> Spanks wrote:
> Started a new project on my 2000 Ford Explorer Limited (Pearl White
- 5.0 - AWD) last week. I was fortunate enough to have the
opportunity to purchase the Carbon Fiber/Composite Hood and Rear Wing
Spoiler of the 2000 Saleen Ford Explorer XP8 2000-0023 from a
gentleman in New York.
> I've sent the wing and spoiler over to a local shop to be reworked,
painted and installed on my truck.
> Photos of the progress below.
New Update from last week, the
weekend and this week.
So as many know, the rear bumper assembly on the 2nd Generation Ford
Explorer (I think 1st Gen too) has an issue where road grit/other
material can get in between the plastic bumper step pad and the bumper
face bar. Over time this grit will rub away at the paint on the top
edge of the bumper where the plastic step pad rolls over and just like
"sandpaper" wear away the paint and eventually rust the
bumper face bar away.
On this truck (a 2000) even though it has been meticulously kept - you
can see from the pictures how it looked underneath the bumper steppad.
Checked with Ford and the "Cyprus" step pad is no longer
made and its doesn't seem to be available anywhere else. The Cyprus
pad is used on the White Pearl Limited 2nd Gen trucks with code
So carefully the pad was removed so it could be reused. Since the
truck has been garage kept, it went fairly easy. This might not be
the case for trucks that have been exposed to the elements as the
sun/weather might degrade the plastic and cause it to crack or break
I was going to just do a whole new bumper face bar but again the
bumper face bars with holes for the Park Assist are not to be found
for the 2nd gen. Plenty of ones without park assist are to be had -
but the park assist option is not something I am willing to give up.
Next step is to strip the bumper completely, repair and refinish.
Since it is not too bad (seems only some surface rust) - I think it
will turn out just fine.
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