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  1. Zalvern

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    After having such great service and repair done to my 2017 Lincoln MKZ Black Label, it has all come to a end for this car. First is my Dash Camera's POVs which I copied time wise when they are to start. Pardon the profanity but I lost it knowing what happened. More so screamed in anger than in pain as I am okay and well. Only air bag that did deploy is the one underneath the steering column which protected my legs. Created a more awareness style video to counter a degenerate comment: https://youtu.be/UqH9gBRjUNE Get a dash cam. Before anything else. There are good people, and there are bad people. This is a world we have to stand up for ourselves. This last photo pains me the most, when it says "goodbye". But thank you MKZ as I really did walk away safe and sound.
  2. Zalvern

    Fake Engine RPM Sound Every 30 Seconds

    You can try a battery disconnect, but what would be better is to use FORScan if you're up to the task. You will need a OBDII scantool like OBD MX along with a laptop though. It is the Audio Control Module (ACM) that controls the artificial engine sounds. With FORScan, you can reset the ACM or even modify it to stop producing the artificial engine noise. This would also alert you to any DTC that may hint the ACM isn't functioning properly. If not tech savvy or too nervous though, will have to get a dealer to use the Ford tool to fix...but honestly, they're going to charge you more than what getting a OBD MX would cost you (and FORScan program is free).
  3. I have attached the 2020 MKZ Order Guide, courtesy of ice-capades on the Blue Oval Forums. Quick summary: New paint options over retiring ones: Empire Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (L3) Magma Red Clearcoat (E2) Red Carpet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (D4) Silver Radiance Clearcoat (JS) Some package options have changed around. A new Monochromatic Package that gets a unique wheel and grille appearance. Limited to Reserve trim with only Infinite Black or White Metallic paint jobs. MKZ made no cut backs or downgrades compared to 2019 from what I could see. A carry over year as expected till the inevitable return of Zephyr. 2020 Lincoln MKZ Order Guide.pdf
  4. Zalvern

    Ford Fusion production extension.

    So the fleet sheet foretold the future. With all the deleted and downgrade changes, this looks more like the final year for the Fusion. If I read it right, they're removing the led headlights with halogens only. This must be an attempt to clear out 2019s that will be better equipped with features. The 2019 Fusion Sport is by far the best the Fusion will ever get in balance of features and performance, as it became the real top trim tier. Reverted the passenger power seat back to how it was in 2014, with limited position function over driver. Ditched having an actual spare tire for a inflator kit. This is production cost reduction and phasing out steps. Either Fusion is done next year (expected), or some magic happens and it appears on CD6. Well at least the MKZ shouldn't be feature gutted this badly. Perhaps just more streamlined packaging.
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    Ford Fusion production extension.

    That was my first thought, so I dug up previous year fleet brochures and the Fusion Sport is on there. Generally if Ford plans (A,Z, and X) are valid, the vehicle is also available for fleet purchase. Black Label vehicles are one exception to that rule. That is how I conclude Fusion Sport got removed, and most likely for reasons you say too.
  6. Zalvern

    Ford Fusion production extension.

    https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/brochures/2019/2020_Fleet Preview Guide_Spreads.pdf This will give some insight on carry over models for 2020 (late year replacements like the 2020 Escape and Corsair are not listed yet). The Fusion Sport is completely gone. Ouch, so now Fusions can only be had with 4 cylinders. Well the power gap between Fusion and MKZ is potentially huge now. Standard 3.0 Aviator got its Torque bumped up to 415 (matches the Explorer ST now). No changes made to MKZ or Continental, unless I missed something (minus paint color choices?). They still will get the ol' 6 speed transmission. Time to wait for the next end of the year Auto Show for Lincoln to reveal hopefully CD6 Zephyr and Continental.
  7. Zalvern

