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  1. mattadams

    Back in a Ford Explorer after years away!

    Doubt most folks around here even remember me anymore... but used to be quite active in the early days of the forum when I had a lifted 94 Explorer with all kinds of lights on it. I used to be moderator of the performance lighting forum, and I've been moderator of the escape forum for several...
  2. mattadams

    My new "custom" desk

    I've been working for at least a few weeks now on a "custom" desk that I've been building for my home office. I say "custom" because I'm not actually cutting the wood, etc. for it but taking components and putting them together in a way that was probably not originally envisioned. While the desk...
  3. mattadams

    My first marathon coming up January 12th

    I've gotten out of the auto projects in recent years as I've gotten into more fitness activities. Two years ago, I started trying to lose some weight and running was one of my primary methods. I lost about 50 pounds and have gotten into pretty good shape. Back in September I did my first half...
  4. mattadams

    My first official half-marathon!

    Well, I'd been working up to it for a while... my first official half-marathon! Did it this weekend for the Denver Rock n Roll Half/Full Marathon. Training up for doing a full marathon January 12th with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Still have quite a bit of training to do to make it to...
  5. mattadams

    Things to do near edinburgh without a car?

    Figure maybe we've got some Edinburgh people on there... I am going to be there for two weeks for work, with a weekend in between currently with no plans. I won't have a car, so I was looking into some local tours, possibility of doing a guided tour, etc. Anyone in the area have any spots that...
  6. mattadams

    My next fitness goal... completing a marathon. (Raising funds for a good cause!)

    My work has been doing a fundraiser for the leukemia and lymphoma society (which focuses on blood cancers of various types, not just leukemia and lymphoma) for a few years now. Last year I thought about joining in, but the fundraising goals specified by my organization were outside of what I...
  7. mattadams

    Two of the biggest bikes you'll see...

    The scale is probably hard to tell from the photo, but trust me, these are two of the biggest bikes you'll probably ever see... but I need big bikes, since I'm 6' 8" :). The Giant Mountain Bike is a 25" frame, and I was actually able to find it in a bike shop, but only one bike shop in...
  8. mattadams

    If you have carpeted stairs, go look and report back :)

    I'm pretty sure that very few people, even with carpeted stairs, have carpet on the edges of the stairs (called the skirting I believe), the piece that goes from the stair itself to the baseboard. I'm sure there is some reason our house has it (probably was cheaper/easier or something) but...
  9. mattadams

    Jumping into a frozen lake for a good cause, Special Olympics! :)

    Hey all! It's that time of the year again! I'm getting ready to do the polar plunge to benefit the Special Olympics... last year I ended up raising about $1000, and I know the money goes to good use! For those who aren't familiar with Special Olympics, they are a non-profit organization...
  10. mattadams

    Road bike for a tall guy?

    I am thinking of getting a road bike... I have a mountain bike which is actually fairly nice but not all that comfortable and I don't really use it for mountain biking... I'm thinking of getting more into biking as I'm exploring a lot of different fitness options... The only complication is...
  11. mattadams

    Biggest Loser Contest at work

    So several offices of my company are holding a biggest loser competition. You pay $20 to join, and each week you hold a weigh-in (on the honor system, and weighted in in private), and if your weight stays the same you have to pay $1 and if you gain weight you have to pay $1/lb. you loose (you...
  12. mattadams

    Sponsor me for the 2012 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics!

    February 18th I will be making the plunge into Boulder Reservoir for the 2012 Special Olympics Polar Plunge! The water will likely be just above freezing but it’ll be worth it! This event raised about $300,000 last year, and my personal goal is to raise $1000 for this worthy cause. For those...
  13. mattadams

    Possibly stupid idea (pillows as extra insulation)

    First off, I realize this is probably a stupid idea for a few reasons, but it is also a good idea for a few reasons. We go through pillows fairly quickly (my wife and I both like a good firm pillow) and right now have about 7 or 8 pillows that aren't being used and we'll likely be getting rid...
  14. mattadams

    Escape Speaker or other stereo upgrades?

    Anyone with a Ford Escape done any stereo upgrades? I've been thinking about upgrading the speakers with something better and possibly a seperate amp for them, but would be curious if anyone else had done anything interesting...
  15. mattadams

    A vile, wicked temptress rears her ugly head again

    http://www.carweek.com/dealer_listings_details.cfm?inventory_condition&Referrer=Carweek.Com&showAuctions=false&DealerID=983&escapeHeader=No&szinventory_id=265562&certifiedOnly=false Take a step back in time about 10 years... when I bought this bad boy in 2000-2001 and started modifying it...
  16. mattadams

    Hardwood Floor Project

    OK so its nothing super exciting, but I was pretty hapy with how my hardwood floors came out :) Ever since we'd moved into the house, my wife wanted hardwood floors on the main level, I kept saying no for a variety of reasons (cost, I knew I'd end up having to do it, I was afraid the dogs would...
  17. mattadams

    I love my Escape!

    OK, so its not a four-wheeling beast and probably never will be but I would just like to chime in and state that I absolutely love my Ford Escape, even though its pretty much bone stock (save for HID headlights and a trailer hitch) but as far as a regular transportation vehicle, I love it. It...
  18. mattadams

    Enjoyed our time in the UK!

    My wife and I recently spent 10 days in the UK, mostly in London, though we did hit some other touristy spots, likes Bath, Lacock, Stonehenge, and then we spent a day in Paris, heading through the Chunnel. While London was way too crowded (dang tourists... of which I was one so can't really say...
  19. mattadams

    HID's in the 2010 Escape

    HID's were one of the mods I missed the most about my old truck... the ability to actually SEE at night... so with the new Escape, finally decided to bite the bullet and get back into the HID game. Based on the recommendations of a few others, decided to go with the DDM Tuning H13 kit. I went...
  20. mattadams

    For the table saw folks

    I've got a Craftsman Professional table saw with an "Align-a-Rip" fence that came with it, and admittadly haven't used it much lately... but I was working on cutting down some shelves and ran into issues with forcing boards through, after a few inches the wood would bind up and start to burn the...
  21. mattadams

    Any cool escape mods?

    I know we've got some escape folks out there... so those that have em, have you found any cool mods? Searching for mods for these things is not something I"m used to, apparently hardly anybody makes anything for them, probably because they aren't a typically "souped up" vehicle... On my list of...
  22. mattadams

    Ford Escape for tall drivers

    One of the first questions people ask me when I tell them about the Escape is "how do you fit in there"... in fact, it's been asked twice so far here! :). Some know, others don't but I'm about 6' 8" so my choice of vehicles is actually somewhat limited. So I thought I'd share a little secret...
  23. mattadams

    Trailer Hitch add-on for ford escape?

    Has anyone out there installed a trailer hitch that didn't come factory on their escape? I am interested in possibly adding one for my 2010 since it didn't come with one. LIkely woudl never use it for towing but more for bike racks and such, so probably wouldn't even mess with getting electrical...
  24. mattadams

    For such a small engine... this thing does ok!

    When I was shopping for my escape, I was mainly interested in fuel economy, and not really looking for high performance, so I was specifically looking at the 2.5L 4-cyclinder engine. What really suprised me on test drives of this engine as well as the 6-cylinder is that they are remarkably...
  25. mattadams

    Welcome to the new Ford Escape Forum!

    The little cousin to the explorer indeed, but a real nice and very popular little suv at the same time, which now has it's own place among the explorerforum family, thanks for including it! Feel free to post anything in here escape-related you'd like, modified, stock, whatever, it's all good...
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