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Old 06-23-2007, 06:17 PM
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Is your 2007 susceptible to cross winds?

We recenly bought a 2007 EB 4X4 and have found that at highway speeds it does not like cross winds or vehicles passing us. When we tow our 25' travel
trailer or motorcycle trailer it is even worse.
We traded in out 2003 Expedition for the 2007 and are very impressed by the ride improvements, engine and transmission changes but this stability issue seems stange.
I have not seen any posts about this so perhaps there is something wrong with our vehicle?
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:27 AM
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I have the EB EL but in 2x4 and I haven't noticed anything in regards to crosswinds. Mine seems very stable on the highway and I am ussually running 80+ mph.
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:11 PM
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i have to agree with rat boy, my 07 expedition drives smooth and concise anywhere I take it. My guess is it is probably those crappy continental tires. I put some Nitto Terra Grappler All Terrains on mine the day I got it. Much better traction on road and off road.
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:03 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. To add to my comments, if a semi passes me at 70mph I am affected the same way I would be if I was pulling a trailer, that "sucking" feeling as the truck passes even though I have nothing behind me.
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:34 PM
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I noticed the exact same thing. Doesn't like wind, semi's, or roads with grooves running the same direction I am traveling. Seems to shift around. I think this is the cheap Cont. tires. I hope.
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:37 PM
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I have the Pirelli's and I don't notice this. I am taking a long trip in two weeks - we'll see.
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:15 PM
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I have the Continental Tires so maybe that is the issue.
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I have the Pirelli's and I don't notice this.
Mine (XLT EL, 4x4) also has the 18" Pirelli's, and it seems to wander a bit, even when there's no wind.

Now, this COULD just be an Urban Legend, but supposedly it is quite common for alignment to be off a good bit on new vehicles, and the dealer will do a re-alignment at no charge if you grumble about the vehicle's handling. Hmmm, just called the dealer, he said that's a myth, BUT, he also said there shouldn't be any handling issues (just under 3,000 miles on mine) this soon, and, he'll check it out.
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Mine (XLT EL, 4x4) also has the 18" Pirelli's, and it seems to wander a bit, even when there's no wind.

Now, this COULD just be an Urban Legend, but supposedly it is quite common for alignment to be off a good bit on new vehicles, and the dealer will do a re-alignment at no charge if you grumble about the vehicle's handling. Hmmm, just called the dealer, he said that's a myth, BUT, he also said there shouldn't be any handling issues (just under 3,000 miles on mine) this soon, and, he'll check it out.
I have the Continental 17"'s. I took mine back to the dealer because it pulled slightly to the right. They re-aligned the truck and it does not pull but still shifts left to right when there is wind or rough roads. I assume its the tires.
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:55 PM
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the contis will last a long time but your ride will suffer. The rubber is way too hard, and wont let you get very good traction on any surface, that is why is switched to Nitto Terra Grappler all terrains.
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Alignment - We had a 2003 EB and trashed a set of tires in 12k miles due to bad alignment. At 9000 miles the inside edges were worn and complained to the dealer. They checked the alignment and rotated the tires. We went on a 3k road trip and the fronts wore the insides again and all 4 tires were now very noisey. Took it back to the dealer who said "it's out of the 12 month, 12k mile adjustment period, you have to pay $150 for a check".
In the end we bought new tires and had the alignment check by Brakes Plus. They found it was out, adjusted it and we ran 40k miles with no issues.
As soon as we had this problem with the 2007 we went to the same Brakes Plus and they found that the alignment was out of spec but this has not fixed the wandering.
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Dropped it off at the dealer last Monday. They checked the alignment (reading the service report, I can't make out what, if anything, was changed) and rotated the tires at no charge. Running about 160 miles since then, in some stiff'ish breezes, it did seem to track better.
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We took our EL on a 4,000 mile road trip from AZ to SD & WY (Mount Rushmore & Yellowstone) and had some 50 MPH head and side winds and felt very stable, even with the largest Yakima cargo box on top. Our last vehicle was a 1997 GMC Safari (Astro) so, after that, anything is stable. We loved our EL on our trip.

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Carbon, how are you finding those Nitto's, good tires ?

What sort of cost for a set and in what size ?

Thanks
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Carbon, how are you finding those Nitto's, good tires ?

What sort of cost for a set and in what size ?

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Love the Terra Grapplers, They stick like glue and seem to be wearing very well.

I bought 265/70/17 stock size, wish I would have gone up one size, but with the 07's being so tall already, my roofrack already scraps in some parking garages.

If i remember right, they were about 145 a tire installed, total with tax $582. Hell of a deal
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