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In this issue:

Re: Switching Between Dual Tanks ["David J. Baldwin" ]
Re: Switching Between Dual Tanks [Thom Cheney ]
Bearings and vacation [Michael Wray ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #185 ["Alan Heaberlin" ]
Bronco ["Josh Armstrong" ]
Re: 93' Ranger STX 4x4 3.0 [James Forrest ]
Re: TIRES [James Forrest ]
Re: 1997 Ford Ranger ["Bryce T. Beyler" ]
Cavitation [rsmall isgroup.net (Robert Smallwood)]
Re: 93' Ranger STX 4x4 3.0 ["Bryce T. Beyler" ]
Re:Aluminum Wheels - Recommendations? ["Mike Wiatt" ]
Re: TIRES [jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net]
Re: Switching Between Dual Tanks [Joe Maleski ]
Re: Switching Between Dual Tanks [Joe Maleski ]
RE: Update - Bad Bearings, etc..... [john.doe erols.com]
Tire Diameter Calculation ["Bruce A. Ramirez" ]
Re: Front Automatic Hubs [jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net]
Re: LOWERING TO LEVEL [jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net]
RE: Cleaning alluminum wheels ["Charles A. Biggs" ]
[none] [Gary Snook ]
Re: 1998 F150 Lightning [Chris Kelly ]
Re: Aluminum Wheels - Recommendations? [Michael Ruth ]

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 15:05:19 -0500
From: "David J. Baldwin"
Subject: Re: Switching Between Dual Tanks

Joe Maleski wrote:
>
> Thom,
>
> I invite you to come with me on my next long trip. This problem is *very*
> reproducable. The bottom of the fuel tank is usually so hot you cannot put
> your hand on it.
>
> The ford fuel pumps only pump at 45 psi - not enough pressure to overcome
> the vapor lock, whick is exactly what is happening.

I believe you. There is a solution, I just don't know if anyone has
made an aftermarket adapter. The trick is to modulate the supply to the
fuel pump to make it only work as hard as it needs to in order to
pressurize the fuel rail to the desired point.

Ford was working on this a few years ago, and the new controller should
be available on vehicles soon, if not already. Problem is knowing which
vehicles are getting this when. Sounds like the 460 has a bad problem
with this.

This solution saves power, saves the pump, and reduces unburned
hydrocarbon emissions. A winner all the way around, only drawback being
the added complexity of driving the pump.

There may be an aftermarket fuel pump controller that works this way. I
don't know of one. If anyone does, please let us know.

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Best Regards,

Dave Baldwin
Dallas, TX
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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 14:10:28 -0500
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: Switching Between Dual Tanks

Joe Maleski wrote:
>
> Thom,
>
> I invite you to come with me on my next long trip. This problem is *very*
> reproducable. The bottom of the fuel tank is usually so hot you cannot put
> your hand on it.

Hmmm... not being there, I bow to your expertise. I still find it
difficult to believe that your fuel is actually boiling.

>
> As for Dodge Trucks - well I've heard that they suffer from poor brakes.
> That to me is a bigger problem than having to alter my trip schedule when
> the weather gets hot.

Add vapor lock to the list, because it is another known fault. My
cousin-in-law never leaves town during summer in his Dodge van.


- --
Thom Cheney
Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 14:35:15 -0700
From: Michael Wray
Subject: Bearings and vacation

Yeah I hope to have it hang on until I can get the funds together and
have it done right.

I'll let ya'll know when I get back from vacation.

Michael (crossed fingers) W.

