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post #1 of 27 Old 09-28-2011, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Excursion handling issues?

I just recently bought a 2005 Excursion, it now has 44000 miles on it. I just had all the motor work in my signature done. I think the motor is good, would like to get a powermax and inspectors, but first I got to do something.g about the handling done on this thing. It is downright scary on the interstate. I just got back from a 1600 mile trip and my hands hurt from gripping the wheel so hard. Whenever I hit a bump it is like the truck gets squirly from side to side, it is almost feels like pulling a trailer with heavy tail weight, but it was. with no trailer. I also noticed it some when coming around semi trucks. It doesn't have any lift, has brand new 285 cooper tires and the steering is tight. If it is this bad with no trailer I am scared to see what it will be like with any of my trailers.I bought this as mainly a tow vehicle for my 10,000 lb camper, my 30 ft boat and my car hauler trailer and carry the family. It is definitely not safe the way it is, after traveling through the hills in North Carolina and Tennessee, the handling on this thing is now priority one, somebody help please! I know handling on these is a known issue, I just don't know how to correct it. If anyone can tell me how to fix it, with a parts list, it would be greatly appreciated. As far as the motor, wow!, it runs good.

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We have helped hundreds cure the Excursion 4x4 handling problems..can also get you the Inj's and powermax..PM sent.

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Cary have you seen the Kinderman set for Excursions rear suspension? It still uses factory springs with the rear of the springs attached to the air bag. I'm looking for a better ride with stock or near stock ride height.

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Yep had one here that we modded, front was Kinderman's kit..total crap...the rear setup is ok..but I would just do our B code modded spring swap..will ride better but will lift the rear 2"
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Yep had one here that we modded, front was Kinderman's kit..total crap...the rear setup is ok..but I would just do our B code modded spring swap..will ride better but will lift the rear 2"
So in your opinion there are no full air suspensions out there that work good? Or do the ones for pickups work better then for Excursions do to their length?

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We have helped hundreds cure the Excursion 4x4 handling problems..can also get you the Inj's and powermax..PM sent.

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Cary, could you send me the same info? My steering isn't very tight. I've learned to handle the rig quite smoothly, but it's crazy how ready if feels to roll over when you are at highers speeds.

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Adding a 30mm sway bar to mine made a huge difference in overall handling/stability. My Ex did not even have one from the factory! I also want to add the roadmaster active suspension setup, have read lots of good things about it.

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We have helped hundreds cure the Excursion 4x4 handling problems..can also get you the Inj's and powermax..PM sent.

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Taking Cary's advice made my Ex sooooo much better driving! Spring pack mods, new front springs, dual Bilsteins up front, sway bar in back, etc. Best mod I did on that truck!

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I wouldn't waste $$ on the roadmaster...
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What is your opinion of the roadmaster?

One thing that I would like to keep is the ride height of the excursion because it actually fits into normal height garage doors. Is it possible to do f-series spring packs without raising it up?

2003 Excursion Limited 6.0L - Ford 30mm sway bar(should be on these things from the factory!) zoodad, BTM, few deletes, upgraded FPR spring, 58v FICM, REV X!, 340k and counting...
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