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elijahbird7

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When I bought my Nautilus, I just didn't like the Gray Coating on the 21" wheels.

Last year when I bought my 2018 Mustang GT convertible those 20" wheels also had a Gray Coating, but not as dark as the Nautilus. I got a set of Chrome 20" wheels for the Mustang from Detroit Wheel and Tire, and love the look on that car.  So when I got my Nautilus, I ordered a set from them again.  They said it would take 6-10 weeks to get them, since they had quite a few orders.  After 10 weeks, I contacted them for an update, and they said a Ford/Lincoln Dealer caused a serious problem by returning a set of Nautilus 19" wheels instead of the contract they had to return Nautilus  21" wheels.  So, I said I would wait 4 more weeks and contact them again, and as of Monday, they still had not found a set, so I sent them a photo of my '16 MKX with the 21" Polished Aluminium wheels and asked if they had those in stock, and they did, except for the black "Fan Blade" center look, which was fine with me.  Only took two days to get here, and my Lincoln Dealer made the switch this morning.  Now I like the look much better.  Some people may not, and like Gray Coated wheels, but not me!

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Bright and Shiny. I must admit when the car is all waxed and the wheels are all dressed it look incredible.  Enjoy. 

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Could end up being the only Nautilus  out there with this combination.

And this is how the same company wheels look on my 2018 Mustang.

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Really dresses it up and looks exceptional. Seems like Lincoln Parts department would jump in and offer these through the dealership and make a buck or two. Looked at Detroit Wheel last December for my white Reserve and wondered about quality and such. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.   

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I have had no issues with this company.  There was one change though.  Last year when I got the Mustang wheels, in one wheel box was your receipt and 4 UPS sickers to place on the outside of the boxes and on top of the sticker that sent it to you, that were your prepaid return address stickers.  But this year, there was only a receipt, and no return stickers.  I emailed the guy I had been communicating with, and he said I had to go back to their website,  scroll down to "Quick Links" to the "PVD Core Wheel Return" link, click on that, type in your information and receipt number, and then you just print out the prepaid slip to then tape with clear tape on each return box.  Why they didn't have that information in the box, I have no idea.  But, it was easy to do once I got the information. 

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Those chrome wheels really look sharp!

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The Sales Manager at my Dealer asked me to send her a photo of my Nautilus with the Chrome Wheels on it, and asked if she could show it to customers who are not happy with the Gray Wheel look.  She also asked me to send her the Website address so she could give that to any customers who wanted to go in that direction, and she said she will tell Lincoln that they need to offer some choices of the same wheels with different surface coatings.  I made it very clear that the next time I am ready to trade, Lincoln will likely loose me as a Customer if there aren't other wheel choices than Gray or Black coatings.  I understand Lincoln may be going in the Dark Wheel look to get younger customers, but any younger age person with enough money to buy a Lincoln will very likely head to Audi, BMW, Lexus, Volvo, etc, while us current customers who are not happy with that look may go elsewhere.  Time will tell.

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You stated the obvious. Hope someone from the Lincoln sees your good Post. Guess I should approach my dealership once again on this subject. 

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Just in case there is interest in the cost of replacing the wheels through Detroit Wheel and Tire, it ends up costing about $250 per wheel.  You do pay around $2500 up front, which includes $279 for both way shipping.  Once you return the wheels on your car, you get the $1500 core charge back.  I shipped my wheels back on Thursday around noon, and they arrived back to them on Friday morning.  Yesterday, Wednesday, the $1500 core charge was posted back on my credit card, so now the company will have a set of the 21" Nautilus wheels for whoever is next in line.  The company has 3 choices with the return wheels.  Sell them as they are, Chrome them, or Black Coat them.

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And again, these are the wheels that the Nautilus Brouchure call, "Ultra-Bright Machined Aluminium".

It reminds me of what it would look like if I put Blackwall tires on my '56, '57, '59 Tbirds, '66 Mustang convertible or '79 Lincoln Mark V....

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Edited by elijahbird7

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I prefer the grey wheels but obviously that’s an individual preference.  Choices are always good.

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My takeaway from Elijah's latest pic above is the misalignment of the hood/fender just above the headlight. I have the same issue with my 2016...the only flaw I've ever noted in any respect with the vehicle.

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Actually, that's they way they designed that hood facing slightly forward from the ending point of the front fenders.  Both sides are exactly the same.

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You can see in this photo where the headlight unit fits right up to the point of the front fender, but then curves downward where it is below the forward facing hood.

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Thanks for pointing that out. I now note the upper cutout of the headlight nacelle/frame. So, all is well.

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I am not sure why they produced it that way, probably would have looked better to line the front corner of the hood with the end of the fender.  Aligning the hood with the fiberglass that goes around the grille was not perfect in every vehicle I looked at, and time will tell if it stays in place after a few years.  Mine lines up very well though.

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As one who has long been interested in the technology of vehicle assembly over the decades spanning the post war 'slap dash OMG' poor workmanship of the '50s-'70s period up to contemporary robotic assembly lines,  I have toured many vehicle assembly facilities...Corvette at Bowling Green was a favorite...and often translate detailed memories of those tours to what I view in showrooms or auto show displays re: assembly fit and finish.

 

The several alignments of the hood, front fenders, grill, headlights, and bumper/fascia are critical to quality assembly, but as has been pointed out occasionally by our intrepid moderator (take a bow A.K.), assembly quality starts with engineering. Many of the 2016-2018 MKXs suffered miscues in the hood and frontal alignments. Perhaps Lincoln's 2019 design of that area was an attempt to address an earlier source of alignment difficulties.

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View from the front.

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Those chromed wheels look so much better than the factory 21 inch " bright wheels."  It makes a world of difference.  Good choice!

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There is a funny story, every Thursday evening, I meet with my old car friends at our local Culver's at 5 PM.  I had this Nautilus since March 1st, and many times drove it to Culver's.  Where we sit, I can see where it is parked.  I got the chromed wheels put on the car on a Thursday morning, and drove it to Culver's at 5 PM that day.  Two couples at various times walked up to the Nautilus that day and seemed to be really interested in it.  No one had looked at it the months I had it there before.

 

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Repetitive OEM is boring, BLING captures the eye.

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On 6/6/2019 at 2:36 PM, elijahbird7 said:

When I bought my Nautilus, I just didn't like the Gray Coating on the 21" wheels.

Last year when I bought my 2018 Mustang GT convertible those 20" wheels also had a Gray Coating, but not as dark as the Nautilus. I got a set of Chrome 20" wheels for the Mustang from Detroit Wheel and Tire, and love the look on that car.  So when I got my Nautilus, I ordered a set from them again.  They said it would take 6-10 weeks to get them, since they had quite a few orders.  After 10 weeks, I contacted them for an update, and they said a Ford/Lincoln Dealer caused a serious problem by returning a set of Nautilus 19" wheels instead of the contract they had to return Nautilus  21" wheels.  So, I said I would wait 4 more weeks and contact them again, and as of Monday, they still had not found a set, so I sent them a photo of my '16 MKX with the 21" Polished Aluminium wheels and asked if they had those in stock, and they did, except for the black "Fan Blade" center look, which was fine with me.  Only took two days to get here, and my Lincoln Dealer made the switch this morning.  Now I like the look much better.  Some people may not, and like Gray Coated wheels, but not me!

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What are you doing with the old wheels? 

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You ship the factory wheels back to Detroit Wheel and Tire, they are considered a "Core", and once received, you get $1500 back on your credit card from the original $2500 fee.

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