I recently purchased a 2003 X with the 6.0l. When I drove it home it wandered all over the road. I explored the forums here and read so much, with so many differing opinions that I was completely confused.
Axle Wrap - soft Springs - Rear Sway - X codes, Vcodes, Steering Box, Ball Joints .... on and on..
From someone that does not do their own work, and does not know how to, I will say this. I changed the ball joints. as they needed to be changed, and the sway bar links were bad as well, changed those.
changed the steering box to a stock replacement from the dealership, 725.00 out the door and WALA! all fixed. steering is tight as a drum. no play, no wandering no nothing. A pleasure to drive.
Now I appreciate the advice on this forums and it educated me so much on the excursion, but biting the bullet on the cost was the hardest part. but I dont regret it at all.
For information, my X is stock height with 20" HD wheels and 34's. I just purchased a new ICON all spring lift of 5" and some new 18" Artillary wheels with 35's. I did that because of all the information on this site.
so thank you all for costing me 5 grand !
and fixing my steering issue
2003 Ford Excursion 4WD 6.0 Power Stroke
ICON 5" All Spring Lift Kit
Bilstein Custom Valved 5100's
Sinister Delete KIT
Sinister Oil Cooler
18" ATX Artillary Wheels
Toyo Open Country AT II (35's)