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  1. CDW6212R

    12V battery upgrade

    Measure the space available behind the tray, to be sure the battery you have is going to fit. Then remove the tray, it looks like those three bolts should let it come out. Then you can work on the tray much easier out of the car, and clean it well too, plus your hands from handling it. Most plastics can be cut easily with rotary tools, but it melts a little as it goes. So trim it roughly near where you want it, and use either a rotary bit/tool to smooth the edges, or a file(much slower).
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    Sport Tuned Suspension Question

    Interesting. My list of wanted options is growing.
  3. That's good stuff to know, I'm just beginning to browse details about the 17+ MKZ's. I like to see the 13.5" rotor size, that means almost any 17" wheel can fit. Up to the .75" size that is, so if you go to a 14" something, you can go to 14.75" and still fit an 18" wheel. Some people do Winter wheels a lot, and using a smaller wheel can save money and difficulty finding wheels/tires. I'm in that boat with my mail trucks, I have custom 12.75" rotors on one truck, so a 16" OEM Limited wheel is great for my snow tires. To hunt bigger calipers, try very hard to stick with all street applications, for a kit caliper etc. Those and OEM calipers all have street piston seals. Race calipers will only have race piston seals, which don't have the outer second seal to keep out more dust etc. I'm got a pair of them on my mail truck, and the Wilwood GN III's I;m going to soon also have race seals. Those have to be more carefully cared for, cleaned more often, keep the seam of the pistons clean and not corroding etc. So far I've done well with the one set, since 2005 with them. Servicing the pads takes longer, an extra 20-30 minutes per caliper to clean them and behind the SS plates which the pads ride against. It's all worth it to me, but many people will not want to deal with such race caliper servicing, so try to stick with street type calipers. Here's one of the 6-pot calipers I have to adapt. These are made for a 1.375" rotor, and have about 5.5sqin or piston area. The .80" thick #7520 pads were what I was after, for longer pad life.
  4. Well done, and thanks for the feedback. The brake fluid and pads are key/critical components of any braking system. The fluid should be replaced as often as you can make the time to do it once a year or two. It depends on usage as to how long the fluid should be left unchanged. I've been a mail carrier since 1991, I've seen and heard it all about brakes. I change fluids in general much more often then other people, brake fluid for my mail trucks, a year is pushing what it needs. Doing it that often is hard, I try to do it every Spring. I've had good pads and poor quality junk. Most parts store pads are junk, good warrantee or not. I stopped buying those pads in the mid 90's when I got my own full time route. I buy the best pads I can get, which will last the longest, to reduce how often I have to do brakes. Typically for me that's every 1-2 years, depending on what route I've been on. My current route has had subs who do brakes once every month or two, they buy the cheap brakes and let some shop do the work each time. I'm using an OEM pad at the moment on my 98 Explorer, 4500lbs, and before this route I could get a year or more from the fronts. I'm hoping they'll go six months on this route. Long story short buy the best pads, I've usually preferred EBC pads, the green are common and do well on my heavy SUV's. My 98 Mercury I have custom brakes, with an aftermarket SSBC caliper, that uses a little 3000GT pad. Those are smaller than stock, and I've been using red or yellow EBC pads with it. I don't have an MKZ yet, but I will next Spring I expect. I'll plan to replace the fluids and do the SS lines too. Did that include the rear lines also, or just the front pair?
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    Wheels for M12 lugs vs. M14

    FYI, every tire series step change(40 series to 45 series) is a 1" different diameter tire. Changing the section width goes in 1/2" diameter steps. So a 255mm tire is 1/2" taller than a 245mm tire.