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Title: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 18, 2021, 10:20:08 AM
We decided it was time to trade in the Wife's 2015 X5 and get a new 2021 Explorer ST. My cousin is the Sales Manager at a Ford dealer, so we milked him for everything we could and came away with a decent deal. There was nothing owing on the X5, so we decided to trade in and knock down the cost on the ST, instead of selling privately. I really didn't want to deal with selling privately TBH.

There isn't really a lot that will be done to this thing, however I've put together a little bit of a plan. We spent about 2g's less on it than we planned, so I'm just rolling that into add-ons for it.

I made a small detailing supply order
- Poor Boy's Ceramic Coat
- Poor Boy's Trim Coat
- Bunch of Pads
- New interior detailing Brush set
- MF's

The plan is to remove the "EXPLORER" badge on the hood, prep and coat the paint and trim. Then it goes to the shop for Expel Plus Extreme PPF and Ceramic window tint on the front windows. It came from the dealer with "no prep", so the paint is nice and un-molested.

From a "Parts order" standpoint, I have a few things coming.
- Black Lug nuts
- Custom Ford Badges
- 3rd row Weathertech matt
- Cargo Area Weathertech Matt
- LED Rear Turn Signal and Reverse bulbs

From a programming standpoint, I'll be making a bunch of changes with ForScan
- Double honk when you exit with key and it's running - Disable
- Fake Engine noise through speakers - Disable
- Hyperflash rear turn signals - Disable
- "Back seat check" nanny - Disable
- Add some features to the digital gauges from the Platinum
- Bambi Mode
- Anything else I can find that looks good to do

Long term plans in "discussion" with the Wife
- Summer Tires and wheels
- Lower Springs
- Exhaust

It may get a tune later in life. I have a new tuner coming that can tune multiple vehicles and my calibrator will give me a tune for it for free. We'll see as I don't want a warranty issue with all the Ford "big brother" nannies that it has. It's quick as it is, so not sure.




Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on March 18, 2021, 12:02:32 PM
I know we got a teaser picture in the other thread but come on?  Nothing?  No pictures at all in the first post of a new vehicle thread?  Youíre probably the kind of guy that doesnít dress his wheel wells...


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 18, 2021, 04:56:47 PM
Itís just so dirty right now
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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 18, 2021, 05:11:05 PM
Any recommendation on prep/treatment for the interior bits while it's still new?
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on March 18, 2021, 06:13:30 PM
Itís just so dirty right now
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Damn.  Thatís filthy.  You should be ashamed of posting a picture like that.

Hell, itís cleaner than my truck.  Sort of.  I assume right now Atleast half of my truck is clean. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on March 18, 2021, 06:14:42 PM
Any recommendation on prep/treatment for the interior bits while it's still new?
Use that PB Trim Coat.  See what happens.  Haha. Be a guinea pig.  Itís the wifeís ride, right?


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 18, 2021, 09:11:29 PM
Lol, there is some surfaces it would actually work on.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 18, 2021, 11:08:59 PM
Black lug nuts arrived and made the ForScan changes I could. Need to find a way to shut off the fake engine noise, it drives me nuts fir some reason.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 19, 2021, 10:48:01 PM
Thanks to Mike, I called the painter and am changing up the FORD badges. The parts that are Chrome OEM, will be gloss Black to match the grill. The parts that blue OEM, will be Atlas Blue to match the paint. A little less Black now, just a little.
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on March 20, 2021, 06:41:10 AM
Thanks to Mike, I called the painter and am changing up the FORD badges. The parts that are Chrome OEM, will be gloss Black to match the grill. The parts that blue OEM, will be Atlas Blue to match the paint. A little less Black now, just a little.
No no.  I donít want credit for that.  Iím with it, but I want to reserve my credit for when youíre on youíre fourth set of wheels and your third performance upgrade.  Haha


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 27, 2021, 11:47:38 AM
Auto geek couldnít ship the PoorBoys coatings across the boarder by air, so I had to find another way.

Found someone north of the boarder that stocks them. Ordered up.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on March 27, 2021, 06:33:06 PM
Auto geek couldnít ship the PoorBoys coatings across the boarder by air, so I had to find another way.

