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My blacked out Explorer

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by jpit11, June 1, 2014.

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    1. jpit11

      jpit11 New Member

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      Finally getting around to posting some pics of my XLT. Got it about 2 weeks ago and I think it turned out pretty nice. Basically took everything at wasn't black already and changed it to satin black. Also tinted the windows and tail lights and did a satin black vinyl hood insert. Rims are 20" KMC Skitch and tires are Goodyear Fortera. All work done by Wheel Concepts on Staten Island. They have done every car I have had for the past 20 years.

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      Thanks!
       
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      The hood element was a really good idea! It looks factory, nicely done!
       
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      Thanks. That's exactly what I was going for.
       
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      The Ford red and black emblems are sick! where did you get them?

      Truck looks really good!
       
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      I wonder if something similar could be done on the side of the car... Could really make the lines "pop." Just a thought.
       
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      Thanks!

      I plasti dipped the emblems and then I stopped by a local sign shop and they cut the red lettering on the spot. Cost me $15 and they even put them on
       
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      Doesn't show in the pic but I actually wrapped the chrome molding and door handles in satin black. Here's a better pic. Was also thinking of painting the lettering on wheel center caps red. Opinions?

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      Interesting. My last car was wrapped satin black, I didn't like how the door handles held up though so I've held off on that for now.

      IMO don't touch the center caps. Red especially will look like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. I think any further touches of red will begin to detract from an otherwise super clean setup.
       
    12. 4FordFamily

      4FordFamily Been there done that

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      Agree 100%.

      And nice ride man!

      I tend to mostly black out my cars even if they aren't black!

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      Appreciate he input. I will probably leave it as is.
       
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      3FF nice collection!
       
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      I really like the blacked out look. I agree you should leave the center caps black.

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      Thanks Kevin. I was only going to do the "KMC" lettering in red but I think I'm going to leave as-is anyhow.
       
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      So Cool! I love the emblems and door handles. I REALLY want to do that to mine. I have the same one. :)
       
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      Nice job on the grille. Was curious to see how it would look without the gloss.
       
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      I'm looking to do something similar to mine, how do you feel about the chrome in the headlights? I'm thinking about swapping my headlights out for the Sport if i can find a set without the HID wiring. Mine already has HIDs so i'm thinking it should be a relatively easy swap.

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      I'm debating a 2015 or 2016 but if I go with a 2015, this is close to the look I want, maybe a little less blacked out. Is that paint over the stock grill? What about the headlights and tailights? I'm about 30 min from Staten Island and go there all the time so maybe I'll consider Wheel Concepts.
       
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      nice man. i like it. heres mine

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      What did you use on your headlights and tail lights? I love the look my is the silver but i will have the rest of it blacked out with the satin finish. How are the handles holding up you had wrapped.
       
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      Blacked out

      Looks really good brother. I am considering doing a mat black vinyl hood decal also. Are you happy with the results? It really looks like a Sport and besides the Turbos are over rated...JK!
       
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      All these blacked out Explorers are giving me great ideas! Has anyone ever had some sort of black chrome wheels, instead of flat or matte black? I'm curious.
       
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      I'm in the process of my upgrades. Plasti dipped grille, bug shield, rain shield, and thing that was chrome. Added some nice side steps, 22 inch Millani rims. I bought a used 2013 base model so I could upgrade the inside myself the way I want it. Alpine head unit, all touch screen and voice activation, starter, rear camera, 11 speaker (1 stealth sub) inside. Added the electronic rear door opener. No sure what else is to come but its starting to look good. I think going with the base and doing a bunch of upgrades and turning it more into a limited is the way to go. Still 3 grand under what the limited would have cost me and that's with the 120,000 mile B2B warrenty.
       
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      Sometimes you are forced to upgrade to higher-end models to simply get one or two tech features that you like--while at the same time inheriting other tech features that you could live without or flat-out hate.

      But that's a pretty smart move to start with a Base model and work your way up. This way, you don't have to worry about the inherent problems that pop up with some of the OE technology. Additionally, you would ultimately end up with a truck that meets your exact specs, wants, and needs. Post some pics of your progress! Some DIY tutorials would be nice as well. :thumbsup:
       

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