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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - Fender Flares
FTE 80-96 - bronco newbie
Re: FTE 80-96 - Steering problems
Re: FTE 80-96 - Wire Splice
Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100 horsepower for a 1996 2x2 f-150 w/302 and auto trans w/3.55 ratio?
Re: FTE 80-96 - F-350 transfer case question
Re: FTE 80-96 - Bad Gauge Reading with Dual Fuel Tanks
Re: FTE 80-96 - Wheel Angle
FTE 80-96 - 88 Bronco II Brake Lock
FTE 80-96 - Re: Wheel Angle
FTE 80-96 - bryan snyder
Re: FTE 80-96 - Rear Diff questions/info
Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100HP
RE: FTE 80-96 - B&M ShiftPlus
Re: FTE 80-96 - FTE 80-96: Details on trucks?
Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100 horsepower for a 1996 2x2 f-150 w/302and auto trans w/3.55ratio?

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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 12:43:05 -0700
From: "Posluszny, Walt (POSL)"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Fender Flares

Peter, Check out Bushwhacker.

> Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 09:47:46 -0500
> From: "palspaugh"
> Subject: FTE 80-96 - Finder flares
>
> Does anyone have any suggestions on finder flares? Like what
> companies
> offer quality products, and easy installations.
>
> - -
> Regards,
>
> Peter Alspaugh
>
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 14:44:26 -0500
From: Ryan Fife
Subject: FTE 80-96 - bronco newbie

I just recently (yesterday as a matter of fact) started looking into
buying a truck. So far, the bronco looks like my favorite. I like the
size and the looks (I test drove a 96XLT). I am now hoping to get a
few opinions from current owners on reliability, off-roading, etc.

To give you an overview of what I would use it for:

I live about 5 miles from work and would drive there every day.
Mild off-roading occasionally at first and would like to increase that
over time - hop up the suspension for more serious off-roading, but
still keep it streetable.

I think the bronco is a great match and would like to hear some
opinions for/against buying one for my needs. I am looking to the
92-96 years simply because of being newer...I don't have a place to
work on the truck myself so I would have to take it somewhere for
repairs (aaahhh, get me a garage soon!).

Thoughts, opinions?

Thanks for the info!

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Ryan Fife | Technology Strategist | fife c2o.com | 214.800.7903
"Talking to you is like clapping with one hand" - Joey Belladonna


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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 15:10:28 -0500
From: "Rick Wojciechowski"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Steering problems

Chad A. Dietrich wrote:

> When I'm driving I'll hear a rubbing noise from the front and then
> the wheels will shift to the right and I'll be fighting the steering
> wheel for control. At first it only happend when I would turn right and
> then later on it would happen when I was just driving down the road.
> Everything would be going fine then I would hear the rubbing noise and
> feel a shap pull to the right. My tie rods are all new and I have a
> rebuilt steering sector that only has 1000mi on it. Could worn ball
> joinst cause it? Could a rotor or somthing be loose?

ChadBad ball-joints probably won't be it. Ball joints mainly affect the
way the tires wear having to do with the camber adjustment.

So is it only happening when you apply the bakes ? Is it
2 or 4wd drive. You could simply jack up the tire and
see if it feels loose at all and give the brakes a check:
brake lines and caliper a check.

- --
Thanks,
Rick Wojo
'83 Fsize BRONCO,Stock I-6,"The BROWN BULL",33x12.5x15-Mud Blasters
'92 Mstng 5.0L
'95 eclipse-Wife's(For Sale)


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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 16:11:11 EDT
From: JSC721 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Wire Splice

Hey Guys,
When I splice wires i solder them , then coat them with hot glue from a glue
gun. And depending on what type of mood im in I will tape them too.Good Luck

Joe
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 98 13:09:58 -0800
From: todd trifilm.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100 horsepower for a 1996 2x2 f-150 w/302 and auto trans w/3.55 ratio?

