Oh, and another small piece of Joy I discovered today. I was putzing around on Tousleys site, thinking of things that will eventually need replacement on my Ex, and thought that it might not be a bad idea to have a set of motor mounts lying around for maybe 5-7 years from now, to tighten things up a bit when the need arises. Well, I did a search, they came up, so I decided to call them to check availability. Nope, none in stock. Hold on, let me do a locator for you. Umm, nope, none anywhere in the entire country!
I said WTF, this can't be right. This thing is based upon the F250/350SD, how could they not be available? Went on fleabay, nope, none there either. Now I was getting a little unhappy, as this thing is less than 8 years old, how can they be NLA? I thought I'd go right to the source, and called Ford in MI. Spoke to an autotron, she kept telling me that no one there would know anything, and to talk to my local dealer. I told her the dealer couldn't help me, and explained why. She then gave me a number of a company that appearently buys a lot of NOS stuff from them when it is discontinued. I think they were called Green sales or something. Called them, same thing, nope, don't have any.
They suggested going aftermarket, so I looked there, talked to rock auto and a couple others, nope, don't have them. I was out running around this afternoon, so stopped at local ford dealer, we decided to try ordering them for the early 04 F250SD, the part numbers didn't match, but they may be close. I should have them in a few days.
Moral of the story here folks is, when you buy a vehicle that is low production numbers, and is made only for a fairly limited number of years, you can expect it to become very hard to find more uncommon parts for it, even before 10 years. It was in for a warranty repair last week, and they had to fix my rear lock on my back doors. I noticed that they ended up repairing it (which was good), because the parts not available (which wasn't). This isn't looking good long term, and it's a bummer because they don't make anything close to it any longer.
Originally Posted by kdogg85
In all honesty, once you do the basics(tuner,egr,studs, etc.)which is a small fortune in itself, you're spending clydesdale sized money for walking horse sized gains. And if your truck will break the tires loose as is, where's the benefit?
Edge Insight CTS gauges
PowerBastards.com 220A alternator
Magnaflow 4" SS turbo back exhaust
Bilstein shocks/steering sabilizer
'08 style tranny pan & filter