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    I started with intentions to do a custom loop, so I bought an Asus Maximus Formula board. Learned of the 360 Ryujin AIO and thus dropped a custom loop plan for the ROG theme (decided to keep the Formula board regardless even if you do not water cool it). PC building is my other tinkering hobby. Mostly keep it a black/white theme but here is an gradient rainbow mode with a picture below. One RGB part led to another...hah! The Phanteks Eclipse P600S case is my favorite to date. In other news, I may return to having a 3.0 Engine again! But it very well may be the Aviator for I could appreciate having more space given my travel lifestyle, and PHEV is something I can benefit from (not a fan of pure electric). I await to hear more on MKZ 2020 MY ordering information though. Grand Touring Aviator isn't open for ordering yet.
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    Ford Fusion production extension.

    MKZ will be reborn, that is a given. When and what it'll be is exactly still a mystery (unless you work in the heart of engineering design and testing). 2020 Ordering information should come out soon. Maybe they'll update the transmission to the 8-speed, Gen3 Adaptive Cruise Control, and HUD option at some more enticing features. If the Fusion is going to last that long as well, surely it'll see some decent upgrades beyond new paint choices.
  9. Zalvern

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    Well done. @Chris109Thanks for the guide how to clean install the wiring. This should be helpful for anyone else looking to do this themselves.
  10. https://www.motor1.com/news/345257/lincoln-zephyr-return-rumor/amp/ https://leftlanenews.com/lincoln/lincoln-mkz-successor-to-resurrect-zephyr-name-get-rwd/ https://carbuzz.com/news/is-the-lincoln-zephyr-sedan-making-a-comeback https://www.caranddriver.com/news/amp27180235/lincoln-zephyr-mkz-sedan-future/ https://www.autoevolution.com/news/lincoln-mkz-could-be-replaced-with-all-new-zephyr-rwd-sedan-133854.html These all have appeared around Corsair's debut. My initial take is MKZ will evolve into the Mustang's equivalent in time. The current S550 will stick around longer, but that will be so Lincoln can pioneer a CD6 coupe that will be one step ahead of the Mustang. What helps Lincoln stay exciting are the new advancements that keep it ahead of Ford cousins. Combined with more invested interior and passenger involvement, to justify that luxury premium feel of spending more. Engine Choices: 3.0T will be a given. I would absolutely love to have a 5.0L Coyote Grand Touring Hybrid for the top tier performance choice. That motor is under works for future Mustang but might have a surprise show up in a vehicle like this first. If destined for creation, such a vehicle will come 2020 - 2021 (with solid information coming as 2019 begins to end). Here's hoping! I'll definitely hold off caving to the Aviator in order to return back in a heavily evolved MKZ.
  11. Zalvern

    The End of my 2017 MKZ

    Precise reason why I chose this dual camera: The powered rear sunshade will have enough clearance to function. A itty bit may rub against the camera as the shade goes up, but does not interrupt function or get stuck when retracting down. Rear camera unit records in 1080p as well. You can have the shade up while the camera still sees everything just fine. I have taken my vehicle surveillance to the next level: Razo d'Action 360 Camera! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07M8P8Q2Y?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title Pricy for sure, but I really like this unit. I still use the Aukey DR02 since those cameras are good for showing vehicles in distance. But the Razo 360 camera comes into play for side views and potentially defense against car vandals. It's fun to use for other things beyond just dash/parking surveillance. The 4k resolution is really nice too.
  12. There it is...the Corsair appears. Website information that is. Actual reveal will be in about 9 hours from now. Lincoln did good justice inside and out for this segment. This is a very nice vehicle.
  13. Zalvern

    What’s your next car?

