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DeviLSh

Devin's 2014 MKZ

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Hi all,

 

I wanted to introduce myself here, as I just picked up a 2014 cpo'd MKZ a few weeks ago. It is currently 1 of 2 Lincolns I own, the other being a 2006 LS V8 Sport. I owned a 2001 LS as well years ago.

 

I bought this car to be a comfy, classy and reliable daily, as the LS receives a lot of modifications and is generally more of a needy car. I like to document everything I do with my vehicles, so I will continue to do so here with the MKZ. Looking forward to meeting you all, and becoming part of the MKZ community.

 

Details on the car:

Sterling Grey / Charcoal

2014 MKZ 3.7 awd

Preferred, Tech Pkg, and Pano Roof

25k miles

Charcoal gray 19's

 

So far I love the power delivery of the 3.7, and I have pleasantly surprised with how stiff the car becomes in suspension and steering in 'S' mode. The looks/styling of the car are fantastic, and so far I am a happy owner!

 

I need to take some better pics, but here are two for now.

 

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First on the to do list will be window tint, and I am going to attempt the stubby antenna. Would also like to give it a fresh detail, as the dealer just did a general clean before delivery.

 

-devin

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That gray looks great with those wheels. Welcome!

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Glad you're here, Devin! 

 

Now we're on two Lincoln forums. ;)

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Coming up on the first month of ownership, and still enjoying it! Work finally slowed down, so we had some time to take care of the first couple of changes on the car, as well as document them. I went ahead and took advantage of the weather/sunset tonight to snap a few better images.

 

This week the car received:

1) 20% tint all around (no front windshield)

2) Removed rear emblems

3) Installed stubby antenna, from Cravenspeed.com

 

Let me know what you think!

 

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I like the debadged look, Devin.

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Great color/wheel combo. Debadge is a must. Don't sleep on the 3.7

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Beautiful shots. Those are my favorite wheels.

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Installed the Steeda RSB last night - 45min or so and I was back on the road. So far we really like the way it has sharped the handling on the car. I wrote a formal write-up in the chassis forum

 

RSB write-up here

 

Also, while running around today, I could not resist taking a shot of the mkz with some fairly modern architecture/design in the background. Also including on of her older sister too. (My LS)

 

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Have a good weekend!

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Very nice!

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Still here - hope everyone had a good holiday, just hit 40k in the mkz. Had it listed for a while (still do on here/ cars.com) but not in a rush to sell it. A fantastic car, really.

 

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Nice!

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Good to hear from you, Devin.  Happy new year.

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Looks great! Don’t sell it!

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Only 8 months with it?  Why the urge to sell?

 

Never mind...read your classified ad here...you want something larger.  GLWS!

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Yeah I would like something bigger ideally (I would love to own a wagon again) but I also wouldn't mind a 3.0t MKZ if prices come down some more. Either way, I still love this car, so I am not dying to get rid of it.

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Last night we flirted with Forscan in an effort to change my DRL's from dedicated (white) to Turns (Amber). That was unsuccesful, however, we did change the following:

 

1 - Added AWD gauge to cluster menu

2 - Increased HSW temp to 94*

3 - Removed courtesy honk when key goes out of range from running car.

4 - Removed seat belt chimes for both seats

 

In addition, I was able to find a vin on cars.com of  few mkz's that have the summer handling package. Going to look into as-built data and compare these cars to mine, to see if I can pinpoint the EPAS and CCD settings and move them to my car.

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Is the AWD gage actually functional?

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In our X it just shows the torque distribution to front vs. rear. Under acceleration it goes to all four wheels and as soon as you let off and cruise it goes to full FWD.

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That's exactly what it's supposed to do.

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The gauge shows up in the tach area, under the driver assist menu - but as far as I can tell its not functioning.

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Car now is running Conti DWS 06's, and I love them. The Uniroyal tigerpaws were down right dangeorus in the snow. Loving the car now and wish it would snow more! :P (Never thought i'd say such a thing).

 

In other news, i did a cabin air filter swap, gave her a fresh wash, and ordered an aFe intake kit from the Ford Edge/Explorer. I am going to see if I can get that to work on the MKZ, as the motors are pretty similar. Write-up/experience to follow here when I can find some time.

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Update - aFe's 3.5L (edge/Explorer) Intake kit, "fits" the MKZ 3.7L!

 

While subjective, and probably not what Lincoln intended with this car, the sound is incredible. I love it, and have even received some compliments from a few friends. Only when under medium + is the intake audible. Light throttle sounds throatier and deeper, at WOT, is is loud, and it really screams near redline. Not going to make any claims for power increase, but it feels slightly more responsive in mid range. The mustangs seem to show gains on dynos with just intakes, I would imagine this car to be similar, again no claims here. The fun factor has increased substantially for me. and I am happy with the sound. 

 

Once tax season subsides, I will spend some time making a custom heatshield. The Edge kit is designed to work with the bottom section of the oem airbox. While the engine bay arrangement is similar between Edge/MKZ, the airbox is different, so the supplied cover was not used from the kit. I was able to retain the OEM air ducting section of the intake, and the rest of the kit bolted up fine. I need to extend the PCV hose so that I can reinstall the engine cover. Other than that, install was straight forward and took about 20min taking my time. The heat shield will need to provide some sort of mounting surface as the intake is currently "Floating" in the engine bay without the airbox to rest on. I have temporarily secured it with ties to keep it in place.

 

Two pics for now, I will start to fab up a homemade heat shield in the upcoming weeks.

 

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Took her in for service today at Lincoln for:

 

- Oil Change

- SW recall

- Trans Diagnostics (having rough 1-2, 2-3 shifts, and really chuggy parading issues. S.A. suspects valve body, as another MKZ recently had one done. I should know more tomorrow he said.

 

Got a MKX loaner to cruise around with for the time being, will probably drive the LS though, now that Chicago has gotten some nicer weather.

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