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Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by ibmike, March 17, 2014.

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    1. Eric F

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      I installed my aFe intake today. That thing really growls! I will likely get the cover to tone it down just a bit. I don't have a feel yet for any improvement in performance (I'm not really expecting any), but I've only driven it a couple of miles so far.

      The vac hose is definitely too short, and I will be making a stop at the local auto parts store today to solve the issue the same way you did.. The crank case hose is too long. For now, I just have it looping around under the engine cover, but I will trim it when I install the vac hose.
       
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    3. Eric F

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      I love the covers! Zero issues. I much prefer the clean look of the covers to the shape of the stock calipers (even painted), but that's a personal preference thing. I know plenty of people who like the G2 paint.
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    4. QuietStorm17

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      F2AC1062-EA15-4795-85E3-393951E5A074.jpeg I got my Livernois MyCal with an 87 octane soft shift & a hard shift, a 93 octane soft shift & a 93 octane performance tunes plus the stock tune. It was delivered late on 5/10 @ 6 pm. First thing Friday am I got the ECU #’s but did not have time to send them to Livernois. I got home at 5:30 and could not get a internet connection(nieghborhood construction). I thought I would have to wait till Monday. I called Livernois to ask a question about the tuner. I talked to Anthony he was awesome! He answered my question and took my info and stayed late and sent me my tunes the same night! I installed it right away. A storm started right as it finnished down loading into the X. We have had nothing but rain & bad storms since with little breaks, so I have not been able to see what it can really do. Over all she is a lot smoother & quicker. Thanks to Dave for answering all my questions and & Anthony for going the extra mile for me. The Livernois crew is great! The sun is finally out, I am going for a ride!
       
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      I like your discrption “ that thing really growls!” its appropriate! The covers other benefit of course will be to keep the cold air in the hot air out. Too much excitement lately I forgot I had to shorten the crankcase hose also. I was afraid too remove too much and have to order another one. That’s when I removed some of the foam from the under side of the engine cover so it would lay flat. I actually did not mind. I was enjoying myself!
       
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      I used to own an XLT model, but when driving it and pressing the gas pedal it just felt as an old and slow horse lol. Why cant they manufacture a true CAI for our top Ford Ecoboost engines.
       
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      Discription,I evidently need auto correct! Anyways I really dislike how aour calipers look, the shape and the color! The G2 most likely will be the first step since part of the caliper can still be seen with the covers on. I will probably get the ford logo and no fake bolts or no logo at all. I just want a good clean look. I will probably paint the hat also before it starts to rust. Yours looks really good. Your Explorer overall looks great! Keep up the good work. Thanks for posting that picture.
       
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      EC963278-7099-444B-BDCD-1282F7FD312B.jpeg This is what I did for my X today, one Eastern Conference Champs magnet. GO CAPS!!
       
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    9. Eric F

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      The MDesign intake is a direct connection between grille and throttle body. You might want to check that out. That said, reports I've read from guys who have done some testing on the drag strip are that the best intake for the 3.5 Eco is the stock intake system with a drop-in AEM dry filter (based on 1/4 mile time).

      As for the 3.5 NA (such as the XLT), the sluggishness in the gas pedal can be improved dramatically with a throttle enhancer (Pedal Commander, and others). It's a pretty significant improvement in responsiveness to pedal push. Add a tune, and it's even better. The NA will never equal the output of even a stock Eco, but you can certainly make it a more enjoyable experience.
       
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      Yesterday, I got the door handles, trim, and roof rack wrapped in satin black, and the front windows taken from 18% to 9%. The rear metered at 5%.

      I didn't do a full chrome delete. I'm going to do the grill using the PIU black grill & trim, and I'm now rethinking having the XLT and flex fuel emblems done. I plan on leaving the Ford emblems as is. When I have the rims powder coated, I have black Ford center caps for them already. If there were an easier, cheaper way, I'd do the chrome in the headlights, but I'm not breaking them open, and I'm not buying new ones, just for that.

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      Ooh, I really like the way that came out. I kind of like the way the rims really stick out now, but they will look sharp powder coated too.
       
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      Had my Velgen VMB6 wheels re-powder coated by Crown Customs & Coatings LLC in Elk Grove, IL.

      Paul and his crew do some fantastic work. I will be bringing my ride back here if ever I need some custom work done.
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      Wow! She definitely has her own look now. Looking good! How did your outing at the track turn out?
       
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      Also have you thought about getting some more G2 and painting the calipers black? It would be a nice contrast to the red rims and tie into the blk body. The red calipers look good also...just wondering.
       
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      Leaving the red on for now but I love that idea. As for the track, haven’t gone yet. The red wheels turned out better than my expectations.
       
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      I love the look of your wheels! I was planning on doing a red theme on my wife’s explorer back in the day when I painted all of the emblems but ended up going with purple instead since it’s her favorite color. I have new tires and TPMS sensors already on the way for her new rims. I also have every intention of painting them purple to match her emblems even though she isn’t a fan of the idea. I think the wheels really make the car stand out.
       
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      Bro, please post photos. Would love to see it when it’s done!
       
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      Will definitely do. There will be a lot of haters I’m sure but I love having our explorer stand out from the others in a parking lot. I just hope the tires I ordered don’t run or it will be a waste of money.
       
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      The purple rims sound cool with the trim & emblems youv’e already have done. I am afraid to show my wife pics of your wife’s Ex...purple is also here favorite color! Maybe on her Focus but not my Ex! But she was raised by a family that thinks cars are just a tool to get from point a to b. Go figure. So she probably wouldn’t let do that to her car. Ignore the naysayers it’s great seeing some individuality out there!
       
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      Well my wife hates the idea of the big (24”) wheels painted purple because she says shes not a 16 year old kid.

      I’m hoping to have the tires mounted up next weekend as long as everything shows up by then. The wheels are currently black so I’ll upload photos of them before they are painted.
       
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      Are body’s may get older and we have more responsibilities (wife, kids house,etc.). But inside it’s good to keep some young interests even a 16 year olds interest in cars. After all a lot of us got it from our fathers. Looking forward to the pics! Happy Memorial Day weekend!
       
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      Well put.
       
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      Got my Garmin dash cam setup. In my previous car I had it centered on the windshield but with the camera on the explorer, it stretches too far down on the window and blocks the camera. I ended up running it to the left side and it actually is better than expected. Don't see any wires and the camera isn't terribly noticeable or "in your face".
       
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      Photos?
       
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      I was fooling around with iMovie so I put this together for my YouTube channel.
      I hope you enjoy and please don't forget to "like" it (only if you do).

       
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      Johnnoriega: I gotta admit at first glance I wasn't a fan of the red wheels but watching the video, especially at the angle around 0:34 (and the following walk around), they look great. I think it is the exact side view shot that mislead me into my original impression.

      14Explorer548: I think the purple would be great and your wife would love it in the end.
       
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