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You can get some nice pioneer 3-ways for $50, you will notice a big sound difference from the stock paper speakers. You could pick up a new/freeflowing air filter as well for much less than $50. But, IMO, the best mods are free...( or almost)

* air box silencer mod
* throttle cable mod (if yours needs it)
*paint your stock steelies black, duplicolor wheel paint is like $8 bucks a can. You need a nice warm place to do this though.


Or you could save up for a new cat-back exhaust, Dynomax usually has a $75 rebate going for them about once every year.
What is the air box silencer mod and throttle cable mod?

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Do you have a local Pull-a-Part? If so, go there and check out the '96-'01(?) Explorers. I've bought five of them so far, and four of them were $13 (including the temp. sensor and all the hardware) from my local Pull-a-Part. The other was $35 from a different junkyard that pulls the parts for you, but I needed it quick and Pull-a-Part didn't have any at the time.

ETA: I really enjoy mine. It's nice being able to see the outside temperature as soon as I start my truck instead of having to pull it up on my phone every morning, and the extra lighting is wonderful.

You could also install an Explorer dome light. That's one of my favorite "mods" so far:

We have an LKQ and thits it as far as I know anyway. I may look into these. Are those LED Dome lights?

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50 bucks? I say just fill up on fuel and save some change for some burgers, then go to the useful free how-to's on the forum here. POW!
Its $50 i got for christmas on a visa and I make enough for gas I just want to do something that stands out a little.
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Has anybody seen a pair of fogs or maybe a light bar that would look go for under $50 shipped ideally?
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id vote OHC or 06+ mirrors. you might think its just a mirror but it is way bigger then those flags you have. as for fogs, id keep it OEM and look for a used valance and lights from a 4wd truck and swap em in.
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We have an LKQ and thits it as far as I know anyway. I may look into these. Are those LED Dome lights?
Mine isn't LED, but other guys have put LED's in theirs. That's a little too bright for my liking.
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Mine isn't LED, but other guys have put LED's in theirs. That's a little too bright for my liking.
I thought yours looked really bright but maybe its just the picture.
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buggman sells LEDs. if you do the exploder light, look him up. great guy to deal with.
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What is the air box silencer mod and throttle cable mod?.
Theres alot on here about it if you search, I think maybe even a write-up in the how-to section. Basically, throttle cable mod takes up the slack on the throttle cable via some zipties or the spacer of your source. Over the course of years this cable stretches a bit, so adding the zip ties lets your engine achieve WOT. Not all trucks need it though....

In the airbox mod, you take the silencer out of the bottom of the airbox. You could also drill holes as well. Lets in more air, makes engine a bit louder. Some people say it helps a little with mpg and acceleration, some say its doesn't really do anything but make a cool sound.
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I thought yours looked really bright but maybe its just the picture.
I have LED's



OLD picture, I fixed them proper since

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$50 will get you quite a nice bunch of led's

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Cluster led's, hvac led's, headlight/4x4/fog switch led's, dome light led's (even mustang or explorer domes)... a led modded 3rdBL or custom ohc led panel... way too many things to add or mod led's into to list, but they're relatively inexpensive & will give you nice results.
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06 fender badges will probably run close to $50 a pair

You can find some nice speakers in the $50 range, check crutchfield.com they have an outlet section with great discounts on open box stuff. I got both of my 5x7/6x8's in their outlet section & saved a ton over brand new ones.
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Mobil 1 oil change and some Rain-X wiper fluid.
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Mobil 1 oil change and some Rain-X wiper fluid.
that is a good one but i want more of a mod that will change either the appearance or sound. (something that might impress other people than just me)
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You could start by removing those ugly rear window deflectors. Free mod.
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You could start by removing those ugly rear window deflectors. Free mod.
I already removed the back one but i actually use the functionality of the front ones to keep rain out, at least when it is warm outside.
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For $50 or less I'd be looking to recycled upgrades... for around $100 I did everything in the pic below.


Overhead console, mustang dome light, double visors with lighted mirrors, 3rd brake light with cargo lights

The visors cost the most so you'd do them with one $50 purchase and everything else for the first $50 :)
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You could also do a "speed grill" with alum. gutter mesh from somewhere like Lowes. I did that to my wifes' "X" last week and she loves it, I am out around $4.50, plus the little bit that the soldering iron is going to bump the electric bill. I will get a picture for you if you would like it. It took about 1 hour to do, and is a subtle touch that has alot of people doing a double take. That says something right there, I think.
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You could also do a "speed grill" with alum. gutter mesh from somewhere like Lowes. I did that to my wifes' "X" last week and she loves it, I am out around $4.50, plus the little bit that the soldering iron is going to bump the electric bill. I will get a picture for you if you would like it. It took about 1 hour to do, and is a subtle touch that has alot of people doing a double take. That says something right there, I think.
I would love to see a picture of this and this price definately sounds like a plus.
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I would love to see a picture of this and this price definately sounds like a plus.
+1 sounds very cool
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+2, pictures please!
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You can do an overhead console. They're very cheap:

I'm interested in this, How do you install it ? Like, how do you wire and mount it ?
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I'm interested in this, How do you install it ? Like, how do you wire and mount it ?
There is a How-To in the How-To section. Has all the info.
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There is a How-To in the How-To section. Has all the info.
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I'm interested in this, How do you install it ? Like, how do you wire and mount it ?
+1 to what 98liftedranger said. I used a guide from another forum when I installed that one, though. I've done two now, and it's not that hard. You'll just need to take your time. :)
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I would love to see a picture of this and this price definately sounds like a plus.
Let me go dig out the camera and I will get this going, including the back of the grill. I did this to a friends K1500 Chev. He LOVES the look of it, also.
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Okay. No back of grill shot yet, but here you go:





And the K1500, just for a comparision:



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I picked up 2 sets of
Polk DB571s Polk DB571s
, they definitely made a nice improvement over stock. You could just get the front set for now, and the rears later when you have the $.
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