- MODEL YEAR
- MODEL & TRIM
- Mach-E Premium 4x
- Infinite Blue
- Standard Range / Extended Range
- Extended Range
- AWD / RWD
- MODS - SUSPENSION / CHASSIS
I wanted to slightly lower the car to lessen the large gap between the tire and fender. Since the car is so new, no company has yet come out with lowering springs. Until they do, I decided to replace my higher rated springs meant for the heavier extended range battery with the lower rate springs designed for the lighter standard battery car. I believe there is around a 400 lb difference in weight between the two cars.
After replacing the springs, the height of the car did not change as much as would have liked but I will take it for now. The front dropped 3/8" and the rear 1/2". The ride has become a bit smoother but the car still has a slight bouncy, pogo motion which I feel is do to the way the shocks are tuned. I will be ordering Bilstien shocks as soon as they become available.
With the slightly lowered suspension and the slightly larger tires I put on, I was able to reduce the large gap in the wheel well.
- MODS - WHEELS / TIRES / BRAKES
This is a 5000 lb car and it needs a much larger/wider set of wheels and tires. I am not concerned at all about range on this car so loosing 10%-15% is not a problem. The OEM 225/55/19 tires are terrible at handling and are only on the car to gain maximum range. The OEM wheels are narrow at 19"x7" and are heavy. I had Terrance at Signature Wheels build me a set of Precision Series SV706 wheels in gloss black. I went with a staggered setup of 20"x8.5" up front and 20"x10" in the rear. I have been a Michelin guy for many years and their Pilot series are my favorite. I went with the Pilot Sport 4 SUV 255/45/20's up front and 295/40/20's in the rear.
This completely changed the way the car handles. It feels so much more planted and the steering is much sharper compared to the vagueness it had before. These tires are also quieter and have a higher load rating. Even though I went with much larger wheels and tires, I saved a total of 15 lbs weight (unsprung) since the Signature wheels were much lighter than the OEM wheels.
Painted the gray area on all four rotors satin black so they would look better behind black wheels.
- MODS - EXTERIOR
- Removed front license plate bracket and replaced with body colored plugs. I am eventually going to have the holes filled and painted so the plugs will be eliminated. Replaced the gloss black fender mouldings with ones I had painted Infinite Blue. Tinted all the reflectors with 20% film. Replaced rear license plate with a Reviver electronic license plate. Removed frunk divider. Drilled two 2" access holes (then capped them) above the LVB positive and negative connections in the frunk per Dan's DIY. Eliminated the Pedestrian Audio Alert sound and back up beeping by replacing the speaker with a resistor.
- MODS - INTERIOR
- Tinted all interior glass with SolarGard ceramic film for 99% UV and 96% IR rejection. Windshield and glass roof 70%, front door windows 50%, rear door and hatch windows 20%. Replaced factory floor mats with Lloyds Ultimat mats in the front, rear and cargo area. Completely sound deadened the interior with both Dynamat and Dynaliner in the doors, floor, cargo area and rear quarter panels. Added ambient lighting in the rear door storage area to match the lighting in the front doors. I only use the ice blue color for my ambient lighting so installed ice blue LED's in the rear doors.
- MODS - IN-CAR ELECTRONICS
- Replaced OEM sub with a JL Audio 400 watt powered sub and installed it in the lower cargo area under the floor. Added a remote volume control for the sub at the front of the console.
- HISTORY, STORY, EXPERIENCE, COMMENTS
- I am working on a custom leather steering wheel and a few other projects that I will post as they are completed.