he said i had the 'good' oil cooler and that i had almost no indication of casting sand buildup in the degas bottle or even inn the old cooler.
It seems like the 03 doesn't experience the oil cooler plugging as much as the later years. The egr cooler design is much different on this one year, and I think that is the main reason why.
i need to get the edge insight and the egt probe, i know. cs or cts? do i need any other probes or pressure sensors for the edge?
i should add a secondary oil filter and a coolant filter. what do you recommend?
oil bypass filtration. I have (well had) one that I got off ebay and I forget the actual place, but it has the Amsoil bypass oil filter on it which I believe is a BP100 (or is it an BP EAO 100??).
The most popular coolant filtration kit is the dieselsite kit
. It is the most versatile as far as mounting locations, since the hoses are not pre-assembled to a determined length. If you go with bypass oil filtration, the spot where that goes is the same spot that many of the other coolant filtration systems use. You will then have to find a way to move the bypass oil filtration somewhere (which would cost you more in the long run) than mounting the coolant filtration elsewhere. I mounted my coolant filter under the truck, mounted on the frame. It is real cheap to add rubber heater hose, not so much to add braided steel line for oil filtration.
i need to do the fuel spring mod. is their a kit for that with intructions that i can order?
to buy the kit. There is another, slightly cheaper kit that Ford and International sells, but since you have an 03, the cheaper kit doesn't come with one part that you should replace that this one does have.
Keep that dealership as a link. Tousley Ford sells Ford factory parts for 10% over dealer cost. You will not find Ford parts any cheaper, and whenever you need parts for your rig, start there.
to read an EXCELLENT thread for installing this kit.
The kit comes with directions, but the thread linked gives many more visual references.
believe it or not i still have the original brakes and pads. i know it is going to be time soon though. should i go with all ford parts or are there aftermarket parts that are better?
You got how many miles on your original pads/rotors? And you want to change to aftermarket? Why?
Remember that dealer I talked about earlier???
it will be time to upgrade the suspension, both front and rear soon. the rear end has always sagged a bit, did tie rod ends at 110k and i was told they have a little play so need to do them again, went for a front end alighnment and was told there is too much play in the steering box so i need to do that as well. so bring on your recomendations for the suspension upgrades.
Talk to a member by the name of 'CT Performance, Inc.' for the suspension solution for your Excursion.