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My 2002 Excursion Build

Day I bought her
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Now that I've finally done some real mods, and have goodies coming in the mail this week.

Suspension:
Rear:
  • "F" codes from a 2005/2006 F-250 - Custom modded with AAL taken from the factory "G" codes the X came with. Gained 2" of height over stock, but maintained mostly same ride quality. It's a play on the popular modded "B" code that most guys do.

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  • Custom AAL taken from OEM rear "G" codes and added to OEM front leaf pack. Gained 0.5"-1". No more bottoming out. No real effect on ride quality
  • 2" lift shackles (waiting to install)
  • Quad Shock mount (waiting to install)
  • Quad Shocks (waiting for delivery)
Rims/Tires
  • OEM 16" alloys painted black with chrome hub caps
  • 315/75-16 (35" tall) Nitto Terra Grapplers
Exterior:
  • 2008 Style Tow Mirrors
  • 2006 Style Headlights with DIY Harley Mod
  • 2006 header panel
  • 2012 FX4 Realtree Sticker
  • Shiny tailpipe
  • Fleabay El Cheapo Backup Camera
  • Remove cladding (I'm lazy...it'll happen )
  • 2006 grille (waiting on funds)
  • 2006 style bumper to finish conversion (waiting on funds)
Interior:
  • 4x2 Rear Hatch Struts
  • Eonon G2240U Headunit Eonon G2240U Headunit
    (waiting to install)
  • 2010 F-150 rearview mirror with LCD screen
  • 3 carseats and a tween girls stuff
  • Leather Seats (waiting on funds)
  • Swap console to jump seat from 08+ truck (waiting on funds)
Performance:
  • Muffler delete/straight pipe - loud she is
  • 5 Star Tuning (waiting on funds)
  • Custom "Y" pipe to correct OEM funkiness (waiting on funds)
That's about it for now. I'd like to convert the interior to 2008+ style and a blower...but $$$...we'll see. Pretty happy with the setup for now. Here is my latest pic of the beast from earlier today.
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oh yeah, I put the factory gas lid back on. Stupid corroding aluminum
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:23 AM
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Tylus, Ex looks great with those big tires on it!
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Lookin good! I got the tween girl stuff and baby seat upgrades as well :-)
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that's how they should have looked from the factory! Stupid soccer mom springs.....
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that's how they should have looked from the factory! Stupid soccer mom springs.....
(Sound we would hear in dealership from salesman to mommy) "It sure doesn't ride like a truck, the ride is soft like a Cadillac!" Ha! If they only knew, or gave a crap...huh?

Tylus, That truck looks so sinister! Any grill updates planned? A color matched mesh grill would be soo sick!
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Where did you get the headlights from (I understand you did the HD mod yourself)
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I got them off eBay. The seller had regular chrome lights and a Harley version as well. I'm not a fan of their Harley light, so I bought the Chrome version and did the DIY so I could get it to my liking.
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got some goodies today. still waiting on more parts though
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Quad Shock perches and new sway bar bushings
and a better view of the tires
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I like how the tires sit flush. I'm likely to end up buying spacers and flares...but for now it looks very nice
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Tylus why are you doing quad shock mounts up front? I though more shocks made the ride much stiffer or are you aiming for an off road type Ex?
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Are these last pics taken at Ford Island? It reminds me of the buildings I went to school in in the Late 80s and early 90's in Pearl.

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Some of the pics are in front of my house on Ford Island, and some of the pics are from an Aircraft hanger on the other side of Ford Island. The Navy has really built up the island in the last few years. I can barely remember it from 2002 to present. I imagine the difference from 80's/90's is that much more dramatic

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Tylus why are you doing quad shock mounts up front? I though more shocks made the ride much stiffer or are you aiming for an off road type Ex?
The shocks don't make the ride any rougher. I've had quad shocks on F-150's/Bronco's from the factory before. Part of the towing package I believe.

They make things more stable. My hope is that the Excursion body roll will be controlled a bit more by having quad shocks up front. Hawaii has some pretty crappy roads with lots of dips and off camber sections that keeps the body rolling around like crazy. Plus, they look cool
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I though i remembered you updating the front sway bar end links as well. Did that help at all?
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I had a blown out passenger side sway bar end link, and when I bought it there was a brand new MOOG drivers link installed. I replaced the blown out link about 2 months back

and wouldn't you know it, but the problem moved on down the line. the next weakest part failed. now the sway bar mounts where it bolts to the axle are blown out. In the pics above you can see the new MOOG mounts. I just haven't had time during daylight hours to put them in. I think my drag link is going out as well. it has more play than I'd like. she still drives straight down the road, but I've got about 1/16 of a steering wheel slop. Maybe my imagination, but the slop seems to be increasing

looks like I'll be rebuilding my entire front end shortly. luckily the knuckles and bearings are in good shape.
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I had a blown out passenger side sway bar end link, and when I bought it there was a brand new MOOG drivers link installed. I replaced the blown out link about 2 months back

and wouldn't you know it, but the problem moved on down the line. the next weakest part failed. now the sway bar mounts where it bolts to the axle are blown out. In the pics above you can see the new MOOG mounts. I just haven't had time during daylight hours to put them in. I think my drag link is going out as well. it has more play than I'd like. she still drives straight down the road, but I've got about 1/16 of a steering wheel slop. Maybe my imagination, but the slop seems to be increasing

looks like I'll be rebuilding my entire front end shortly. luckily the knuckles and bearings are in good shape.

I didn't know that, i thought about getting dual shocks once but everyone said no the ride sucks lol. I'm in the process of rebuilding my front and practically to fix my trucks "i want to turn...and now I don't" issue lol.
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I did see the bushings which is why I was curious. At least you will have a solid front end afterwards.

I know the bushings and endlinks helped my front end out quite a bit. Noise wise and feel.
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got a butt-ton of goodies in the mail today.

2008+ Style mirrors installed
4x2 hatch struts installed
Eonon Touchscreen Double Din radio - waiting on dash mount to arrive
2" lift shackles - waiting a few weeks to install

99-07 style vs. 08+ style
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