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Old 07-16-2007, 08:43 PM
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I need help! I have a 2000 Excursion that tows great, however, when I drive it without the boat hooked to the back the ride is pretty bad. Has anyone done anything to their Excursions to help with the ride? Or did they improve the ride in the later model years? Thanks!
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:59 PM
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Bad in what way, bouncy, harsh? A bit more info will help.

Harsh...its the nature of a 3/4 ton rated truck

Bouncy...probably needs new shocks
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:36 PM
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What James said.

That is a 3/4 ton truck if you still have factory shocks on it , change'em [ all 4 ] what tires are ya running and are they inflated properly.

Need more info.



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Old 07-16-2007, 11:53 PM
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Harsh is probably the best way to describe the ride... weird thing is the truck actually rides better when I have a trailer hooked-up. Not sure off the top of my head about the tires, however, I do keep them inflated properly. Also, it still has the original factory shocks on it. Thanks!
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:04 AM
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If it rides better with a trailer on it than it probably is the spring rate on the rear suspension. It is a 3/4 ton truck after all and they always have a kick when unloaded (maybe a bit less than a pickup). How many miles on the factory shocks? They could probably use a change. Might be something you'll have to live with. After a ride in my 97 F350 you'll appreciate the Cadillac ride of that Excursion. Is it a diesel, if so you might want to check out the dieselstop.com they have a diesel Excursion forum there.
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:10 AM
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It rides better with a load on the hitch by preloading the springs on the rear.

With the back of your truck empty the rear end feels every bump on the road , right?Add the 3 to 500 lbs of toung weight and it's purty dang smooth, Yes?

Good gas shocks [ KYB's or Rancho's ] will take the earth quake out some.

We found that factory shocks last about 20,000 miles , then your riding on springs [ouch].


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Old 07-17-2007, 12:15 AM
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Hey Jame's , My 90 modle [ in my sig pic ] has the big frount end for the snow plow.
Talk about ridding like a park bench [ read damn rough ] .

17 years and I still love my truck, she's almost street legal.

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Old 07-17-2007, 04:13 PM
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My X is the same way, I have to do a brake job about twice a year, from what I've read some of the x's have issues with the brakes also
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:38 AM
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SELL IT!!!!!!!
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Michelin LTX M/S tires will help. Put a set on every SUV/truck I have had. Made my '03 Superduty ride a ton better.
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Weekend-Hooker - 7/17/2007 4:13 PM

My X is the same way, I have to do a brake job about twice a year, from what I've read some of the x's have issues with the brakes also
I don't tow anything with my Ex so I did my first brake job at 86,000 miles.

The easiest way to make the ride smoother is to wear a mouth guard.
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HOTSPOT - 7/19/2007 10:54 AM

Michelin LTX M/S tires will help. Put a set on every SUV/truck I have had. Made my '03 Superduty ride a ton better.
That did make a huge difference......reducing some of the ply in the tires does reduce the Flintstone effect of the springs.
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Make sure the tires have the proper load rating. The X is one heavy beast.

I've got 38,000 miles on mine ('04) - original brakes, tires, & shocks - still riding fine.

Check in w/ these guys: http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=29

A ton of good info - just like here. To me, sounds like a rear shock issue. That, or it just rides rougher than you were expecting. I actually think mine rides pretty smooth, but I was coming out of an '89 Suburban 2500 that was also a beast.

Check out the gas shocks as suggested as well.
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Old 07-19-2007, 02:15 PM
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I've pulled everything from job site trailer boat's...it'll pull but I pulled off my boat trailer brakes.
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Do they make the velvet ride shackles for the Excursion? We installed them on a 1 ton SRW Ford and it seemed to help.

Would converting to an air suspension help? They seem to be everywhere but I have never used them.
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I put what Ford recommends on my SD, Load Range "E" Michelin LTXs.
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KYB gas shocks and get a sway bar I have done this one several trucks you cant get any better
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:06 PM
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Check out the sight thedieselstop.com
There is a Excursion Furom with alot of talk about changing springs and shocks
I have a 02 Diesel and tow my Robalo not really any issues but my 05 F350 Crew Cab towed the boat alot better.
I changed the front springs and put F350 springs on I also installed F350 rear Blocks. I installed a Hellgwig Rear Swaybar and Bilstein Shocks all the way around. I am running 285/75/16 BFG AT on stock rims
Doing all this make the truck run alot than stock

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