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Baby's got new shoes!

Finally got all the pieces together and washed the Ex...

MAMBA M3 17"x8", with 20mm offset
Firestone Destination A/T 265/70R17
Hubcentric Rings
Gorilla wheel locks

Wheels/Tires/TPMS Sensors came to $1376, balanced and shipped, from Mr Wheel Deal (http://mrwheeldeal.com/a/). I was a little apprehensive not going to some of the "major" Internet vendors, but this guy is 5-star in the book of customer service! Answered all my questions (a lot of them!), in a timely manner. I'd do business with him any day...

The Hubcentric Rings were $55.95 from JustForWheels. The 70.3mm ID was a little tight to install, considering a fair amount of rust layered the hubs, but a rubber mallet and some polishing with a Dremel took care of that.

The Gorilla wheel locks were $47.99 + $9.95 S/H for a set of 20 from SummitRacing.

Altogether, baby got a $1,500 makeover.

I'm still waiting for the Ford TPMS tool to retrain those darn annoying sensors, but I had to show off the girl.

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With the 20mm offset (OEM was 44mm) and the wider tires, the package is just about flush with the fender trim:

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The Destination A/T are as aggressive as I want to get:
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There is some minor rubbing at full turn, more noticeable in reverse, but I should be able to move the black shroud back a bit to clear:
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Inner clearance is not a problem:
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red.EDDIE.4x4

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good lookin tires =]
got the same ones on my truck, but in a 33x12.5

oh, and those rims look sick too!
 




Divemaster191307

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Ever think about getting the trim painted black?

Not really, to be honest. I like a little color in there. I am thinking about painting the EB "gold trim" to black though.
 




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good lookin tires =]
got the same ones on my truck, but in a 33x12.5

oh, and those rims look sick too!

Thanks. How are the Firestones doing for you? They seem to be quieter than the OEM, and the ride is smoother, I guess due to the fact they sit further out and have a couple of inches more sidewalls...
 




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looks great!

i love the new generation explorers
 




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Looks kinda like millertimeX17's explorers wheels:
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I think you need a 3" body lift!
 




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Divemaster191307

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Ever think about getting the trim painted black?

Crud, I just read your post again, and realized you were talking about the trim and not the wheels... Duh! I feel like a dweeb now!
 




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Looks kinda like millertimeX17's explorers wheels:

I think you need a 3" body lift!

Yes to the look (kind of inspired me, I think those are Mamba M2), but not likely to the lift, at least not a whole 3". With the larger diameter tires, that would end up being something like a 4" increase. Some of the parking garages around the Washington, DC area were made for midgets, I barely clear them as it is! Now, maybe the Rancho 1 1/2 Quicklift... Christmas is coming soon afterall ;)
 




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Got the TPMS issue resolved. For reference, the sensors are Shraeder-Bridgeport #28385, direct replacement for OE Part 6F2Z1A189A (http://www.schrader-bridgeport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=108). I ordered the TPMS Reset Tool from RockAuto (Motocraft TPMS-19, Part #8C2Z-1A203-A, $22.79), followed the documented procedure and bingo: no more TPMS error :thumbsup: The sensors were $32 each, installed, much better than $100+ for OEM sensors...
 




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Thanks. How are the Firestones doing for you? They seem to be quieter than the OEM, and the ride is smoother, I guess due to the fact they sit further out and have a couple of inches more sidewalls...

im only about 3000 miles into them, but the inner tred is wearing faster then i thought. mainly because of my lift and the fact that i need another alignment. other then that i dont hear alot of noise. im surprised at how they actually handle off road and in mud. for an A/T tire they seem to have alot of traction in tough conditinons.
 




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im only about 3000 miles into them, but the inner tred is wearing faster then i thought. mainly because of my lift and the fact that i need another alignment. other then that i dont hear alot of noise. im surprised at how they actually handle off road and in mud. for an A/T tire they seem to have alot of traction in tough conditinons.

That's good to know, not that I plan any tough conditions: the only thime this thing goes off-roading is when I have to cut across the median to avoid rush hour traffic! I've got maybe 300 miles now, and they are really quiet so far.
 




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How about some pics of the front? I want to see the bull bar. Be nice to have something to get pulled out by in the front since ford didnt put tow hooks on these.
 




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Got the TPMS issue resolved. For reference, the sensors are Shraeder-Bridgeport #28385, direct replacement for OE Part 6F2Z1A189A (http://www.schrader-bridgeport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=108). I ordered the TPMS Reset Tool from RockAuto (Motocraft TPMS-19, Part #8C2Z-1A203-A, $22.79), followed the documented procedure and bingo: no more TPMS error :thumbsup: The sensors were $32 each, installed, much better than $100+ for OEM sensors...

Could you not just move your stocks sensors into your new wheels? Discount Tire did mine for 6 bucks a piece.

Your truck looks great by the way :thumbsup:
 




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Could you not just move your stocks sensors into your new wheels? Discount Tire did mine for 6 bucks a piece.

Your truck looks great by the way :thumbsup:

I'm sure I could have found a local shop that could have done that (there is no Discount Tire within 50 miles of my house or my office, unfortunately). But now I have a set of "ready to use" wheels to sell, and I'll even reset the TPMS if the buyer wants it (locally, of course). Now if I could just have a dry weekend to take pics and post them on Craig's List, I'll be happy!

As far as the Ex itself, well: "Imitation Is The Best Form Of Flattery"... Saw yours, and that's the look I was looking for!
 




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Those wheels definitely compliment your truck well. Mine are Vision 375 Warriors by the way. I saw your signature said you have dual exhaust set up. Do you happen to have any pics of your setup?
 




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Those wheels definitely compliment your truck well. Mine are Vision 375 Warriors by the way. I saw your signature said you have dual exhaust set up. Do you happen to have any pics of your setup?

Those 375 have an 18mm Offset, right? Mine have 20mm. I think that 18-20 gives the Ex the wider stance that it needs, compared to the OEM 44mm. It's only about 1" wider on each side, but I can definitely feel I'm getting better stability.

I posted a few pics of the exhaust setup here: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=260221 and a few more here: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3355821/3. Oh yeah, no spare tire anymore...
 


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Mine actually have a 0 offset. They stick out about 1.5". The offset looks much more aggressive with the lift on top. I dont carry a spare either. I'm waiting to get a roof basket to carry one in.

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