2003 Expedition Face Lift Begins

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  1. FRD88

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    Thanks! I would really like a metal skid plate as well, I have already looked at the local yards with no luck.

    Next is getting the Rancho quicklift's I have installed once I can get some new rubber. It will be a while before I can purchase tires because my father in law invited my wife and I to Key West this August. Once my mom said she would visit and watch the kids so we can go kid free I said lets go. I have never been around the ocean so I am excited and figured the tires can wait.

    Recently I have installed a new radio that I can hook up a rear camera to and swapped all interior lights with LEDs.
     
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    Here are a couple quick pictures I took today to show the green color a little better.

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    That looks good! They did a great job on the bumper... fit's like a glove!
     
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    Decided it was time to replace my front calipers (for the third time) and thought I'd replace the hubs at the same time. Going with EBC GD7137 with the orange stuff pads.

    Getting the hubs replaced was easy enough. Had a heck of a time trying to find where I connect the anti-lock brake sensor under the hood. When I disconnected it I simply reached up from under the wheel well, squeezed the connected here and there until it disconnected. But when i went to reconnect it, I couldn't find where I disconnected it from! Couldn't see it from the top with the hood open so finally just started reaching around everywhere I could reach from underneath and finally found it. The mating connector is tucked away underneath the coolant tank.

    While I had the hub off I was examining the inside and thought things looked a little roughed up. Tried to make sense of how the hub actuator hubs worked. So started the engine and put it in 4ALL to see which part moved... made more sense.

    Got the driver side done and will get the passenger side next.

    One thing I noticed when I disconnected the outer tie rod was one or two decent sized metal shavings under the bolt to the ball joint. Noticed this back when I replaced the tie rods as well. Made me wonder if the tie rod end isn't working it's way loose in the knuckle from all the shuddering due to "warpped' rotors I've had over it's life. I'll pull the tie rod end off again and look to see if I can tell where the metal is coming from. I'm still getting a very slight wobble in the front and am thinking this may be where it's coming from. The tire feels tight but perhaps under load it gives just a bit.

    Here are some pictures I managed to grab...

    Backside of the old hub...

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    Looking in at the hub actuator (disengaged), looks rather chewed up in there. Should have replaced these while I was at it. Will get a pair on order... can maybe get them here by the weekend when I do the passenger side.

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    Hub actuator (engaged)...

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    One side completed. Took me a while and a couple of trips to the auto parts store (brake cleaner, grease, loctite). I will replace the brake fluid while I'm at it. The black protective coating will come off once I bed the pads.

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    Wow... I just read through this entire thread, awesome mods guys! You're all really making me wanna turn my expy into a beast, too....

    This year, the radio, in the future, everything!
     
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    Hey, you've got to start somewhere! :)
     
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    Received the new hub actuators yesterday and managed to get the one side done. It's like 97 degrees out and I was sweating my [email protected] off! I tried getting the half shaft out without disconnecting anything but that was proving to be impossible so disconnected, pulled the tie rod and upper ball joint. I also needed to support the truck with some jack stands so that I could raise up the knuckle from underneath the lower control arm. With a bit of effort and twisting and pushing I was able to get the end of the half shaft out, replace the hub actuator, and get it all back together. Had to take a break before tackling the passenger side.

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    After removing the tie rod I examined the mounting hole at the knuckle to see if I could tell where the metal shavings were coming from. Not super clear, but when I put the tie rod back in, there is a tiny bit of movement. The base of the ball joint on the tie rod has a nice angled mounting surface so I imagine with that snugged up against and in the lower part of the knuckle that there isn't going to be much, if any movement.

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