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Old 04-05-2010
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New rims for the Ex

Finally picked up a new set of wheels for my '96 explorer and snapped a couple of pictures on the way home. the stock 7 inchers were a little bit too narrow. here is what i decided on. D window steelie

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painting the rest of the chrome to black still has to be done, but its been a bit rainy

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The center caps off the stock teardrops snapped on but left a large gap which looked funny, so i swapped them out for some of the newer style ranger ones. i was originally planning on pulling off the pinstripes. but now im debating it. the look is growing on me and it looks like such a pain in the *** to remove the pinstripes.

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i also came across this. not really sure what it is, but it is stamped flowmaster and should fit nicely under my truck

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im happy with the way its coming along this is how it looked just a few months ago.

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so what do you all think i should do with the pinstripes?
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looks so much better
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looking good, once you get the rest of the chrome painted black it will look a lot better. you need 5% tint all around too
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yeah buddy!

are you talking about the pinstripe on the wheels? I think it should be left alone. just enough contrast to set the wheels off since you went black/black.

great to see that chrome grille gone too
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How did you prep your bumper to paint it black? Did you strip the chrome off or just scuff it and paint it?

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Sean
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Looks good! I'd leave the stripe... breaks all the dark colours up a bit. It'll look even better when you get rid of the rest of the chrome!
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looks good. i say 20% tint. 5 is a pain at night to see out of
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thanks guys.

i want to black out the windows so bad, but its not going to happen. there is a reflective tint built into all the rear windows. putting darker tint will bring out the chrome. i want to do five percent all the way around but my windows will just look chrome. lame!
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