    ACC allows for larger gaps between vehicles than what most drivers are used to. Even at the smallest distance setting, it allows for what the system is programmed to consider a safe distance. Faster you go, the larger the gap between vehicles. Quite the amount of drivers ride too close depending on speed, especially if they do not use ACC. I'll admit the one thing to beware with ACC is the gap may invite poor drivers to literally cut in front of you if traffic starts to tighten up. In my MKZ, I would turn off ACC as some drivers will lane change abruptly due to the distance gap, and upset the cruise with sudden brakes. I would drive "close enough" to a vehicle in front, of mine, just to deter abrupt lane changes. So once traffic is getting heavier, I usually drop the ACC. On a side note, the latest ACC on the Aviator is able to adjust based on Speed Limits signs. I actually will like that feature at times. Want to see if it will allow for a grace speed limit factor. ...and now, two more days till New York Auto Show presses should spill the beans on remaining vehicles. Though Ford leaked the arrival of the HP 2.3L EcoBoost Mustang.
  14. Zalvern

    RATS....

    That is not too bad on price to fix. Heard of horror stories of damage being in the thousands. Glad you got that sucker. Once these critters become pests, I have no mercy on eliminating them (I have dealt with squirrel in the attic before).
  15. Any future modifications for performance enhancement will relate strongly to the 2.3L and 2.7L Ecoboost engine scenes. Everything up to the Throttle Body (prior to the Intake Manifold) directly shares components with the 2.7L Fusion Sport. So anything that works on the "intake" side of things will be acceptable on the 3.0T Lincoln engine. Because the MKZ and Lincoln overall is aimed at daily driving (meaning very little need to optimize high RPM and throttle action), the 3.0T engine has quite the bottlenecks in place when wanting to unleash its true fury. More air and cooling will definitely improve its power, but at the cost of fuel economy...hence the stock intake system limits.
  16. Zalvern

    Lincoln Continental FMIC

    It's great you're still making offerings for these vehicles!👍
  17. Zalvern

    What’s your next car?

    If you're thinking about the Corsair, ordering should open week of May 13th. Then vehicles should start arriving in August 2019. 2020 vehicles will be out before the actual 2020 year rolls over (I got my 2017 MKZ actually in July 2016). Here is a buildout sheet: http://www.bblfleet.com/fleetdocs/ford_buildout.pdf Edit: while it says "MKC", that will also reflect the Corsair as the following model.
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    3.0T Performance Modifications

    I've seen a Fusion Sport axle back, but if one was to improve the exhaust: I would just drop the suit case resonator and muffler for a "Hi flow H-Pipe Resonator" and then into true dual exhaust mufflers. An increase of quarter inch piping diameter all around from stock (I think is 2.5, so increase to 2.75). Have to go custom with a shop regardless, if seeking a complete exhaust upgrade. Of course this would have to be fabricated all custom, combined with darkstar's catted downpipes (you might as well go full turbo-back for best performance). The 3.0 should (in theory) have a deeper tone compared to the 2.7L in this case. Though I would recheck to see if the firing order is the same between the two.
  19. Zalvern

    3.0T Performance Modifications

    Ah ha yeah, definitely a shaky camera warning should be applied. Actually he bought these from low mileage salvage vehicles. There is another video in his channel showing them. Definitely explains why this motor is capable of more power, and intentionally bottlenecked for fuel economy. Once the airflow goes up though, fuel usage increases. Thus fuel economy drops faster compared to the 2.7L but the power gap widens...but hey, gotta pay somewhere to play. Tsk this definitely means catted downpipes are a nice power upgrade.
  20. Zalvern

    What’s your next car?

    I'm now becoming allured by the Aviator, which is a first ever in regards to SUVs. My Black Label dealer has been in touch and would like me to come out and try out their demo unit that is to arrive around April 25th. I don't think it'll be a Grand Touring (later release in the year and ordering banks isn't open for it) but would let me get a chance to see the new 3.0 layout in longitudinal form. My hope is the 3.0 Engine (with the hybrid) in the Aviator has PFDI technology and if so...I just may put down a deposit depending on MKZ and Continental information for 2020.
  21. Zalvern