Found someone north of the boarder that stocks them. Ordered up.


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Were you trying to expedite it that it had to go by air?


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 27, 2021, 07:06:29 PM
Apparently they didnít have a ground shipping option to Canada.

Itís funny though, I just found out that where I ordered from, get their stuff from AutoGeek. Itís just that they order enough to have it sent up via freight.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: sscully on March 30, 2021, 08:19:53 PM
Does DetailedImage.com ship to Canada ?

They are in NY ( Albany I think ), so I don't know if that is a help or not.. :dunno:
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 30, 2021, 08:52:20 PM
Iím honestly not sure. Eshine.ca gave me a good price and free shipping, so just went with them.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 30, 2021, 08:54:25 PM
I took Thursday off, so I hope to swap the lug nuts, install the hood struts and remove the explorer badge on the hood.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 30, 2021, 08:55:35 PM
Found these wheels that I really like and the wife approves of. So Iíll probably order in May sometime.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on March 31, 2021, 05:57:50 AM
I like those wheels.

Is this one of those stupid vehicles Ford makes that still uses a manual folding hood prop/support?  It amazes me when these expensive vehicles, especially the higher end versions, come with such stripped down options.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 31, 2021, 04:45:48 PM
I like those wheels.

Is this one of those stupid vehicles Ford makes that still uses a manual folding hood prop/support?  It amazes me when these expensive vehicles, especially the higher end versions, come with such stripped down options.


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Bingo. They are cheating out in some odd places these days.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on March 31, 2021, 06:27:39 PM
Found these wheels that I really like and the wife approves of. So Iíll probably order in May sometime.

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I like them! And they're not black!  :clap:
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 31, 2021, 10:30:43 PM
I think they will look good. A set of Toyo Proxe ST iii's in 285/50/20 should round out the setup pretty nicely.
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 02, 2021, 01:21:07 AM
Got a few goodies on.

LEDs for the tails and license plate
Hood struts
Mud flaps
Black lugs

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 02, 2021, 01:22:28 AM
Also took it for a little test. Not bad for a stock boat.
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https://youtu.be/rSpvLdaD3ZA


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 05, 2021, 11:21:22 PM
Set up the new laptop with ForScan and a new cable. It gave me access to a bunch of new modules. Most importantly, it allowed me to turn off the fake engine noise! Woohoo


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 06, 2021, 07:27:48 AM
Set up the new laptop with ForScan and a new cable. It gave me access to a bunch of new modules. Most importantly, it allowed me to turn off the fake engine noise! Woohoo


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I still know nothing about ForScan or how it works other than what youíve said so far. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 06, 2021, 09:29:39 AM
It basically a program that lets you access the different program modules and make changes.

So you can do things like open all your windows with your key fob, have your fogs and high beams on at the same time, enable features that are on higher trim level vehicles, etc.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 06, 2021, 11:26:02 AM
It basically a program that lets you access the different program modules and make changes.

So you can do things like open all your windows with your key fob, have your fogs and high beams on at the same time, enable features that are on higher trim level vehicles, etc.


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Does one program work on different vehicles or do you have to get one specific to your model? 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 06, 2021, 02:33:50 PM
It works on a bunch of Ford and Mazda stuff.
Forscan.org to get the software, 2 month license is free and you can keep extending it.
The only thing you need otherwise is a OBD adapter. I use this one, it seems to work really well.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B081VQVD3F/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B081VQVD3F/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

You have to have a Window's PC or a Windows Emulator.

For my F150 and the ST, folks have shared Spreadsheets on changes you can make in the code. Having said that though, there usually a configuration tool for each module tat let's you make changes via the UI and just have to write them to the module after you are done.

This gives you an idea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQStzVEsWGs&t=2s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQStzVEsWGs&t=2s)
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 06, 2021, 02:34:54 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XccVNXuIbYQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XccVNXuIbYQ)
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 06, 2021, 03:05:05 PM
Detailing stuff all showed up. Now to get to work.

It is booked in for tint and PPF next Tuesday.

