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Ford Brings Modified Explorers to SEMA - SEMA Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer November 2011

Who says a practical family car can't be fun? Certainly not Ford, who collaborated with three different aftermarket tuners on modifications to its Explorer SUV for this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas. While it may not be the typical SEMA material, we think the modified Explorers are surprisingly exciting - and there may be a few soccer moms and dads out there who feel the same way.

Leading the charge with the most distinctive Explorer at SEMA is aftermarket tuner Tjin Edition. Featuring a custom gray DuPont paint job courtesy of L & R Autobody, the Tjin Explorer's aggressive look is cultivated by its 24-inch iForged Concave Insite wheels and LightWurkz LED headlights. Also included are a Baer big brake kit and custom Eibach suspension, giving the Tjin Explorer a little extra confidence for hard driving on the open road.

Interestingly, fashion firm DSO Eyewear also collaborated with Ford on a customized Explorer for SEMA. According to DSO, its all white Explorer was inspired by current fashion trends and features a lowered stance complemented with 24-inch three-piece wheels. Other upgrades include black chrome finishes, a plush "Midnight Tuscany" interior designed by leather supplier Katzkin, and high-tech LED lighting courtesy of Advanced Automotive Concepts.

Also included in Ford's display of modified Explorers was a striking build from Stitchcraft Interiors. Dubbed the "Business Edition" Explorer, Stitchcraft's modifications include ample alcantara interior surfaces, custom stitched interior accents and door panels, and Orion Car Audio amps, speakers and wiring. On the outside, Stitchcraft's Explorer includes a customized two-tone paint scheme with charcoal and orange side graphics.

While the Ford Explorers displayed at this year's SEMA show don't have upgraded engines and likely won't outrun many fellow SEMA display cars on a race track, their modifications are still striking. For suburban parents looking to stand out, that may be just the thing that seals the deal on the purchase of a brand new Explorer.

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JEFFREY ARCHER is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on
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