MX3: Front Bumper

Posted on Posted in MX3: 1996 Ford Explorer

Originally purchased as a parts donor vehicle for the MX2, I quickly realized the condition of the Explorer was too good to rip apart. Between working on the MX2, I started outfitting the Explorer (aka MX3) with all the old equipment removed from the MX1. With my priority on the MX2 I never really did much, though the results turned out good.

Here’s what the Explorer looked like when purchased. Pretty clean and stock.

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One of the first modifications was the front bumper. At first it was a simple bumper. I didn’t get too crazy with it.

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Later on I decided to add a top loop to the front bumper. I’ve never really like the front grill of Ford Explorers. To me they are ugly. A slightly boxy body with a curvy front. Doesn’t match up well. So in my effort to try to make it a little better I expanded the bumper to break up the over curvy grill and headlights.

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Antenna mount on the top loop.

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I added the two Hella Rallye 4000 lights I had on the bumper as well.

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