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Title: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 06, 2021, 08:04:39 PM
Speaking of tint, my truck windows in the front have a red tint to them when looking from the inside out.  I hate it.  Itís subtle but it messes with my depth perception.  I need to have them retinted with my guy I usually use. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 06, 2021, 09:39:16 PM
I canít handle tint with ďcolorĒ in it. Gotta be jet black, lol.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 07, 2021, 03:14:45 PM
Yeah.  Itís not as bad as it sounds.  Itís ever so subtle but itís enough to change the hue on everything.  Itís especially noticeable in the sky.  It seems to have a flattening affect though where everything youíre looking at looks two dimensional.  They look normal from the outside.  I just want to ceramic tint it to match. 


So did you do the reverse lights too?  I want to swap to all LED but havenít pulled the trigger yet.  The dually fender lights donít seem to pop and stand out enough in the mirror so I feel like itís a matter of time before I clip one on something. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 07, 2021, 03:38:54 PM
Yeah, I did the reverse bulbs as well. They are not on the level of a set of cubes or anything, but a massive improvement over the original halogen bulbs. You can see the difference in the rear view camera at night.
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on April 07, 2021, 05:14:57 PM
Yeah.  Itís not as bad as it sounds.  Itís ever so subtle but itís enough to change the hue on everything.  Itís especially noticeable in the sky.  It seems to have a flattening affect though where everything youíre looking at looks two dimensional.  They look normal from the outside.  I just want to ceramic tint it to match. 


So did you do the reverse lights too?  I want to swap to all LED but havenít pulled the trigger yet.  The dually fender lights donít seem to pop and stand out enough in the mirror so I feel like itís a matter of time before I clip one on something. 


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Before you jump to LEDs, you may want to read this thread by a friend of mine who really knows his stuff on lighting. I went with his recommendations on everything in my Tacoma and he was spot on. This thread is just on reverse lights though. And if memory serves me correctly, your Ford dually uses the same 921 bulbs as a Tacoma.

https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-921-led-reverse-light-bulb-study.490137/ (https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-921-led-reverse-light-bulb-study.490137/)
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 07, 2021, 06:00:29 PM
I have the license plate light bar from VLeds.  I love it.  But I think I just want to do a complete LED overhaul so everything looks crisper and cleaner.  I think the only thing LED on the truck are the dually fender lights and cab lights.  I think both could be upgraded though to something nicer.  I mentioned tint in another thread.  I think my current tint is a problem as far as seeing the dually fender lights clearly.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 08, 2021, 08:40:15 PM
Spent a few minutes on it during a ďmentalĒ break after a 5 hour meeting.

Peeled off the dealer badge (sorry cuz) and the explorer badge off the hood.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 09, 2021, 06:58:28 PM
A little at a time.  I have never once looked at one of those dealer stickers and gave it another thought.  I really think theyíre a waste.  Iím sure there is some research out there that proves itís beneficial.

I was taking the back roads home from Walmart today.  Actually they are all backroads but thatís besides the point.  I looked out over the farm land and realized it was a perfect opportunity to show the tint.  It looks harsher when compared directly to the windshield like this.  I should have tried to include the back window as well but this was very impromptu.  Keep in mind you canít tell at all from the outside.  Itís nearly identical to the factory tint.

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Title: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 10, 2021, 06:10:25 PM
Heck ya, that looks really purple/red in the picture. Almost like old school tints that fade in the sun. I would have to get that changed.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 12, 2021, 02:04:09 PM
Prepped the front clip for the PPF appointment on Tuesday.

Mild clay with QD to make sure the paint was clean before correction. A little bit of ďrail dustĒ was about it.
M101 with a 3.5Ē pad for spot correction. Followed by M205 on a white pad.

Came out pretty good overall.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on April 12, 2021, 02:06:29 PM
Lovin' that color!
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 12, 2021, 04:53:18 PM
Damn.  Lookin good. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 13, 2021, 09:28:54 PM
PPF applied
Front bumper
Full front fenders
Full hood
Headlights
Mirror caps
Door handle cups

Tint on the front is 20% ceramic.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Rollingrock on April 13, 2021, 10:22:16 PM
dude that is SICK!!! 


