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#91 of 128 Low Cost Coil Conversion for Ford Expedition
Nov 03, 2010 (2:27 pm)
I'm posting this info so that hopefully I can help someone who is looking for an alternative to the expensive coil conversion kits for the air ride suspension in their Ford Expedition. I did a coil conversion on my truck for $79 and a few hours of time. I have a 1999 Ford Expedtion XLT 4WD. The least expensive coil conversion kit for rear coils was $220 from Strutmasters on E-bay. I looked around and found that the Moog CC80841 would work the same as the coils sold by Strutmasters. I ordered a pair of the Moog coils from Amazon for $79. The instructions for installation are the same as those for the Strutmaster coils, and Strutmasters has the instuctions online. Just look up the coil you need on their website, and they have a tab on the product page for installation instructions.
The Moog coils work for 1997-2002 2WD and 4WD Expeditions.
Also, you will need a coil spring compressor for the installation. Auto Zone has a Loan-a-Tool program where you can borrow one for free. They charge a $35 deposit, and refund the deposit when you return the item.
If you prefer to buy the coils from a local auto parts store, they can do a look-up using the Moog item number to find the comparable brand item that they carry. We opted to order the Moog coils from Amazon, however, because they had the best price and since it's tax free, it came out to be about $20 cheaper than buying the same item of a different brand from Autozone.
The instructions that can be found online at Strutmasters do not include the instuctions for disabling the Check Susp light. You must buy their coils to get those instructions. However, I have seen instructions for removing the bulb for that warning light on this thread. We didn't even mess with the light, because quite honestly, it just doesn't bother us enough to spend the time to take the bulb out. If we sell the truck eventually, we might worry about it then.
Lastly, the ride on our new coils is great. We've had ongoing problems with the air ride suspension for the last year, so it is great to have our suspension restored.
I hope this information will help someone else.
#92 of 128 Re: Air Ride Runs A Lot But I Don't Think It Leaks! [highclass1385]
Nov 04, 2010 (4:26 pm)
Hello! I am experiencing the same problem. Did you ever get this fixed or find out why your pump kept running? Thanks I could use some help
#93 of 128 Problems with 2010 models too.
Nov 30, 2010 (10:37 pm)
Bought a new 2010 Expedition EL LTD in August 2010; the vehicle has had more than a reasonable number of quality problems. In the last few months, the vehicle will list severely to one side after being parked. The system will run the pump to level the vehicle after starting. This problem only happens once every few weeks, and I can't duplicate the problem for the dealer. Am a bit concerned when I take this rig up into the mountains next month if the problem is worsened by cold temperatures.
Wish I had read this forum before buying - and had noticed that Ford does not seem to offer the Air Ride Suspension in the 2011 model.
#94 of 128 Re: Low Cost Coil Conversion for Ford Expedition [slfranci]
Dec 27, 2010 (10:33 am)
Thank you for the extensive information regarding the Coil replacement. I located the Moog Coils, however, the parts salesman told me that the kit replacement coils were different than the moog he was selling. I noticed you needed a coil compression tool to install the coils...the instruction on strutmaster.com do not reference the need for the tool. Do you think the coils you installed are larger; and if so, could that be a problem for the vehicle?
#95 of 128 Re: Ford - Air Ride Suspension [Judodad]
Jan 05, 2011 (11:58 am)
Have to disagree with you on your last comment; I've owned three Expeditions (2001 EB, 2003 EB & now 2011) and have enjoyed each of them.
#98 of 128 2011 Air Suspension Grinding Noise
Jan 05, 2011 (11:50 am)
Hey 2011 Expedition EL owners, is anyone else experiencing a brief "grinding" noise while driving in 2H?
My dealership's Service group is telling me it is a "normal" sound that happens when the air suspension pump turns on to refill the load leveling bags.
#99 of 128 Re: 2011 Air Suspension Grinding Noise [marknau]
Jan 09, 2011 (2:57 pm)
Are you by chance turning when this happens? If so, it may be the LSD in the rear and not the suspension.
#100 of 128 Re: Air Ride Runs A Lot But I Don't Think It Leaks! [highclass1385]
Jan 30, 2011 (9:24 am)
Just a couple things I have read about the air suspension in the Expedition. 1 is that when you shut the vehicle off or open any door including the lift gate the truck lowers 2 inches. This is to allow for easy entry and loading/unloading. When the doors are closed it will raise 2 inches to driving hight. The second thing I have found out is that once you shut the vehicle off the air suspension will stay active for 40 minutes to compensate for any change in load ie. loading/unloading cargo. I will be doing the air to coil conversion on my 2001 Expedition due to the rear end sitting down.