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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Martinsville, West Virginia
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I will say that Cary DOES know his stuff... as a self-employed small business owner for the past 11 years, his thought process is much the same as mine, in wanting to make sure he provides the best advice and best quality end-product possible. He e-mailed me about 2 pages worth of a discription of how to best lift the Excursion, what parts to use, and how to do it, what to modify, etc. Very informative. He wants to make sure that not only does the Excursion get lifted properly, the ride quality remains the same or better, and the handling improves, not gets worse. And after talking to him, I'm sure he's right in what he says, he knows his stuff.
Myself, I'm like you, Rahn; talking to Cary was very useful, but I don't know if I can afford to go all-out... and will likely have to make some compromises in one or more areas. I'm going to look into the rear sway bar issue, will likely make do with some cheaper shocks and maybe lift springs, but I do understand that the valving can make a diffrence in ride quality, as can the choice in springs.
One thing I do recall from talking to Cary was his recomendation to get larger diamiter wheels, to make sure that the tires are not intoducing any addional 'squrreliness' into the mix, the stock wheels are narrow, and with taller sidewalls on a narrow wheel, the tires will squirm in turns, driving can become like trying to heard a dozen cats down the road... all over the place!
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