My folks just got a 2021...its the limited.   i LOVE LOVE LOVE it.   My wife is getting one.


what is the ST version?   I can google that......

Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 13, 2021, 10:26:12 PM
dude that is SICK!!! 


My folks just got a 2021...its the limited.   i LOVE LOVE LOVE it.   My wife is getting one.


what is the ST version?   I can google that......
Itís the ďFord PerformanceĒ version. So basically a sport package with some more power, etc.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Rollingrock on April 13, 2021, 11:15:52 PM
welp, those are expensive...
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 14, 2021, 02:51:29 PM
Just the way Mike wanted them

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 14, 2021, 02:51:52 PM
welp, those are expensive...
Remember that is in CDN


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 14, 2021, 05:57:52 PM
Just the way Mike wanted them

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Those look good!


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 15, 2021, 12:12:15 AM
Looks much better now!

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 15, 2021, 09:38:35 PM
Screen protector on, I like the matte, but not happy I put a mark in it with the squeegee. Weíll see how it settles when the solution dries.

Decent little kit that it comes with. You just need a drop of soap and some water.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 19, 2021, 02:44:24 PM
I have a bad habit of looking at a thread with the intention of coming back to respond and then completely forgetting about it.  That screen is huge and am I right in assuming it retracts back in to the dash? 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 19, 2021, 02:46:35 PM
Lol, nope. It just stays like that. Like a big Ďol tablet stuck there.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 19, 2021, 03:46:30 PM
Lol, nope. It just stays like that. Like a big Ďol tablet stuck there.


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What?  Hopefully itís just the angle but it looks like itís sitting way up high.  High enough that a shorter persons vision could be blocked some.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 19, 2021, 05:31:58 PM
It does stick up, but not bad. My viewpoint
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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on April 20, 2021, 08:29:50 AM
It does stick up, but not bad. My viewpoint
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Yeah thatís not bad. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: sscully on April 26, 2021, 05:31:50 PM
I had an abrupt job change, and have not had time to try my PB coating yet.

Did you get it applied before the PPF ?

Any pointers on it.
- EG: going from OPT OptiglossCoat to this ?

I got some new coating rags from detailed image ( rag shack ones ) that I was going to try and I still have the suede towels that I have used on OPT for years.
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 27, 2021, 11:20:25 AM
Honestly I havenít had the time. I took the last week of May off and think that will be when it gets done.

I just polished the paint and left it naked for the PPF. Everything I read stats that you should top the PPF with the coating.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 31, 2021, 10:33:21 PM
Well pretty much nothing got done on the car Over my holiday. I spent one night cleaning the interior.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 05, 2021, 04:33:40 PM
Custom tune loaded up and whipped intercooler on order.

Still waiting on the lowering springs, they are taking forever


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on June 06, 2021, 05:47:28 AM
Custom tune loaded up and whipped intercooler on order.

Still waiting on the lowering springs, they are taking forever


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And it begins....

Haha.  Canít wait to see this thing come together.


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Title: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 06, 2021, 06:52:27 PM
The tune was free, thanks to a friend who tunes and the intercooler was on a very small, but enticing sale, so I jumped on it.

Iím holding off on getting and wheels and tires. The wife saw one with black wheels and really liked it. I want to steer away from black, but itís her car so weíll see.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 28, 2021, 10:23:20 PM
You guys probably arenít gonna like where this is goingÖ
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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on June 29, 2021, 06:12:29 AM
You guys probably arenít gonna like where this is goingÖ
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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on June 29, 2021, 06:46:18 AM
Letís get a petition started to change the color of the wheels.  Haha

I like the wheel.  Itíll look good.  Itís just that color that Im not personally a fan of.  To each their own.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 29, 2021, 09:04:00 AM
Bought the set from market place for less than a grand, so weíll try them out. Being 22ís, I am thinking they may ride a little rough, but weíll give them a shot. The tires are too small, so the proper size are on order and weíll mount them up.

