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post #1 of 7 Old 05-15-2011, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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what does it usually cost.....

to do the v and b code mods on a 02 excursion

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Cost of the springs (Check Ed the Parts Guy or Tousley for new cost) which oculd be used and highly variable, plus the value of your labor (if done by "self-service").

I did my V codes for $150 (used) and have not done the rears.

IMHO - If you take it to a shop (not a dealer) it's probably a 6 to 8 hour job including both ends.

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thanks....would def prefer some u
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Is this something that would apply to a 2005 Excursion as well, or only the earlier models? The supermotors.net step by step was informative, but not sure it applies to the 05 model as well. I'll have to go measure mine today and see if there is any sag front to rear at the wheel well. I took it thru a construction zone the other day, road was torn up and was rutted dirt, and when crossing did hear what sounded like it hitting the bottom of the suspension. My issue is that my wife is 5' tall and this already isn't the easiest vehicle for her to get into, so I don't want to really jack it up much higher than stock. I am also getting a set of Bilstein shocks for it, that should also help with the ride I've heard. Let me know if this applies to my truck, thanks!
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alha - I suggest you crawl under the front of the EX and check the front end. You do not mention if you have a 4WD or 2 WD. It does make a difference.

On the 4WD versions with leaf springs and the Diesel engines, the front springs do sag over time. As a result you lose the "travel" that would normally be there.

I had less than 3/4 inch on the old springs betwwen the Rubber stops and the top of the springs. When I replaced the old springs wiht the (Used) V codes, it went up to about 1 1/2 inches. I added new shocks and everything was good again.

Yes it raised the front end but in doing so it only "leveled" out the EX front to rear. Most folks agree the EX looks better (when unloaded) with a slight rake Rear to Front. That and the amount of rake is a subjective call and personal preference.

A vehicle that is bottoming out on bumps is quite likley not as safe as one where the suspension works as designed. BTW - My wife is 5' 1 1/2 in and has a similar issue ion getting into the EX. Evne I grab the steering wheel to "hoist" myslef into the drivers seat. We even when so far as to bring along a small 1step step-stool so my Mohter (who is less than 5 ft and 85+ yrs old) could get into the vehcile easier.

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FYI we developed the B mod and specialize in Excursion suspension mods and have everything needed. The mods applies to all 4wd Excursions. PM me if I can get you info..

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Thanks for the reply, it is a 4wd diesel, and as I live in the twin cities, and my job takes me all over town, today I ended up in white bear lake, so I stopped in at Towsley Ford. They are a good bunch of guys, & will take as much time as you need to get what you want/need. I ended up buying the 2 front springs, 4 U-bolts and nuts. They were $130 ea. + tax, and with the rest of the hardware, along with a new thermostat and the less expensive fuel pressure spring kit (w/o cover, the Intl version) the total bill came to a little over $400. Not _too_ bad, and if I get them installed and they don't make a difference, they said I could return them. Like I said, nice guys. I plan on measuring my ride height to the wheel wells on both the front and rear tomorrow, and we'll see how it stacks up to the one mentioned on step by step install instructions on the other site. Doesn't look too difficult, he did a good job documenting it, just need to set aside a day to do it. Cary, I'll PM you for more info on available upgrades, thanks!
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