Everything You Need to Know About Ford Explorer Sport Trac
FAQs—FordExplorer Sport Trac
I usually load heavy cargo on my Ford Explorer Sport Trac, and I'm starting to notice wear and tear on the bed. I have a tonneau cover, but I'm wondering what other truck bed accessories might be available to protect the bed from the daily cargo loading and unloading.
There are actually different truck bed accessories available for your Explorer Sport Trac, each designed to protect various areas in your truck bed. You can start by pairing your tonneau cover with a bed mat or bed liner. While the tonneau will cover your bed and cargos and protect them from harsh weather, the mat or liner will protect the floor from abrasions caused by sliding cargos and from corrosion caused by liquid spills. There are various liners available—just choose the one that is right for your need. You can also get a cargo bar to keep cargos from moving. This way, you can avoid the possibility of them tumbling over and causing havoc.
My Ford Explorer Sport Trac has been with me for a few years now, and I use it regularly for transporting cargo. However, as much as it can carry most loads, there are times when I wish the truck bed was bigger. A pal suggested a truck bed extender. Would do you think?
A truck bed extender is one practical way to add more carrying space in your truck bed. If you search online, you will find different extenders that can be mounted on the tailgate. They come in different colors, so you can easily find one that will complement the look of your Sport Trac. Just be sure that you will connect the mounting points to a steel component to guarantee a strong hold. You should have no problem attaching it on the tailgate as long as the gate has a flat surface into which you can mount the extender. Lastly, find one that already comes complete with mounting brackets.
I'm looking for some added protection to my truck bed, and I had my mind set on getting cargo mats. That is until I've come across the spray-on/roll-on type of liner for truck beds. Any advice on which is better of the two?
There are pros and cons to both types of truck bed protection. Spray-on or roll-on types are often chosen by car owners who want a layer of protection to their truck bed without paying much attention to it once applied. Meaning, they can forget about it once the liner is in place. Most spray-on and roll-on liners can last as long as five years—if you get the good type. However, while they can protect against the effects of minor cargo movement, they can't really prevent dents caused by cargo-related accidents.
A mat can offer that kind of protection, but it's not something you can install and then forget. You will have to take it off and wash it every once in a while because it will accumulate dirt. The benefit of a mat is that you can take it off anytime you decide you don't want it anymore. Meanwhile, a spray-on or roll-on liner is a long-term addition to your vehicle. These are things you must consider before you make a decision.
Ford Explorer Sport Trac: Not Your Average Truck
The Ford Explorer Sport Trac set the trend by being the first SUV with a pickup truck bed; it is also the first body-on-frame truck to be released in the automotive world. Its dimensions and selling price falls between the Ford Ranger and Ford F-Series; these attributes garnered the attention of US consumers that during its debut year, the waiting list grew to over three months.
Unveiling the power: 2001-2005
The chassis of the first-generation Ford Explorer Sport Trac was built on a lengthened Ford Explorer bed, with a configuration of four normal SUV doors and a small pickup bed at the rear. An optional bed extender was available to compensate for the short box.
The interiors were almost similar to the Ford Ranger, especially around the dash and front cabin area. The exterior on the other hand used Explorer parts to achieve a rugged look on the front end. The concept of the tailgate was carried over from the F-150 Flare Side.
The 4.0L AOHC originally has an alloy intake manifold, but halfway through the model year, the manifold was changed to a composite, and the oil filler cap was moved from the driver side to the passenger side of the engine.
The year 2002 produced more significant changes to the engine since the fuel tank capacity was increased from 20 to 22 gallons. The rear brakes were also changed from drums to discs, and the tachometer also moved to digital.
During the 2004 model year, the bumpers and side skirts were painted with a darker shade of gray. This rugged look was maintained even in the interiors since the option for flooring was only limited to full rubber covering. Berber carpet floor mats remained standard.
Even the engine became more aggressive since it moved to a 4.0L Cologne V6 that produced 210hp. However, it was the only engine option for the 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.
Bigger and better: 2007-2010
The second-generation rolled off the assembly line in 2006 in preparation for the 2007 model year. The arrangement of the parts was based on the new, and larger fourth-generation Explorer. The frame was reinforced, and the suspension was upgraded to an independent four-wheel system. The 4.0L Cologne V6 engine remained the standard, but a 4.6L 24-valve Modular V8 engine became an option. Safety features were also upgraded; AdvanceTrac and Roll Stability Control became standard on every 2nd-gen Sport Trac.
In 2009, Ford somehow lost the crowd’s hype for the Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Sales continued through 2011; but after the 2010 model year, the production of the SUV-pickup was discontinued.