If we donít mind the ride, Iíll wait for them to get curbed and then see if I can convince her to try a different color and get them powder coated. IMO, even a gloss black would look better than the matte black on this car.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on June 29, 2021, 11:42:04 AM
Sounds like a good deal for them.  In which way are the tires small?  Too narrow or too low profile?


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 29, 2021, 12:46:53 PM
Just the wheels are over $2k up here, so I was fine with swapping tires and selling these ones and recouping some funds.

Tires currently are 265ís and these wheels need a minimum of 285ís. I would do 295ís, but they arenít available in the tire I want.

The guy wanted the ďstretchedĒ look.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 29, 2021, 12:48:19 PM
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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on June 29, 2021, 12:53:08 PM
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Yeah Iím not a fan of that stretched look. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on June 30, 2021, 06:39:05 AM
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Yeah Iím not a fan of that stretched look. 


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And folks with the stretched look wonder why they have so much curb damage.  :om:
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 02, 2021, 09:13:38 AM
Whipple intercooler installed. I took my time as I didnít want to break something or forget something.

I have to grab some screenshots of the logs, but big improvement with intake temps. The stocker was 10 rows and the new one is 33 rows, big size difference.

Ford used rivets to hold the bottom of the louvre assembly, so after drilling them out, I just used rivet nuts and bolts to re-assemble.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on July 02, 2021, 11:38:13 AM
Nice! I'm assuming that your wife asked for this performance upgrade?  :redneck:
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 02, 2021, 11:47:06 AM
Nice! I'm assuming that your wife asked for this performance upgrade?  :redneck:

After looking at the datalogs, she specifically stated that the Intake temps were too high with her stock intercooler.... :uugly:
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 03, 2021, 08:25:18 AM
285ís mounted up on the 22ís. Just waiting for the proper lug nuts to show up before I can mount them.

They are way better then the 265ís visually, but the rim is still slightly exposed. 295ís would have been perfect, but canít get them in the tire I wanted. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 03, 2021, 06:40:06 PM
Look forward to seeing it.  No doubt this thing is going to turn out great.  I always thought the truck was tastefully done.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 04, 2021, 01:31:24 AM
Finally got to some real paint work on it.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on July 04, 2021, 09:10:06 AM
Finally got to some real paint work on it.

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Still waiting for a full report on Poorboy's Ceramic Coating from one of you guys. Hint, hint ...
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 04, 2021, 09:41:51 AM
Finally got to some real paint work on it.

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Still waiting for a full report on Poorboy's Ceramic Coating from one of you guys. Hint, hint ...
Itís sitting in the basement.  I got it for one of my new work trucks with the plan of doing it before it hit the road for the first time.  Then the truck showed up and I decided I did t want it.  So I took the last new truck we got which is a similar truck but has already hit the road.  So now it requires more work and I havenít had the chance yet.


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Title: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 04, 2021, 07:14:47 PM
ST received some paint cleaning, minor corrections and ceramic coating.

What was used.

Nano Coatex premium car wash soap
Nano Coatex Iron Remover
Poor Boys Bug Squash
Meguiars MF wash mitt
Meguiars mild clay
Optimum No Rinse @QD ratio
Rupes Bigfoot 15 DA with white Lake Country 5.5Ē pad
Porter Cable 7424xp DA with white Lake Country 3Ē pad
Meguiars M205 light polish
Poor Boys Paint Prep
Poor Boys Ceramic Coating
Poor Boys Trim Ceramic Coating
Nano Coatex Glass Coat Prep
Nano Coatex Glas Coat


Prep was was the usual two bucket wash. Nothing fancy, just did a wash and rinse followed by Bug Squash on the front to get bugs guts off and Iron Remover to get some brake and rail dust out of the paint. Another rinse and then ONR and clay to clean the paint before polishing

Clay did take some stuff out.

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Next was M205 on a white 5.5Ē pad with the Rupes polisher. Normally for light correction like this, I would use a 6.5Ē pads, but with all the curves, the smaller pad was more effective. I did minimal pad cleaning between panels, so opted to swap pads more often. I got the paint to a pretty decent spot with this combo, so I swapped to the PC DA and a 3Ē pad to get some tighter spots and the black door/window trim panels.

