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This is a question for those of you that have had an MKX and are currently driving a Nautilus. I was looking at the interior of the Nautilus and was drawn to the upgrade of the wiper and headlight stalks. The ones in the the MKX are so cheap looking at plasticy. Do you think the stalks from a nautilus could be installed in an MKX? It looks like the functionality is the same. Just a thought on a way to upgrade the interior look of the MKX.

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If you currently own an MKX go and ask one of the service advisors or techs at your dealer. My immediate thought would be most likely, as there is no functionality difference. The bigger picture here would be why bother , it would be very costly , parts and labour.  

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I would be able to do the install myself so it would be the cost of the parts only.  As to why? That is the only part of the MKX that looks cheap to me and I think that putting the nicer stalks in would dress up the interior. I spend a lot of time in my car so those type of things are important to me!

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So I did replace my 2016 MKX wiper and turn signal stalks  with the same type that are in the newer Lincolns.  Total cost of $110 and 15 minutes of my time.  Nice to not have look at the cheap gray plastic ones anymore as that for some reason really bothered me! Imo definitely worth a few bucks. Parts were ordered from Tasca Auto Parts. Had to order 2109 Navigator stalks as the Nautilus is too new and did not yet have any parts available.   The only thing I had to modify was the white plastic tab that turns the signal off after you turn.  A simple snip to the same size as the original.  Super simple.

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Nice job! If you get a chance would appreciate seeing more pics, and pity you didn’t have pics from before and during install to compare.

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So now they still feel cheap but look nice. 

 

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It was actually really simple. I am not a mechanic by any means. You just need a T10 and T20 Torx as well as a 7 mm socket. There is one T20 screw underneath the steering column as well as a 7 mm bolt underneath the steering column. Take those two out unsnap the top by lifting it up. The bottom piece will then drop down. By each stalk there are 2 10mm Torx screws that you take out. If you have power telescoping steering wheel you'll need to take one more screw out for that. Pull out the unit and push the new unit in. It is literally that simple. There is a YouTube video on how to do it but it is for a 2015 Ford Focus I believe. But it's the exact same procedure. Before putting the new unit in on the turn signal arm you just need to snip the white plastic piece that you will see sticking out to the same length as the one you took out. Both arms took me a total of 10 minutes to do. And yes thisguy they do still feel relatively cheap but they look so much nicer and to me that was important! To each their own😉

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