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What did you do to your 5th Gen today?

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by ibmike, March 17, 2014.

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  1. supr squirrel

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    Fronts? As in headlights? Curious of how it looks. As well as light output. I know @jonnoriega has it done, just curious for a bit more input. Also...

    .:pics:
     
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  3. Sgt1411

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    Ya just the windows nothing on the lighting, the OEM darkening of light housing is enough for me. 35% light allowed through is about as dark as you can go around here without drawing the eye of a cop whose entire being in life is writing honest citizens traffic tickets.

    It just makes such a big difference when A/C is trying to cool the interior during the hot months.
     
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    I installed the Traxda lift, along with 17" wheels and Geolander 265/70
     
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    Before and after tint on the front windows


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  6. supr squirrel

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    Gotcha. I almost asked if you meant window or lights but just went with lights, haha. Still would be curious to see how it looks, although I'm fairly sure I'd get pulled over every 100 feet if I did that in Illinois. I'd love to swap out to sport headlights, but $750 a housing is a bit rich for my blood. Thought about trying to crack them open and do it myself, but again, that $750 price tag should I screw up is a bit too rich for my blood (when you add in the price of a divorce lawyer, I mean. :p )

    On a separate issue not sure why I got a 'disagree' on my first post to you (not from you) regarding the possibility of tinted headlights. Maybe just the question itself? Who knows, haha. It's a question I had zero interest in prior to having the tint put on my tails. I figured the light output would be diminished too much and you like to be able to see in front of you. But after having the tails done and seeing how little of a difference the tint makes at night I am 'intrigued.' :)
     
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    Looks very nice. Tint is one of the cheapest and easiest mods to accomplish. Not only does it add to the looks dramatically, but it also helps keep your interior cooler, etc. I'm surprised more people don't do it (if it's legal in their state, of course.)
     
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    I'm at 32k miles now so I went ahead and ordered the AEM drop in dry flow filter and replaced the stock filter Wednesday night. For $30 I would say its a very high quality drop in filter that wont need to be oiled.

    No noticeable sound difference. Truck feels a little more responsive, but I am sure that is the placebo effect.

    Drive 4 hours to NC this weekend so I'll be able to see if it actually helps with MPG. I doubt it will, but I still like it.

    #nolongerstock

    haha
     
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    One trick I was told if you get pulled over and the officer is standing to look at your driver's window then roll the passenger front window down. It allows more light inside the vehicle and apparently affects the appearance of the driver window tint and may save you.
     
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    What AWD mode did you have that in?.....front wheels shouldn't be spinning like that.
     
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    The headlights looked so cool but I couldn't see anything at night. Had them lightened.
     
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    So we were coming off really easy dirt road so I didn't have it in any mode. Due to the excitement of this obstacle and wanting to try it, I didn't put it to any mode when I went down to the bottom of the wash that's why I paused down there. I went ahead and put it to the first mode, which has the pine tree, I think it's called mud and ruts? Later on at a different obstacle with more sand I tried the desert mode.
    I believe the mud and ruts let's you spin out a bit more, while the desert mode really controls the power a lot more and doesn't let you spin out since you could easily dig yourself in when driving on sand. Not sure about the exact difference though, that's just my guess.
    For future, I will only use the mud and ruts mode for mud only.

    Do you have any recommendations? I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks
     
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    I'm thinking sand mode because it's likely the closest to that dry sandy AZ terrain but that might not be correct. It would actually be interesting to do that same obstacle in different modes to see how the Terrain Management system actually interprets the terrain and powers the wheels independently.

    Mine is too much of a prettyboy SUV to ever take it on terrain like that, one scratch on my Shadow Black paint and my interior would be soaking wet from all the tears!
     
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    Haha I hear you. Me on the other hand.... I got sad when I washed all the mud and dirt off, it looks so much better after hitting a puddle or all dusty!

    I have almost 100k miles on it now. I bought it with 70k over 2 years ago. About a year ago my job gave me a company car ( a gorgeous Prius haha) so the Ex sleeps in the garage all day and has become our weekend warrior. So it gets pretty spoiled for the most part, but taking it off road was a blast! And a few scratches here and there it's ok by me.
     
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    Has anyone replaced their front hood lettering from Explorer to Interceptor?
     
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    Figured I would get back in here with my impressions.

    Truck definitely feels more responsive, but I would say that's it. Probably no actual power difference and no noise difference.

    I was driving from MD to NC and cruising speeds were 70-90mph over the 4.5hr trip. On the way down I was averaging 21.2mpg. It was raining and I did have to drive through VA where everyone likes to slam on their brakes then speed back up to 80mph and continuously repeat this process.

    Went to a concert on Saturday night and used the truck to tailgate so that hurt my overall MPG, but I believe it was back around 20 when we left to head home on Sunday. I was back up to 21 mpg by the time we got home Sunday night.

    So I would guess that is about normal and the drop in filter has zero affect on MPG.

    Still like the filter and would buy it again. $30 for an drop in filter that needs to be washed every 50k miles is a good deal in my mind.
     
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    I said, "Why not?"

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    They're aluminum. About $54. Took a while to get here but they're so easy to install. eBay. Comes in 3 colors (red, blue and black). You can probably find other colors. Link below the photo.
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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-Add-On...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

    BTW - This is getting done 9/7/17. AutoWorks Russia finally got back to me. They're custom panels made for a sport and they wanted $600 for it. I've got the guys going to do a custom vinyl job for $150 and found almost the exact same color. My set up/console is a little different. Post pics when I've got it done!
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    You are now this forums official "Mod King"
     
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    LMAO!
     

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