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The whole car got a wipe down with Poor Boys Paint prep (really just a ISO mix with a bit of lubricant).
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I applied the PoorBoys Ceramic Coat on the hood and front clip first and than went around the rest of the car. Roof was last and the a second coat on ďhigh trafficĒ areas and the front clip. Overall the application was very easy and I just took my time and inspected a lot, watching for high spots that needed to be leveled. It was pretty easy to feel where you had good coverage.

Next up was the trim coating. Same basic process as the paint coating, although it seems to be a bit ďthickerĒ of a application. Went on pretty quick and easy and seemed to add a touch of gloss to the trim.

All of the glass was polished with a orange pad and M105. Then hit with Nano Coatex Glass Coat prep. The windshield and sunroof got 3 coats, while the side and back glass got two coats. Pretty easy stuff to work with overall.

Now to let it all cure and then Iíll pull it out of the garage for some pics. Very glad to have it done and looking forward to using some of this stuff on the truck! 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 05, 2021, 08:32:02 AM
That paint looks perfect.  Iím looking forward to the after pictures.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 05, 2021, 06:26:58 PM
Horrible lighting, but itís gonna rain so it wonít stay clean for long.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 05, 2021, 06:59:18 PM
Lookin good!  Those lug nuts need to show up so we can see what the new wheels are going to look like. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 05, 2021, 07:15:26 PM
I think the wheels and the lowering springs are going to make a nice improvement.

Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on July 05, 2021, 07:20:24 PM
Looks pretty darn evil to me. Nice work!
Title: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 06, 2021, 09:19:11 PM
The sun came out.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on July 07, 2021, 05:50:42 AM
Nice work! Love that color!
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 07, 2021, 09:12:05 PM
Thanks Tom!

Gotta say for $1550 all in (with brand new tires), Iím pretty happy. 305ís would have been a better fit for these wheels, but all well.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 08, 2021, 01:24:13 PM
Thanks Tom!

Gotta say for $1550 all in (with brand new tires), Iím pretty happy. 305ís would have been a better fit for these wheels, but all well.

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Alright.  I really like that.  I feel like those wheels probably look 10 times better in person too. 

Howís it ride?


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 08, 2021, 02:20:39 PM
Thanks Tom!

Gotta say for $1550 all in (with brand new tires), Iím pretty happy. 305ís would have been a better fit for these wheels, but all well.

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Alright.  I really like that.  I feel like those wheels probably look 10 times better in person too. 

Howís it ride?


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Maybe with some better light they would show better in a picture. They look pretty good in person. Iíve ordered some 5mm shims for the rears as they sit in a bit further than the fronts (so does stock).

The ride is closer to the 21ís than I thought. I was pretty worried at first and the. Realized that they set them at 50psi, lol.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 08, 2021, 02:38:09 PM
Yeah 50 is way high for those. 

I really like that a lot.  I think I even like them being black.  Haha

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 08, 2021, 03:40:07 PM
I think having the black trim helps, but I would have preferred to stay away from black personally. Weíll wait for them to get some curb rash and then see if I can change the color or maybe do them in Gloss black at least.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 08, 2021, 11:19:54 PM
Yeah 50 is way high for those. 

I really like that a lot.  I think I even like them being black.  Haha

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That edit looks really good, thank you


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 09, 2021, 07:15:33 PM
Yeah 50 is way high for those. 

I really like that a lot.  I think I even like them being black.  Haha

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That edit looks really good, thank you


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I just wanted to see if the wheels could be brought out a little more. Doesnít look like much until you compare them side by side.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 11, 2021, 08:08:50 AM
First wash after the coatings and I'm pretty happy with the results. Bugs came off super easy and the trim looks great. I did a spray ceramic topper on it and we'll see how things hold up.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 11, 2021, 06:27:34 PM
What does a ceramic topper actually do.  How does it work or differ from any other product you would top it with?


