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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Swagman TrailHead hanging-style 4-bike rack. That part number is S63380. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with four straps altogether, three on our frame and one as our anti-sway. We're going to pull down and lift up on all of those to release them.



Surco Products Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Surco 20 by 48 Cargo Carrier. That part number is 52017. Now, this is designed to work with inch and 1/4 hitches only, and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. The first thing we're going to do with it installed is take a few measurements, ground clearance being first. We're going to have about 19 1/4 inches. Overall to our vehicle, we're adding about 27 inches.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is INH305. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We can actually tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded. We're going to pull down on the lever at the bottom and tilt that away.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Swagman XT2 platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is S64650. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how. Here in the center we have our frame hook which is going to hold our bike down into our wheel cradles. Wheel just squeeze and lift straight up on those frame hooks.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Yakima LiteRider hanging-style 2-bike rack. That part number is Y02472. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. These are also known by Yakima as Zip Strips.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway Hanging Style 2-Bike Rack. That part number is TH912XTR. Now, we already have our bike secured down, but first we're going to show you how we do that. We've got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame here, and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those. Then we're able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102 hanging style two bike rack. That part number is 59400. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have 2 cradles in place with 3 straps. Two on our frame here and one as our anti-sway in the back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex hanging-style 4-bike rack. That part number is TH9029XT. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those.



Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we'll be installing the inaudible 00:00:04 rear suspension enhancement system part number TFRFLX. Here we have a cargo carrier on the back with no weight on it right now and a completely factory suspension. Let's get a measurement and see how far our cargo carrier is from the ground. We're sitting about 18 and a quarter inches from the front edge of our cargo carrier to the ground right here. Now, for an additional measurement besides having the cargo carrier let's measure from the center line of the wheel up to the wheel well with no weight on it, we're 33 inches thereabout. Let's put the weight on it and see how it changes. All right, now we have about 250 pounds on the back of our cargo carrier.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we'll be taking a look at the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, Part number PW2029C. The Glacier Tire Chains come in a quantity of two. The Glacier Tire Chains are made out of a low profile, case hardened, low carbon seal. They also have spring rollers that wrap around cross cables. The tire chains meet the Department of Transportation's requirements for all 50 states. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get these installed. I've gone ahead and laid out my cable snow tire chains, so that we can make sure we don't have any kinks or breaks in our lines.



WeatherTech Front Floor Mats Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we'll be taking a look at the Weathertech front floor mats in black, part number WT447041. Now here we have our driver side floor mats installed. You'll see the channels all along the bottom that are going to prevent dirt debris and liquid from getting onto you feet and possibly causing them to slip. The bottom is also textured to prevent your feet from slipping while you are driving. The Weathertech floor mat is also going to have the contour raised edge that's going to prevent any liquid from getting onto your floor. Our floor mat is going to extend up underneath our pedals and dashboard of maximum protection. Floor mats have the 2 mounting points as well to secure your floor mat in place.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is INH305. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're going to go over some features, show you how we secure our bike into place, and then take a few measurements. The first feature I want to show you is our tilting feature because we can do this with our bike rack fully loaded. We'll come down here and pull on our lever, lowering that down.



WeatherTech Front Side Window Air Deflectors Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on 2016 Ford Explorer, we'll be looking at the WeatherTech side window air deflectors with dark tinting, for the front, part number WT80565. These are also available in a light tinting, part number WT70565. As you can see, our WeatherTech window visors have a very sleek low profile design. They look almost OEM, like they we're there from the factory. There's a very small obstruction that sticks out. There's a very small gap here between the window and the visor itself, so that will cut down on wind noise while you're driving down the highway with the window partially open.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the Curved 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver Class 3. Part number C13100. This is what our Curved Class 3 hitch looks like once it's installed in the back of our 2016 Explorer. As you can see, very minimal hangs down at all. The two inch receiver is actually almost flush with the bumper, so we're not going to loose much ground clearance back here at all. Real clean installation. The only part you really see hanging down is the two inch receiver here and just a little bit of the round, black tubular powder-coated frame so it actually looks very factory.





Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we'll be showing you how to install the tow ready T1 vehicle wiring harness with 4 pole flat trailer connector, part number 118540. Our 2016 Ford Explorer here is actually a really simple job to install trailer wiring. We have this quick connect harness here that plugs directly in line with the factory tow wiring on the passenger side of the vehicle. Just to the right of the muffler there's a connector right here. We'll just press in on the locking tab, pull down. We'll take our tow ready wiring harness, we'll take the female end and plug it in this side here which goes towards the front of the vehicle.





Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test-fitting the Yakima full-back three trunk mount bike rack. Part number Y0263. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is attached to the rack, we have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two zip trips up top here, and one off to the side, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike form moving too far back and forth, hitting either the rack, the vehicle, or the bikes in front in it. Also, at the end here, there is an integrated cable-lock. Pop that out.



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV 4 Bike Platform Rack, part number N105-107. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. Now the first feature I'd like to show off is the fact that this bike rack can actually tilt with the bike still on it. To do that, there's a silver switch here on the passenger side. I want to hold onto the bike rack for this. You pull out, like so, and let the bike rack tilt forward, and we have full access to our rear hatch, without having to remove the bikes. To put it back into the originally position, you simply just lift up inaudible 00:00:56 rack, until you hear that click, and it's locked into place.





Ford Explorer Questions

  • Some 5-Pole flat connectors use a total of 6 wires. They operate as follows: Blue - trailer brakes Green - right hand brake and turn signals Yellow - left hand brake and turn signals Brown/Green - right hand running lights Brown/Yellow - left hand running lights White - ground The brown wires with the yellow and green tracers or stripes are the same circuit. They provide power to the side markers and taillights when the vehicle headlights are on. When converting these...
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  • To determine if you can tow your 30 ft Dutchmen travel trailer with your 2003 Ford Explorer, you will want to find the towing capacity of your Explorer and compare that to the loaded and ready to tow weight of your trailer. I did some research on your Explorer and found that the Explorer will have different maximum tow ratings depending on how it is equipped. For 2WD models, if you have the 4.0L SOHC engine without a tow package, then the maximum towing capacity of your...
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  • We have everything that you will need to carry your 2 adult and 2 kids bikes on your husbands 2004 Ford Explorer. I will start off with a few bike rack recommendations. For a Yakima bike rack, my personal favorite is the RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack, # Y02458. This bike rack is a great value for the quality and features that it has and it includes an integrated locking cable. For a Thule bike rack, I recommend looking at either the Vertex 4 Bike Rack, # TH9029XT, or the Apex 4...
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  • The key to choosing the correct weight distribution system is knowing the tongue weight of your trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. You should also keep in mind that anything loaded behind the rear axle of your 2013 Ford Explorer will contribute to the tongue weight as well. I would recommend choosing a system that has a tongue weight range that encompasses the tongue weight of your trailer with its heaviest load. The tongue weight of a trailer is typically calculated...
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  • On your 2013 Ford Explorer Limited, the factory brake control wiring harness should be located above and behind the hood release under the dash on the drivers side. To connect your P2 brake controller to the harness, you will need the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, # 3035-P. This adapter has one end that plugs into your P2 brake controller and a larger end that plugs into the 6 pin connector that should be located behind the glove box on the vehicles brake control harness....
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  • Before attempting to flat tow your vehicle, I would suggest you consult the owners manual or with Ford for any special procedures or prohibitions regarding flat towing your vehicle. I found flat towing procedures on page 292 of the owners manual. For the 2014 Explorer Sport with the Eco Boost engine and adaptive cruise, you would want to use the Blue Ox # BX2632 base plate kit. An adapter like # RM-031 would be needed in order for the Blue Ox base plates to work with the Roadmaster...
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  • First, you need to find out If your Ford Explorer is equipped with a tow-package port (90 percent are). If so use, item # 118241, which is much simpler to hook up. The plug is usually located in the rear of the vehicle on the driver side. However, the plug can also be found on the passenger side and sometimes even on both sides. The small grey plug is usually covered with a red nipple, but the colors and styles of caps do vary. If your Explorer is not equipped with the factory...
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  • The Draw-Tite # 75710 and the Curt # C13100 hitch is almost identical in appearance, will install in the same manner, and has the exact same weight capacity. Both of the hitches are protected by the same limited lifetime warranty. As far as quality and durability goes, I have no preference between Draw-Tite and Curt Hitch. The Curt hitch does use a base coat under powder coating. Curt's powder coat is typically a bit more shiny, but that's the only discernible difference. In...
