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Everything posted by brucelinc

  1. Mks ptu service.

    It is the same as an SHO. You suck the old lubricant out of the fill plug. The fill plug can be seen from under the car. I am sure there are pictures of it floating around somewhere in the forums.
  2. Mks ptu service.

    I changed my annually and many others do the same. It is not difficult to suck the old fluid out and put new in if you are a do-it-yourselfer.....although it can be messy. If you don't want to do it, there are places that will. You might want to check around. It is good maintenance.
  3. X4 vs livewire vs LMS

    Do you want an excellent plug and play tune that you can enjoy immediately without being involved in the tuning process? Or would you prefer to start out with a mild base tune, log the results, send the results to a tuner, receive a tweaked tune, and continue with the logging, sending results, getting tweaks until the tune is optimized? If you decide to go with the logging/tweaking process, do you want to learn what your car is doing, what tweaks the tuner is making and actually have a dialog with the tuner or do you just want to trust what they are doing and have no interaction with the person actually doing the tweaking? The end results are about the same whichever way you go. How you get there is the huge variable.

    I don't know why every time I try to post a picture here, it won't let me regardless of how tiny it is. Very frustrating. In any case, if they fit an SHO, they should fit an MKS.
  5. 2011 MKS Belly Pan/Skid Plate

    UH....if yours was different, it was not the original. The one Bpd posted is the one that belongs on the car. I had an MKS and am 100% familiar with the aeroshield.
  6. Power Loss After Catback

    JimC, what you say makes some sense but what it the answer to the power loss and how can the OP correct it? Or, is there NO power loss and just a difference in testing???
  7. Looking for advice

    You really want a custom tune....not just what is loaded on a tuner. Unleashed tuning and Livernois Motorsports & Engineering are the two most popular choices. There are other good ones like Brew City Boost and AJP turbo. Livernois uses their own tuner - MyCal. About everyone else uses SCT. The first thing you should really decide is how involved you want to be in the tuning. With Livernois, you get excellent tunes with minimal effort - just simply a plug & play. Virtually everyone else provides a base tune and then you do datalogging to dial it in specifically for your vehicle. The datalogging requires you to hook the device to the OBD port and typically do some WOT pulls while the device is recording what the engine and transmission are doing. You then send the data to the tuner who tweaks the tune and sends it back to you. Sometimes, this process can involve many logs and tweaks before the tune is as good as it can be. I have had tuned vehicles using both methods. The Livernois method is clearly the easiest and the results are great. The datalogging method puts extra wear/tear on your car, takes quite a bit of time and exposes you to potential violations of the law if your tuner wants a WOT run that exceeds the speed limits. Those who prefer the datalogging method claim that no two cars are alike and when the tune is tweaked to your specific car, it will be faster and safer.
  8. I ran the Continental at Brainerd Raceway last night and it ran well. I hadn't planned on running so the car was full of fuel adding unnecessary weight. It still delivered a good result....so dang close to the 12.7 range! I have bad wheel hop if I launch over about 1400 RPM. The video demonstrates that. It is a race against car 403 - a Mustang GT with intake and exhaust. My best run was launching around 1200-1400 RPM. https://youtu.be/vKhOQN_dHY0 Dang it! I don't understand why I can no longer attach a timeslip! It is a very small file!! Anyway, I ran 12.804 @ 107.93.
  9. New personal best with the Continental

    Last run of the season:
  10. JMS BoostMax

    I checked out their website. It appears that for just a bit more money, a custom tune from a reputable tuner could be obtained. I am not knocking this product but with several great tuners available for SHOs, I would feel better about using one of them. I don't know about the "5 more pounds of boost" claim but there is a LOT more to creating a strong but safe tune than just cranking up the boost.
  11. Power Pack specific VIN?

