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Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by explorer2015xlt, January 17, 2015.

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  1. explorer2015xlt

    explorer2015xlt New Member

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    hi everybody

    i`d like to share with you my changes for my 2015 new explorer

    which are :

    1- front grill painted with metallic black color , except the 2 chrome horizontal pieces

    2- painted all around the lower black plastics with white color ( same car color )

    3- lowered the car with H&R springs ( which is designed ford explorer ) , let me tell you something here , the car became softer and smother with those H&R springs , i am glad i replaces the OEM springs

    4- made tint for the windows and the remaining glasses except for the front wind shield

    5- fixed the ( EXPLORER ) lettering on front of my hood

    this is for now , i will update you with my new changes on my explorer later on .

    here is some pics , i hope you like them

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  3. CT9AIX

    CT9AIX New Member

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    I like the painted lower plastics... Will be intresting to see how well they hold up to rock chips and that stuff. Some 20" wheels would really set it off now!
     
  4. MIKE80

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    Looks good with the colored trim and tint.
     
  5. Sgt1411

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    I like it......bigger wheels close to the stock designs would look superb.

    Nice job.
     
  6. Halwg

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    Bigger wheels, bigger wheels...is that all you folks think about? 18" wheels are perfect for this car.

    BTW, the white trim looks good. I'm not sure when Ford is going to realize that black plastic trim looks very tacky.
     
  7. ObsceneJesster

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    Definitely throw some 20" on there. I think some black ones would look nice.

    I personally think 20" wheels are perfect for this car. 18's might might ride slightly smoother but 20's make the truck look better. 18's look to small on it and all that sidewall doesn't do anything for the looks.
     
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  9. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Here is my previous 2011 Limited with 17". Better riding than the OEM 20" and I would have taken that size as an OEM option if it had been available. No concern about curb rash.:D

    explorer2015xlt, very nice Explorer. Great job.:thumbsup:

    Peter
     

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    You might like not like the 'black plastic trim', BUT, that is where all the road crap is sprayed up, and now being painted (1) he's going to see the dirt all the time (2) that paint won't last long being blasted by gravel/stones especially if he's located in the snow belt. He better get some mud flaps from a semi. ;)

    I'm glad about the lower area being black plastic!


    Needs bigger wheels ASAP! :D

     
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    I'd never own a car with 20" wheels.
     
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    looks great
    I also feel it could use 20s or 22s
     
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    Not knocking what the OP did as these types of things are personal preference on appearance, but the latest Range Rovers - even the $150k Autobiography edition - have black plastic lower trim. The reason in particular is for offroad driving. Same reason Jeep Wranglers have plastic fender flairs unless you ask for the painted ones. Brush scrapes them and a permanent black magic marker is an easy fix.
     
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    A 55 sidewall really isn't bad. It's when you start getting below 50 is when you need to really be careful. I park next to a curb every day in front of my house and I've hit it a couple times. Every time I've hit it, the tire did it's job and protected the rim.

    Bottom line....If you want a slightly smoother ride then stick with the 18's. If you want a nicer looking ride, go with the 20's.
     
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    We've been through this before in prior generations:

    With the black plastic lower trim:

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    And 2 years later when Ford did away with it:

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    I personally like the body color trim better. And for the record, it didn't chip or otherwise have any issues and I did a lot of off roading.
     
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    Must not of driven in areas with felled branches or needed to drive over brush. A felled branch you drive over can pop up while still stuck under the tire and cause a nice gash in the lower trim and low brush causes all sorts of scratches/scrapes.

    My old GMC Jimmy got to be a beater that had painted lower trim (different from body color - actually looked good) but I took that into the woods off road and the lower painted trim took a licking. Being a beater by that point I did not care, but would not have shown much on plastic.
     
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    Nice Job! I especially like the painted grill! :thumbsup: Mines also lined up to be painted the same color, come spring.
    One of the things I really liked about the 5th Gen Ex was the addition of the plastic trim around the lower part of the vehicle and wheel wells. (previous rides, 04 & 06 Limited Ex's) Living in the Northeast, our roads are heavily coated with sand and salt. The lower skirt and wheel wells in my previous vehicles would always take a beating and require additional flares or flaps be installed.
    If I lived down south and didn't travel on dirt roads as frequently, I would probably opt for a version with less plastic.

    Like Peter was, I am running the base model 17" wheels during winter months for improved traction and to keep salt of off the 20" wheels. Although I don't feel every crevice in the road with the winter tires, I much prefer the look and performance the 20" set provides. I am counting the days until I can put them back on. :D
     
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    installing a running board would help to protect the plastic trim in between the wheels which usually gets brushed up most when off road. I also personally like the body colored painted trims
     

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