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Zalvern

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  1. Zalvern

    3M Clear Bra

    I had the Xpel version on my MKZ. Then came a time it had no bra on, because the warranty will not cover if the bra gets torn by an "outside" source, thus I had it removed. So take that 10 year coverage as a grain of salt, because its more so about just covering natural defects. I'll share my thoughts and opinion. Everyone will feel different about it. I've seen plenty of raves and reviews of course about clear bras, and so of course that is why I put one on my MKZ since I "wanted the best for it". But at the time, I didn't really think on my own life and driving experiences to actually believe if clear bra is something I should justify. I made the choice from review hype, not because "I hate seeing my vehicle get peppered with chips and dents on the front, and constantly taking it to the body shop so it looks fresh again". Honestly, that doesn't happen as much these clear bra services make it seem like it will. After ditching it (as I did not want to pay again for another new bra and install), my MKZ never did get any serious rock chips or dents from areas I had the bra applied, and I gave it the full frontal package too. The only dent it got? Rear quarter panel, a spot that wouldn't have been clear bra'd anyway. Sure the clear bra will reduce the chances no doubt, but what if those chances are really not happening as much you may think? Truth is, the clear bra services are over exaggerating how often these chips and dents will happen. It really depends on one's living atmosphere and driving style if they will benefit from this form of insurance. For me, I do not plan to ever clear bra another vehicle again, and use the money elsewhere. I rather just take it to a body shop I've made good connection with, because I know frontal paint chips or dents aren't that often for me. Plus being a daily driver, many quality touch ups that are not bank breaking will really suffice. All my vehicles without bras have never gotten chips or dings on the frontal half of the vehicle, prior to my MKZ being the only vehicle I gave clear bra a shot on (and then the MKZ going without a clear bra and until its demise, was flawless to the human eye) because of my driving style. Faster I go, the more I want to maintain distance from other vehicles, and traffic being very slow or stop n' go is hardly likely to bring risk of road debris being flung around. I was more pleased by my ceramic paint coating for less time spent cleaning the car making most of my washes just needing a distill water rinse and use of ONR Wash & Shine. Great for glass, wheels, and everything to just be easier to clean on a daily driver. Now that I will definitely get done again for any vehicle I drive frequently throughout the year. Think of this: In regards to past vehicles that were driven without a clear bra, How often did you end up with displeasing chips or dings on the front ends of the vehicle? If you hardly or never been bothered by the appearance of a chip or dent (and even know a body shop that is good service to you), I wouldn't concern myself about it. Now ceramic paint coating on the other hand? Great stuff if you want easier cleaning sessions for a daily driver because of how often they will get dirty. But skip it if you just love wax and detailing bonding time with a car. I feel ceramic coating is great for daily drivers, and while say the weekend only vehicle or garage show queen can get by without it, the coating can compliment them too for more paint luster. My MKZ literally was cleaned only with distilled water and ONR Wash & Shine like 90% of the time. I rarely went to pressure washer stations to get the paint looking peerless and clean, nor spent many hours. Well that's my two cents based on my experience. Good luck on your decision!
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    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    Ah yes, it's not without its cons like remembering to keep them open if it's going to Ice over night. That's the one time I had to remember the downside of power folding mirrors. Didnt have any issues otherwise. Ford could optionally package them for more premium trim options. Not everyone will like another gizmo that may hold electronic gremlins. Most European region Fords get them because there is no Lincoln upscale branch.
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    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    Yeah that 7.3 will be an iron anchor, meaning a Mustang would desire an aluminum version (and cost more) and be redesigned as more sporty over payload towing. It is sweet to imagine (especially exhaust sounds!) though. But big block displacement that isn't a truck, is more likely with Dodge than Ford. What I believe to happen, is a Gen 4 Hybrid Coyote 5.0 engine (I hope it does not downsize to 4.0, but may have to). The main appeal will be the electric motors to provide two things: High low end torque and AWD for an already high revving NA motor. The Aviator Grand Touring gives good foreshadowing, along with that patent on a V8 hybrid design for Ford. I hope that Gen 4 hits like 5xx HP and around 7xx TQ. The Aviator seems to foreshadow this after all. I'm also just awaiting to see the MKZ's future and what it will be (and then come back to Lincoln). I'll be seeking to replace my Focus in 2021 after all, as the Mustang will be my fun car. For now I'm leaning towards a 2020 Stang just to see what new changes are coming beyond the paint colors. Like, Will they finally add power folding mirrors to US Stangs already?!