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 11, 2021, 08:33:00 PM
Really, it just provides another layer of protection more than anything. I think that ceramics are pretty great and all, but with the constant removal of bugs, I think the topper helps the ceramic survive.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 11, 2021, 08:40:19 PM
Really, it just provides another layer of protection more than anything. I think that ceramics are pretty great and all, but with the constant removal of bugs, I think the topper helps the ceramic survive.


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I get that.  But whatís special about them?  Only thing I can imagine is that they have a special bond to ceramics that other products arenít able to bond to it. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 11, 2021, 09:06:07 PM
The one Iím using is a SI02 based spray. The idea is that it is a durable sealant by itself, but also bonds to a ceramic coating in a useful way.

This may just be the ďflavour of the weekĒ but silica Dioxide based products seems to offer a good balance of protection and ease of application.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 14, 2021, 12:21:52 AM
Steeda springs are in, Iíll have to take it for an alignment though.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on July 14, 2021, 06:25:20 AM
Looks good! I'd give her a few days to settle down though.
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 14, 2021, 03:38:04 PM
Iím really happy with it. I think more importantly, the wife is happy with it.

It goes in for a alignment on Monday.

Only waiting on the rear sway bar and itís all done.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 14, 2021, 03:38:15 PM
For now


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on July 14, 2021, 06:25:02 PM
Only waiting on the rear sway bar and itís all done.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 14, 2021, 10:44:31 PM
Better pic, I think itís got just the right amount of comprise between functionality and looks.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 15, 2021, 05:40:41 PM
Those wheels and tires are a perfect fit in there.  It has a really nice stance and the gap between fenders and tire is really consistent.  I like that a lot. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 16, 2021, 02:39:15 PM
Itís boarding on looking like a ďwagonĒ, but I think itís on point.

I didnít think the black wheels would grow this much on me, but Iím liking them. I still think they would be better as a gloss black.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 16, 2021, 06:41:32 PM
Itís boarding on looking like a ďwagonĒ, but I think itís on point.

I didnít think the black wheels would grow this much on me, but Iím liking them. I still think they would be better as a gloss black.


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I want to disagree with you on the wagon look but I actually like a lot of the sportier wagons.  Coincidentally, Cassie has an outback which is a wagon and we went the other direction with that and stuffed some smaller wheels with fat tires in there and I really like it.  So what the hell do I know. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 25, 2021, 08:48:47 AM
I find it kinda interesting. Both Heather and I have received several random compliments on the ST while out and about.

Iíve hit a few ďg-outĒ dips and the suspension handles them pretty darn well. Springs are probably all settled now, lol.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on July 25, 2021, 01:20:21 PM
I've always like the station wagon look. Just look at some of the hot "shooting brake" models from across the pond.  :drool:
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 25, 2021, 02:03:09 PM
I've always like the station wagon look. Just look at some of the hot "shooting brake" models from across the pond.  :drool:
Soft spot for the Audi. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 25, 2021, 02:29:22 PM
One of my absolute favourites.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on July 25, 2021, 03:59:38 PM
One of my absolute favourites.

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I believe thatís an RS as well.  I like youíre style!


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 13, 2021, 08:44:00 PM
Right around 2000miles of driving and we are at our furthest point away from home for a week or so. This car is absolutely awesome for doing a road trip. Very comfortable and some of the tech like adaptive cruise control are so nice to have.

Stopped at a buddies place along the way and I found someone that wanted to get rid of their roof rails, so we pulled the car apart (have to drop the headliner) and got them swapped.

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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on August 17, 2021, 05:05:50 AM
Right around 2000miles of driving and we are at our furthest point away from home for a week or so. This car is absolutely awesome for doing a road trip. Very comfortable and some of the tech like adaptive cruise control are so nice to have.

Stopped at a buddies place along the way and I found someone that wanted to get rid of their roof rails, so we pulled the car apart (have to drop the headliner) and got them swapped.

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Seriously, who does this.  Hahaha.  This is probably the final straw for me ever being surprised by anything you do. 

I do really like that ride though.  And youíre right, adaptive cruise control, although on paper sounds unimpressive and boring, Iíve found to be awesome on Cassieís car on trips. 


