Lift Kit on a 2003 Ford Excursion: Family Hauler Makeover Photo Gallery
Cranking this Excursion Up a Notch With a 4-inch Lift Kit and New Rolling Stock
Patrick McCarthy –
Nov 1, 2012
Photo 1/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion black Rhino Lucerne Wheels | Lift Kit on a 2003 Ford Excursion: Family Hauler Makeover
Photo 2/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion black Rhino Lucerne Wheels | Lift Kit on a 2003 Ford Excursion: Family Hauler Makeover
Photo 3/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion stock | 1. Here's what the Excursion looked like before Off Road Evolution got their hands on it. While it's in pretty good shape, the OEM wheels, tires, and stock ride height leave something to be desired.
Photo 4/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion front Axle | 2. The process began by lifting the truck's front end and compressing the front suspension evenly with this specially fabricated leveling bar. This is necessary to take tension off the shock absorber bolts so they can be loosened.
Photo 5/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion factory Shocks | 3. With the suspension compressed, the tired factory shocks could be unbolted and removed.
Photo 6/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion u Bolts | 4. Next, the original U-bolts were removed, along with the U-bolt mounting brackets.
Photo 7/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion leaf Spring Bolts | 5. An air impact gun was used to unbolt the front bolts of each front leaf spring.
Photo 8/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion leaf Spring | 6. After removing the rear bolts of the front leaf springs in the same fashion, one of Off Road Evolution's techs got a workout carefully lowering the heavy leaf springs.
Photo 9/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion superlift 4inch Lift System | 7. With the Excursion's front end torn down, it was time to unbox the Superlift 4-inch Lift System. The kit includes new progressive front leaf springs, rear lift blocks, front and rear U-bolt sets, front and rear shocks, bumpstops and brackets, a track bar bracket, sway bar brackets, hardware, and instructions.
Photo 10/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion progressive Front Leaf Spring | 8. The new progressive front leaf springs were positioned and bolted in place on each side.
Photo 11/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion u Bolt | 9. To secure the spring to the front axle, the U-bolt bracket was placed back on top of the spring and secured with the new extended U-bolts.
Photo 12/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion sway Bar Drop Bracket | 10. Superlift's sway bar drop brackets provide the necessary extension for the Excursion's original end links, maintaining solid cornering ability and turn-in.
Photo 13/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion track Bar Bolt | 11. Using an impact gun, the rusty bolt connecting the track bar to its bracket was broken loose, allowing the bar to pivot out of the way.
Photo 14/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion track Bar Bracket | 12. Next, the three bolts connecting the old bracket to the frame were removed, and the bracket itself was pulled out.
Photo 15/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion superlift Track Bar Bracket | 13. The new Superlift bracket was lined up, and the bolts were tightened down to secure it in place.
Photo 16/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion bumpstop | 14. In order to stop the Excursion from bottoming out improperly on harsh terrain, new bumpstops and supporting brackets were bolted to the framerail.
Photo 17/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion superlift Shocks | 15. Completing the front suspension upgrade, a pair of shiny new Superlift shocks soak up impacts and provide a smooth ride.
Photo 18/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion rear Axle | 16. Moving on to the rear, Off Road Evolution used the same custom leveling beam from earlier to evenly compress the rear suspension, allowing removal of the shocks.
Photo 19/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion rear Shocks | 17. Holding the nut in place with a wrench, an impact gun was used to unbolt the rear shocks from the axle.
Photo 20/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion rear Bumpstops Removed | 18. With the shocks removed, the rear bumpstops were pulled out, and then reinstalled with a new Superlift extension bracket between each bumpstop and framerail.
Photo 21/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion rear U Bolts | 19. Although the kit doesn't require replacing the rear leaf springs, we still needed to remove the original U-bolts to install the lift blocks.
Photo 22/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion superlift 4inch Rear Lift Blocks | 20. With the new 4-inch lift blocks installed atop the axle, the kit's extended U-bolts were aligned and torqued down to the top bracket.
Photo 23/24 | 2003 Ford Excurrsion rear Shocks | 21. Finally, the rear shocks were connected to the axles and framerails, and the suspension was unloaded. Check out that travel!
Photo 24/24 | 2003 Ford Excursion black Rhino Lucerne Wheels | 22. No lifted truck is truly complete without a matching set of wheels and tires, and the Excursion is no different. In this case, the owner chose these tough-looking 20x9-inch Black Rhino Lucerne wheels, which were wrapped in beefy LT325/60R20 (35.3 inches tall) Nitto Terra Grappler tires. This combination kills any obnoxious tire noise on-road while providing plenty of traction and durability for off-road use. With its new lift, wheels, and tires, this Ford looks downright mean.