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    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    I may be joining team Mustang since I rather wait for more CD6 vehicles to get out once my Focus lease ends in 2021. I haven't made an account yet on Mustang6g, but I've been lurking and soaking up information on the pony cars like a sponge! I've seen you and others over there, ha! Which Mustang I'm consider? Well...I'm honestly still thinking on that. No doubt it'll have a Coyote V8 or better. That much I'll say.
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    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    Glad a part of my car will serve another well. I could easily say my car after I tackled its gremlins had good parts going for it. I used a quality cleaning agent for the leather to keep it fresh. The Aukey DR02 is a great deal for its price. I recommend getting OBDII Power switches and a dash cam hard wiring kit (though great for any dash cam really). This lets you choose when to turn on the camera (and leave it running as long you want) or off freely. It's also a good setup for Radar Detectors, as I use for my Uniden R3. If you have the rear powered sunshade, the rear camera unit will still allow it to work without the shade getting stuck. It was a big reason why I went with Aukey for my MKZ. I tried many other rear units and they were too fat or odd shaped to work with the rear powered sunshade. Not to mention, one of the only dual cam packages that have a 1080p rear recording unit (most others are 720p and resolution is better over FPS in my opinion). Immediately my suspicion and what all others family and friends have believed too. Trolling is one thing, but I decided to take this step to represent why dash cams help you against false claims. Especially when they just go full on dumb denial mode. Online or in reality. This special one is just spouting nonsense due to lack of understanding how traffic laws even work. He has never had a car and I doubt does even now, given his "blogging efforts". He is not a very bright individual when a few google efforts reveal much I need to know: Full real name, date of birth, and clear face shot along with life style which is how I learned such things. I mean dang, I don't do social media even though I have a leveled head about things yet this guy tries to stir the pot, butt naked with information! This is actually why I chose to blur his name out, and even then adept background hunters still could easily catch him. At this point if he dares, retaliates with a threat of any kind, I got myself a easy defense charge with law enforcement. Being online won't save at all if you're figured out. So I'll just bask in that knowledgeable delight. If he chooses poor actions and choices like his "friend did", he will suffer consequences too. This guy really is a poster example of your stereotype liberal-minded entitled millennial generation. Sad to say when I myself, am a part of his age bracket (I really relate better with Gen X minds). He wanted attention, and well he's got it! I would pity him if he didn't go slinging turd words around like a angry monkey (his original comment was actually more foul than the one I put in the video that he must of attempted to edit).
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    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    Even if it isn't the "fastest", the Livernois tune still should prove to be enjoyable. Plus they never charge for revisions, and specialty fuel tunes are possible though I think that still requires going in house for those. I would stick to that Mustang more if you want to go above and beyond, as the A10 transmission just makes the 6F55 outdated in regards to performance. Best keep the MKZ on the more simple bolt-on mod side of things because of its limitations.
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    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    Change of plans. I created a more awareness style video with my pictures and dash cam, mostly because some comments were poisoning my original. It's nothing simple or flashy, just simple editing.I won't allow foul comments though which is a shame so many things in life must be moderated.I know these degenerates online just love to talk smack (most likely this sad person must be bitter their friend is in jail, rightfully and deserving so) but I'll stand my ground as needed. One thing that has changed about me since then, is I won't be silenced by these pathetic ones. Video here (and also in first post): https://youtu.be/UqH9gBRjUNE
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    3.0T Performance Modifications

