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80-96-list-digest Saturday, October 2 1999 Volume 03 : Number 276



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In this issue:

FTE 80-96 - Lift Kit Advice
FTE 80-96 - Check engine light
FTE 80-96 - lifting rear seats
RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities
FTE 80-96 - PS Pump whine
RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities
RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities
Re: FTE 80-96 - Captain Chairs in 93 F150
RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities
Re: FTE 80-96 - Check engine light
RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities
Re: FTE 80-96 - PS Pump whine
Re: FTE 80-96 - PS Pump whine
FTE 80-96 - Inop Fuel gauges
Re: FTE 80-96 - exhausting.... leaks
FTE 80-96 - Stumbling engine on hills - need help

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Date: Fri, 01 Oct 1999 08:53:22 -0400
From: "Golly, Scott M"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Lift Kit Advice

Andrew,

I have a 90 F-150 (same thing as yours) and I have learned a lot of things
in shopping for some of the best parts. First, The right lift kit won't be
cheap because you should really get the extended radius arms and no blocks
in the rear. The arms really do enhance performance and ride. Second, you
should get the newer design, reangled design radius arms enabling you to run
a larger tire without loosing any steering ability. I had a set of straight
ones and took them off and went to the reangled. Wow, what a difference.
Knock to knock steering again. Definite plus when in tight trails! I found
Tuff Country to be a great company to work with, same warranty as
competition (life), and a real high quality product. Third, the Superlift
Superunner Steering kit is also worth the money. I couldn't find any other
brands but that concept really improved my travel and handling. I would
warn you that the problem then becomes you should go with specific brand
lifts that are recommended by Superlift. (not necessarily Superlift cause I
think Skyjacker works and a couple of others) I have a Rancho lift with
Cepek shocks and I had to custom fabricate the drop sway bar bracket which
isn't too bad if you are good with a welder. I would be happy to run
through all of my endeavors off the list or on if you are interested.
Gollys battelle.org

Scott M. Golly
Researcher/Fire Protection Engineer

Andrew Franklin wrote:
> I'm looking for a 4-6" suspension lift for my 87 Bronco, 6 if I
can afford
> it. I'm on a college student's budget,so price is an important
factor, but
> so is steering/driveshaft geometry. My truck has the stock dual
shock TTB
> front end with leaf rear. Any comments/ suggestions as far as
brand, what
> to look for, etc would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks
>
> Andrew Franklin
> 87 Bronco 302 C6
> Springfield MO
>
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Date: Fri, 01 Oct 1999 11:16:50 -0400
From: jdev gis.net
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Check engine light

I have a 92 Ford F150, and I get a check engine light when I accelerate
up hill. It goes off as soon as I level off. Any suggestions what is
wrong? Can I check the codes or does the Check engine light have to stay
on to check the codes.

Thanks,
John Dee

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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 10:03:44 -0700
From: Nathaniel Ingersoll
Subject: FTE 80-96 - lifting rear seats

Someone mentioned lifting the rear seat in an F150.
I have a Crew Cab, and am curious about doing this as well, for the
munchkins which populate said seat 95% of the time.
Obviously it's not a supercab seat, but the full bench seat of the
crew-cab; is there a simple kit to lift this?

Thanks.
N
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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 11:31:22 -0700
From: Eric Sneed
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities

Does anybody know the towing capacities of a bumper mounted ball on an 89
f150 xlt larriat.
This truck is completely stock.
Thanks in advance

Eric
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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 08:31:01 -0700
From: "Gerald L. Hinkle Jr. CPA"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - PS Pump whine

That is a good question. I do have a serp belt on my truck. Can you
adjust the tension on this type of setup?

Jerry Hinkle Jr. CPA
"RULEMAKER" 94 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4
http://www.ford-trucks.com/pictorial/big/1994_f350_1.html
"LTS-ROK" 80 JEEP CJ-5
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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 15:01:47 -0400
From: Dave Heverin
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities

Eric,

It should be stamped into the step portion of the bumper near the hole where
the hitch ball is installed.

Dave




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From: Eric Sneed [mailto:ESneed reil.com]
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Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities



Does anybody know the towing capacities of a bumper mounted ball on an 89
f150 xlt larriat.
This truck is completely stock.
Thanks in advance

Eric
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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 13:25:20 -0700
From: Eric Sneed
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities

Thanks!

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From: Dave Heverin [SMTP:dheverin keytechinc.com]
Sent: Friday, October 01, 1999 12:02 PM
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Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities

Eric,

It should be stamped into the step portion of the bumper near the
hole where
the hitch ball is installed.

Dave




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Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities



Does anybody know the towing capacities of a bumper mounted ball on
an 89
f150 xlt larriat.
This truck is completely stock.
Thanks in advance

Eric
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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 16:29:04 EDT
From: Spruce1495 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Captain Chairs in 93 F150

Sounds like the same problem I had. same year, not 4x4. Dealer replaced rail
assembly on warranty. Don't know $$. I have literature on rear seat lift
kit, but never did buy the thing. It looks like it would work.
Bill B.
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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 14:36:12 -0700
From: Mark Ponsford
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities

>Does anybody know the towing capacities of a bumper mounted ball on an 89
>f150 xlt larriat.
>This truck is completely stock.
>Thanks in advance
>
>Eric

Towing capacity is going to be determined by your drive train.

Info at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://gateway1.uvic.ca/staff/mponsford/92fseries/towregcab.html
should put you in the ballpark.

