This is my first post and I would like to share with you a project of mine that I have been working on for quite sometime now. This is a project that was inspired by the movie I am Legend, and the Expedition that starred in it.
After watching the movie and seeing the upgrades that were performed, I began thinking.... What equipment and add-ons would be needed to make the ultimate Ford Expedition? One that would be ready to tackle a nasty snow storm or back country roads to get to that awesome camping spot. And if need be, have the equipment necessary for un-expected emergencies.
So here are the upgrades applied to a stock 2007 Expedition Limited w/ Rear Air Suspension:
Toyo M/T Tires LT275/65R20 126P E/10 on Stock Ford 20 inch rims.
The ride isn't too bad, the Expedition rides more like a truck now though. However, I wanted much stronger sidewalls for off road adventures in the mountains. A flat tire far away from home isn't fun. I did notice that the M/T's handle better in the corners than the Toyo A/T's. The Toyo A/T's didn't have the sidewall strength for the added weight of Winch setup.
By the way, the M/T's handle very well in the snow. We got caught up in a nasty snow storm on the Mt. Hood Pass late at night. 60 MPH winds with 1 ft snow drifts, and at times, total white-outs. Nasty, nasty stuff. The M/T's proved to be a good performer and took no prisoners!
I have the Standard unit with the HID kit on the way. My regular unit goes an easy 1,200 feet from my actual testing. I'll add some photos this weekend once I get my truck cleaned up. This light works great for anything from off roading to trying to locate machines on large empty jobsites early in the AM or late at night. This is really sweet, I scored mine as a freebee so buying the HID kit was a no brainer.
Currently I carry a SureFire G2 LED with a drop in LED module from Tactical Night Vision Corp. Its a simple LED replacement. It’s a high output 256 lumen lamp assembly. I'm always looking for brighter flashlight though. The TK-40 looks pretty sweet, I will have to check it out. I don't go anywhere without my SureFire, it has saved my butt on my many occasions.
The Go-Light is a nice piece of equipment. I have been looking at those for awhile now. The control panel would go well in my console. What I like about that control panel is that you have a better understanding of where the light is pointing relative to your vehicle. The HID Upgrade looks awesome! For starters there will be 4 lights on the front of the rack, 4 lights on the rear of the rack, and 2 lights for the left and right of the expedition that act as "Alley" lights. They will be controlled by the switch panel in the console.
Also, I'm fabricating a dual battery tray that will fit under the expedition for a total of 3 batteries. One battery that will remain OEM for the most part as far as electrical connections are concerned (Radios will probably be hooked to this battery). Another battery for the winch, lights, etc, and another for emergencies, such as a dead battery due to accessories being left on. I will need to get some battery isolators and a few 1000 AMP relays to bypass the isolators if need be.
I was going to go with the Optima Yellow Top batteries. However, the majority of people I have talked to are telling me to stay away from them right now as they have had and are having issues with them. So if you guys have any suggestions on Sealed Batteries please please please feel free to put your 2 cents in. =O)
I snapped some photos of the console install, however, they are not posting correctly, and I am curious if anybody else is having issues. I noticed other users galleries are not viewable as well. Sigh...
Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon.
On a side note, I tested out the Toyo M/T's and 4WD Low the other night. I was pulling a trailer full of lumber up a steep dirt hill. In order to make it around the corner with the trailer I had to swing wide thus loosing traction to a rear wheel and front wheel due to the lay of the land. To my surprise, and my buddy (as he was outside spotting me) the wheels caught themselves from spinning and transferred the power to the wheels with traction. This was a good thing, I really didn't want to back-track with a heavy trailer or have to deploy the Warn. I thought this was pretty cool, and a good field test / demonstration of Fords 4WD system in the expedition. Kudos’ to Ford and their engineering team.
Nice looking truck. One suggestion... get rid of that RAM mount. Please. I hear too many stories of people (mostly law enforcement) officers getting injured by RAM mounts. Here is a video of what it looks like in a crash:
Sorry guys, I haven't been on here in awhile. Here are some photos below of the console & responses to the latest posts.
Have an awesome weekend everyone!!!
IQ9 - As far as I know the 4WD system in the expedition is smart enough to understand that a wheel is slipping, and that power needs to be transferred. If anyone has more of an in-depth understanding of how the 4wd system works in the 07 Expedition, please feel free to jump in =O) There was no mention of limited slip in my paperwork when I purchased my rig. So it must be the 4wd system that is constantly sensing what wheels are slipping. I must say, it was pretty cool to watch. Also, a few weeks ago we went to Brown's camp, a 4wd recreation area that is near the Oregon coast. We headed down one of the many trails and found ourselves going up a very steep narrow hill that connected to a main power line road. In order to turn on to this road, the vehicle would be in an off camber situation. The 4wd system worked very very well, I wasn't sure that we would make it up, but we did. Kudo's to Ford.
anollmann - Thanks for the info, really good to know. It shows that you guys care. I will look into the Havis Shields Laptop mount. Also, I will contact Ram and suggest that they take a very serious look into this. I must say, that is a pretty sweet crash sled video. I wouldn't want to get nailed by a Dell Latitude or a Tough Book for that matter.
So here are the Havis Shields Radio / Switch Box Console for the 2007 Ford Expedition. Fun Stuff!!