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  • It sounds as if the connection you found is one that is located on the opposite side of the vehicle. If your 1998 model Explorer has the factory tow package installed the correct connector for the trailer wiring harness, # 118421, is sometimes on the drivers side or the passengers side. There is a very similar connector that the harness will not plug into on the opposite side in most every case. Go to the other side and locate the connector there and I am confident your wiring...
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  • The Tekonsha Brake Controller Wiring Adapter # 3035-P is indeed the correct harness for your 2015 Ford Explorer w/ Factory Tow Package. The connector is located under the dash, near the hood release lever. The Tekonsha P3, part # 90195 would be an excellent choice. The P3 is one of our best selling brake controllers, because of how user-friendly it is.
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  • You do not have to add an oil cooler or supplemental transmission cooler if you do not want to. but Ford might require it to reach the maximum tow rating for your 2014 Ford Explorer. You will want to check the owners manual to determine if those items are required. It would not be a bad idea to add them even if you do not have to. They will help protect and prolong the life of the vehicle motor and transmission. I recommend a combination cooler # D15902 which is both a transmission...
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  • I see exactly what you are talking about. I checked the stock we have on hand and all of the # 118241 wiring harnesses have the pins in the 3 O-clock and 10 O-clock positions with the locking tab up. I then spoke with our installation tech and he feels that the directions for the 1999 Explorer are wrong. He says that he remembers having to use the connector that is on the drivers side and that the picture on our web page was taken following the manufacturers directions and never...
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  • The hitches we offer for your Explorer, the Curt Class III, part # C13100 and the Draw-Tite # 75710 and the Hidden Hitch # 87720 would all have the receiver tube sitting below the rear bumper fascia as shown in the photos I provided for you. We don't offer an OEM style hitch for your Explorer, you would need to see a Ford dealer about that.
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  • The wires for the brake controller on your 2002 Ford Explorer will be in one of two locations. They may be under the dash on the drivers side of the vehicle left of the steering column or behind the glove box on the passenger side. If your vehicle has a factory 7-Way connector, then there should be a port where you can plug in the wiring adapter, # 3035-P. The port may be white, black or gray. If your vehicle comes with a factory 4-Flat trailer connector, then you may or may...
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  • According to the owner's manual, when activated by pressing the button, the Tow/Haul feature improves transmission operation by changing the shift points so that upshifts are delayed to keep the engine operating higher in its power band when the transmission shifts. When the transmission is on OD (overdrive) having the Tow/Haul mode 'on' will provide engine braking in all gears, which is useful for when you're descending hills. I've driven vehicles previously that have had...
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  • The Optronics Trailer Light kit # TL5RK that you referenced would be an excellent choice for you and would work very well on your trailer towed by your 1992 Ford Explorer with the only exception is that the wiring is 18 gauge instead of 16 gauge like you said you preferred. I can assure you though that this wiring kit will work well for you and the amperage draw would not be too much for the wiring.
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  • We have everything you need to flat tow your new 2013 Ford Explorer with your 2009 Winnebago Chalet. Before we get into the parts that you will need, I recommend checking your owners manual for any restrictions or limitations for flat towing your Explorer. I did some research on your vehicle and the Explorer can be flat towed, but Ford may have specific procedures and restrictions for flat towing that will be listed in your owners manual. There are 5 items that you will need...
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  • I would go with the Thule Apex # TH9027 for several reasons. First, it is a newer design than the SwingDaddy so it is more advanced overall. The arms are arced for the most ground clearance and clearance between bikes. The cradles are new Hold Fast cradles and feature road-dampening technology which reduce shock and vibration. The arms can tilt down on both racks which is nice for storage. Both racks feature integrated cable locks and anti-sway cradles. The arms are about 2...
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  • The trailer wiring harness you referenced, Hopkins # HM48895, is intended for vehicles that use LED tail lights which draw relatively little power as compared to standard incandescent lights. I do not believe that your 1995 Ford Explorer came equipped with LED-type lighting and this harness is not among those recommended for your vehicle. The red wire on this harness does connect to the brake light circuit as you noted in the instructions. You can identify which wire at your...
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  • All of the swivel trailer jacks that we carry that have wheels have plastic wheels with the exception of the Trailer Valet, # STC-V211. With this jack you also get a trailer mover. The jack has a tongue weight capacity of 500 pounds so if you need a higher capacity you would have to go with a model with a plastic wheel. I have linked all of the swivel jacks that have wheels.
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