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What have you added to your 2011 Ford Explorer since you picked it up?

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by Tilley72, July 10, 2011.

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    1. Tilley72

      Tilley72 New Member

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      Hey everyone,

      I'm just curious as to what people have added to their 2011 Ford Explorers since they picked them up from the dealer. I've added a few pieces to my Ex, which includes the following:

      8k HID's in the Headlights (from Krypton Bulbs)
      Shark Fin Antenna (from one of the previous threads)
      OEM Roof Rails
      (2) Yakima Forklift Bike Racks
      OEM Bumper Protector
      OEM Molded Plastic Splash Guards
      OEM Gas Cap
      OEM Ambient Lighting Kit
      OEM All Weather Mats

      I'm also considering looking into the Following upgrades:

      CGR Superguard Hood Protector
      CGR In Channel Vent Visors
      CGS Cold Air Intake
      CGS Cat Back Exhaust
      Weathertech Mats (The Whole Car)
      Audio/TV Sytem for Tailgating
      Remote Car Starter
      Radar Detector

      I would love to hear or see the other changes people have made to their Ex, or if they have had any good experiences/recommendations with products that I'm looking at.

      -Andrew
       
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    3. JDraper

      JDraper Somewhat Functional Moderator Emeritus

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      KC Daylighters Driving Lights
      Factory Mud Flaps
      Factory Rear Bumper Protector
      Homelink Garage Door Opener
      Custom Footwell Lighting
      Radar Detector
      Rear Cargo Mat
       
    4. splash5

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      Under Glow + internal lighting
      HID
      Cargo liner
      OEM mats, splash guards, hood deflector
       
    5. kblee

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      Shark Fin Antenna
      NuShield protector for MFT
      Tinted front windows to match factory tint
      WeatherTech cargo mat
       
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      What is OEM Gas Cap?



      for me so far:
      Factory Mud Flaps
      Factory weather mats
      Husky Cargo liner
      NuShield protector
      Tinted front windows
      Avery Nano Fusion Clear Bra ( half hood, full bumper, mirror, qt panel, and rear luggage area)
      Map light LED
      Reverse light LED
      Rear License Plate light LED
       
    7. gman123

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      installed:
      OEM Rear Cargo Mat
      OEM Roof Rail Crossbars
      OEM Rear Bumper Protector
      Escort Solo Radar Detector
      Tinted front windows to match factory tint

      Plan to install:
      Yakima Bike Rack roof attachment
      Trailer Hitch
      OEM mud flaps
      K&N air filter
      Yakima Rocket Box
       
    8. 1tufgt

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      Gas cap is a accessory since the Explorer now runs the capless system which doesn't require a gas cap. So if you want one you have to buy it as a accessory.
       
    9. Sgt1411

      Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

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      30% tint front windows
      NuShield MFT
      NuShield OEM DVD
      OEM Bumper protector
      Husky Liners full set
       
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      I guess I should say I don't understand the need of a gas cap. What is it good for? I just go with the "OEM" capless design and didn't think I need to upgrade
       
    11. RandyH2

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      Probably just extra protection from vandalism. I'm guessing that it'd be pretty easy for some "prankster" to pour something in that capless tank or maybe siphon fuel. The last time I tried to siphon fuel from my car, back in the 90's, I had 0% success but I think that was because the hose was too short and not because of any prevention device. Maybe there is some sort of screen in the filler neck to prevent siphoning, beats me.
       
    12. Tilley72

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      I live in near a college campus, so yes you could say there are pranksters, so I got the cap to protect against people siphoning fuel and/or adding water to my gas tank. For the $20.00 or so it cost its worth the piece of mind.
       
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      Forgive my naivety, as I'm just curious, but how does a gas cap do anything to deter this activity? Removing a gas cap is not exactly rocket science, or is there some kind of lock on this cap? If I wanted to siphon someone's gas or pour water in their tank, having to turn a knob 1/4 turn would hardly deter me from doing so. You wouldn't even know the particular vehicle had a gas cap until you opened the fuel door, at which point, I would think one is pretty committed to undertaking whatever devious activity they set out to open the fuel door for.
       