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 17, 2021, 07:39:03 AM
Gotta seize the opportunity when you can . It was a Ford tech that wanted to remove his rails, but would cost $800+ in parts to do it. I wanted to add roof rails, but the kit is over a grand and on back order. I figured for a few beer and a couple hours worth of time, itís a good deal


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Rollingrock on August 17, 2021, 10:48:21 AM
That looks really slick with the new rack on it.   
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 17, 2021, 02:00:04 PM
I think it looks like more of a station wagon with them, but they are needed so they went on. Being able to run a box on the roof will give us some much needed space on future trips.
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Rollingrock on August 17, 2021, 02:11:53 PM
I think it looks like more of a station wagon with them, but they are needed so they went on. Being able to run a box on the roof will give us some much needed space on future trips.

Black rails, does that mean murder out the rest of the corners?

Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 17, 2021, 09:05:03 PM
I think it looks like more of a station wagon with them, but they are needed so they went on. Being able to run a box on the roof will give us some much needed space on future trips.

Black rails, does that mean murder out the rest of the corners?
I thought about wrapping the roof and some of the C-Pillar to give it a little contrast. Not sure though as Iíve now heard a few people that removed partially wrapped vehicles and now the paint looks different where the wrap was because of fading where the paint wasnít wrapped.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 17, 2021, 09:06:00 PM
Likely Iíll do some tint on the reverse lights and the top of the headlights to mute some of the chrome that remains.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on August 18, 2021, 05:27:19 PM
Oh boy. I think the bar just got raised - again:

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/08/18/ford-explorer-st-for-ford-performance-driving-school/ (https://www.autoblog.com/2021/08/18/ford-explorer-st-for-ford-performance-driving-school/)
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on August 21, 2021, 05:43:35 AM
Oh boy. I think the bar just got raised - again:

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/08/18/ford-explorer-st-for-ford-performance-driving-school/ (https://www.autoblog.com/2021/08/18/ford-explorer-st-for-ford-performance-driving-school/)
Ryan: ďHold my beerÖĒ as he cleans the bank account out and hits the internet to try to out due Ford.  This vehicle is going to end up being his too.  Haha.  Heís going to have to get the wife something else as he grows more attached to it.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Too Stroked on August 21, 2021, 01:11:37 PM
Oh boy. I think the bar just got raised - again:

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/08/18/ford-explorer-st-for-ford-performance-driving-school/ (https://www.autoblog.com/2021/08/18/ford-explorer-st-for-ford-performance-driving-school/)
Ryan: ďHold my beerÖĒ as he cleans the bank account out and hits the internet to try to out due Ford.  This vehicle is going to end up being his too.  Haha.  Heís going to have to get the wife something else as he grows more attached to it.


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I can see it now. He'll state that his wife saw the dyno sheet and decided she wanted it. Hell, it worked once before ...
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 22, 2021, 11:39:00 AM
Hahahaha, no!

Sway bar was delivered while we were gone, so I may try and get that done next weekend.

Not much else going on with it, other than it needs a serious clean up.

The longer term game plan is to put a intake in it, so we have a serviceable filter and POSSIBLY an exhaust


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 07, 2021, 03:08:26 PM
Sway bar is in and helped more than I thought it would. Less Sway and better on the small bumps than the stocker.

Had such a fun road trip. Got to see a lot of folks which was nice.
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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on September 07, 2021, 06:25:35 PM
There is way too much cool in that first picture.  Lovin that snap on remote control truck.


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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 07, 2021, 09:25:07 PM
He has some pretty cool "toys". In the other shed he has two 300+hp Sea-Doo's, 2x1000 Ranger's that are not even close to stock and a absolute mint 350x trike that he won't let me ride, lol.
Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 23, 2021, 01:50:40 PM
Took the ST to the track last week for some fun. It was slower than I was hoping for, but kinda my fault for trying a tune I messed with.
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Title: Re: 2021 Explorer ST
Post by: Kitzy on September 23, 2021, 04:37:22 PM
Took the ST to the track last week for some fun. It was slower than I was hoping for, but kinda my fault for trying a tune I messed with.
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Time for some upgrades. 

That quarter mile isnít slow by any means though.  Stop being greedy.  Haha


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