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fordtrucks80up-digest Thursday, December 11 1997 Volume 01 : Number 259



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In this issue:

Re: Gibson cat back system [David McDonald ]
Re: Gibson cat back system [Rex Edmiston
Re[2]: Gibson cat back system [bthomas Kollsman.com]
Re: Gibson cat back system [bthomas Kollsman.com]
Re: "The Jacuzzi" [lstrang bordercity.com (Lorne Strang)]
Re: blown hub?; '97 x-change; Q! [Randy ]
Wheels/Tires [Jason Lester ]
Re: Captain's Chairs [Bill Funk ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #258 [Bill Funk ]
Re: Wheels/Tires ["Evan & Teresa" ]
F150 horsepower rating [yhtlines surfari.net]
ADMIN: IRC chat [Ken Payne ]
Re: Is my cup half-full or half-empty? [JRLIGHTNIN ]
Re: Wheels/Tires [zeb utalk.org (Lamar Zabielski)]
ADMIN: the working mat [Ken Payne ]
Re: Test # 2 ["Thomas O. Malmevik" ]
Re: Gibson cat back system ["Grady Byram" ]
Re: Gibson cat back system [BGroomsJX ]
Re: new subscriber-- 92 F150 Supercab [Lehmandp ]
Re: Question about my new K&N... [Lehmandp ]
Re: transmission [Lehmandp ]
Re: Timing adjustments on EEC-IV Ignition? [Lehmandp ]

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 14:54:10 -0800
From: David McDonald
Subject: Re: Gibson cat back system

Hiya all,

Thanks for all the feedback on the Gibson exhaust. Gotta love
this high tech info sharing :) From the responses I've gotten, I'm prolly
going to go with the Gibson, although I'm gonna visit my local shop
before ordering to find out what they can do for me. Never hurts to get
an estimate :)


Thanks again,

Dave McDonald

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 17:15:41 -0500 (EST)
From: Rex Edmiston
Subject: Re: Gibson cat back system

Dave,

I was inches away from getting the Gibson SuperTruck system last week.
I tried posting to the list then but have been having posting problems.

I ended up with Flowmaster from a local Meineke shop. Only reason
for Flowmaster - I got it now and a shop installed it.

Gibson was $299.00 plus shipping and I had to install or pay someone
else to do it. Flowmaster was $350.00 and it's in NOW. Sounds great.
Performance???can't tell yet.

...rex

Hiya all,

Thanks for all the feedback on the Gibson exhaust. Gotta love
this high tech info sharing :) From the responses I've gotten, I'm prolly
going to go with the Gibson, although I'm gonna visit my local shop
before ordering to find out what they can do for me. Never hurts to get
an estimate :)


Thanks again,

Dave McDonald


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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 17:54:59 -0500
From: bthomas Kollsman.com
Subject: Re[2]: Gibson cat back system

Btw, most "Joe average muffler shops" DO NOT use mandrel
tube benders. If you are concerned about getting the FULL
benefits of a 3" exhaust, go with the mandrel bent system.


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Subject: Re: Gibson cat back system
Author: Rex Edmiston at KOLLSMAN
Date: 12/10/97 10:15 PM




I ended up with Flowmaster from a local Meineke shop. Only
reason
for Flowmaster - I got it now and a shop installed it.....


Thanks for all the feedback on the Gibson exhaust. Gotta
love
this high tech info sharing :) ......

Thanks again,
Dave McDonald
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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 17:45:03 -0500
From: bthomas Kollsman.com
Subject: Re: Gibson cat back system

Per the Gibson catalog #9 & retail price sheet #pn0397 for a
"single cat-back" system for an '87 to '96 F-150/F-250
standard cab:

Aluminized...$345.33 Stainless...$532.00

Most "mail order specialist" like Stylin Concepts in Ohio
give 20-25% off this price ($399.00 for the stainless
piece).




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Subject: Gibson cat back system
Author: "Arseneau, Jim" at KOLLSMAN
Date: 12/10/97 9:29 PM