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 14:59:02 -0700
From: "Alan Heaberlin"
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #185

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> On Wed, 22 Oct 1997 10:02:47 -0500 "David J. Baldwin"
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> >Mike Wiatt wrote:
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> >You might try looking in to the presence of a vehicle speed limiter.
> >The EEC also knows what vehicle speed is, and it is possible that they
> >limit the Ranger top speed because of stability concerns.
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>
> This is true. A Ranger will start to "float" at 100mph.
>
I doubt that the EEC knows anything more than engine rpm--speedwise. As an
automotive test driver working daily at speeds in excess of 110mph (650
miles per day usually) what I do know is that the air conditioning will cut
out in high gear at WOT to reserve engine power for the drive wheels. I
would suspect fuel flow or pressure or perhaps air intake restriction
(dirty air cleaner). Let us know what you find out!
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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 97 15:10:34 PDT
From: "Josh Armstrong"
Subject: Bronco

Hi,
Dose Anyone here have a 86-92 Bronco Full size that is running 4.11 gears
in the rear end? I am thinking about replaceing the stock gears with this.
The truck is running 33" muds with a 302 and an AOD. Any comment would be
helpful. Also would\did it help the mpg or did it kill it?

Thanks
Josh Armstong
89 Bronco

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 14:23:04 -0500
From: James Forrest
Subject: Re: 93' Ranger STX 4x4 3.0

Question



I'm kind of new to this, been listening for a few days and I have a
few
questions for you guys. I own a 93 Ranger STX 4x4 with a 3.0. I have a
2
1/2" Rancho kit in the front so the truck sits level with the back. I
have 8" chrome wagon wheels with BFG 31x10.5 Radial All Terain TA's.
Also
I have a Raven truck top. Here are my questions:

1. My gas milage has gone to sh**t. I am getting 15mpg city or highway.
I
did a complete tune up - plugs, cap, rotor, & wires. Also I ran a pint
of
tolune with a full tank of gas to clean the injectors. (If you look at
the ingredince of injector cleaners one of the main ones is tolune)
But
anyway the tune up did absolutly zero for my gas milage. I know I was
getting between 17 and 20 at best befor. Any ideas on this.

2. Since I installed the lift kit and went to the larger tires I am
having some problems when I am towing. One the check-engine light
comes
on after about two hours of towing. Comes on and off. Once I get back
home and unhook the boat thats it. Let the truck sit overnight and the
check engine light wont come on again untill I am towing again. My
boat
and trailer are only about 1400lbs. The other problem when towing is
when
I get into the hill country I have a real hard time. Befor with the
stock
wheels and tires I did not have any problems. Would you suggest
re-gearing the truck or going with a performance chip, K & N air
filter,
and a better exhaust? If so wich chip and exhaust are best.

3. Last question. My four wheel drive quit working. When you push the
button to engage it you here the clicking noises but nothing happens.
How
do I trouble shoot this problem? Is it the module on the trany???? I
am
realy stumped with this one. Dont realy know how or what to check, any
ideas?


Thanks,
John Cassis
Houston, Texas
cassis universal.usa.com



First of all, I have a 96 Ranger 4x4 3 liter with the 2 1/2 inch Rancho
kit. I was also getting horrible mileage, about 12 to 13 miles to the
gallon. I have 4 kc lights on the roof, which does reduce my mileage.
I installed a kn filter and have increased my mileage to 15. I am
running 31 inchers also. I can't figure out my mileage problems
either. As for the four wheel drive, I had the same thing happen to me
and i took it to ford and they replaced it under the warranty. Without
the warranty it would have cost about 350 dollars. you could probably
get the new module thing and do it yourself, it really isn't that
difficult to replace.

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 14:31:35 -0500
From: James Forrest
Subject: Re: TIRES

This is not true ! I had 32's on a 96 4x4 with no lift of any kind .


I tested 32's on my ranger with no lift and they severly rubbed the
front valance when the wheel was turned as well as the fenderwells at
full tuck
From: James Forrest
To: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Reply-to: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Subject: Re: TIRES
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 97 03:40:10 +0000

i have a 96 ranger 4x4, and i had 31x10.50 goodyear tires mounted on
American Racing type 39 15x7 wheels, with normal backspacing. I had no
problems with tires rubbing, etc. I don't think i would go any higher.
I am assuming you have the 3.73 gears, which are good for turning them.
You could go up to a 32 but you would need a body or suspension lift if
you didn't want to tear apart your fenders.