Mark


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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 14:38:21 -0700
From: Mark Ponsford
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Check engine light

>I have a 92 Ford F150, and I get a check engine light when I accelerate
>up hill. It goes off as soon as I level off. Any suggestions what is
>wrong? Can I check the codes or does the Check engine light have to stay
>on to check the codes.
>
>Thanks,
>John Dee

I'd check the codes ... just for the halibut :-)

Mark


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Date: Fri, 01 Oct 1999 15:20:08 PDT
From: "ken haley"
Subject: RE: FTE 80-96 -towing capacities

Eric,


The bumper may be stamped with the limits of the bumper, but that does not
mean the truck can tow that much. Check the towing guide at your dealer for
information about your truck's limits. Never exceed the max for the truck or
for the bumper--they may be different. My neighbor has a 10K reciever
mounted on his F-150. No way the rest of the truck is set up to tow 10K.

Also, watch the small print on the towing guide. The F-150 may be rated to
tow 4000 pounds, but only with a certain engine, trans, trailer brakes,
external transmission cooler, certain suspension package, etc. For instance,
a 5.0 Mustang is rated to 2k stock, but the 2.3 Mustang is not rated to tow
at all and should never have a trailer hooked to it. Options count!!!

Ken

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Date: Fri, 01 Oct 1999 18:07:34 -0500
From: Jim Cannon
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - PS Pump whine

At 08:31 30/09/99 -0700, you wrote:
>That is a good question. I do have a serp belt on my truck. Can you
>adjust the tension on this type of setup?

No, the serpentine belt uses a spring-loaded tensioner pulley. Really
cool... no guesswork on how tight to make each belt. Thread the belt around
all the pulleys and then pull the tensioner back and slip the belt over it
and you're done.

Bad part: if that belt fails, you lose everything. It makes preventative
maintenance even more important.

Also, I saw a guy who had his A/C unit bearings all sieze and he had a
serpentine belt. He could not drive the vehicle home to fix it because the
engine would not run in this condition. He had to have it towed. This is a
pretty serious weak point. With individual belts you could always just cut
that one off and limp home.


Jim Cannon
Houston, TX
'29 Ford Model A Phaeton '63 Buick Riviera 401 V-8
'80 Ford F-150 300 I-6 2WD
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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 22:45:57 -0700
From: "Radoje Spasojevic"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - PS Pump whine

You could always carry a belt from a non-A/C vehicle and attach it, thus
bypassing the A/C compressor...

Rade Spasojevic -- rspasoje mindspring.com
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From: Jim Cannon
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Date: Friday, October 01, 1999 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - PS Pump whine


>At 08:31 30/09/99 -0700, you wrote:
>>That is a good question. I do have a serp belt on my truck. Can you
>>adjust the tension on this type of setup?
>
>No, the serpentine belt uses a spring-loaded tensioner pulley. Really
>cool... no guesswork on how tight to make each belt. Thread the belt around
>all the pulleys and then pull the tensioner back and slip the belt over it
>and you're done.
>
>Bad part: if that belt fails, you lose everything. It makes preventative
>maintenance even more important.
>
>Also, I saw a guy who had his A/C unit bearings all sieze and he had a
>serpentine belt. He could not drive the vehicle home to fix it because the
>engine would not run in this condition. He had to have it towed. This is a
>pretty serious weak point. With individual belts you could always just cut
>that one off and limp home.
>
>
>Jim Cannon
>Houston, TX
>'29 Ford Model A Phaeton '63 Buick Riviera 401 V-8
>'80 Ford F-150 300 I-6 2WD
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Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 00:40:43 -0500
From: "Stephen W.Hansen"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Inop Fuel gauges

Well, my 92 F250 truck is over 100,000 and now the bugs appear!!
On the last 200 miles of a 3000 mile trip my fuel gauge dropped to "E" A
cursory inspection didn't find any blown fuses, and it is affecting both
tanks... the front sender is only 5 months old. I haven't had a chance to
troubleshoot it yet, but the ignition switch is worn, so I'll replace it in
hopes that it is the problem. Anyone else ran into this and can save me some
troubleshooting time?
Steve..

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Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 02:33:28 -0500
From: Blake Malkamaki
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - exhausting.... leaks

>I just found an exhaust leak in my 96 F-250 (351W) right side exhaust
>manifold. I am not exactly thrilled with this, but I have to fix it none
>the less. I thought I might change out the stock manifolds to a set of
>aftermarket headers. Does anyone have any experience with a good set that
>will fit. I will probably do the entire exhaust system while I am at it,
>so I would consider full kits too.
>

Just bought and installed the JBL headers. They are nicely made and fit well.

Blake
Little Mountain
Concord, Ohio
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Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 02:44:51 -0500
From: Blake Malkamaki
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Stumbling engine on hills - need help

Well I am back with a recurring problem on my 302 that is recurring more
often now. This is my 88 F-150 with 5 speed...

99% of the time this engine runs perfect and strong with lots of torque and
will pull right up hills with no problem, but every so often, while under a
good pull at around 2200 rpm in overdrive, she will start to stumble a
little and lose power. Downshifting to 4th helps, but the stumble still
goes on for a little bit and then she smooths back out and is fine. I don't
think it is a definate miss on one cylinder and I don't think it is wires
(new) or plugs. To me it acts like it is leaning out and not getting enough
fuel. I had the idea of perhaps a weak injector - i have run injector
cleaner, including the recommended Techron, but it does not seem to help
this. Could it be low fuel pressure? Please, I need some ideas on this one.

Thank you.


Blake
Little Mountain
Concord, Ohio
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