Guys (and girls), I went to the dealership today, and I will most likely be taking delivery of a brand spanking new GTO tomorrow or Saturday. I'm sooooooo excited!
Currently, I drive a supercharged 2003 Explorer Sport Trac, which is pretty fast...for a truck. For the explorers, the #1 thing to buy is a performance tuner (we used SCT, but I think diablo is more friendly to the GTOs). Is the case the same with the GTO? What is the FIRST thing I should buy for performance?
Please don't say "supercharger"...I WILL be adding one, but not right away. I want to break the motor in a bit before jumping in and adding a couple hundred horses. I'm looking for the most "bang for my buck" here.
Another thing...what in the world is up with the 1-4 shifting thing at part throttle??? I keep hearing about it, and I've heard that pulling a fuse allows me to disable it, so which fuse do I need to pull when I leave the dealer's lot? I want to be able to shift through my gears properly...after all, that's why I got the 6-speed instead of an automatic!
I'd like to be an active member of this community, just like I am over at the sport trac community. I'm really going to be bummed out not having much in common with the guys over there at the 'trac site, and not hearing from them as much, but hopefully I'll find the same camaraderie here at the GTO forums.
Every new vehicle is a learning experience and I do enjoy learning, so any great posts that are worth reading, or any good tech articles that should be read, please pass 'em along to me.
Up until the sport trac, I had never owned a vehicle with fewer than 300 horsepower. I've had a long line of Trans Ams, Camaros and Mustang Cobras (wait...that's a bad word here isn't it?), and I really missed the performance aspect when I bought the truck. Slapping a supercharger on a vehicle with only 170 rear-wheel horsepower, turning it into a 300+ horsepower beast is a pretty impressive transformation. Lots of fun and lots of challenges. It'll be nice to have something quick from the factory, which I can improve upon and have a truly FAST car.
So, any tips, tricks, documents, or anything else that you guys can provide will be greatly appreciated by a new GTO owner. By the way, it's YELLOW (this is my THIRD yellow vehicle haha). Don't flame me too much for the yellow though, I kinda enjoy standing out.
Have a nice evening everyone.