    Agree....that VIN indicates it has the 3.16 gear. https://www.etis.ford.com/vehicleSelection.do Engine: 3.5L DOHC V6 Petrol T/C Transmission: 6 Speed Auto Transmission 6F55 Drive: LHD 4WD (FTD) Axle Ratio: 3.16
  12. Power Pack specific VIN?

    Cars with PP have the 3.16 axle ratio. If it has PP you should see the 2 in the axle code section when you look at the label inside the door jam. Axle Ratio Code • 1 - 2.77 ratio (Sedan) • 2 - 3.16 ratio (Sedan) •
  13. New personal best with the Continental

    Based on comparisons of timeslips, it now is a bit quicker than my MKS was with the Livernois 4+X tune when comparing runs in similar DA. The MKS ran a bit quicker on a couple of occasions but the conditions were more favorable than any run that I have had with the Continental. The MKS launched better with no wheel hop and no drama. I would also say the MKS transmission shifted a bit quicker and firmer. However, the engine of the Continental is making more power. It also has the benefit of a 3.39 gear compared to 2.77 in the MKS so it will launch more quickly from just an idle.
  14. New personal best with the Continental

    Typically, newer V8 Camaros give me all the competition my car can handle. However, the driver of this one either took a little nap at the starting line, killed the engine or decided to run to the concession stand for a snack after we staged. By the way, this was launching from basically an idle to avoid wheel hop. The 3.39 gear still gets it moving pretty good. This was my quickest run - 12.80 @ 107.9. https://youtu.be/DHUMJqOtBvc
  15. Power Levels for the Stages of Tune?

    Bamsho makes a good point. The PTU only holds around 18 ounces of 75W140 lube. It should be changed on a regular basis whether the car is stock or tuned. With my MKS, I changed it annually and never had an issue. Transmission fluid should be kept fresh, too. Regarding fuel economy, a tune usually improves it if you can keep your foot out of it. On longer Interstate cruises, my mileage was around 1-1.5 mpg better with the tune. The ignition timing and A/F ratio are better optimized with the tune resulting in more efficiency.
  16. Power Levels for the Stages of Tune?

    The tune does modify the transmission software. There are no hardware upgrades. These transmissions are pretty robust. There haven't been many failures and some guys have literally 100s of drag strip runs with their SHOs - many of which have more engine mods than just a tune and run in low 12s.
  17. Coolant system burping

    It was a non-event for me. Here is the process I use: Try to catch the coolant that you spill so you have some idea of how much to put back in. After loosening the housing bolts, I slowly pulled the housing away and caught most of it in a shallow container. After the install, jack up the passenger side of the car so the bottle is higher than the engine. Add new coolant to the bottle, approximating the amount you lost. If you aren't sure, just make sure it is well above the full level. Start the car with the bottle open and let it warm up until the thermostat opens. You can tell when the hose get hot and and gauge is nearing the normal level. Rev the engine to around 2500 rpm for several seconds, then back to idle. Repeat the rev/idle process 3 times. Shut off the engine and let it cool. It should have sucked the new coolant into the engine replacing the air. Check the level and add if necessary to just above the full line. Check for leaks and keep an eye on the level for a day or so. This process worked fine for me. Others may have other suggestions.
  18. New Personal Best

    Congratulations! It is very rewarding to look at a timeslip and see your best result!
  19. Power Levels for the Stages of Tune?

    While the plugs may not be "mandatory," to get the tune, they are a mandatory maintenance item. If your 2010 has the original plugs, they should be changed to Motorcraft SP534s gapped at .030. The thermostat is mandatory to get the "race" tune but I ran both the 4+ and 4+X with the stock thermostat. I added the thermostat later when I got the race tune. The 4+X tune requires the 3 bar sensor. That tune is an upgrade over the 4+ tune. Livernois has had many of these ecoboost powered cars in their shop and on the dyno. They often add upgraded tunes based on what they learn. By the way, once you buy the tuner and tunes, you can get any future upgrades at no additional charge. I am not sure how far you want to take your MKS, but the difference between stock and stage 4+ is huge - literally like having a different car. The upgrade to 4+X over 4+ is noticeable at the track but not nearly as dramatic as going from stock to 4+.
  20. Power Levels for the Stages of Tune?

