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2022 Explorer ST 401a AWD

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Picked up our Agate Black ST on 03/22/22 after waiting exactly five months from the date we put in the order.

~Under The Hood
~3.0 Ecoboost
~10 Speed Transmission
~Intelligent 4WD
~2500 Miles

~Exterior
~PPF
~Bumper Plugs

~Interior
~Twin Panel Moonroof
~ Ceramic Window Tint
*15% on all Windows*
*50% on Windshield*

~Equipment/Electronics
~Equipment Group 401A
~Premium Technology Package
~ST High Package
~Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+

~Suspension
*stock*

~Wheels and Tires
~ST Street Pack
~21” Aluminum ST Wheels (Black)
~275/45/21
~Gorilla Black Lug Nuts

~Lighting
*stock*

~Accessories
 

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Pictures sent from my salesman as soon as it rolled off the truck at the dealership.
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Took delivery!

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Paint correction and exterior detail completed on 03/27/22, got it looking like black glass.
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Looks very nice. Always interested in equipment, product, and procedure.
 

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Looks very nice. Always interested in equipment, product, and procedure.
I had a mobile detail company come out. They did a decent job. It's not showroom quality, but the price was right and they really shined it up nice.
 

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This makes me want to delete my side rails.. but I do use them like 2-3 times a year haha!
 

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This makes me want to delete my side rails.. but I do use them like 2-3 times a year haha!
We won’t be throwing anything on the roof. I have a truck if needed, and the cargo area in the ST is quite roomy!
 

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We won’t be throwing anything on the roof. I have a truck if needed, and the cargo area in the ST is quite roomy!
escape is the other ride until our bronco shows up.. the explorer is the christmas tree getter every year and misc. stuff randomly... maybe ill figure out another way because it looks so clean without!
 

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I have a set of black mcgard lug nuts that dont fit my new rims if you're interested.
Are they new or used? Do they match the OEM black on the ST wheels?
 

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Which should I do first? Black Ford badges, or black lug nuts?
Yes. ;)

Seriously though, I think you'd appreciate both. Having said that, if you are considering installing the full Black Ovals (I would recommend this option) as opposed to decals here are a couple of things to consider.

If money is a concern, the lug nuts are likely cheaper (depending on the manufacturer), and obviously the easier option. McGard and Gorilla are both options worthy of consideration. There is much written on this forum regarding lug nut choices from cheap black ones to expensive Titanium ones. Do your homework.

The full front oval replacement requires the front grill/facia to be removed unless you choose to use the cheat and drill the OE blue one-off (nothing wrong with this choice). You'll want a friend to help while you drill/swap badges should you choose to pull the grill. The tape-on option is easier. It wasn't ever really a consideration for me but lots of badges are taped on and survive just fine. It will take you 90 minutes to a couple of hours to install the front should you choose to install it as OE. The back oval will take perhaps 20-30 minutes and is not too bad.

One last consideration on replacing the ovals. Should think that an intercooler upgrade is in your future you can replace the badges with just a few extra minutes of work at that time.

In the end, the silver lug nuts simply look out of place with black wheels (stock or aftermarket) and are probably the best visual impact bang for the buck. You can also get what most consider to be a better lug nut design with a solid rather than capped lug nut.

Then, of course, come next paycheck get the badges. :p
 

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Are they new or used? Do they match the OEM black on the ST wheels?
brand new.. ordered them from whoosh motorsports only to find out i needed slightly "thinner" ones so some cheap napa lugs are on mine currently. I opened one pack up but never even threaded them in.
 

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Yes. ;)

Seriously though, I think you'd appreciate both. Having said that, if you are considering installing the full Black Ovals (I would recommend this option) as opposed to decals here are a couple of things to consider.

If money is a concern, the lug nuts are likely cheaper (depending on the manufacturer), and obviously the easier option. McGard and Gorilla are both options worthy of consideration. There is much written on this forum regarding lug nut choices from cheap black ones to expensive Titanium ones. Do your homework.

The full front oval replacement requires the front grill/facia to be removed unless you choose to use the cheat and drill the OE blue one-off (nothing wrong with this choice). You'll want a friend to help while you drill/swap badges should you choose to pull the grill. The tape-on option is easier. It wasn't ever really a consideration for me but lots of badges are taped on and survive just fine. It will take you 90 minutes to a couple of hours to install the front should you choose to install it as OE. The back oval will take perhaps 20-30 minutes and is not too bad.

One last consideration on replacing the ovals. Should think that an intercooler upgrade is in your future you can replace the badges with just a few extra minutes of work at that time.

In the end, the silver lug nuts simply look out of place with black wheels (stock or aftermarket) and are probably the best visual impact bang for the buck. You can also get what most consider to be a better lug nut design with a solid rather than capped lug nut.

Then, of course, come next paycheck get the badges. :p
Good info. Yes, I plan to replace the entire emblems, I was looking at them on emblem-city. com. Waiting until the Intercooler upgrade is a great idea.
As far as lug nuts, I was eying the aluminum Vossen lug nuts. I’m still thinking on it tho.
 

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I bought mine on Emblem City too. They were very efficient. Vossen makes a great product but I personally wouldn't go with aluminum lug nuts. Unless you're looking to save every ounce of weight I don't see a real benefit. Don't get me wrong, they're plenty strong enough but because you're using dissimilar metals there is a chance of corrosion and galling on a daily driver that sees any weather. That said, my opinion alone shouldn't sway you. There is much to be read on that topic.
 

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Got the ST back with fresh window tint and PPF. Pictures soon!
 

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One of the things I had to do to prep for the detail and PPF was to remove the front license plate mount. As you can see, it left behind some lovely holes drilled by Ford. I guess some paint matched bumper plugs are in my future. 2E8ED968-46D3-4F61-B457-CBD10925B72B.jpeg
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I also had to remove the EXPLORER lettering on the hood so they could apply the PPF. Do people leave those off? Or reapply them on top of the PPF? I’m leaning towards just leaving them off.
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