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    3rd brake light replacement lens for '98?

    Ran into the same problem when restoring my '99; incandescence is so passé. Had to settle on this plug-compatible one and it's been fine so far. https://www.ebay.com/itm/233770981438
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    1999 Expedition 5.4L Triton - Help needed!

    If you don't have air shocks then this is definitely not the problem! However, every symptom you've described fits with how the air suspension operates and sounds. Attached is a picture of mine. If yours doesn't have a compressor in the same spot, I'll bow out of the conversation because that's...
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    1999 Expedition 5.4L Triton - Help needed!

    Assuming you have air shocks, could the noise be coming from the air suspension compressor? Your description is kinda what mine sounded like until (thanks to this forum), I replaced the vibration isolator bushings. There was nothing wrong with the compressor but the bushings were toast and...
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    New member, restoring 1999 Expedition, Aiken, SC, USA

    It's 3+ months since I did the engine bay, running boards, window seals, etc. and they still look fresh. Which is amazing to me, considering what they looked like before and how little expertise I brought to the task.
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    Renewing 1st Gen Expedition - Cerakote

    https://cerakoteceramics.com/products/cerakote-trim-coat-kit
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    New member, restoring 1999 Expedition, Aiken, SC, USA

    Thanks @macbox, the engine bay was the last item on my list. I'm still amazed at how well it turned out relative to the effort and skill required. So much so that I posted a thread about it: https://www.expeditionforum.com/threads/renewing-1st-gen-expedition-cerakote.50550/
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    Renewing 1st Gen Expedition - Touch-up paint mistake

    I probably should have mentioned that the full paint job is only about 90 days old.
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    Renewing 1st Gen Expedition - Touch-up paint mistake

    For reasons that don't need to be discussed, I used the wrong color Motorcraft touch-up kit. Other than having someone else do it, what are my options to make this look better?
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    Renewing 1st Gen Expedition - Cerakote

    A single kit contains 10 individually sealed applicator pads. For the engine well I needed only two pads so that's 1/5 of a kit.
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    Renewing 1st Gen Expedition - Cerakote

    Same company but this product is a coating vs. coloring agent. https://cerakoteceramics.com/products/cerakote-trim-coat-kit While renewing my 1999, I also applied it to the running boards and some other exterior trim with satisfying results. It's the only plastic trim restorer I've tried that...
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    Renewing 1st Gen Expedition - Cerakote

    Pictures: 1999 5.4 engine bay before and after Cerakote. Details if anyone is interested.
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    Ball joint replacement parts and ball joint press kit suggestions?

    In 2016, because of the clunking, I replaced the worn-out lower ball joints on my 1999 with the Moog equivalent(+Zerk). No issues since so it's thumbs-up from my experience.
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    1999 Expedition 5.4 EB crack where liftgate strut connects to body

    Thanks for the input. I have no welding skills but this sounds like a relatively minor job for someone who does. And that has led to an unanticipated problem - finding a welder. There's plenty of body shops around but they aren't interested in non-insurance, small dollar jobs like this and I...
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    New member, restoring 1999 Expedition, Aiken, SC, USA

    Hi, I'd like to properly introduce myself to the forum and maybe participate in some of the discussions. A decade or so ago, for economic reasons, I began maintaining my 1999 Expedition EB 5.4 and my wife's 2005 F-150 FX4 5.4. There were a lot of things I didn't know but I can say now that...
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    1999 Expedition 5.4 EB crack where liftgate strut connects to body

    Hamfisted, thanks for the quick reply. I'm the second owner, got it in 2003. First noticed the crack a few days ago and it definitely wasn't there two weeks ago. I'll try to book a welder tomorrow.
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