I have felt the sting of the horsepower bug and I think we well I might have over done it on parts.
Little back ground my wife’s daily drive was a R63 most car enthusiast did not know these existed you can learn about it here:
So yes she had a AWD about 500 hp daily driver. We sold the R the (4:25 mark he talks about the price we sold it for.
We decided to replace the R with a truck bought a clean 2004.5 5.9 2500 4 door long bed 4.5 lift, all stock under the hood. Choose not to do any modification to it since they have such fragile transmission. We adopted 2 more dogs realized we cannot fit the whole family in the dodge.
We decide we need a 3 row SUV so what is the biggest and baddest SUV on the market? The Excursion of course. Searched high and low dealership, craigslist and forums. Found a very nice 2005 Eddie Bauer with 45,000 miles but they wanted 35k ugh just a little high. Searched more found another 2005 Eddie with 140,000 priced about the same as ones with 200,000 on the clock. Pretty clean has a 4.5 lift, new 315/75/R16 A/T Toyo’s, Ultra-Wheels, egr deleted, new oil cooler, newer brakes, rotors and came with a STC 4. PPI completed by OFI in Corvallis, OR trusting them they gave it the green light few issue but not anything major according to them.
Runs driver good, but don’t we always want more? The wife gives me the green light “it would be nice if the Excursion was as peppy as the R” or at least in my brain that’s the green light.
I decide since we still have 3 vehicles might as well get the Ex studded and new head gaskets. But gosh what else should I have done with the cab off, I mean really if you are going to do the studs get it all knocked out at once right?
So as of right now we have:
XDP 6.0L EGR Cooler XD180 (might move back to AZ required for emission)
Dorman 603-217 Coolant Reservoir
XDP 6.0L Coolant Filtration System XD143
ARP 2504202 Stud Kit
6.0 Powerstroke KC Turbos Stage 2
Swamps Heavy Duty Rebuilt 58V FICM PHP Atlas 40 (+40 HP)
Holders Diesel Stage 3 190cc 30% Injector
Ford 8C3Z-6565-B - ROD - VALVE PUSH
Diesel Glow Spark Plug Wire Harness Right & Left OEM
Ford 3C3Z-9T517-AG Fuel Pressure Regulator "Blue Spring" Upgrade Kit
Ford 6E7Z-9A332-B Standpipe & Dummy Plug Kit 04.5-07 Ford 6.0L
Ford Motorcraft FD-4616 Fuel Filter
Ford Motorcraft FL-2016 Oil Filter
Water Separator Drain Plug
MBRP FAL2313 Heavy-Duty Up-Pipe Assembly
Edge Products 98616 EAS Control Kit
Edge Products 84130 Insight CTS2
B. Street Stage II - 6.0 Powerstroke Ported Intake Manifold
Since day one my wife has been telling me it needs an alignment. Take it in they find that my front driver side tie rod has tons of up and down play and the passenger side ball joins should be replaced. Might as do it all right? Ordered:
Moog DS1438 Tie Rod End
2 of Moog K8607T Ball Joint
2 of Moog K80026 Ball Joint
Moog ES3427T Tie Rod End
Moog ES3422S Tie Rod End Adjusting Sleeve
Moog ES3423 Tie Rod End
Moog ES3426S Tie Rod End Adjusting Sleeve
Moog DS1439 Tie Rod End
Undecided on the doing the Front Wheel Bearing and Hub Assembly also.
Now I say I might have over done since really only wanted to kick the power up a little something like 155/30 and a stage 1.5 but heck we are 2 feet in it now! I would love to get this Ex on a dyno on a before we swap anything out and then a post after the build is complete. Praying that the transmission holds all together. We have nothing to tow and it it’s just going to be a pavement pounder wife daily driver.