    3.0T Performance Modifications

    Good to know you got it, and helpful to share what change ups worked best for you. Interesting video I came across when browsing Youtube: Someone who finally dissected the turbocharger between the 3.0 MKZ and 2.7 Fusion Sport. The many small factors like this is what adds up to higher performance between the two.
  22. Zalvern

    3.0T Performance Modifications

    https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts/ford-ford-edge-auto-transmission-m14-x-119-bolt-w715622s439/?c=Zz1lbmdpbmUmcz1lbmdpbmUtYW5kLXRyYW5zLW1vdW50aW5nJmk9TVMxNTI3MDUmcj0xOCZhPWxpbmNvbG4mbz1ta3omeT0yMDE4JnQ9cmVzZXJ2ZSZlPTMtMGwtdjYtZ2Fz That should be the behemoth bolt right there. https://www.tascaparts.com/auto-parts/2018/lincoln/mkz/reserve-trim/3-0l-v6-gas-engine/engine-cat/engine-and-trans-mounting-scat Is the page with all mount hardware.
  23. Zalvern

    Lincoln to Debut All-New Corsair at New York International Auto Show

    😄 The Plebs' Corsair is revealed: Well...It looks more aerodynamically friendly to drive? I mean nice to see the box look gone. Definitely give Ford credit for the space improvement. But main dislike: Well the front, it's got this goofy grin I cannot unsee. Not to mention I can see people calling this thing "cute" now that I look at it more. I know my mother and/or sister would probably like it (Meaning nope, not for me). Nice features though, as I'm surprised it got a HUD option. This excites me for the Corsair reveal though, to hopefully nail it like the Aviator did all around but on this platform size level.
  24. Zalvern

    How do I update the map?

    Looks like the latest is now A10 cards: https://www.amazon.com/Ford-Lincoln-Navigation-Canada-Updates/dp/B07NPD6TB7 One of the sellers is at about $50 which seems good considering it just came out not too long ago. Best to upgrade every 2-3 and stretch it out.
  25. Zalvern

    3.0T Performance Modifications

    I did not have mine fitting like some OEM finish either. I mostly just trimmed down the inlet side so the box would sit securely between the body frame air inlet and massive D4900 battery I had at the time. The box did cave a little inwards at the small curve but I was after function over form anyway. Well...I definitely had it snug since my accident that box, nor the battery go anywhere. Now I was able to make the brackets fit, but again twisted and forced the curve a bit more into place. Steps i did was: 1. Remove upper flexible intake hose (it's a two piece design) and attach it firmly to air box. 2. Pre-screw the two brackets on the air box to the chassis frame with box. This is the only way you'll utilize the brackets and force an otherwise oversized CAI to fit. 3. Tug and tighten the lower intake hose to the air box. 4. Wrestle in the air box till it felt really secure against the battery on the back half. If it just wont go in, I would take it out and slightly trim down the inlet mouth with a sanding dremel bit, then repeat attempt. I ignored that Steeda positioning screw cause being sandwiched in made it more than enough secure. Dont forget to make clearance for the hood strut by cutting a groove for it. I also still kept the gasket trim in place too to maximize the sealing against the hood. 5. Once the box was in, I tugged and tighten the upper flexible intake hose (already attached to the CAI) onto the plastic intake pipe. An 8mm socket can remove the screw so the pipe flexes around while staying on the turbo inlet. This can help with positioning. Box will be slightly twisted in at the small curve, but doesn't restrict air or anything. Actually might of been beneficial in creating a ram effect with air, as with some DEI thermal padding on the box's inside, I got great IAT1 temps and heat soak recovery, many times better than the stock air box. Vehicle Motion would even hit sub-ambient temps at times which is excellent. So while the box was never perfect fitting, the function was perfect. The flexible intake hoses will stretch some more, but be fine and readjust to stock air box if needed. The longer the steeds cai stays in, the box will mold to the forced shape. So I found it easier over time to take out the CAI and put it back in as I didnt have to fight it in as much.
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