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Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima HalfBack 3 Bike Rack, part number Y02635. 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 actually attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bikes frame. We're going to have two zip strips up in the top here, then one off the side here, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going too far back and forth hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer we're going to be test-fitting the Saris Bones Hitch 2 Bike Rack, part#SA882. 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. It's going to have three points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up top, here, and one off to the side, which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep it from moving too far back and forth hitting onto the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. All right with that done, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. With the bike rack in this position we've added about 23 inches to the rear of the vehicle.



WeatherTech Front Side Window Air Deflectors Installation - 2012 Ford Explorer

Today in this 2012 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the WeatherTech window air deflectors for the front with dark tinting, part number WT80565. Now the advantages to the WeatherTech air deflector here is that not only does it cut down wind noise while your driving, but it also promotes better air circulation by keeping the interior temperature low even when it rains. It's made from a very durable plastic and it's very easy to install. It comes with deflectors for both the passenger and driver's side and also looks like it's part of the vehicle once you have it installed. Now that we've gone over some of the features of the window air deflectors, let's show you how they install. First off, you're going to want to have your window rolled down to about this point. Then we're actually going to clean the top of it.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2012 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at installing the Curt T Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness, with four pole flat trailer connector. Part number C56172. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. This is going to give you a nice four pole flat trailer connector with the weather tight cap. This will work with a factory seven pole 00:00:26 installed, or you can just put it in place of the seven way and have a four flat. What's best about this system is you're not going to have to splice any wires. To install it you're just going to plug it into a factory location that's already got power and all the lights.



WeatherTech Cargo Liner Review - 2012 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2012 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at the WeatherTech Cargo Liner in black, part number WT40488. This also comes in gray as part number WT42488 and in tan as part number WT41488. Now with our cargo area cleared out, go ahead and set our mat in place and it actually fit underneath the third row seats here. As you can see, it conforms really well to our cargo area. It has these raised edges all the way around it to ensure all liquids or dirt or grime will stay on the mat and off your carpet. It has these channels here and that will guide the water and dirt and debris to make sure it stays on the mat as well. Also, underneath the carpet has a texturized bottom here to make sure that it will not slide around after you install it. It's made from a durable material that will also conform perfectly to your vehicle, and also the mat has a factory look to it after you install it.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today in our 2015 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Adapter from 4 Pole to 7 Pole and a 4 Pole with Test Lamps, part number C57674. You won't have to use any adapters to go from 7-way to a 4 flat-plug because you have a separate 4 flat to the side. One of the really nice features about this is that it has a built-in test circuit that's going to light up as you go through your features. If your trailer is plugged in and you have a bad circuit or a bad bulb, it's not going to light up that circuit, letting you know you need to check your wiring on your trailer. It's got a nice big plastic cover with a metal bar for hinge, a weather-tight seal. It's going to go around and help seal up your connections and keep moisture and dirt out. It also has a nice weather-tight seal for our 4-flat side. This is what your kit is going to consist of. This is our 7-pole connector and the four-pole flat.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on this 2007 Ford Explorer, we're going to show you the Curt Class III Two Inch Receiver Hitch. Part number 13112. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on our Explorer. You notice right off the bat, this hitch section installed just below the factory hitch in the bumper structure here. One thing to know is that when you have this in place, do not use this one anymore. This is designed to replace it, so don't put a trailer here and a bike rack here. The back of your vehicle is not rated for that kind of load. This is our two inch opening right here.



Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2015 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Over the Top Two Bike Rack, part number HRF2. 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 how the bike is attached to the rack, you're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. You're going to have two straps up top here, plus one strap off to the side, which is going to serve as anti-sway strap, which will keep the bike rack from moving back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack, or the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside for the time being. Now once you remove the straps it's a good habit to actually put them back in place. You don't want them flapping around while you're driving, more importantly you don't want to lose them while you're driving.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima LiteRider 2-Bike Rack, part number Y02472. 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're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 ZipStrips up top here, 1 off to the side, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going into the bike rack itself or the bikes in front of it. Also, on the back side of the rack, we have an integrated cable lock, which you can pull up and around the bikes themselves and lock it up underneath here for added security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. To do that, you go on either side of the zip strip, push in, and they pop right out.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on the 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test-fitting the Kuat Transfer 3-bike platform rack, part number TS03G. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The first thing, the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still installed on it. To do that, go ahead and lift these up, holding on to the bike rack, never the bike, pushing down on this lever at the front. Gently let it down. Now we have access to our rear hatch.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Thule T2 Pro 2 bike rack, part #TH9034. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack and first I'd like to show you it's most important feature which is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bikes still attached. You go up to the front here which has this pull handle, you pull in holding onto the bike rack, let it come forward and you have complete access to your rear hatch. Now to put it back in its original position, you just grab the handle again, lift up until you hear that click and it's locked back into place. Now what's nice about this is the fact that the handle's on the outside here where a lot of other bike racks will have handles more toward the inside, it'd be a little bit harder to get to. Okay, now how the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have 2 points of contact and absolutely no frame contact at all with your back. We'll have a wheel hook up at the front here and wheel strap at the back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 bike rack, part #TH9029XT. As you can see, we already have a bike on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and 1 off to the side which is going to act as an anti sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth, possibly hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also we have this cable lock here which will go up and around the bikes and up to this point here where it can lock and add further security for your bikes while you travel. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack. Part number TH912XTR. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look at it, and show off some of the features. How the bike attaches to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up top, here, and one off to the side, which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, hitting either the bike rack, or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off, set it aside.



