repair, takes a bunch of specialized tools to get it apart ,lots of patience & the knowledge that the parts are costly.It's actually almost more cost effective to buy a new one when it finally does fail.I have one here that came out of a 17 that we put a t-56 magnum in that only has 441 miles on it if you ever need one.
    I am definitely going to do a fluid change before a shifter swap. Good to know we have an MT82 guy here on the forum! I don't suspect that I will drag race this car, but I would like to do some open track days, and I sure do like to unwind it on the twisty back roads.

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    Got married in 2012. It came down to living with one boss or another. The warmer one won. Still lust for the cooler one.
    Ah yes... unfortunately(?) for me the cars proved a better investment in the long run.

    Quote Originally Posted by EaOutlaw1969 View Post
    BTW very nice homestead I sure would love a peek in the garage.
    Ha! That's the guy's house I bought it from. Very nice place indeed, much nicer than my pad. Although my garage ornaments are more impressive than his, especially now.
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    Very nice Boss. I'm partial to that year as well.
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    [QUOTE=P72Ford;833926]I am definitely going to do a fluid change before a shifter swap. Good to know we have an MT82 guy here on the forum!
    I wouldn't call me the mt-82 guy have only repaired 3 should be called the tremec guy repaired 1000's of those.The first mt-82 I repaired needed a 5th gear synchro which is a common problem on 11-13's.Long story short 10 days & $500 in specialized tools later I got it fixed.We charged the customer $2600 which with the time spent was a considerable loss.We could have bought a reman from Ford for $2795 so in my eyes repair was not cost effective.With either of the fluids I suggested they do shift better.Another good upgrade is to replace the plastic line from the clutch master to the slave with a quality braided line. Don't cheap out & buy the Chinese ones off ebay buy one from Steeda or some other US manufacturer.

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