Well.. its all done. After enjoying my third free Auto Butler carwash, I presented myself at the 1970's era service shop at Awfullberg North Ford (remember when you couldn't just drive in to meet the service manager?). On my demand, they happily threw one flunky, and then later an actual mechanic (when our flunky was perplexed) out to put on my plates.
After consulting a real mechanice, "Flunky" put on the front plate using with the correct hardware using a powered tool (I will never be able to sell the car because the screws are so tight). The bracket is upside down compared to your photo. He is "flunky" because he was dressed like a mechanic but, like me scratched his head over the dual 3-hole guides on the top corners of the rear plates and why the screws I got didn't fit the front bracket.
The real mechanic used the [self tapping] threading screws to securely attach the rear plate. Given the lights, camera, and trunk-open button all right over the rear plate, I am not sure a bracket would help or hurt ) He mentioned how the rubber nubs on the bottom side of the rear plate acceptor have all but eliminated mysterious rattles those poor hapless customers have experienced (usually soon into the second month of ownership - a week after taking off the paper plates and replacing with sheer metal ones).
The tire pressures on my "green" Michelin tires on delivery were 5-6 pounds over (about 41lbs). The mechanic put the pressure properly down to spec 35lbs. - I will get razzed, but I implore everyone everywhere to use ONLY the tire pressure on your driver door sticker (at least for your factory wheels and tires). Try to close your eyes and imagine the understanding looks of a Ford or Michelin engineer as you explain how great it is to not follow their simple instruction. This 2017 car with all driver assist technology is well engineered in regards to assist involving wheels, brakes and tires. Tires and their proper pressure (maximizing rubber surface with road) are critical. For example, with the Ford Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go your tire contact area is critical to braking results (your computer assumes your tire pressure is at least ballpark to their spec)f in a near accident (had a "pre pressurize the brake calipers" event last week).
When the high-speed feature kicks in to assist you around a tight corner (feel it in the steering wheel?) and then keep you crossing the white line on the right (as centripetal forces push you out of the lane). The Fusion assertively took over for a half second and steered me back in the lane. I was going around a tight turn on an exit about 65MPH in a 45MPH and drifted a out a tiny bit. Amazing.
Edited by stlouisgeorge, 25 January 2017 - 09:09 AM.