I'm sure you've heard an engine is just an air pump, so if you increase the
intake efficiency you need to increase the exhaust efficiency in order to
realize any significant gains. Just saying that a figure of $400-$500 pops up in
my mind with a K&N FIPK, Summit replacement headers and a cat-back exhaust and
that probably only frees up 10-15hp max. Underdrive pullies and maybe gasket
matching would help, but your still far short of the 100. Are '96s mass air or
still speed density. Supposedly you have to be mass air in order to be able to
add bigger cams and aftermarket heads, intakes, and throttle bodies, but there
are some fast speed density mustangs on the fordnatics list so maybe there's
hope. But then that doesn't sound cheap to me in either time, effort, or
dollars. Unfortunately I don't think there is any cheap way to get more
horsepower out of your 302, I wish there was. My '87 Bronco w/302 is rated at
185hp, now that's sad for a vehicle of its weight, when I started down the power
path everything engine related added up into the thousands real quick so I
decided to not go down that path too far. Changing your rear-end ratio from 3.55
to 4.10 might suffice in lew of actual hp increase for a seat-of-the-pants
improvement and with a 2x it shouldn't cost too much, maybe a 4.10 LS 8.8 from
the junkyard. Also if you get that lift kit you're asking about you'll probably
go to larger tires. Those larger tires will effectively change your 3.55 gear
ratio to something like 3.33 if you change from say 30" to 32" tires, which will
be felt as a performance decrease. Lift kits are available for your truck from
Pro-comp, Rancho, SuperLift, and others. They usually call them prerunner kits
for the 2x trucks. Grab a FourWheel and Off-Road magazine or similar and you'll
find all kinds of ads both engine and suspension related. The TTB suspension on
your truck can actually be made to work quite well with the right springs and
longer radius arms. I hope you find a cheap 100hp solution, post it and I'll be
doing it too.

Good Luck, TWM
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 15:29:14 -0500
From: "Rick Wojciechowski"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - F-350 transfer case question

Brad Burge wrote:

> I have been lurking for a while, but now I have a question.
> I recently bought a '89 F-350 7.3 diesel 4X4 dually. The transfer case has always been hard to engage and has gotten almost impossible to get into 4wd. Also, now it will not go into 4-low at all. This is the best truck I have ever owned and I want to keep it top condition. Any thoughts or help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Brad if you have auto locking hubs, you are supposed to back up thenshift the transfer case. Have you got auto hubs or manual.


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Thanks,
Rick Wojo
'83 Fsize BRONCO,Stock I-6,"The BROWN BULL",33x12.5x15-Mud Blasters
'92 Mstng 5.0L
'95 eclipse-Wife's(For Sale)


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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 15:48:31 -0500
From: "Rick Wojciechowski"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Bad Gauge Reading with Dual Fuel Tanks

JSC721 aol.com wrote:

> Make the tank empty, dissconnect the fuel lines to that tank, drop the tank.
> then on top of tank you will see a ring you have to take a screwdriver
> carefully and tap the sleeve for the ring to unscrew, once you do that the
> whole assembly low pressure fuel pump and float assembly will come right out.
> its not that hard of a job and you will save alot of $$$$$$$$$ if you do it
> yourself. good luck

Yeah,
I have a friend that just paid $180.00 in labor to do that.

- --
Thanks,
Rick Wojo
'83 Fsize BRONCO,Stock I-6,"The BROWN BULL",33x12.5x15-Mud Blasters
'92 Mstng 5.0L
'95 eclipse-Wife's(For Sale)


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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 15:59:24 -0500
From: "Rick Wojciechowski"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Wheel Angle

palspaugh wrote:

> Well I know some of the answer. The angled effect is what they call CAMBER.
> If the angle at the TOP is angled IN then you will have what they call
> NEGATIVE CAMBER. If the angle at the TOP is angled OUT then you have what
> they call POSITIVE CAMBER.
>
> As the vehicles suspension goes through its compression and rebound the
> twin I-Beam (these are the two big beams between the tires) causes the tires
> to go through the different camber angles (From positive to negative or vice
> versa). The reason for this is because the tires will always remain
> perpendicular to the I-Beam. Therefore when the truck's suspension is
> compressed the pivot point where the two I-Beams are joined, Lowers, and
> thus the angle of the I-beam changes. So if the tire and the I-Beam remain
> perpendicular then the suspension being compressed will change the tire to a
> NEGATIVE CAMBER. The opposite is true of the truck rebounding from
> compression through the neutral position (sitting still, no load) the tires
> will have POSITIVE CAMBER and then settle to neutral position.