    It's a good thing for it to be a snug fit with the Steeda CAI. After I added some heat shield padding, despite being an open air CAI (means more enjoyable intake noise!) The thermal padded Steeda CAI resisted and recovered from heat soak way better than the stock air box. It was able to achieve ambient temps, and even a degree or two sub ambient during vehicle motion. Without going into liquid cooling, that is excellent for an open air CAI. Sure the shiny silver kind clashes, but you can pad the inside of the box with thermal wrap and around the IAT1 sensor. It was function I greatly enjoyed optimizing.
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    3.0T Performance Modifications

    Front half entry of the intake CAI that is supposed to line up with the air ram inlet of the MKZ's frame. I mean trim the Steeda box so it doesnt need wrestling to fit in. Shouldn't need to trim the battery tray afterwards.
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    Fuel System Cleaners

    This is correct, and I should clarify one thing in regards to my use reasons of ACES IV. Also just how fuel combustion works to a degree. My engine benefit because it was fuel treated from day 1 before carbon buildup became ever serious. A used vehicle from a previous owner with thousands of miles done, will not undo normal carbon build up without cleaning the valves directly with manual methods. ACES IV helps by optimizing fuel for better combustion cycles. Fuel blow by is reduced the more "perfect" the combustion cycle is. Getting the hottest flame front means less blow by created. My engine experienced less blow by from building up in the first place than other owners just pumping standard gas. Think of it like a diet supplement, to maintain staying in shape rather than using it to help lose fat in the first place. There are no easy outs. A big reason why BND Automotive is favoring of Dodge vehicles is because Dodge does not do Direct Injection (yet). Even the Hellcat engines are port fuel injection. When it comes to cleansing valves, port injection is required to help reduce active build up prior to treatment. Dont expect even ACES IV alone to actually clean off already, and especially any and all fuel system cleaners or octane booster. This is where the snake oil fact comes from. Only modern Ford engines exceptions are Gen 3 5.0 Coyote and Gen 2 3.5 EcoBoost with the best option: PFDI Dual Injection. These two will benefit the best with ACES IV and can utilize fuel cleaners like Techron like how they were intended. Big reason why my next gasoline engine will be one of these, for that ultimate benefit. So for DI only engines, the only way to avoid or reduce blow by is either improve combustion cycles with better fuel (flame front) burn, which ACES IV does at least help with. The fuel must always remain treated with every fuel up for the benefit however. There is also installing an active (not passive, those cheap systems are snake oil too) proper catch can ventilation system. Making fuel harder to burn with more Ethanol/Octane will result in more blow by, since pure gasoline (which also brings best fuel economy but less power) burns hotter with less work. This is always the biggest trade off. More power or cleaner engine/better fuel economy? Dont think things like 93 octane shell is "cleaner" over 87 octane shell. Save the money if power is not the desire. In the end, unless you're determined to keep a vehicle for a very long time, I wouldn't worry about any of this.
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    Fuel System Cleaners

    Ahhh this topic. Ok story time and I'll share my suggestion: There is only one fuel additive I use because its applied with every fill up: BND Automotive ACES IV. I used this additive literally Day 1 when I got my MKZ back in 2016, alongside with premium shell 93 octane. This was when the 3.0 was brand new. Why literally since the dealer let me test drive it before getting complementary free 87 fuel fill up, I took the new MKZ to shell and filled it up myself with 93 and 3.5 oz of ACES IV. My goodness was it so smooth and enjoyable. Dealership freaked out only because Ford apparently will ding salesman for not providing free fuel. I told em no worries and just said I got free fuel regardless when I got my Lincoln Viewpoint. As I've posted, I had faulty heads causing a coolant leak into spark plug chamber. You can see pictures of my engine when it was opened up and besides the heads, it was in excellent condition. Thread: Engine tech remarked even the valves looked great for a direct injection non ported EcoBoost type. Tech remarked the deposits didnt even seem as caked on, and came off more easily than normal. I never used a catch can, and did a little drag racing along with Livernois 93 tune. Again I always kept using ACE IV as 1 oz. of it balances with 6 gallons of fuel. An AWD MKZ has 18 gallons so I would apply a maximum of 3 oz depending when I filled up. Do know my first oil change was with QuantumBlue motor oil that pairs up with ACES IV. I did my oil changes every 10-12k miles. I still use ACES IV in my Focus and will always use it Day 1 when I get a new vehicle. I do get an extra mpg, and the vehicles to me, always feel more "upbeat" in reaction. Plus I met the maker and he's a great guy to talk with and big motor head. ACES IV (and the other QuantumBlue products made by BND Automotive) are the only thing I would even invest in on a car I love. I do not use any major brands anymore. Plus seeing the engine opened was enough proof all my beliefs in BND Automotive was worth it. This is a big reason why I want PFDI engine like the 5.0 Coyote, as ACES IV will be even more effective with the dual fuel injection combo. Though sad I lost my MKZ and that engine after my accident, despite an engine fix making carfax drop value, I wanted to keep the MKZ after it was fixed and lease ended. Anyways, Look up BND Automotive if interested. Give Brian a call and If he's availible, as any questions you got. He inspired me with all his knowledge to be the tinkerer I am now in discovering knowledge on newer vehicles.
  12. Zalvern