Dave,
I am running both exhaust systems you mention. I have a
Borla
on a 92 Explorer(4.0 V6), while the Gibson is under a 87 F150
(4.9
inline 6). Comparing theses systems, is for my applications,
comparing
apples and oranges because of the differences of the vehicles.
Both
systems were easily installed. The Gibson has a larger outlet.
The
Borla has a deeper tone, which my dog can attest to (he can
hear my
wife's Explorer turn the corner up the street coming home,
while I can
sneak up on him in the F150). The Borla, of course is
stainless steel
and costs considerably more. My Gibson is aluminized (although
I
believe stainless steel is available). Both exhausts came with
a
lifetime warranty. My feel is, I gained more HP in the
Explorer. The
F150 had a Dynomax twin pipe catback exhaust previously and
upon adding
the Gibson I felt a gain in HP over the Dynomax. If I had to
do it all
over again, on both vehicles - money permitting I would go with
the
Borla - If funds are an issue, the Gibson is a great exhaust
system.
Just my 2 pennies worth.
Jim Arseneau
1992 Explorer EB 4x4
1987 F150 XLT Lariat 4X4
1986 Bronco II 4X4
1966 Mustang GT convertable
1950 Ford 8N tractor

>Date: Tue, 09 Dec 1997 07:23:06 -0800
>From: David McDonald
>Subject: Gibson cat back system
>
>Hiya all,
>
> Just wondering if anyone out there is running a Gibson
cat back
>system on their rig. I was calling for prices on Flowmaster
and Borla,
>and the guy at The Truck Performance Center told me I had
picked the
best
>and the worst to ask about :) He suggested Gibson as a good
mid-grade
>alternate, not near as expensive as the Borla, but better
quality than
>Flowmaster (quieter than Flowmaster too, which is important).
> He says that the system is a 3" pipe with a 3 1/2" tip.
I'm
>looking to free up the breathing on my '90 F250 with a 351 for
more
power
>and mileage. I'm looking at an MSD ignition and K&N filter
charger too,
>but the main question for this message is:
> Anyone got a Gibson, and what do you think of it?
>
>
> TIA,
> Dave McDonald
> dxmcdon uswest.com
>
>p.s. sorry to those of you who are also on the off raod list
for
getting
>this twice
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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 16:48:11 -0500
From: lstrang bordercity.com (Lorne Strang)
Subject: Re: "The Jacuzzi"

> Subject: Re: Gibson cat back system
>
> Lorne Strang wrote:
> >
> > anchors, Hi-Lift Jack, Max-Tool, Nelson Industries Deck-Slider, Quadra-
Flate

> Eric Snead wrote:
> >
> What about the jacuzzi??
>

That's in the Ch*vy - can't off-road with a Ch*vy anyway. :>

Believe me, if you were stuck in the mud, had a cracked frame, or ?? you'd
be *r_e_a_l* happy to have my truck and all it's "toys".

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 20:08:01 -0800
From: Randy
Subject: Re: blown hub?; '97 x-change; Q!

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> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 08:09:10 -0800
> From: Eric W Sneed
> Subject: manual hubs
>
> Hey Guys,
>
> I drve around for about a week with one of my hubs locked. I didn't know
> about it untill last night. I never engaged four wheel drive however.
>
> The question is did i do any damage to the hubs, axles, or any other
> part of my drive line.
>
> Any and all info will be greatley apreciated. thanx
>
> Eric
>
Eric, the simple answer is no. You haven't hurt anything. The only
concern here would be wear, but you didn't run it long enuff to cause
any premature failure or lessen it's life or anything. I currently plow
w/my truck and if I'm traveling between jobs and the roads are ok, I'll
put my diff in 2 wheel to save on gas, but it would be kind of a pain to
be hoping in and out at every driveway or parking lot. You can cause
wear by leaving the hubs locked, that's the whole reason for unlocking
them, not to mention gas mileage.

Later,
Randy
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 08:49:57 -0800
> From: Brian Pynn
> Subject: Is my cup half-full or half-empty?
>
> Just got my 1997 Ranger 3.0L back from the dealer; had it in for a
> warranty inspection on a funny rattle it was making at around 3500 rpm.
> I just finished babying this thing through its break-in period, have
> less than 2000 miles on it, and now they tell me I'm getting a brand new
> engine. Service techs say one of the wrist pins is screwed...and Ford
> would rather replace the engine than fix it. I guess if they're putting
> in a 1998 version of the 3.0L then I'm kind of lucking out, getting more
> torque. Is it possible they still have brand new 1997 engines kicking
> around? In which case I have to go through another break-in
> period...which is a pain in the ass.
>
Brian, you can bet they have '97 engines still. Ever hear of anyone
buying an older 'crate' motor. That's a factory motor, still in the
shipping crate. I would bet, in fact that they plan to install a '97
3.0 and you should ask. I don't know the power increase on the '98's,
but you'll still have to break that one in anyway. Also, break-in
shouldn't be a pain. I've seen about a dozen different ways to break-in
a motor in the last week. Basically, you don't baby it and you don't
thrash it either. You don't drive at one RPM for any length of time,
but vary the RPM's and change the oil! It sounds like that wrist pin is
a mfg default and not anything you did. Have fun.
Randy
> ------------------------------