Judith
Yes, it should mainly be in the camber adjustment. But balljoints affect that
as well. Make sure your ball-joints are okay.
Goto an alignment shop and get a free inspection of the ball-joints, or
have a friend that knows ball-joints to check them out.
Since the camber adjuster is mounted with the top ball-joint those
two things would be done at the same time. Also, since it is 4wd it will
cost you a little extry money to have a shop do it, because of the extra
4wd stuff they have to take off. It really aint much extra stuff, but they
make out like it is.

- --
Thanks,
Rick Wojo
'83 Fsize BRONCO,Stock I-6,"The BROWN BULL",33x12.5x15-Mud Blasters
'92 Mstng 5.0L
'95 eclipse-Wife's(For Sale)


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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 15:48:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mike Ashley
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 88 Bronco II Brake Lock

I am new to this list, but it came highly recommended by users on the
Galaxie 500 list I am on.

Anyway, I have a '88 Bronco II with a really bad brake problem. When
the weather gets chilly (below 50 degrees) and there is a little
moisture, the brakes will lock up...to the point of squeeling the
tires! The lockup is quick and seems to release itself immediately
after the lockup. It does not seem to make a difference how much
brake pedel pressure is applied...even a light touch on the pedal will
cause the problem.
I have disconnected the ABS wires under the frame that lead to the
differential and the "actuator" mounted on the frame just in front of
the rear axle (at least that is what I believe I have disconnected).
That has not seemed to help.

Has anyone else experienced this problem or can provide some helpful
advice?

Thanks in advance.

Mike Ashley



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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 18:22:09 -0500
From: lordjanusz juno.com (Paul M Radecki)
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Re: Wheel Angle

Vickie wrote:

>I have a 1989 Ford F-250 4x4 with a 7.3 diesel. The front wheels
>angle in slightly at the top. It does not seem to affect the
>handling, it just looks odd. What causes this and what do I need to
>to do to correct the wheel angle?
>

The previous post concerning camber is fundamentally correct,
except that on a 4X4 I believe it's called Twin Traction Beam suspension.
Twin I-Beam is for us 4X2 guys.
The sagging you describe occurs when your springs get tired. You
have a very **heavy** motor, and though you didn't mention how many miles
are on the truck I'll wager it's quite a few. New front springs ought to
take care of the problem.
BTW, this IS a problem even though it does not seem to affect
your handling because it will lead to uneven tire, bearing, and
suspension wear. New springs will be cheaper in the long run than buying
new tires prematurely.

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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 19:32:07 -0400
From: "jerrypurkis"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - bryan snyder

if you look at the past subjects you'll find that ther has been trouble with
the
electric switches from b&m so be careful take care jerry

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Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 22:11:09 -0500
From: Jim Cannon
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Rear Diff questions/info

Dave-

What an excellent and accurate summary! I knew a lot of this already, but
not all of it. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us all. This is
one I will save for future reference!

Jim Cannon
Houston, TX

"Do not criticise a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.
That way, you'll be a mile away, and, you'll have his shoes!"
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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 19:11:10 -0500
From: "Fast Ford"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100HP

I have a 94 Lightning with TFS heads and a few other mods (see
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.icon.net/~fastford/lightning.htm) I run 13.80's on motor alone
and my truck weighs in at 4400lbs.
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From: David J. Baldwin
To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Friday, October 02, 1998 1:33 PM
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100HP


>For those looking for more horses from the 5.0L, check this article:
>
>http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.g50mc.org/tech/bop.html
>
>Now, I don't think this would be cheap, but they got about 75HP out of
bolt-ons.
>Maybe one can do better, but these people had a dyno to verify their
changes on, and
>to tell if some changes were improving on, or taking away from,
improvements from
>previous changes. Unless you have access to this kind of equipment, it is
difficult
>to discern the difference.
>
>If you follow the recipe in the article, you should do as well, but how
this
>combination will work in a truck is another question. If any of the
modifications
>compromise your low-end torque to get horsepower at high engine speed, your
1/4 mile
>time (or time to freeway on-ramp speed) may suffer. The heavier the
vehicle, the
>more low-end torque you need to launch...and the last time I checked, my
F150 SC had
>>1000 LBS over a mustang! If you subscribe to the PERF list, you will find
most of
>those guys talking big blocks (or stroked big blocks 8^0). I've been
lurking on that
>list for a few months now, and have seen very very little mention of the
lowly 5.0L.
>
>Since I have a 5.0L, I have been struggling with the notion of what to do
to mine. I
>read of a guy (think it was in MM&FF a few months ago) who was doing low 15
second
>1/4 miles with modifications similar to the above article, with the
exception of a
>TFS head. That's laughable for a Mustang, but for a truck with a
small-block, I
>think that would be acceptable.
>
>Good luck. If anyone has any proven results with the modifications
listed--or any
>alternatives--please provide some feedback. Thanks.
>
>--
>Dave Baldwin
>Dallas, TX
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 21:38:50 -0400
From: Ben Havens
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - B&M ShiftPlus

>Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 13:29:18 -0400
>From: Mike Johnson
>Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 - B&M ShiftPlus
>
>I have had one in my truck (my s-10 not my f-150) and has worked great. I
>have had no problems at all and it does what it claims. I've talked to
>others who had them before I got mine and they've had no problems either.
>Sorry to here that you had bad luck with yours. Just curious, did your
trans
>start having problems as soon as you put it in or did it develop later on?
I
>would hate for it to fry mine down the road.


It seemed to work correctly right after I installed it, then I drove with it
on for about two or three weeks. The shifting went from just real firm to
downright uncomfortable and that was when I tried switching it off and felt
no change.
GMs might work a little different than Fords, so you could be OK.
Good luck.
Ben



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Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 02:25:22 -0500
From: "BigRed"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - FTE 80-96: Details on trucks?

- -----Original Message-----
From: Judith Grunberger
To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Friday, October 02, 1998 12:52 PM
Subject: FTE 80-96 - FTE 80-96: Details on trucks?


>* what engines are available with a manual transmision, and which ones
>would be best for he kind of driving I do? (commuting, hauling crap
>around, occasional long road trips, sometimes driving through mud and
>other crap)


Depending on what year you want. Up through '96 you can get the 300-6, 302,
351, 460 0r diesel from '97 up you get the 4.2, 4.6, 5.4, diesel or V-10 in
'98. Best motor for you is up to you.
>* what's the difference between XL, XLT, and Lariat trim? What's an XLT
>Lariat?
There is also the Custom. Custom is stripped down vinyl seat (cloth was
option) vinyl floor, no power locks or windows, XL has a few more options -
cloth seat, carpet, tape deck, power locks and windows (if wanted). The XLT
and XLT Lariat are loaded with all the options. I don't believe there is any
difference between the XLT and the Lariat. Just an extra name.

>* what's all the Ford marketing terminology mean? (SuperCab, FlareSide,
>StyleSide, etc.)
SuperCab=extended cab, Flareside=fancy flares molded into box (which =
smaller box), Styleside=normal plain straight box, CrewCab=4 (full) doors in
cab.


>* what years were new model years? I am particularly attracted to the old
>body style -- I like the squared off look rather than the sculpted,
>aerodynamic look. Also, I like the dual gas tanks, and I haven't seen any
>of the new body styles with dual gas tanks. (I also probably can't afford
>a new truck.)
'80 to '86 was one style, '87 to '91 was another, '92 to 96 plus the '97
f-250 and f-350 was the last squared style, '97 and up is that dam_ ugly
style. Dual tanks up until '97. '97 and up have only one tank, but it is a
really big tank.

>* what are reasonable prices? Is there a blue-book site I can find on the
>internet?
www.classifieds2000.com has Kelly Blue Book link

>I feel so bad for asking -- I'm sure this is elementary stuff for many of
>you, but I can't seem to find what I need to know so I can avoid being
>snookered. Is there a FAQ I can look at? Are there any good web resources?
>Can any of you help me?
>
>Trust me, I have great love for these trucks. My friend moved to Texas and
>I miss my baby...
>
>Thanks
>Judy
>
>--
>Judith Grunberger * jcookson io.com | "no Bad Religion song can
>Home page: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.io.com/~jcookson | make your life complete"
>RAB FAQs: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.faqs.org/faqs/bodyart/ | Bad Religion, No Direction
>
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Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 02:45:58 -0500
From: "BigRed"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Cheap 100 horsepower for a 1996 2x2 f-150 w/302and auto trans w/3.55ratio?

> Changing your rear-end ratio from 3.55 to 4.10 might suffice in lew >of
actual hp increase for a seat-of-the-pants improvement and with a >2x it
shouldn't cost too much, maybe a 4.10 LS 8.8 from the junkyard. >Also if you
get that lift kit you're asking about you'll probably go to >larger tires.....


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