Softride Element-Parallelogram Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Softride element parallelogram tilting bike rack, part number SR26248. Now, as you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The most important feature about this is that it actually tilts away from the bike rack with the bikes installed, which is pretty unique since this is a hanging bike rack and not a platform. To do that, there's this handle here on the passenger side, right here. Pull that out and it actually tilts away from the vehicle like so, and you can do this with all 4 bikes on it. We have access to our rear hatch, with more than enough room on either side to get what you need.



Saris Thelma Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer we're going to be test fitting the Saris Thelma 3-Bike Platform Rack, part number SA4239B. 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 it's actually attached to the rack there's going to be two points of contact, and no frame contact at all. There's going to be two wheel straps on either side. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside for now. Go ahead and put our straps back into place, so we don't lose them while driving. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman Dispatch 2 Bike Platform Rack, part number S64684. 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're going to have three points of contact. We're going to have the frame hook up at the top, which is padded so it will not scratch or damage your bike when being installed. It has two wheel straps on either side.



Swagman XTC4 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, with this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to test-fitting the Swagman XTC4 Bike Rack, part number S64665. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this bike is attached to the rack, you're going to have three points of contact with your bike, we're going to have a frame hook up at the top here, which is padded, so it won't scratch or damage the bike when you install it, and it's going to have wheel straps on both sides. Let's go ahead and take the bike off, and set it aside. Now, when loosening up the frame hook, you want to keep hold of your bike so it doesn't fall forward into the vehicle.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman XT 2 Bike Rack, Part Number S64650. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look. How it attaches to the bike rack, there's only one point of contact with your bike's frame. That's going to be the frame hook up at the top here. It's actually nice and padded, so it's not going to scratch, or dent your bike when you're putting it on. Let's go ahead and take the bike off.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today, on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to test fitting the Swagman Trail Head 4 Bike Rack, Part Number S63380. 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, you're going to have 4 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 3 straps up at the top here, and 1 off to the side, and that's going to act as a anti sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth too far, to hit either the bike rack, or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. With that done, I'm going to go ahead and put the straps back into place just so we don't lose them while driving. Now I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat Sherpa 2 bike rack, part #S103. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The first I'd like to show you is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bikes still attached. To do that, there's a silver handle on the passenger side here, pull that out, holding onto the bike rack, let it tilt forward and then we have access to our rear hatch to get whatever it is we need. Now to put it back in its original position again, gripping the bike rack, you just lift up, you hear that click and it's locked back in place. Now how the bike is actually attached to the rack, there's 2 points of contact with no frame contact at all. There's a wheel hook up at the front here and a wheel strap towards the rear.





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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Both the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit # 4427-3A and the XL Base Plate Kit # 4427-1A will work with the 2014 Ford Explorer both with or without adaptive cruise control. Both base plates are also compatible with your Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520. If you don't already have safety cables, cables like # RM-643 are required when flat towing. Other components needed to flat tow are a wiring harness for the towed vehicle, like # 154-792-118158, and a supplemental braking...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • At this time we do not have a wheel that has the 5 on 4-3/4 bolt pattern with a 3-1/2 inch pilot hole diameter. We have one with a 3.19 inch diameter, # WHI156-5475WS, but not a 3-1/2 inch version. The pilot hole would only matter if 1) the wheels secure to the hub using bolts instead of lug nuts or 2) if the pilot hole of the new wheel is the same or larger than the old wheels AND the wheel secures to the hub using lug nuts. For a 7.00-15 the only option we have is # AM10414.
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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 Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118344, is the wiring harness you will need if you do not have the factory tow package and your 2001 Ford Explorer XLT is a two door. If your 2001 Ford Explorer XLT does not have the factory tow package and is a four door, then you will need the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118345. This harness has a modulite converter that draws power for the trailer lights directly from the vehicles battery. Both of the wiring harnesses...
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  • The Draw-Tite # 75710 and Hidden Hitch # 87720 are both manufactured by Cequent Performance Products, and are identical for all intents and purposes. The Curt # C13100 hitch is almost identical in appearance, would install in the same manner, and has the exact same weight capacity. All three 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/Hidden Hitch and the Curt. The Curt hitch...
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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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  • Depending on which motor your 1996 Ford Explorer is equipped with will depend on how many and which catalytic converters you will need. If you have the V6 4.0 liter motor, you will need to replace the the front and rear converter. For this we have the MagnaFlow Stainless Steel Catalytic Converter, part # MF23313, (49 state approved) which is a direct fit replacement. If you have the V8 5.0 liter motor, you will need to replace a total of 4 catalytic converters. For the driver...
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  • The wire you will want to use on your 1999 Ford Explorer should be a solid green wire. I would double-check with a circuit tester like the # 3808 to be sure. The 12 volt power source that runs to the 7-way is for auxiliary circuits like a winch or lights like you mentioned. In order for your brake controller to activate the brakes on your trailer you will not need to have this circuit wired up.
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  • On a 2004 Explorer with the newer body, the port is behind the glove box on the left side. You will open the glove box, push in the two tabs it rests on to get it to open further and the connector is buried on the left hand side, close to the center console. The port is located above the pedals for F-150/Expedition or larger Ford Trucks and SUVs.
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