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If your steering gear is the problem then yes, you can in fact "adjust" the steering gear preload in your favor. You do so by tightening the small bolt on top of the gear box. Loosen the hold down nut and turn the adjustment bolt clockwise no more than a 1/4 turn. Tightening it any further usually causes the gear to wear much faster and can be dangerous if it is too tight.
You should know that the SD's do not drive as poorly as the Ex does from the factory. The Ex is known for poor handling and most of us have shed the stock springs for aftermarket springs or SD spring packs and a couple other enhancements like a big fat rear sway bar and dual shocks up front. Believe it or not the Ex never came with a rear sway bar.
I don't buy too many parts from the recyclers, but the one thing I have noticed everywhere is that if an Ex is in the junkyard it has usually been rolled over and totaled. I have never seen a straight up wrecked Ex, they most always have been rolled.
My '05 Ex came with a 28 mm rear sway bar when I ordered the heavy duty trailer option. If you want someone that has a LOT of experience making the Excursion ride and handle a LOT better contact Cary.
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SCT, no studs...yet, Dual OEM intake air filter housings, Banks intercooler & intake elbow, Banks exhaust system, Windrunner ported intake manifold, Bullet Proof Diesel remote oil cooler & thermostat, AirDog2 (plus a couple spares), Power steering filter (Amsoil dual-bypass), MagTec deep ATF pan, Electric oil pre-lub pump, Dakota Digital gauges.
Last edited by Term3; 10-13-2012 at 07:21 AM.