Thanks for the info.. I knew about the studs, oil cooler, egr cooler, figured eventually that all of the front end parts would need to be replaced, I have never heard of the V and B code springs tho. The 20" wheels will NEVER happen, I HATE the look of them, just my opinion.
You do not "Have to do" most of that list! I purchased my 6.0 Excursion with just under 100k. I now have 166k on it. I identified that my oil cooler was clogged shortly after I bought it. Changed out the cooler and did an egr delete while I was in there. See if you can get the deltas checked prior to purchase, this way you know what you have. The egr cooler/delete might depend on your state laws. I deleted it for peace of mind.
I tow a 32 foot travel trailer on a regular basis. I have logged 20,000 miles within the past couple years towing that trailer with no problems. I do not have the v/b spring mod. It is something I would like to do down the road, but it is not a MUST. 20" rims are by no means a MUST. I have the stock rims and put load range "E" tires on and it has been great.
Any 3/4 ton or 1 ton diesel truck is going to be rough on the front end, the excursion is not special in that regard. I did do all my ball joints @ 130k.
As far as the studs/HG's go, get a monitor and see what you have. As I said, I haul regularly with mine and it has stock HG's and the original bolts.
You need to do your research, don't just take any one persons information as fact. You need to know what the problems with the 6.0 are, and be prepared/educated to deal with them if they creep up on you.
If you have any other question, don't hesitate to ask.
2004 Excursion Limited, 185,000 miles,
Edge CTS (Gauges only), ZooDad, Turbo Timer, DieselSite Coolant Filter,
RCD EGR delete, CCV reroute, Amsoil By-pass Filter, FireStone RideRite Air Springs,
FICM from Ed with Atlas 40 tune, No Kitty, FPR Blue Spring, DC XP270 Alternator