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Ford Freestyle Accessories

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  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    I've been wondering about the bug shield... What does it actualy do?
  • ramj70ramj70 Posts: 28
    Basically it deflects the bugs away from the front of the hood of your vehicle. Before I got the bug shield sometimes I would have difficulty removing some of the bugs that hit the front of the hood, took quite a bit of elbow grease to remove it. Plus it seems to help somewhat with deflecting stones from hitting the front also. I also like the look of it also.
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    Mainly, it adds aerodynamic drag to the vehicle. :P
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    LOL
    Right there with you, brother.
    I guess it depends where you drive. I live in LA, and there seem to be a lack of street-crossing bugs, here. I never see dead animals on the front of my vehicle like I used to see in Europe.
    On another note, bugs are hard to remove from the hood, but isn't it as hard to remove them from the bug shield?
  • ramj70ramj70 Posts: 28
    Not sure if it adds that much to aerodynamic drag since its not just a flat piece of plastic, but my wind tunnel is broke so I can't check it out :P

    In regards to the bugs on the shield, so far they seem to deflect away from it, I haven't had to clean it yet. But I would rather have to apply the elbow grease to that than possibly scratching or dulling the paint to get the bugs off the hood. Now the dead animals hitting it are a different matter, here in the DC area they seem to be attracted to the bug shields. Maybe they give off some strange mating call, not sure :blush:
  • bekindbekind Posts: 1
    HELP! I went to UHaul to have a trailer hitch installed on my 2005 Ford Freestyle and the technician had trouble with the wiring. It seemed the wiring package that their system listed for my car wasn't a match. He said there was only 1 lead. My internet search has turned up Drawtite part # 18395 ($23.95) as the wiring for my vehicle. What wiring package did you use? Can you provide me a manufacturer name and part #?

    I'm also wondering if the technician had the wrong wiring lead, the one on the right that you have been discussing? Can you describe (specifically) how to locate the correct wiring lead?
  • vwcarcrazyvwcarcrazy Posts: 52
    Yes, I used the Drawtite #18395 for my Freestyle. It plugs in - no cutting necessary. The toughest part is removing the interior plastic panels to get at the wiring on the back side of both taillights - just be careful pulling on the panels to avoid stressing them, because the type of plastic Ford uses will leave "stress marks" that are very obvious if not careful. Also, use care in reinstalling - do not force the panels or they will "stress mark" as well. Personnally, I have used U-Haul once and would never again. They are terrible amateurs and I would never let them touch one of my vehicles again. They hire bargain-basement help and seem to be clueless on how to properly install any hitch or wiring. The idiots at my local dealer actually used an impact air cutter and cut two handholes in the uniframe of my Chrysler mini-van to install the bolts for the hitch rather than using the "tool" that DrawTite provides for fishing the bolts into place. Then they cut and destroyed the wiring, when the Drawtite kit was a plugin - improperly splicing and causing the brakelights to stop functioning (this is the way they returned the vehicle to me). They did this to do the wiring from the outside bottom of the van, without having to remove the interior panels to do it right. That was 15 years ago, and I would never recommend U-Haul for anything. Find a local hitch expert, make sure they know what they are doing (discuss with them 1st) and watch them do the job to make sure they do not take shortcuts. Never let an installer cut or weld onto your unibody for a hitch install or cut your factory wiring, or they are doing something wrong. And will void your factory warranty to boot.
  • jeparkeyjeparkey Posts: 2
    I am looking for a cargo/pet barrier that works with the third row down and doesn't interfere with the side airbags. Any suggestions?
  • hbranschhbransch Posts: 8
    That connector is for the back-up sensors. If you do not have that option, it is left kind-of exposed. Check out ebay for Freestyle trailer hitch and 'T' type connector that easily splices into rear lights. Curt makes the hitch and the connector. Search on Curt and Freestyle.
    -H
  • hbranschhbransch Posts: 8
    Had the same experience from Ebay - searched for Freestyle and key, found a place had them with online instructions. Need both OEM keys. $14 for key, $.99 to cut at local hardware store, 5 min to program, done. Works great.
    -H
  • hbranschhbransch Posts: 8
    Check out ebay for Freestyle trailer hitch and 'T' type connector that easily splices into rear lights. Curt makes the hitch and the connector. Search on Curt and Freestyle. Curt has a nice 1.25" sq receiver (the 2" is too big for the Freestyle anyway, and much heavier). Can get the wiring kit. Went in fairly easily. Installing the wiring is a pain, since you need to pop off the plastic interior panels to get at the back of the turn signal array.
    Have a couple of pix if you are interested.
    -H
  • pethrus77pethrus77 Posts: 3
    I just got a 2006 FS and I can not find floor mats. where did u get them? Thanks

    Pethrus
  • vwcarcrazyvwcarcrazy Posts: 52
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    Got mine here. Lowest price I could find and free shipping. I got the Nifty Catch-all "Carpeted" set. They have a rubberized back and fit like a glove. They have a set for all 3 rows (twin fronts, 1-piece 2nd, 1-piece 3rd) and the colors match the FS interior well. They are also very easy to keep clean, just vacuum or hose them off. The short-napped "carpet" drys quickly. They work great summer or winter. This site also has other mats and liners for the FS. Best luck.
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    Has anyone found suitable, good looking, well fitting seat covers? I searched the net and found some, but wanted to check before purchasing any sight unseen. The best looking I've found are Covercraft Seat Gloves for $149.95 at autobarn.com and $147.79 at autosupermart.com.
  • Hi there. Could not see the photos, could you send them in my email?? I appreciate. Thanks

    Pethrus.

    PS: I was thinking of adding an Ipod, do you suggest anything??
  • I have an '06 limited FWD with 17" wheels. I'm thinking of updgrading to custom 18" wheels. Anyone done that or can recommend a wheel style that looks good on the freestyle?
    Also thinking of upgrading the exhaust system for more punch - anyone done that? Thanks!
  • paullpaull Posts: 2
    I have lost the very handy Quick Reference Card for my 2005 Freestyle Limited. It is a great resource for helping with the operation of the climate control system, particularly. Can someone advise me how I can purchase a replacement for the Quick Reference Card? I looked on the Ford website and could find no link to purchase vehicle documents.

    Thanks,
    Paul
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    First, if you go up to 18" wheels, you'll lose some performance. More rotating mass equals more work for the engine.

    Second, upgrading just the exhaust system will give you less power. Todays engines are optimized for all around performance.
    The only reason that you'd want to increase exhaust flow is if you increase intake flow.

    Third, Exhaust systems usually only increase performance in the high rpm range, and since the Freestyle has a CVT and hardly ever uses high RPMs due to its finding the optimum ratio for the task at hand, you'd be wasting your money.
  • Thanks for the feedback. I'll save some money and keep it stock.
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