Jump to content
   
caddydaddy25

2014 Lincoln MKZ with 2017 MKZ FCIM installed

Recommended Posts

Well guys, I took the dive and installed the newer FCIM in my MKZ. I really hated the fcim that was in the car because it lacked physical buttons and knobs. To anyone interested in doing this, please know that there are some modifications involved to get everything to look decent. If anyone in interested, let me know and I'll go further in depth on what I had to do. I'm so much happier with my car now that I have sync 3 and actual buttons to press. I will post pics in a few once I figure how to properly post them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
   

Yes, please share. This sounds interesting!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But these are the after pictures.

 

20170722 084030

20170722 084106

 

Edited by caddydaddy25

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The dealer wanted $1100 for the fcim, but I found one on carparts.com for $300. Once you remove the old fcim, there is a bracket around the disc receiver that have to be removed in order to get the new fcim to seat properly. Removing that bracket will not cause any harm to anything. That was the easy part of the installation. Once you get the new fcim installed, you'll see where the modifications are needed at right away. The trim pieces on the newer fcim's are cut at a different angle than our original ones as u can see in the pictures. What we had to do was cut the tips off of my original fcim trim panel and we used a plastic bonding glue to attach the pieces to the new trim panel. Then we sanded it down real good and repainted the trim pieces.

 

20170707 224809

20170707 224745

 

Edited by caddydaddy25

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Once done, I dyed the fcim black in order to somewhat match my cup holder assembly

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Impressive craftsmanship!

As to the sideways photos. If you are using an iPhone, turn off Live Photos before taking the pictures and try reposting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm using android. The pictures are positioned correctly in my photo gallery, but when I attach and upload them on here, they upload sideways

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not sure with Android. Wish I could help more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How did you "dye" the center stack?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I removed everything from the fcim until it was bare. Then I sprayed it with a prep in order to remove any grease or debris. Then I sprayed a few coats of dye on it. I waited about 10 minutes between each coat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice work.  Sync 3 blows Sync 2 out of the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I strongly agree. I wish all of it could get it because it's awesome. It's a

Capacitive touchscreen so you don't have to press hard to make an input. It's better at handling fingerprints. It's snappier. Just all around better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This swap is also being done with the Fusions as well, and a very good way to honestly...INCREASE the value of a 2013 - 2016 (without Sync 3) if its done right. Especially if the vehicle is beyond its warranty.

 

The only reason Ford and Lincoln won't do it (offer a upgrade program), is because they much rather sell a newer car to a customer. It's worth even a few thousand bucks if it improves the quality of life for your vehicle, and are happy with a 2013 to 2016 model beyond Sync 3.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I see perforated leather - does the new panel have accommodations for cooled seats or is that via touchscreen only?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The particular panel that I have doesn't have the buttons for the cooled seats, so I have to use the touchscreen for mine. But there are panels out there that does have the buttons for them. As a matter of fact, I found a guy yesterday that have a panel with the touchscreen and navigation APIM for $500 if anyone is interested. The panel have the cooled seat buttons on it If I recall correctly, I don't think my original panel had a button for the cooled seats. With that said, the wiring harness that controls that section probably doesn't have the wires in it to support pressing a button to activate them so the buttons on the new panel may not activate the cooled seat. I'm not 100% sure about it, but that's what I'm thinking. If someone is looking just for sync 3 upgrade, this would be a good deal for them because I'm sure those guys will sell the screen and apim for probably around $300.

 

Screenshot 2017 07 27 09 49 02 1 (1)

Edited by caddydaddy25

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On carparts.com, what do you look under?

 

Can someone come up with a list of parts needed?

Edited by Chris109

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

any update to this yet?  parts list and how to search on carparts.com or car-part.com?

 

TIA

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just want to swap in a Sync 2 with Nav.. non cooled seats and non heated steering wheel.. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't understand Tony . . . U don't need to swap APIM's for Nav . . .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, I would love to be able to do this in my 2013. If I could find all of the parts for $300 I would certainly give it a try. Was everything plug and play? Did you have to get the FCIM reprogrammed or anything?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not to revive an old thread but below might help anyone interested in doing this swap.

I have a 2016 Lincoln MKZ and sucesfully completed this modification. I originally planned to use the 2017 FCIM, Cup Holders and Arm Rest but the cup holders are too deep for the 13-16 center console and do not fit properly.

 

The 2017 Arm Rest has more padding and is taller than the 13-16. I was able to swap them out. There is less space to grab at the front of the Arm Rest but overall it is a worthwhile upgrade. 

 

For the FCIM, my vehicle has Heated/Cooled Seats and a Heated wheel steering wheel. The FCIM I purchased had these buttons and everything is working. I did have to copy over the asbuilt data using Forscan from the previous FCIM. Everything works. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, A2seth said:

Not to revive an old thread but below might help anyone interested in doing this swap.

I have a 2016 Lincoln MKZ and sucesfully completed this modification. I originally planned to use the 2017 FCIM, Cup Holders and Arm Rest but the cup holders are too deep for the 13-16 center console and do not fit properly.

 

The 2017 Arm Rest has more padding and is taller than the 13-16. I was able to swap them out. There is less space to grab at the front of the Arm Rest but overall it is a worthwhile upgrade. 

 

For the FCIM, my vehicle has Heated/Cooled Seats and a Heated wheel steering wheel. The FCIM I purchased had these buttons and everything is working. I did have to copy over the asbuilt data using Forscan from the previous FCIM. Everything works. 

Got any pics

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/15/2018 at 5:11 PM, Izzy3906 said:

Got any pics

I have just enough room to get my fingers in front of the armrest. This would not work for someone with larger thumbs. If anyone wants more pictures I would be happy to provide them!

 

Edit: I want to point out that on the right side of the touch screen there are extra buttons on the 17s and up that do nothing on the 13-16 MKZs. The park assist and Hazards are still working. 

Edit2: I am also not sure how to best fix the holes from the different trim pieces toward the bottom 🙂 open to suggestions!

Edit3: I also want to add that the 17s have a three stage Auto fan speed setting. This includes Auto, Auto High fan and Auto Low fan speeds and these both work. The only downside to this is on a 17+ it is displayed on the Sync3 screen but for Sync2 (MyLincolnTouch) these modes will not display on the touch screen.

IMG_0212.jpeg

IMG_0213.jpeg

IMG_0216.jpeg

Edited by A2seth

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, A2seth said:

snip....

Edit2: I am also not sure how to best fix the holes from the different trim pieces toward the bottom 🙂 open to suggestions!

.... snip

 

 

See the 4th post from top above from caddydaddy25, he explains what he did to fix this.

Edited by R2D2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What does fcim stand for?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×