Timbren SES + Excursion = Good!
I love my Ford Excursion for it's power and room, but it's always been a white knuckle ride towing. Bouncing and floating around the road, I just didn't feel in control. Been reading lots of forums, and unfortunately spending lots of $ over the last two seasons.
Just completed a 300 mile trip, and wanted to share my success story if it could helps others. (your milage may vary)
- Bilstein shocks and replaced blown out steering stabilizer.
- Timbren SES Rear Suspension Upgrade Kit (etrailer.com)
- Increased PSI in tires 5-10 PSI from recommended levels.
- e2 WDH (an Equal-i-zer company)
Dialing in the WDH took some trial and error but that eventually got the sway under control. While the "creaking" sounds bad when turning you know they are working!
Shocks helped some but not as much as I hoped. They did improve the overall ride but did little for the towing.
The rear Timbren SES made a world of difference. Towing now is pretty much effortless, a few times I forgot it was back there. Bouncing, roll, and general poor handling are gone. Roller coaster feeling going over rough/bumpy roads is greatly improved.
If the Timbren's didn't work my next upgrade was a rear sway bar and/or maybe a spring swap. I'm going to hold off on any more upgrades until next season now. At this time I'm not sure I need it...
Anyway, just wanted to pass along my experience if others are struggling with it as well...
2005 Ford Excursion V10 4x4 4.30's
2011 Salem 26TBUD