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 18:28:53 -0400
From: "Bryce T. Beyler"
Subject: Re: 1997 Ford Ranger

How can you tell what the red line is on this truck? My owner manual
doesn't say what that might be and my tach has no indication of where the
red line might be at...From what I understood, the red line is above what
the rev-limiter would allow so there is no chance of red lining this engine
(except for forcing it by downshifting at high RPM's)

BTW I'll take the truck off you hands if you're just going to blow up the
engine anyway...

Bryce
'97 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab

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> From: Bitting, Greg
> To: 'fordtrucks80up listservice.net'
> Subject: RE: 1997 Ford Ranger
> Date: Tuesday, October 21, 1997 5:35 PM
>
> I don't think it is the rev limiter, because I can take the truck beyond
> redline in every gear other that first, and the only problem I notice
> there is it is rough shifting at such a high RPM. The truck would rather
> I skip a gear.
>
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: bigguy [SMTP:bigguy shentel.net]
> >Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 1997 2:15 PM
> >To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> >Subject: Re: 1997 Ford Ranger
> >
> >It is the rev limiter I think .
> >
> >Bitting, Greg wrote:
> >
> >> Hello out there,
> >> I own a 1997 Ford Ranger pick-up truck. It has in it a five
> >> speed
> >> manual transmission attached to a 4.0L engine. I have a problem with
> >> the
> >> truck shutting down at around 103 mph. What can I do to alleviate this
> >>
> >> problem? Also, I would like to bolt on a little extra horsepower,
> >> where
> >> would anyone recommend I start?
> >> Thank you for your help.
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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 18:39:21 -0500
From: rsmall isgroup.net (Robert Smallwood)
Subject: Cavitation

FYI-Did some maintenance on my 1995 F-250 Powerstroke E4Od truck( 55,000
miles) this weekend and learned a few things-

NAPA Auto parts carries some items useful for Powerstroke upkeep-

1-Coolant test kit-part # 4107- for checking PH, Freeze protection, and
nitrite levels. (nitrites help reduce cavitation and impingement, which
can damage your block) Does 50 checks, contains syringe, bottle, and 50
3 pad check sticks. $24.99

2-Coolant additive-part #4058-64 oz of treatment similar to Ford's
FW-15. 4 oz treats same as Ford's 8 oz. Fw-15 is $10.95 for 16 oz
bottle, Napa's $13.95 for 64 oz.

Bought a transmission filter/gasket kit 23.99 and 16 quarts (book calls
for 15.7) of Mobil synthetic fluid (4.97 a quart...ouch). Drained torque
converter, removed pan (found about 2 tablespoons of stuff around
magnet) and changed filter and gasket. Started refilling and found that
at about 12 quarts you filled the transmission only and it runs out of
vent on the top. Started engine, idled and changed gears a few times and
continued filling to 15 quarts. Checked level and was about two quarts
over. What a pain getting that back out via the fill tube.

Truck runs great and seems to shift with a little more "crispness" (may
be wishful thinking) and continues to get 20mpg highway mileage.


Robert

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 18:46:27 -0400
From: "Bryce T. Beyler"
Subject: Re: 93' Ranger STX 4x4 3.0

Just wondering...Did your Rangers come with the 31 inch tires? If not it
could be throwing off your EEC and causing the decreased mileage...just a
thought.

