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Have to disagree, $5,800 is a lot of money to some of the people on this forum.
And if I were younger, I would rather (having done many back in the day) do an engine swap.
You’ve somehow simultaneously missed and proved my point.
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Man, the culture of this forum is baffling. It's a sweet mod, the guy is proud enough to share it with the board, and like 30% of the response posts are directly or indirectly saying "you spent too much money on that". WTF.

That look is pure class OP :love:
I believe the difference in reactions here versus, say, Bronco6G, are largely due to a higher percentage of Maverick owners being either a) unable to afford this or b) able to afford it but way too cheap to justify such a decision.

Bronco owners both have more disposable income and more desire to spend it on modifications.

I represent both groups. :LOL: Not coincidentally, my Bronco has PPF (partial hood, grille & front fascia, lower doors, door cups, door edges) and my Maverick does not. Matte PPF offers both protection and style.

That does look great. I was 50/50 on a job that cost $2k, for $5800 I'm definitely going to watch videos to see if I can do this myself. This is a sticky vinyl, not an engine swap 🧐
You could certainly do this. There are several challenges in doing so.

The first is that XPel, Suntek/LLumar, and 3M all have laser-measured templates to pre-cut for a perfect fit. You will not have that buying bulk film.

It used to be that they would only sell to dealers, but let's just say you could buy an XPel kit without installation. It's expensive and if you install it wrong, you'll have a terrible result and/or ruin some of the pieces of vinyl.

If you buy bulk film from Amazon, eBay, etc you will have to cut it. Pretty much guarantee that if you haven't done this for a living, you're not going to do it well. No one can/does the first time.

Even if you somehow do it perfectly, you'll have several days' work in it. Probably more than 20 hours for a rookie. Yes, this is expensive, but $5800 is not a surprise to me for matte ppf and window tint together. And no, you can't really duplicate it for a lot cheaper, unless you happen to already know how to apply PPF *and* you have the time to be able to do it.
 

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Well, I'm definitely not younger, and did my share of performance upgrades in the past. The Edelbrock manifolds, Holly Carbs, Crane Cams, trick ECUs, Exhausts and other stuff in the past. Truth be told, the Maverick in stock form is fast enough for most people, even the Hybrid makes a heck more power & torque than my 73 or 79 Impalas did. Those behemoths made a whole 145 HP in 73 and 130 HP in 79, with around 225-250 ft/TQ, and loafed to 60 mph in the 10 second range. The Hybrid is just over 7 seconds, and many EB owners are getting there in 6.5 seconds or less.

I'd love to have the PPF on my Maverick, but $5000+ is outside of my budget, or what I'd be willing to spend. It does look good, and a matt finish over Atlast Blue would probably look pretty darn sharp as well, but that's 20% of what I paid for fully loaded Lariat (sans the sunroof)....one of the lucky sobs who had A/D Plan pricing courtesy of my younger brother. - I'm not sure it wouldn't be possible to just repaint the entire exterior for that much money, should the need arise. (I don't off-road, and park in Siberia to minimize scratches & dings, drives my wife nuts).
 

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You could certainly do this. There are several challenges in doing so.

The first is that XPel, Suntek/LLumar, and 3M all have laser-measured templates to pre-cut for a perfect fit. You will not have that buying bulk film.

It used to be that they would only sell to dealers, but let's just say you could buy an XPel kit without installation. It's expensive and if you install it wrong, you'll have a terrible result and/or ruin some of the pieces of vinyl.

If you buy bulk film from Amazon, eBay, etc you will have to cut it. Pretty much guarantee that if you haven't done this for a living, you're not going to do it well. No one can/does the first time.

Even if you somehow do it perfectly, you'll have several days' work in it. Probably more than 20 hours for a rookie. Yes, this is expensive, but $5800 is not a surprise to me for matte ppf and window tint together. And no, you can't really duplicate it for a lot cheaper, unless you happen to already know how to apply PPF *and* you have the time to be able to do it.
I went halfway down a deep dive to see what was involved. All you said is true. One thing I noticed is that a sharp eye is going to notice the tools that are in the shops are not something a homeowner has. Like steam wands on a 50’ hose.

so I’m looking at these videos and seeing there is a knowledge base technique, and they have tools, a shop and bay to wash the car and dry and leave it without it getting dirty.
Again everything you said is true.
Honestly I’m more concerned about being able to clean the car and be without it than I am all the other things.
I found the xpel for $150 “bulk” (term I just leaned) from China.
That’s an easy gamble.

I think the OP truck LOOKS FREAKING SWEET
 

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That's what I was going for.
you’re truck looks freaking sweet. I’m love my new Mav, there is certainly an appeal to have a small truck, it’s so nimble, but very capable. Making it look good will make it stand a part from all the other vehicles around.
 

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I went halfway down a deep dive to see what was involved. All you said is true.
Thanks for that, you made my day instead of arguing like most people here 🤙

That's the hurdle for full ppf. But you can definitely cover the critical areas DIY. Start with the leading 6" of the hood. Then do the bumper cover. ✅
 

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you’re truck looks freaking sweet. I’m love my new Mav, there is certainly an appeal to have a small truck, it’s so nimble, but very capable. Making it look good will make it stand a part from all the other vehicles around.
Ira's truck is pretty awesome. Matte ppf changes some paint colors a lot more than you'd expect.

Eruption Green looks like army olive drab. Carbonized grey looks like a freaking WW2 tank metal.
 
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Have to disagree, $5,800 is a lot of money to some of the people on this forum.
And if I were younger, I would rather (having done many back in the day) do an engine swap.
Yep, I would do the same. Save six grand and get a nice engine upgrade.
 

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That does look great. I was 50/50 on a job that cost $2k, for $5800 I'm definitely going to watch videos to see if I can do this myself. This is a sticky vinyl, not an engine swap 🧐
can you share any links you come across? I agree this is beautiful! But, that’s a lot of coin to drop on this!!
 

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Love it, just did stealth on this Iconic Silver Bronco.
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Beautiful!! Where did you get this done? I’m in NC and wondering where I need to look.
 

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The black painted mirrors are for the BAP I believe.

Edit: I think that was just on previous years. 24s look to all have black mirrors.
confirmed. I just received my ‘24 Lariat Hybrid in Silver, with Black Painted Mirrors (no BAP)
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