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post #1 of 16 Old 06-04-2010, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Suspension question

Hi guys, I just bought a 2000 7.3l excursion w/ 133000 miles. Im not well versed in suspension issues. All I know is that this thing rides like crap. From these pictures can you tell me what i've got on this thing. Is this a body lift, leaf springs added, etc..?? I keep hearing on this forum about the need to add v springs in the front and b in the back. Also a stabilizer bar. I don't see springs/coils anywhere. Is it normal for this excursion to just have shocks all the way around without springs anywhere? Please let me know what I can do to get this thing riding smooth. By the way, I will be pulling a 20 ft toyhauler around at times.
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Sorry guys, one more thing. Under the hood it says it complies with California emmision standards. What do I need to do to get this thing less restricted. In the pic is this a stock muffler or cat? Also, is there anything besides doing a DIY air filter I can do to get more power out of this and not hurt my mpg
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looks like ur hitting the bup stops in the front. u hav leaf springs on all 4 corners, so u wont find a coil spring. looks like ur shocks r bottomed out also on the front. the bak has some sort of adda leaf added to it, like a over load spring.

for power u can add a programmer or flip chip, thatll add up to 100hp and 200ftlbs of torqu to it plus an extra couple of mpg.

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u can also put and exhaust on it, thatll help with mpg and also a few more hp. ull need exhaust if u tow alot with a chip/programmer alot to get the EGTs bak down.

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would my ride be much improved with adding the v springs in the front? is this possible since I have leaf springs in the front? If not, what do you suggest for getting the best ride out of this? I won't be doing any offroading.
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Im assuming from what you see that im running a stock exhaust right now?
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by the looks of the pics it seems the truck had a lift on it. those bump stops r not stock. they lok like they only give u like 1" of spring compression b4 they hit and stop all movement. a add-a-leaf in the front will make it ride quite a bit stiffer. if it were me and i didnt do much offroading id take the bump stops out and the add-a-leafs in the bak out.

u hav stock exhaust now by the looks of the pics.

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also u might wanna get the right length shoks.

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Is it not possible to put v springs in? Also, I get a lot of rocking back and forth on turns, is that because the shocks are too short or because their shot?
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