Bryce
'97 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab

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> From: James Forrest
> To: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
> Subject: Re: 93' Ranger STX 4x4 3.0
> Date: Thursday, October 23, 1997 3:23 PM
>
> Question
>
>
>
> I'm kind of new to this, been listening for a few days and I have a
> few
> questions for you guys. I own a 93 Ranger STX 4x4 with a 3.0. I have a
> 2
> 1/2" Rancho kit in the front so the truck sits level with the back. I
> have 8" chrome wagon wheels with BFG 31x10.5 Radial All Terain TA's.
> Also
> I have a Raven truck top. Here are my questions:
>
> 1. My gas milage has gone to sh**t. I am getting 15mpg city or highway.
> I
> did a complete tune up - plugs, cap, rotor, & wires. Also I ran a pint
> of
> tolune with a full tank of gas to clean the injectors. (If you look at
> the ingredince of injector cleaners one of the main ones is tolune)
> But
> anyway the tune up did absolutly zero for my gas milage. I know I was
> getting between 17 and 20 at best befor. Any ideas on this.
>
> 2. Since I installed the lift kit and went to the larger tires I am
> having some problems when I am towing. One the check-engine light
> comes
> on after about two hours of towing. Comes on and off. Once I get back
> home and unhook the boat thats it. Let the truck sit overnight and the
> check engine light wont come on again untill I am towing again. My
> boat
> and trailer are only about 1400lbs. The other problem when towing is
> when
> I get into the hill country I have a real hard time. Befor with the
> stock
> wheels and tires I did not have any problems. Would you suggest
> re-gearing the truck or going with a performance chip, K & N air
> filter,
> and a better exhaust? If so wich chip and exhaust are best.
>
> 3. Last question. My four wheel drive quit working. When you push the
> button to engage it you here the clicking noises but nothing happens.
> How
> do I trouble shoot this problem? Is it the module on the trany???? I
> am
> realy stumped with this one. Dont realy know how or what to check, any
> ideas?
>
>
> Thanks,
> John Cassis
> Houston, Texas
> cassis universal.usa.com
>
>
>
> First of all, I have a 96 Ranger 4x4 3 liter with the 2 1/2 inch Rancho
> kit. I was also getting horrible mileage, about 12 to 13 miles to the
> gallon. I have 4 kc lights on the roof, which does reduce my mileage.
> I installed a kn filter and have increased my mileage to 15. I am
> running 31 inchers also. I can't figure out my mileage problems
> either. As for the four wheel drive, I had the same thing happen to me
> and i took it to ford and they replaced it under the warranty. Without
> the warranty it would have cost about 350 dollars. you could probably
> get the new module thing and do it yourself, it really isn't that
> difficult to replace.
> +-------------- Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1980 and Newer --------------+
> | Send posts to fordtrucks80up listservice.net, |
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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 15:48:34 PDT
From: "Mike Wiatt"
Subject: Re:Aluminum Wheels - Recommendations?

Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish kicks ass. Its the best i have found fo
the price.

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'94 Ranger Supercab 4.0 5 speed
The Ford Ranger Pages
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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 18:52:04 +0000
From: jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net
Subject: Re: TIRES

That's where the copping saw comes in . Depending on the tire the
valance may need to be cut (it's just plastic), but your certainly
not going to rip off a fender as you said . Which 32's did you test ?





From: James Forrest
To: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Reply-to: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Subject: Re: TIRES
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 97 19:31:35 +0000

This is not true ! I had 32's on a 96 4x4 with no lift of any kind .


I tested 32's on my ranger with no lift and they severly rubbed the
front valance when the wheel was turned as well as the fenderwells at
full tuck
From: James Forrest
To: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Reply-to: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Subject: Re: TIRES
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 97 03:40:10 +0000

i have a 96 ranger 4x4, and i had 31x10.50 goodyear tires mounted on
American Racing type 39 15x7 wheels, with normal backspacing. I had no
problems with tires rubbing, etc. I don't think i would go any higher.
I am assuming you have the 3.73 gears, which are good for turning them.
You could go up to a 32 but you would need a body or suspension lift if
you didn't want to tear apart your fenders.


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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 15:29:42 -0700
From: Joe Maleski
Subject: Re: Switching Between Dual Tanks

This is very interesting. Ford has a long history with this problem. Ford
redesigned the fuel pump in 1993 and then again in 1996. Last month, the
local parts dealer that I've been working with told me that the part has
been redesigned yet again, and that the new part will not be available to
dealers until later this month. The interesting thing about it is that the
fuel pump has been changed to the point that a new wiring harness assembly
needs to be added. I wonder if this wiring adds some sort of controller as
you describe...

