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fordtrucks80up-digest Tuesday, November 4 1997 Volume 01 : Number 203



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Re: Factory Fog Lights on '97 Ranger [jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net]
Re: A few more general questions... ["Ulysses Samilo"
Re: A few more general questions... [jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net]
Re: A few more general questions... ["Ulysses Samilo"

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Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 23:00:43 +0000
From: jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net
Subject: Re: Factory Fog Lights on '97 Ranger

Bryce, I think you are in luck ! I have my fog lights that I took off
my 96 Ranger . I also broke one , but have one good one that I'd sell
for a resonable offer . These lights are a nuisance off-road even
with my lifted Ranger . If your interested let me know .



From: "Bryce T. Beyler"
To:
Reply-to: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Subject: Factory Fog Lights on '97 Ranger
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 97 22:45:45 +0000

Over the weekend, I cracked the lense on one of my fog lights (the round
ones in the spoiler under the bumper in a 4x4 Ranger)...My local Ford
Dealer wants $155 for one light (bracket, bulb, case and lense) and doesn't
sell just a lense. After cleaning up the lense, I found it had a Hella
Logo on it...the righting on the lens was as follows:

TOP
TN 25
SAEF86

HELLA

02B
(E1)
8379

Anyone know what model that this light is so I can order an aftermarket set
or call Hella directly (they ar local to me)? Any sugestions on other
lights that fit the stock hole and brackets are welcome also...

Thanks,
Bryce

'97 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab


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Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 19:43:14 -0800
From: "Ulysses Samilo"
Subject: Re: A few more general questions...

Don,

I just bought a 98 Ranger with the 4.0 liter V6. I am not sure about the
rest of your questions but I know that the 5th gear is very functional. I
have the 3.73 gearing and the 5th gear keeps the RPM's at a reasonable
level and cuts down on the gas consumption. I got the 60/40 split bench
and its pretty comfortable so I wouldn't want to swap it out just yet. I
didn't opt for the foglamps and I was having some buyer's remorse about
that until I read the post about the cost of replacing a cracked lense.

I only have one complaint about the 98 4x4 models. They went to torsion
bars on the front suspension to give a better ride. Great for a smoother
ride, but more of a hassle for me to try and lift it now. If you have ever
lifted a torsion system before, you would know of how much a pain it is to
lift.

Good luck on your choice of a new vehicle and I hope this helps.

P.S.

If anyone hears of a lift kit for the 98's being available, can you let us
know.

Ulysses


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> From: Don Vanco
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> Subject: A few more general questions...
> Date: Monday, November 03, 1997 7:12 AM
>
> I've got a few more general questions. These are pointed mostly towards
> the 98 Rangers - but I'm sure they apply to older models as well....
>
> 1) Are the 5 speeds in the 4.0 V-6 models the Borg-Warner T-5 of
> Mustang/Camaro fame? i.e. - can you attach a decent aftermarket shifter
&
> lose the "18 wheeler" stick?
>
> 2)Are the 4.0 V-6's based on the the 3.8 liter from the T-Bird/Mustang?
> i.e. - will it be possible to bolt on an SVO/Eaton supercharger?
> - if "yes" - are there decent aftermarket sources for intakes, cames,
> valves, etc?
>
> 3)In a vehicle equipped with 3.55's does 5th gear on the aforementioned 5
> speed tranny seem more like a really neat idea that a useable gear? With
> 3.73's? My Mustang w/3.27's had no use for 5th whereas my SVO with
3.73's
> loves it....
>
> 4) Has anyone ditched the factory seats in favor of some true sport
> buckets? Anyone added the center console "after the fact"? Just
wondering
> if the cost justifies the result - the stock seats don't look too bad,
but
> a decent set of buckets really changes the interior (see the "Boss
Ranger"
> at Summit Racing...)
>
> I've narrowed my next purchase to 2 vehicles, I'd like to decide this
week...
> Dong
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Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 23:46:55 +0000
From: jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net
Subject: Re: A few more general questions...

Dude it will be a while before a lift is out for the 98 Ranger . I
have a 96 that is lifted 6" with 32x11.50x15 Super Swamper TSL SX'S.

Jimmy



From: "Ulysses Samilo"
To:
Cc:
Reply-to: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
Subject: Re: A few more general questions...
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 97 03:43:14 +0000


Don,

I just bought a 98 Ranger with the 4.0 liter V6. I am not sure about the
rest of your questions but I know that the 5th gear is very functional. I
have the 3.73 gearing and the 5th gear keeps the RPM's at a reasonable
level and cuts down on the gas consumption. I got the 60/40 split bench
and its pretty comfortable so I wouldn't want to swap it out just yet. I
didn't opt for the foglamps and I was having some buyer's remorse about
that until I read the post about the cost of replacing a cracked lense.

I only have one complaint about the 98 4x4 models. They went to torsion
bars on the front suspension to give a better ride. Great for a smoother
ride, but more of a hassle for me to try and lift it now. If you have ever
lifted a torsion system before, you would know of how much a pain it is to
lift.

Good luck on your choice of a new vehicle and I hope this helps.

P.S.

If anyone hears of a lift kit for the 98's being available, can you let us
know.

Ulysses


- ----------
> From: Don Vanco
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> Subject: A few more general questions...
> Date: Monday, November 03, 1997 7:12 AM
>
> I've got a few more general questions. These are pointed mostly towards
> the 98 Rangers - but I'm sure they apply to older models as well....
>
> 1) Are the 5 speeds in the 4.0 V-6 models the Borg-Warner T-5 of
> Mustang/Camaro fame? i.e. - can you attach a decent aftermarket shifter
&
> lose the "18 wheeler" stick?
>
> 2)Are the 4.0 V-6's based on the the 3.8 liter from the T-Bird/Mustang?
> i.e. - will it be possible to bolt on an SVO/Eaton supercharger?
> - if "yes" - are there decent aftermarket sources for intakes, cames,
> valves, etc?
>
> 3)In a vehicle equipped with 3.55's does 5th gear on the aforementioned 5
> speed tranny seem more like a really neat idea that a useable gear? With
> 3.73's? My Mustang w/3.27's had no use for 5th whereas my SVO with
3.73's
> loves it....
>
> 4) Has anyone ditched the factory seats in favor of some true sport
> buckets? Anyone added the center console "after the fact"? Just
wondering
> if the cost justifies the result - the stock seats don't look too bad,
but
> a decent set of buckets really changes the interior (see the "Boss
Ranger"
> at Summit Racing...)
>
> I've narrowed my next purchase to 2 vehicles, I'd like to decide this
week...
> Dong
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> | Send posts to fordtrucks80up listservice.net, |
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Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 21:09:23 -0800
From: "Ulysses Samilo"
Subject: Re: A few more general questions...

Well... Can't blame a guy for dreaming.

Jimmy,

Did you you need a 6" lift to clear the 32's or do you think I can get away
with a 4" with 33's underneath without compromising the wheel travel?

Ulysses

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> From: jsruss postoffice.worldnet.att.net
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> Subject: Re: A few more general questions...
> Date: Monday, November 03, 1997 3:46 PM....


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