The Beautiful Yet Mean Ford Explorer XXVI August 18, 2014

custom ford explorer galpin Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) is known for some pretty amazing builds. From simple and clean to outlandish and amazing, they’ve done it all. GAS took these opposing ideas and combined them into a beauty of a Ford Explorer, also known as the XXVI. From fully custom paint to an amazing interior, this SUV looks as mean as it is.


First impressions are everything, and GAS takes this idea to heart. First, the paint, called Matte Bruised Blue Pearl, is completely custom and one-of-a-kind. It was custom mixed by PPG and designed by GAS specifically for this custom Explorer. galpin auto sports explorer Next, to match the paint job the headlights and taillights were given a matte finish, too. The roof rack was customized to fit more flush and accentuate the new Explorer’s sleek body, and a custom grille gives the Ford a much meaner look than you can get from the factory.

Wheels and Suspension

While most SUVs tout their tall stance, GAS decided to go the opposite route and drop the Explorer 1.5” front and rear thanks to Eibach springs to make it even sleeker. From there they added 24” Savini wheels with a matching paint job, wrapped in performance Pirelli tires.


Speaking of that sleek look, the interior was fully customized to continue the matte finish inside. Each of the seats were custom upholstered with leather, including real stingray inserts. custom explorer interior leather Along with the seats, the headliner as well as door inserts are all suede leather, and the dash is covered in smooth, black leather, too.

Audio and Video

No custom truck would be complete without a little junk in the trunk, and the XXIV doesn’t let you down here, either. The Explorer features a surround sound system with 26 individual JL Audio speakers trimmed with LEDs. All total, the surround sound package pushes out 2,000 watts. 2011-ford-explorer-xxvi-b-3w Each headrest was customized with an InVision DVD headrest monitor. For the head unit/master controller GAS went a little crazy and installed an iPad directly into the dash! This iPad has Wi-Fi as well as cellular connections so you can use GPS, listen to streaming music, or blast some satellite radio while cruising, all from your iPad. To keep this mean machine safe a 360-degree camera was installed that can display directly on the iPad. This way, you can see anyone that’s coming a little too close to your ride.


Every part of this custom Explorer was made to be low-key while still keeping a tough edge. From the one-off paint job actually from PPG to a camera that can see all the way around the truck, the Ford Explorer XXVI has you covered and ready to roll.

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