At any rate, if anyone is currently in the process of having to replace
their fuel pumps, it should be noted that the most current design of the
replacement part may not be available as I write this (10/23/97).

Joe

>I believe you. There is a solution, I just don't know if anyone has
>made an aftermarket adapter. The trick is to modulate the supply to the
>fuel pump to make it only work as hard as it needs to in order to
>pressurize the fuel rail to the desired point.
>
>Ford was working on this a few years ago, and the new controller should
>be available on vehicles soon, if not already. Problem is knowing which
>vehicles are getting this when. Sounds like the 460 has a bad problem
>with this.
>
>This solution saves power, saves the pump, and reduces unburned
>hydrocarbon emissions. A winner all the way around, only drawback being
>the added complexity of driving the pump.
>
>There may be an aftermarket fuel pump controller that works this way. I
>don't know of one. If anyone does, please let us know.

************************************
Joe Maleski
Technical Instructor
Auspex Systems, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA

mailto:jmaleski auspex.com

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 15:54:38 -0700
From: Joe Maleski
Subject: Re: Switching Between Dual Tanks

It should be noted for the record that the fuel system on my truck is not
entirely OEM. I have a custom made 45 gallon fuel tank. In order to fit
the tank under the truck in place of the original, and not lose any ground
clearance, we had to make it very long and flat. The tank starts about six
inches behind the transfer case and stops a few inches ahead of the rear
axle. Yes folks, that fuel tank is over seven feet long.

To maintain strength the welder built the tank in sections, with thick
braces used as baffles to keep the fuel from sloshing all the way forward
or all the way backward while off road. What tends to happen is that when
the fuel tank is down to 1/3 full, the fuel is only a few inches deep,
exposing the fuel pump, even though there's some 15 gallons left. Since
the pump recirculates fuel back from the engine it goes into the
compartment that the pump is in, raising the local temperature of the fuel.
Also, seven feet of fuel tank tends to absorb a lot of heat from the
exhaust system which runs parallel to it as well as soaking up a lot of
heat from the pavement.

Trust me on this, that fuel gets *hot*.

What I plan to do in a couple of weeks when I pull the tank and replace it
with version 2 is install temperature sensors that will measure the
temperature of the fuel, and possibly wire that to a bright indicator light
on the dash to alert me when the temp goes beyond some certain level.
Additionally, I'm going to cover the version 2 tank with a layer of
insulation, as well as the fuel lines. The shape is going to be somewhat
different as well, fuel capacity will be down to around 39 or 40 gallons.

I've been doing so much research on this subject lately that sometimes I
feel I know as much as the ford engineers - and that scares me! :)

Joe

>> I invite you to come with me on my next long trip. This problem is *very*
>> reproducable. The bottom of the fuel tank is usually so hot you cannot put
>> your hand on it.
>
>Hmmm... not being there, I bow to your expertise. I still find it
>difficult to believe that your fuel is actually boiling.

************************************
Joe Maleski
Santa Clara, CA
1994 F-250HD SuperCab 4X4, 460/5-spd

mailto:jmaleski auspex.com

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:06:57 -0400
From: john.doe erols.com
Subject: RE: Update - Bad Bearings, etc.....

>OK, here is the latest on this issue.
>
{major snip}

> So.... Since I just bought the truck from a private party, and I
>really got the shaft, is there any recourse I have legally? Not
>saying I don't want to go NUKE his house.... But I am keeping under
>control.


You're not going to like this but I gotta say it is definitely a "buyer
beware" situation when you buy used from someone. This goes for houses,
cars, etc. You didn't get taken by that guy... you didn't do your
homework.

If I'm looking at a car/truck that I don't plan to completely disassemble
you can bet I'm going to pull a pan or two, run a compression check, ask
for service records, sniff some dipsticks, pull a wheel or two, etc. before
I make a decision. If you had looked real good you might have caught this
one.