    14. Tilley72

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      Yes there is a lock on the gas gap. You get two keys along with the gas cap, it's not just one that you can turn to put in and out.
       
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      MikeCallery Elite Explorer

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      Blue Ox Tow Bar
      Front Windows tinted to max legal for my state
      NuShield Protector
      AVS In-Channel vent visors
      OEM Rear Bumper Protector
      Weatherguard front mats
      Husky cargo rubber mat
      Roof Rails
      Wheel Locks
      NOTE: Removed rear seat, fabricated rear deck with cargo storage
       
    16. vulnox

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      Hi all, I just recently picked up my XLT, and this may be the first vehicle I get the windows tinted. Looking for a way to keep the interior cooler, cut down on amount sunlight that blinds us, and on our black Ex, I guess it would just look good.

      Now since I have not done tint before on any of my previous vehicles, I see some have gone to max for their state, etc. My concern is, how much does that impact your safe view of your side mirrors, stuff like that? I am torn on what level of tint to get, I would love to go as dark as possible, but don't want to at the cost of me hitting someone/thing.

      Thanks! Although I am leasing, I love this board to get ideas of what I can add.
       
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      Dealer installed:
      OEM splash guards
      OEM cross rails
      OEM remote start

      have since bought:
      OEM rear bumper guard
      locking gas cap
      soft sided trunk organizer
      cargo net
      Nushield MFT protector

      yet to get:
      cargo mat
      husky liners
      Yakima hitch mount bike rack
      Malone canoe gunwale mounts
       
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      Don't worry about it, just get the max your state would allow. (remember your stock window has some base "Tint" in, so if you state allow 25% don't just go get 25% because you will be below the state limit.

      If the day time you won't miss anything, at night anything within your state limit is not going to hide anything from you. If you go 10% or less thats another story.
       
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      Cool thank you very much for answering my questions. I made an appointment with a guy my salesman (who was awesome) told me to go to. He is doing the fronts at 4:00pm today for $69, which seems to be pretty good.

      Thanks again!
       
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      I have the Aries step/nerf bars in chrome, which are a necessary accessory if you don't want to lift toddlers in and out by yourself. The step height makes it a challenge for my five-year-old to climb in, and the two-year-old didn't stand a chance. Other than that, all stock at the moment
       
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      What are the LED bulb number for the Map, reverse and license plate bulbs. The side mirrors light can be changed to LED?
       
    22. vulnox

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      This is the thread that covered a lot of that which I read last night:
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=312886&highlight=map+lights

      It looks like they have most of the bulb info in that thread. It sounds like the side lamps are near impossible to replace, and that the 2nd and 3rd row, at least in that thread, were never replaced due to difficulty in getting the covers off. There may be new info, but that was the most detailed thread I found.
       
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      Sorry for being late to the party but if you have stated it was locking you wouldn't have confused readers. Being that it IS locking and not a typical gas cap.
       
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      -LED interior swap
      -new 20" rims
      -Aries Nerf Bars
      -Sharkfin Antenna
      -License plate LED lights
      -OEM Rear Cargo Mat
      -OEM DVD Headrests

      To come:
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      -22" rims
       
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      Full coverage 3M Venture Shield
      WeatherTech mats, and cargo liner
      All windows tinted @ 20%
      New 22'' w/t
      Mcgard wheel locks
      Locking gas cap
      4'' Magnaflow Stainless tips
      Painted the exposed exhaust pipes with VHT black

      Ordering this week:

      NuShield
       
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      All OEM:

      Roof Rack Crossbars
      Molded Mud Flaps
      Remote Start
      Hood Deflector
      All-Weather Mats
      Cargo Area Protector

      About to order:

      Ambient Light Kit
      HIDs
       

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