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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. champco

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    Young squirrel always remember. it is easier and far better to beg for forgiveness then to ask for permission
     
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  3. CarsAndCaffeine

    CarsAndCaffeine Elite Explorer

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    This weekend I wrapped my stock sport wheels in black...actually super impressed by how different it looks. This won't be permanent but it'll definitely hold me over until I buy new wheels!

    Also did a full detail so she's nice and shiny for the photos!

    Front wrapped, back stock...
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    Definitely needs lowering springs but thats a job for another day

    Thomas
     
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    Nice job guys looks great...now you both need Gorilla black lugnuts
     
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    I'm quoting Sgt, but this is pretty much directed at anyone who cares to answer (to allow me to continue being lazy and not look, haha.) What size lugs does the Explorer take? :)
     
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    Finally had time to detail under the hood today using Adams products http://adamspolishes.com/
    Tomorrow if I have time the interior and paint will be next. Then we will have rain for the next 7 months

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    Looks great. At least you don't have to shovel rain.:D

    Peter
     
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    What specific Adams products did you use to clean out your engine bay? Looks very nice and slick.
     
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    cwescapexlt4x4 Explorin' the Desert SW Elite Explorer

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    I tend to lower all 4 windows (unless it's raining... wait it's AZ) when I have been pulled over (thankfully haven't been recently) or at CBP inspection stations to allow easier visibility and to put the officer a little more at ease.
     
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    This is what guys with OCD do on the Labor Day holiday weekend. Can't believe the rust on a 2017 vehicle that's not even a year old.
     
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    Whats the VRT Trim like for the plastic fender trim and below the doors?

    My issue is the rain leaving drip marks on the trim essentially washing away the VRT solution.
     
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    I haven't had that much problem with washing away (it never rains in Seattle :D) I also use back to black by Mothers. I truly wish I could just do away with all the lower plastic trim.... I hate Jeep for ever starting this plastic molding trend.

    So did you spend all weekend painting just one wheel, or are you going to do half in AZ and the half in B.C. ?? If you had real OC you would pin strip the disks or maybe paint flames on them, but yours looks better than my stock rusted disks. On your way back to AZ or BC stop by and paint mine, I pay in Chick-fil-a sandwiches for you I even buy some potatoes!
     
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    You pay in Chic Fil A???????......Im leaving now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Could you detail that process? Mine look terrible and I'd love to do something like that, but not sure where to start :)
     
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    I took the wheel off, used a wire brush on a drill to get most of the corrosion and rust off.

    Used Dremel Tool wire brush for the tight spots.

    Washed everything down with an engine cleaner, hosed it all off, let it dry.

    Masked off the parts that don't get paint and sprayed the rotor/caliper with heat/caliper paint.

    The better way of painting would be to remove the caliper, dunk it in a metal cleaning solution, and hand paint it with actual caliper paint kit as other have done on here.

    Then washed the wheel inside and out and waxed the entire wheel inside and out.
     
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  20. cwescapexlt4x4

    cwescapexlt4x4 Explorin' the Desert SW Elite Explorer

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    Let's see the finished product with wheel on. That should last in the center for a long time... the rotor surface, maybe not ;) LOL
    Knew he had your attention at Chick-Fil-A
     
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    First off, what you did looks fantastic.

    I'm going to do what you suggested. When I do the wife's calipers in orange I'm going to order two kits of orange and two of black. One orange and one black for each of our vehicles. Then I'll paint the hubs of both vehicles black and do her calipers orange. Going to redo mine, too. Nothing wrong with them, the paint is still going strong. It was about 10 degrees outside when I did it and about 54 in the pole barn (with heaters running) and I didn't feel like removing the calipers (nor did I have the time) so the very back side didn't get painted properly. Only way you notice is if you put it on a lift to change the oil, rotate the tires, etc. It always bugged me, but wasn't a priority until the last oil change when the guy changing my oil teased me about it. haha
     

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