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Wandering EXcursion.......what gives?

Posting in the Excursion forum got no replies, so here's the question to the general group:

My bone stock 2001 Ex 7.3L 2WD with 160K miles has developed a low-speed wander that came on pretty quick and...and is a definite change from what used to be.

Tires are excellent, recent alignment, new Bilsteins front/rear. New ball joints, too, so suspension is tight.

What's the next step to find and cure this wandering? Driving 30-45 shouldn't have to be a constant alert type of driving....but driving 55 seems pretty normal. Any ideas of what to check first?

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Tie rods and drag links. If those are tight then its probably the steering gear box.

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Tie rods and drag links. If those are tight then its probably the steering gear box.
dang...sounds expensive for a gear box.

I'll take it in to have the front end checked again, but if it's the box, is a used one worthwhile, or do they all die at a certain mile count?

Is there a rebuild site for them?

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Is the play in the steering wheel or does it feel like its in the front end? You can tighten the steering box some on your own.

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2003 Excursion steering loose after new tires & alignment

My Excursion only has 74000 miles and I just replaced the original shocks with Monroe Reflex and combined with my Goodyear Silent Armor tires was running beautifully. Then after a "deal" from Ford, I replaced the Goodyears with LTX-MS2's and had the alignment checked since my Goodyears did have a little cupping after 45000 miles. They also checked all the front end components and said that everything was in good shape! Upon driving it home, the Excursion steering was extremely loose and I was ready to return the tires and get new Silent Armors, but I figured that there probably was something screwy with the alignment that they just did. So I brought it back, test drove it with the tech at 75 mph and he decided he needed to recheck the alignment. After the realignment, it drove beautifully, but after reading the posts on various forums regarding the proper toe-in on the front, I am questioning whether the alignment is set properly?

After the 1st alignment (in degrees):
LF Camber .3; Caster 3.0; Toe .01
RF Camber -.2; Caster 3.2; Toe -.03
Total Toe -.03
Steer Ahead .02
LR Camber .1; Toe .12
RR Camber -.03; Toe .16
Total Toe .27
Thrust Angle -.02

After the Realignment (in degrees):
LF Camber .3; Caster 3.0; Toe -.03
RF Camber -.2; Caster 3.2; Toe -.04
Total Toe -.07
Steer Ahead 0.00
LR Camber .1; Toe .13
RR Camber -.3; Toe .18
Total Toe .31
Thrust Angle -.03

Any expert response to my question is totally appreciated, thanks!
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