Stuck in Commiefornia...
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Clearfield, Utah
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Driving: My V-10 Excursion vs. My 6.0L F-350
So I had to drive the wife's Excursion instead of my F-350 tonight. It's about a 110 mile drive, and I go from 2700ft elevation over a 5500ft pass back down to 2500ft along the way. My F-350 6.0L does the drive pretty effortlessly, and pulls the entire grade in OD (6th) at 70mph. The V-10 in the Excursion is no slouch, especially with the 4.30s. But the stupid thing hasn't got enough torque to cross the pass without shifting in and out of overdrive repeatedly until it finally held 3rd at 3000rpm to do 62mph.
Power aside, there is also a huge handling disparity between the '00 Excursion and the '05 F-350 CC SRW. Both are 4wd. The '05 is solid and has little to no body lean issues cornering at or slightly over the posted speed. The Excursion on the otherhand is a handfull and then some. It has a ton of body roll, and just wallows into and through the turns, and forget speed. It's like driving a sloppy jalopy.
So not only does the Excursion need to lose a couple cylinders and change fuel types, but it also needs some serious stability and ride control improvements. I've got my work cut out for me...
The Current Truck (Oct-2013 to Present):
1999 (Early) F-350 Lariat, CCLB, SRW, Black/Tan
7.3L Powerstroke, 4R100, 4x4, 3.73, 37x13.50-18s, '05 Axle Swap, 6" Fabtech lift, GTP38 "D66" turbo upgrade, SCT 4-position chip with custom tuning by me, Straight Piped 4" down pipe through 5" dual stacks, N-Fab full length triple steps, Pro-Tech cab guard and tool box, louvered 5th wheel gate, Hella 500 Fog and Driving lamps, much more to come...
The one I'll miss, (Mar-2009 to Jan-2014):
2000 Excursion XLT 4x4
6.8L V-10, 4R100, 4.30, 285/75-18, 271whp / 388wtq
The one I won't, (Jul-2005 to Sep-2012):
2005 F-350 XLT, CCLB, SRW, 4x4 FX4
6.0L PSD, ZF-6S650, 3.73, 35x12.5-18, 4.5" Lift