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post #1 of 5 Old 11-07-2012, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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New Excursion - Sorta New to the Forum

Hey guys - I have bought and sold of a few Powerstrokes and have been a follower on the forum from afar but finally bought a 7.3 for the family (5 kids and 1 on the way!) and thought I would introduce myself and my rig!

Brought it home last night...2001 - 135k - 4" exhaust - rebuilt tranny - 05 F250 wheels.

Really clean interior, it was well cared for. I have a little rubbing with these tires that I would love advice on. And it wonders all over the road at 75???

Grille guard and flaps will be removed!

Gauges, Intake and Tune ASAP!
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Welcome! I'm new here too, having just bought a 2000 EX a couple months ago myself and I'm reading/learning a lot. What I think to be true of your rubbing problem is that the 05 and newer wheels have a different offset on them and they tend to sit a little too far under the truck, which may attribute SOME to the wandering. A set of 2" spacers should heal the tire rubbing problem, and give your Ex a wider footprint/stance.

I have read that several guys have added the 30mm rear sway bar and that has helped a lot too. I hope to make that mod soon to my 2000 Ex. Happy modding!

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Congrats and welcome! Most of the 'wander' you are experiencing can be contributed to one or a combination of up to 3 things:
1. Ball joints. They may be worn out
2. Steering box. It may be worn out as well, they can be tightened up a bit but is usually a band aid.
3. The springs. Do some reading on here about spring swaps. Most common are V/B swaps. That is front V code springs from an F250 and the rear B code springs that are usually modified slightly. They are from an F250 or F350.
I did an X/C code swap on mine and did a write up on it. It sits a little taller than most others, but not much. Both of these swaps are done on 4WD Xs. There are people on here that have put the RAS system on both 2 and 4WD Xs. Read up some. Lots of people here will be very willing to help out.
Again, welcome.

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Thanks - the PO did new ball joints and tie rod ends but on further inspection discovered he didn't get an alignment. I will start there!
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Also. make sure the tires are up to proper pressure and that they are E rated. Some D rates tires cause a wander at highway speeds depending on how they are loaded.

'01 Ex Limited 4x4 7.3L BLACK, Diablo Chipped, ProComp shocks, Rancho Stabilizer, Hellwig swaybar, V code fronts, B code rears
2013 F350 DRW CC 4x4 6.7L Lariat,TriCoat Metallic, X-Liner, B&W Turnover w/ Companion, Edge CTS, Viair 1007 Onboard Air System with Firestone Ride-Rites
2012 Sandpiper 365 SAQ weighing in at 15k.
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