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Does your front lower valance have rivets or not?

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by new to ford, June 17, 2011.

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      I did a search but found nothing regarding the lower valance coming off.
      I know that there is a TSB out there.
      Early builds had the valance detaching fairly easily, then they added these ugly looking four plastic rivets, which they currently are installing on the truck after built.
      Rumor has it that for 2012MY, they will go with a concealed/hidden rivet as opposed to the current fix.
      Does your lower valance have or not these four rivets? Mine does.

      It will be interesting to see with the 2012MY if indeed they get rid of these four plastic rivets.
       
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    3. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I don't recall seeing any posts about the lower valance becoming detached. If the plastic rivets you are referring to are the two on each corner, then yes, mine has those. After reading your post, I had to go out and look to see if I had them and actually didn't even realize they were there. I don't mind them at all.
       
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      Yes have them.....
       
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      anyone have a pic of what you mean? i don't think i have them but i may be looking in wrong spot....
       
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      I'm guessing if the valence does come off, it's because you hit something like a curb when you're parking. That was the only reason mines would come off.
       
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      Hilarious... i had to go to my garage to check... yep got em. second time this week... yesterday i went to my car and stuck my head under the seat to check on the 'ugly car seam under the front seat' issue.

      i dunno... but just doesnt really seem that noticeable to bother me... guess thinking valences arent suppose to be pretty and get messed up anyways. or guess i just have the thought that it's a very nicely put together car... but not expecting lexus attention to detail?

       
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      thx for pic. i definitely don't have rivets, ordered my limited in oct 2010, build date 1/21/11...
       
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      I have them. 2/17 build. I hate looking at them all the time. They look horrible.
       
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      I've got them. 4/30 build. They don't bother me at all, not that they are even that noticeable in the first place. Maybe the fact that the valence is black and they did a good job of making them look nice and even helps, but they do not look out of place at all.
       
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      No rivets on mine...
       
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      1/11 build and no rivets
       
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      Hit about a 4 in tall concrete wheel stop in a local parking lot today and sure enough, one of these rivets popped off and now the valance is loose on one side. I was a little disappointed since I've only had my X for 2 weeks. I didn't realize that the valance was so low to the ground. Anybody know of a part # for these rivets?
       
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      After this, I feel better that I got an early build then with no rivets. Only early builds have them and the TSB that it kept coming off made them put rivets. For me, the valence kept popping off but that's because I struck something of some sort. I guess it's better in that it gives in instead of holding in place and getting ripped off entirely. Those rivets are not strong enough to keep the valence in place... Back to the drawing board I think.
       
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      I have rivets (3-17 build) but would rather have them than have the valance keep snapping off. I have brushed 1-2 curbs while parking and nothing has snapped loose yet!
       
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      don't have the rivets, but ours has popped off at least 5 times - doesn't take much at all to knock it off - even touching one of those bumper curbs in the mall parking lot will do it - terrible design - would rather just take the whole thing off.
       
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      The early builds apparently did not have the rivets. Once the problem was identified then the rivets were used on the later models. The valance forms part of the aerodynamics of the vehicle.
       
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      If I was you, I would request the dealership to add the rivets under the TSB out there for "lower valance coming loose":
      LOWER VALANCE COMING LOOSE TSB 11-3-26
       
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      I want the whole damn thing off. I was watching some of the original Ford videos demoing terrain management and NONE of those tracks had them on at all. syonara!
       
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      Are the rivets the removeable type? (Push/pull the center pin and then the entire plastic assembly comes out of the hoel) If so, they may be a design feature- for off-roading. It is a stretch, but I seem to recall some other SUV, maybe a Jeep, having a removeable valance. Pull four rivets, unfasten and stow the valence, and you are good to go.

      But- that is just a guess. Can anyone confirm that it is an intended design?
       
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      Mine has them. Build date of 5/24.

      My lower valence was detached when the vehicle got to the dealer. I did not see it but when I arrived they said they were reattaching it. They put it back in place but I had to drive it over to their body shop to have new rivets installed.
       
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      Yes, the lower valance is part of the vehicle's overall aerodynamic design. I believe it acts as a spoiler to direct the air downward under the vehicle to reduce drag. I saw it explained in a video a few months ago and I believe it actually is designed to flex under highway speeds. There is an article that states that the front air dam (valance), side view mirrors and rear spoiler will add almost 1 mpg on the highway.

      http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/04...at-the-wind-helping-drivers-to-beat-the-pump/
       
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      I would like to have a remove-able option. My previous Grand Cherokee had the option. Duck underneath the front, turn four or five plastic knobs 90 degrees, and off she comes. Any ideas? Do I only have to remove the 4 rivets for it to come off?
       

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