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:05:36 -0400
From: "Bruce A. Ramirez"
Subject: Tire Diameter Calculation

Example 235/75R15 tire. Take the 235 and multiple by the 75, then
multiply by 2. The total is 35250. Now divide the 35250 by 2540. the
total now is 13.877. Add the rim diameter to the previous total and you
get the tire diameter. 28.877 inches tall.

Bruce Ramirez
Germantown MD.
1991 F-150 4x4 4.9L
1994 E-250 4.9L

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:25:01 +0000
From: jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net
Subject: Re: Front Automatic Hubs

There probably wasn't a darn thing wrong with your hubs ! You got
ripped ! And yes you surely do have to back up to disengage your hubs
. I also own a 96 Ranger and off-road at least four times a month or
more .

JR RANGER 96 Supercab XLT 4x4 6" lift




From: Blest25913 aol.com
To: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Reply-to: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Subject: Front Automatic Hubs
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 97 14:09:35 +0000


I have a '96 Ranger 4x4. At 44,000 miles I had to have the front hubs
replaced ($700). I didn't even know there was anything wrong with them. It
was working in 4-wheel drive as far as I knew. But the dealer recommended
annual inspection of 4-wheel drives so I took it in, and thats when they got
my $700. Even though I had 44K on the truck, I probably only drove about 70
miles in 4-wheel drive. Why would they go bad with so little use?
Also, do you have to back up, Straight, for 10 feet to disengage the front
hubs? This is what it says in the owner's manual. Thanks for any help you can
give me.

Ron Trampe
blest25913 aol.com



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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:47:25 +0000
From: jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net
Subject: Re: LOWERING TO LEVEL

Hey do you know of a shackle that lifts the rear of a 96 ranger ? If
so name and # of company and cost .



From: "Jeff Wey"
To:
Reply-to: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Subject: LOWERING TO LEVEL
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 97 00:39:42 +0000

Luke , there are several ways to lower the rear of your ranger.The first
and cheapest way is a set of shackles,fairly easy to install just unbolt
rear of leaf springs and install, that will lower rear about 2".If you want
to go lower you can install new spring hanger with shackles that will give
you 4" drop.Another way to lower is called a flip kit this mounts axle on
the top of the springs this also lowers about 4".Finally you can buy
lowered leaf springs available in 3",5", and 7" drop. If you have any
questions fell free to e-mail me at jwey valkyrie.net



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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:00:44 -0500
From: "Charles A. Biggs"
Subject: RE: Cleaning alluminum wheels

I use QuickSliver to clean alluminum wheels and it does a great job. It
is distributed by Armor All.


- --
Chuck Biggs
mailto:biggs flash.net

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:48:34 -0500
From: Gary Snook
Subject: [none]

My company work vehicle is a 92 van with the 300 I 6 banger. If I remember
right, it actually has more torque than the V8. I have the 3 speed auto,
and it runs like a raped ape! Mileage on a good day is about 15 MPG. One
of my older vans had a 351W. This van was a real pooch, barely ran 80 MPH,
downhill, with a tail wind! The 6 will make 90+, but makes a whole lot of
noise doing so!

Gary

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 20:48:29 -0400
From: Chris Kelly
Subject: Re: 1998 F150 Lightning

Townson, Charles (SRMC) wrote:
>
> I read somewhere that Ford was going to market an extended cab version
> of the F150 Lightning in the 1998 model year. However, I cannot find
> any specifications or pricing on such a model. Does anyone know if
> this model is being sold in the 98 model year? Any information on the
> specs?
>
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Don't know when its due to arrive...but its going to be a modified 5.4
litre with any of the cab and bed arrangements...Motor Trend did an
issue on this last month I think! No specifics though. The ride height
will also be lowered and the one the showed was a regular cab(I think)
with short stepside! NICE!!!

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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 20:52:00 -0400
From: Michael Ruth
Subject: Re: Aluminum Wheels - Recommendations?

Robert Stinnett TSO8352 - HOMENODE wrote:
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> I have a 97 Ford Ranger XLT with the aluminum "deep" wheels. They are....


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