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5th Gen Explorer Photo Thread

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2018 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by tektoo2, February 18, 2016.

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      I did not but it wasn't that complicated. There was a really good write up on one of these threads on how to get the bumper off enough to get the headlights out. You basically have to take out the screws on top of the grill and in the wheel wells and the whole bumper will roll forward giving you access to the bolts for the headlights. Then you have to put the headlights in an oven to heat up the permaseal enough to weaken the bond between the housing and the lens. All I needed was 250 degrees for ten minutes and I was able to get about half of the light open. Put it back in for 5 more minutes and got the lens completely off. The most annoying part was digging what was left of the permaseal out of the groove on the housing. Took about two hours per headlight for just that part. The rest was just spray paint and mounting leds with epoxy then sealing them back up with butyl window sealant which is way easier to work with than permaseal. It was a lot of work but nothing too complicated.
       
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      Thanks Man, I appreciate it!
       
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      I'm picking up my 2012 on Saturday, same color scheme... I want to start with the grill and the wheels. Approximately how much did you pay to have them painted? My wife has access to vinyl wrap at her job, so I was also looking into wrapping the door handles and possibly adding vinyl to the indentation in the hood or racing stripes.
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Doug.:wave:

      Peter
       
    7. benny18

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      I think it was like $500 total for the wheels, the grill, the strip on the back and the wraps on the emblems.
       
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      Thanks! That makes it a difficult decision... do the work myself or use the time to earn extra $ to pay for someone else to do it. Your explorer looks great!
       
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      Just pick my this 2015 X Sport last week. Just got the windows tinted to 20% today! So far I'm loving this car. I first looked at the burgundy red one, but then fell love with the black one. I'm coming from a 13 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and I'm so glad I'm done with it! Will never own another one in my life!

      I'm looking to start modding it fairly soon, but I'm at a school away from the house for a few months and I don't have my tools with me . One thing that I don't understand is why the car comes from factory with a 2.25" exhaust. I thought for sure it would be 2.5" exhaust from factory and step it up with aftermarket 3" exhaust for something pushing 365hp.




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    10. Sgt1411

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      Looks so good, I really miss the Tuxedo Black paint and the OEM black wheels......2017 Shadow Black just isn't the same, neither are the grey wheels.
       
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      Thanks, the black paint has the wonderful flakes in them that makes it stand out from the other black cars out there especially when it's freshly detailed!
       
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      Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
      Nice looking Sport. Also very refreshing to see a post not about exhaust fumes or carbon monoxide gases.

      Peter
       
    13. Eric F

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      Now featuring Livernois tuning!...
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      So how do you like it? My 2014 with 70k miles runs better then ever.
       

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      Love it!!! It's an XLT, so it will never be a true beast, but the tune made driving a LOT more fun. Yet, it retains a level of civility that comes in handy for when the wife is with me.
       
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      Yup, those are glass flecks from one place in Japan that supplied Ford's paint supplier. Then after the earthquake a few years ago they became very hard to source so Ford decided Shadow Black was the new black with no glass fleck requirement.

      http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/ford-stops-making-black-vehicles-briefly/
       
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      New
      I have two driving styles.
      1. wife in car
      2. wife not in car
       
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      Brings me to a funny story. Me and a new Land Rover Sport at a red light. Me alone Land Rover Sport Man and wife. We both punch it at the green me pulling away I look over and see the wife yelling at the guy and him slowing down. Bye Bye!!!
       
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      LOL
       
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    22. Eric F

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      There is if you click the link in his post.
       
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      It’s not letting me link my pic to imgur like last time. Don’t know what’s wrong. I’ll fix it when I get to my laptop.
       
    24. Eric F

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      @sawood711 - I fixed it for you. The "image" button in the toolbar makes it easy :)
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      Thanks! And I did click the image button in the toolbar and inserted my link like I did earlier, but I guess it didn’t like me lol.
       
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      Hmmm...not sure why it worked for me and not you.

      Cool pic, BTW. Everyone parking together...but at a safe, respectable distance - lol
       

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