    I can't answer your questions about horsepower but I can tell you my experience with a 2010 MKS with a Livernois tune. I ran their stage 4+X as my daily driver tune with no other mods except a drop-in K&N air filter. I ran it at the track probably 50-60 times and was consistently in the high 12s. My best was 12.68 on a very cool morning in ideal conditions. Typically in our warm and humid mid-west summers, I would be in the 12.8 range. I tried running a mix of E85 and found that it made no difference. The 93 octane fuel in my area is E10 as it is in most places. I also tried their "race" tune and it did not improve my times at all - possibly because I wasn't giving it enough octane although I was running a mix of 93 and 102 race fuel with that tune. The 3 bar is mandatory with the 4+X tune. It is needed to work with the higher boost spikes that you get with that tune. Your experience and the experience of others may vary. I know some guys use a mix of 93 and E85 with good results. I can tell you that I was very happy with the 4+X as a daily driver tune running just 93 octane as well as at the track. I had no interest in adding the additional noise of exhaust mods even if that would have improved the drag strip performance. CAIs have not proven to be of any benefit over a low restriction filter in the stock air box.
  21. Ford drops 3.5l for 2.7l in 2018 SHO

    Before I found a way to get a tune for my Continental, I considered buying a 2010-2012 SHO for a project car - primarily for drag racing. Using all online tools like Autotrader and others, I could only locate 2 for sale in my area. I know there are some SHO owners in the Minneapolis area who participate on the forums. I saw a Black SHO in the Best Buy parking lot a few weeks ago and the owner was just getting in it. Thinking he might be one of the guys on the forums, I engaged him in a brief conversation. He had never heard of a SHO forum and seemed to have no interest whatsoever in his car - other than to use it as a transportation device.
  22. Continental at the track

    These times will not impress you tuned SHO guys but I suspect I might have the quickest 2017 Lincoln Continental! Tuning is still underway by AJPturbo. DA last night was over 2500 and IAT2 temps ranged from 150 to 185. Better cooler air would have helped! I am car 505. Did take down a Jeep SRT8 with a 13.1 to his 13.3. https://youtu.be/xG2bzHgjy4E
  23. Continental at the track

    I got into the 12s last night in 3000 DA air - 12.9 @ 107.3 to be exact. I am not going to run again until the weather improves. I was unable to launch at over 1500 RPM last night without getting bad wheel hop. Not sure if it was poor track prep or just the softness of the Continental's suspension. I didn't have that issue the last time. I don't understand why I can't attach thumbnails of the timeslips. I did in my original post but now it is saying the file is too big! It is no bigger than the file that I attached before....
  24. 2017 SHO with PP Verses 2017 Lincoln MKZ 400hp 3.0L

    When stock, the MKZ is a bit quicker based on road tests from various magazines. I ran my 400 HP Continental at the track when stock and it ran 13.56. A lighter MKZ should be a bit quicker. I don't think many stock SHOs are that quick. As for tuning, the SHO has a big advantage in that the engine is well known by tuners and there have been many SHOs on the dyno for tweaking. The 3.0 in the Lincolns is a newer design and since Lincolns are not exactly high volume sellers, tuners are not very interested. Livernois has a tune for the 3.0 MKZ but I have not seen track results that were very impressive. The potential is probably there but no one has really put the effort in to it like they have with the 3.5 ecoboost.
  25. Ford drops 3.5l for 2.7l in 2018 SHO

    That was a ridiculous mistake by Motortrend. They seem to have the US version confused with the Taurus that is sold in China - although I don't think there is a Chinese SHO. It is HIGHLY unlikely we will ever see the Chinese version. Full sized sedans are a shrinking market in the US. It would not surprise me to see both the Taurus and Impala discontinued within a year or so.