    2020 Explorer 3.0

    3.0 on Ford Explorer ST confirmed, so there it is with Ford taking the Lincoln exclusive. Knew it was coming. Mated with the 10-speed transmission, boosted torque up to 415 and its RWD based. So jealous, and tempts me to the SUV side...though may not have dynamic torque vectoring (yet)? https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a25861043/2020-ford-explorer-st-400-horsepower-photos-info/
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    3.0T oil change ?

    There is a yellow drain plug on the oil pan. You do not need to remove any covers to access it, and pretty easy to spot. As stated before, loosen the oil dipstick and filter housing first then untwist and pull the plug out quickly once ready to collect. Align the edge of whatever container or pan you use to collect oil, as it will flow forward at an angle like a water fountain due to some pressure, it does not flush straight down. Edge of collection container should line up with the drain plug. Do that for a non-messy change. Once oil is drained, attach the plug back. Finally after changing the filter, you can seal it up, close the oil dipstick, and fill 6 quarts of new oil. Wait 10-15 mins then check the dipstick (system has a check valve so accurate reading upon filling is not exact). As long oil fills the bottom hole and within hash marks when around ambient temperature, all is good.
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    3.0T oil change ?

    The filter is pretty straightforward. Along with changing the filter, you also change the O-rings as new ones come with the filter. The only challenging part is replacing the smallest O-ring, which small pliers should help flex it on. Or heat it up, lube it with some oil, and it should go on easier.
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    Livernois tune for 3.0TT MKZ

    I'll give Livernois the credit thier tune works and stable. Especially since I had that flawed motor head with coolant leak while tuned. Yet suffered no serious damage even when I did drag strip runs. Just those weird misfire moments till it was fixed. Livernois is the most conservative in tuning for the public. The aggressive competition tunes have to actually be local and show actual investment in such aspects. Or if seeking special tunes like E85/E30. I did not get to try the VP Racing 100 Octane tune. Livernois swears against having customers data log. That Livernois have propriety software to maximize recommended limits without data logging (something I always heard them say). It gets debated a lot on other forums involving Livernois tune vs another rival. My take is: Livernois is the choice for safety and simplicity, but not the absolute optimized for best performance due to their non data logging approach. I do try to keep an open mind because of PCM adaptive learning technology in many modern cars now. Example being: Adding 10mm increase to the throttle body allows some more top end power with the 3.0 at the cost of more fuel usage with stock tune, as it's one easy way for Ford to control fuel economy targets. It is how Ford equalize the MPG between the 2.7 and 3.0 engines, when the 3.0 definitely can make more power due to displacement alone). Still getting Unleashed gets rival competition which is good to have so both sides may strive to improve. With choice, go with the one you feel is best. Though I am personally planning to step away from aftermarket tuning and enjoy only bolt ons for simplicity and less headache. The new things like 10 speed transmission are adaptively learning better.
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