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Old 01-12-2018, 10:01 PM
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Our 05 Excursion and Project

Alright so we went for the gusto and got our first diesel excursion. She's a 2005 Eddie Bauer 2WD 6.0L.

This is our third Excursion and we decided to go this route rather than drop more cash into the other 2005 we have with the V10. In the end, we would put more money into it than the V10 would ultimately be worth. We went with the 6.0L with the mindset that I'll have a bit more value in the long term.

Here they are side by side.

The "old" Ex is the white one. V10 4WD Eddie Bauer. The grey is the new one.



There are some plans for the new Ex. We are looking more towards reliability, mileage, comfort and driveability than power. I have other "toys" for power, acceleration, handling and speed. For now, this is what is planned beyond the "maintenance" and fluid refreshes.

- Engine/Trans work. ARP Head Studs, EGR Delete, new Ford Oil Cooler, new down pipe deleting cat, new exhaust, 2008 Transmission Pan and 100% filter, trans flush.

- Body & Interior. Replacing full carpet, re-upholstering seats with custom changes, upgraded head rests on 2nd row captains and 3rd row bench head rest addition. Also changing/waterdipping wood finish panels and moving towards a black wood look to tie in balck and beige a bit. With engine work I will replace the body mounts with poly mounts. Looking to refresh running boards and rear bumper covers. Do the door seal/weather strip upgrade.

- Exterior. Headlight upgrade. Fog lights moving to Rigid SAE D-Series mounting in stock locations. Add reverse flood lights.

- Suspension work. Replace shocks. Upgrade rear sway bar.

- Wheels and tires being rolled over from the old truck to the new.

- Whatever else I am sure will come up and take 5 times longer than expected
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First to be tackled.... shocks. The shocks on the truck are done. They were some old Pro Comp ES3000's that basically let the truck rock back and forth for 10 seconds at every stop light. They had to go.





I went with a set of Rancho RS9000XL's. Not going into huge detail as there have been various write ups on shock changes for these trucks. I will say... passenger side is a pain in the _____.

Here are the new Rancho's in place. I set them all to the "mid-setting" and I will drive a bit to get them moving. I'll then go a bit stiffer and see what settings I prefer.



love the fact that the shock mount bushings are all poly. The is huge and should definately last the life of the shocks. The rubber that was on the Pro Comps was done. Shocks did not even need to be leveraged off. They almost dropped off the studs up front.



Made certain to mount adjusters so they are all accessible.



Overall after installed the difference in the ride and drive are monumental. No doubt given the shocks I pulled off could be extended and contracted with two fingers on the seats.
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First unexpected issue.

Some Neanderthal thought this was a good idea to put some later model wheels and tires on the excursion and took it to Bubba for the work.





They dropped in a 1" spacer but to do that they had no choice but to cut the original studs.

After some searching for new studs, I've decided to take the opportunity and replace all four wheel hubs. I'll get the new studs and get brand new bearings and races in the process. Kills me that I'll have to sink unexpected cash here though.
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Ditch the roof bars and upgrade your mirrors. Keep us updated on your build and welcome to the club.
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Ditch the roof bars and upgrade your mirrors. Keep us updated on your build and welcome to the club.
Yes.... I was looking at the mirrors. I definitely am doing the '08+ upgrade. Already have the PDF's and placed the order for connectors and plugs to setup power, light, folding and telescoping. Need to source the part number for the controls.

Will do it!
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