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  1. Larry Michael

    Installed Michelin Defender LTX MS Tires

    The last set of tires I put on my 2002 4WD ST were Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor tires because I did a fair amount of back road travel and a bit of four-wheeling on rocky terrain. I loved those tires and had a lot of confidence in them. And despite the somewhat aggressive tread, they were not...
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    Gen2 top plastic trim on tailgate coming loose

    Thought I'd update the group on this. I got the OEM part from Gary Smith Ford in Fort Walton Beach, FL (gsfordauto on ebay). The price was discounted and the part had free shipping. It came in a very sturdy cardboard box that the USPS delivered intact. The part was a perfect fit. Not being...
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    Gen2 top plastic trim on tailgate coming loose

    Thanks for the reminder about the ebay option. It seems the product sellers are divided between a Chinese import company and Ford dealer parts department OEM parts. I decided to support an American dealer with my purchase for a few dollars more. Curiously, the ebay price was discounted from...
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    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    rdmallory said, "This is no longer true. 'There is no replacement for displacement'" That was not my point. I'm not convinced that vehicles with small engine displacements made up for by the use of turbochargers last as long and have the same level of maintenance required as they age versus a...
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    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    Watched the video. I won't be in line to buy one. My now ironclad rule is to never, ever buy a vehicle that is in its first year of production. I did that once and paid the price, with several features that seemed great at the time but turned into repeat problems. As tempted as I was to buy...
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    Gen2 top plastic trim on tailgate coming loose

    We've got some weather coming in today so I thought I'd post this question here before I have the opportunity to take things apart. 2010 LTD here. Has anyone had the top plastic trim piece on their tailgate come loose? The left side started wobbling when I gripped it and I don't want to...
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    Battery Problem

    The yellow top Optima is more of a deep cycle battery. It is perfect for vehicles with accessories that can drain a battery more than usual. Winches, refrigerators and huge stereo systems played without the engine running are examples where a yellow top is the better choice. When I used the...
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    Battery Problem

    I had an Optima battery in my Jeep for 12 years. When it was 11 years old and still working fine I drove the Jeep to a 4WD trade show and showed a photo of the battery with the date code to the Optima rep. He too took the photo to his national sales meeting and they sent me a bunch of Optima...
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    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    Thanks for the alert. A quick read of the advance reports does not excite me. I'm not looking for a cheaper version of the Ranger with "a more rugged, light off-road-ready trim." I'm looking for an SUV with a short pickup bed. We shall see...
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    What's the deal with the running boards?

    Both my 2002 and 2010 STs came with factory running boards. Even though we don't have much road salt here in Colorado the basic steel pipe 2002 boards started rusting about 2010. I sold the truck to my best friend and he took them off when he moved to Tennessee. The 2010 boards are of very...
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    2019 Ranger disappointment...

    I made the jump from a 2002 V6 to a 2010 V8 in 2013. Despite a few things that I didn't like as much as the Gen 1 (the rear seat fold-down does not lay horizontal and I had to make a custom 1/4" plywood cover to make a flat surface across the gap behind the seats) I've enjoyed every minute of...
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    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    The problem with the Avalanche is that it also is no longer made so in that sense you are no better off than trying to find a lower mileage used ST. In my original post I was mostly referring to current production vehicles, if that was not clear.
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    Unicorn?

    Yes, I was referring to the serial number suffix on the VIN. From the numbers, it appears that they made 1016 Sport Tracs in the 20 days between the production dates of our vehicles. They were a very popular vehicle here in Colorado and I still see lots of them on the road - sometimes several...
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    Unicorn?

    Congratulations from another late production Gen2 V-8 Limited owner. Before they changed the FordEtis site access I was able to find out that mine was made on September 28, 2010 in the Louisville plant. Its first owner life was in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Last four digits of my serial number...
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    Rear struts for Gen2 - Monroe? Rockauto???

    Thought I'd post an update on my project. I chickened out on buying the Monroe struts from RockAuto because of their horrible online reviews and lack of customer service. I spent a few more bucks and got them from a seller on Amazon. I knew that if they were damaged in transit I would have...
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