Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by ibmike, March 17, 2014.
I enabled Navigation on my 2016 Explorer that didn't come with it.
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I just finished up my latest mods today. I know there are a lot of people that will disagree with my taste but so far I’m happy with the results. First, I painted and tinted my tail lights to match the car. Second, I painted my front license plate holder to match the car (originally I was not running a front plate). Third, I tinted license plate covers to match the car with the front plate cover darker than the rear.
Aren't there reflectors built in to the tail lights? Reflectors that are required, by law?
I don’t know what the requirements are on that. I almost left the side reflectors tinted where you could see them like the brake and turn signal that I left but decided that surely the lights on the side of the tail lights would work for me. I could always go back and redo just that part later if I need to.
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I like the painted taillights! They look very clean and continuing the black just adds to the clean look. When I first got my Sport I gave some thought about blacking out the taillights.......... but I must be getting older and decided against it since I spend enough time talking to the police already.
The purple accent I will fallow my Mom's advice "if you can't say anything nice don't say it".
They are "unique" Don.
At this point I guess I will take my chances. It would probably take me about 2 hours to make the small reflector area see through so maybe in another month or two I will revisit them.
The purple accent I will fallow my Mom's advice "if you can't say anything nice don't say it".[/QUOTE]
As far as the purple goes, I like to make our vehicles stand out from all the others just like it at Walmart. It’s my wife’s favorite color so I opted to go with it since it’s the vehicle she normally drives. She is not a fan of the future wheels I have planned for it though.
I had all chrome pained matte black.
All black plastic painted same color as vehicle.
Roof painted in high gloss black together with center hood.
Not a big fan of wrap...
Without pictures, it didn't happen.
I believe his photos are on the prior page.
Whoops, my mistake. Too much going on trying catch up. Had a 2 day power outage due to an other ice storm although not as bad as in 1998 when it was out for 10 days. Thanks for the info.
Hi Eric, this is my "go to" product list but like any gear head I have a ton of other polishes and waxes on the shelf. I still like the 3M produces the best, all my paint work is done with a machine polisher/buffer with foam pads. I don't think the brand of product means that much, it's more about the time you spend on surface prep. Right now the Sport is being wet sanded to get rid of all the factory orange peel, I'm hoping to get a glass smooth surface and a higher shine.
Adams.com has many informative videos on paint care, of course they only talk about their products but the basics apply to any products.
Added Weathertech mud flaps to my Ex yesterday! Those little plastic pins and screws are a pain in the butt! Oh and for the rear you need a very odd socket bit to remove the bolts, 5.5mm. Local autoshop just let me borrow theirs since I had everything except the one I needed.
Agreed!! Those screw-plastic-whatevers are the worst invention ever! I had such a hard time with such a simple task, and I even had the tool for the job. For anyone else doing it, for the ones that refuse coming out by unscrewing (even with the right tool), I just pulled them out by the screw by force, works fine and won't damage the hole or the screw-thing. For those afraid of doing that, it's easier to buy a set of them on Ebay and then just cut them off and use new ones together with the flaps.
Sweet, @Jon M! My boys at Car-One Auto in Hoffman Estates, IL are putting mine on right now!!! Awesome to hear the feedback!!!
Some other angles of my PowerStop Brake Kit install.
What pads did you put on? I got the Z23s, but they look very different.
Those PowerStops look ok, but they're so tiny. Maybe with OEM wheels, it won't look as lost?
Is there a BBK for the Explorer? Definitely a better option for aftermarket wheels.
He's only got 20s on it, which are an OEM size. They do fill my 18s nicely.
After a week, I was surprised by how much brake dust was on the caliper. I hope it's just break-in. This was after I wiped it off.
The ones that came with the kit. I actually ordered them from autoanything.com. These are the images of what i bought. Power Stop Z23 Evolution Brake Kits for Flex KC558. Is that different from yours? It came with powder-coated calipers and my guys used those.
They're slightly smaller than the OEM's for sure. As for a black ceramic, there wasn't any for the Explorer that I could find. A agree that black would have looked cool but I like that these stand out. Highlights my Velgen VMB6 Wheels when the ride is clean.
Wait, you got the 5584? Not the 6375? I hate to tell you, but those are the smaller, "standard duty" brakes, as in the ones that were originally on the 2011-13 XLTs. The 6375 is the "heavy duty", i.e. Sport, PIU, and 13+ brakes. I just upgraded from the smaller to the larger. Yours should not be smaller than your OEM!
Look at the differences in our front calipers, pads and rotors, and how much of the brake shield you can see on your fronts vs mine. The rears are really close, so the shields are the same size, but I had to put the larger shields on the front.
That's what I thought but that's what they put me in. Now i'm kind of pissed but oh, well. Can't do shit about it now. I'm going to be giving them a call on Monday... GRRRR!!!
I wonder if the same calipers will work? I'm blaming autoanything.com because they steered me to the wrong set. Again, I'm calling first thing tomorrow if not Monday to get this corrected.