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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Brunswick, GA
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I purchased my 00 EX about 7 months ago. It was bone stock and in very nice condition.
Here is what I did, and do not regret it at all...
1st - I put a 4" MBRP turbo back w/ muffler system on it. It sounds a little weird when accelerating, but feel it helped a lot to open the exhast and will help keep EGTs down.
2nd - I called PHP (Power Hungry Performance) to inquire about their Gryphon CTS. It is the Edges CTS system that PHP works directly with Edge and modifies their ability and also includes transmission controls. I like the idea of the edge system, as it replaces the need for a gauge pillar pod that can sometimes hinder sight. I put the upgradable and stackable EGT sensor in with it. The 3 canned tunes will do you good for a while until you get all of your mods completed to get personalized tunes for your specific needs. I am running the level 2 canned tune and the truck came alive when I installed this system. What a major difference in power. Yes, you are not able to switch on the fly and it takes about 6-7 minutes if you need to change power levels, but I don't see the need that often to change. BTW, I also just spent $70 for a camera that I mounted on the rear bumper and it connects right into the CTS and when I go into reverse - I have a backup camera to help guide me to the trailer ! ! !
3rd - and you will need to do this in conjunction with the 2nd, to get adequate air to the motor. I put an AFE Stage II cold air intake on. This allows the much more needed air to the motor to support the power the motor can make. there are cheaper ways to do this out there with DIY, and a NAPA filter, you can find the part number on here.
4th - At the suggestion of Bill at PHP, I called BTS (Brians Truck Stop) and ordered a valve body upgrade for the tranny. That is definately a weak point for our drive trains. The computer control through a programmer is helpful, but replacing to an upgraded valvebody with larger passages helps more than just pressure alone. If you are going to tow, you will want to replace your stock trans cooler with a 6.0 type. They make 2 sizes, I think 26 and 31 rows. I went with the 31 row as my 2000 did not use the radiator to help cooling the fluid before the cooler. Brian at BTS informed me that some time in 00, they started routing through the radiator also - I must be before that, darn it. I purchased mine through Tousley Ford online and you will probably not find a better price for either cooler.
5th - I am waiting for Bill at PHP to build my custom tunes. I feel completely done with powertrain mods and ordered the following tunes from PHP. 40HP heavy tow - good for pulling 12-13K loads (when we take the enclosed car trailer loaded to shows and races), a 65HP daily driver - good for every day economy and pulling my 6.5K boat and trailer with no problems and a 120HP race tune for when I want to be a little crazy and show off my PSD.
I hope to help you determine what will work best for you. Not everyone likes the same modifications. This is just what I felt suited me best, and I am very happy with what I have.
Enjoy your EX !
2000 Excursion XLT w/ leather
Purchased stock. Now consists of PHP Gryphen Edge CTS programmer, MBRP 4" turbo back, AFE Stage II CAI and BTS valve body swap. Rear RAS load handling helpers. Helwig rear anti-roll bar. Soon to install is a 31 row 6.0 tranny cooler.
(Waiting to pull my 2 Buicks to shows and races)