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*****
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* *

Ok, Everyone, let it be heard.
I, so far have given everyone my .02 worth of advice (probably not even
worth that). So here, now, I present my first ever question to the
group.
I own a 1987 F-250HD 4x4. I have the 351W w/a 4 bbl carb. The 8,600 lb
gvwr trucks like mine, don't have catalytic converters (factory).
Instead, they have dual A.I.R. pumps. Among the plans for the truck
this spring are headers and dual exhaust. My stock exhaust manifolds
have the A.I.R. hoses running to the top of them. Since I don't have a
converter, I'm sure that they are important enough to keep. We have
e-check (exhaust quality check) here in Ohio and it must pass that test
every two years. I called Jeg's on a set of headers they advertised
w/the A.I.R. hook-ups on them ($310). The problem is, the ones for my
truck DON'T have the A.I.R. hook-ups. They are, though, stainless steel
(cool, and I would prefer s/s). I live in N.E. Ohio and my truck is my
daily driver. The winters here are pretty rough on any metal (salt
sucks). I know that I can by a kit (Hedman, I think) to weld on
hook-ups to any headers, but welding with s/s is VERY tricky. So, here
it is, after all of the hub-bub. Does anyone have a set of headers
w/the A.I.R. hook-ups on them? If they are not stainless steel, are
they coated? I don't want to put on a set of headers only to have them
rust out in a year or two. If anyone could give me sources and/or what
you have experienced w/your set-ups, please let me know.

Thanks, Randy
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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 19:25:09 -0500
From: Jason Lester
Subject: Wheels/Tires

I've got a 1997 Ford F-250HD (old body style) and want to go to bigger
mud-type tires. The problem is there aren't many 16" tires available. I'd
like to get something in the 33x12.50 range. My first though was to
replace the 16x7 wheels with 15x10's. I was told that 15" wheels won't fit
over the brakes on the newer trucks. Does anyone have a solution to this
problem?

Thanks,
Jason
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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 18:12:20 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: Captain's Chairs

> From: John Pinkham
> Subject: Captain's Chairs
>
> I'm considering changing out the bench seat in my low mileage
> (400,000)
> '88 F-250 diesel to something more comfortable. Will captain's chairs
>
> fit in the standard cab? Which might be more economical: wrecking
> yard
> or aftermarket? Any recommendations?
>
> Thanks,
>
> John Pinkham

Are those seats still on their factory seat covers??I don't know where
you are, but if you have any van conversion companies near you, give
them a visit, and see what they can do yor you. We did this for our '91
F-250, and are very happy with the new seats. A little expensive, but
well worth it on long trips.

Bill Funk

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 18:13:49 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #258

> From: "Wayne Pauley"
> Subject: 97 F-150 shifter
>
> Does anyone know how to get the knobs off the end of the 5-speeds
> shifter?
> Is it pressed on? Do you need a special tool to get it off? If its
> pressed
> on - does anyone know the size of the press fit?
>
> thanks,
> wayne p.

A .44 Magnum works. ;-)
Bill Funk

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 17:55:10 -0800
From: "Evan & Teresa"
Subject: Re: Wheels/Tires

you would be better off moving up to a 16.5 i am in the same boat and have
been unable to find a 15 that would fit over the brakes i have been told
that you can grind down the calipers but i don't want to do that
evan
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From: Jason Lester
To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 1997 4:35 PM
Subject: Wheels/Tires


>I've got a 1997 Ford F-250HD (old body style) and want to go to bigger
>mud-type tires. The problem is there aren't many 16" tires available. I'd
>like to get something in the 33x12.50 range. My first though was to
>replace the 16x7 wheels with 15x10's. I was told that 15" wheels won't fit
>over the brakes on the newer trucks. Does anyone have a solution to this
>problem?
>
>Thanks,
>Jason
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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 18:13:43
From: yhtlines surfari.net
Subject: F150 horsepower rating

Does anyone know the factory rating of an '88 F150 with an automatic?

thanks
Dave Lampert

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 22:00:32 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: IRC chat

I'm in the process of setting up an IRC chat channel to
replace the chat script on the web page. In order to
register the channel I need 7 "supporters". This does
not mean you commit to chatting every night but you
will drop in occasionally. Any volunteers?

Ken
Admin

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 22:03:41 EST
From: JRLIGHTNIN
Subject: Re: Is my cup half-full or half-empty?

YES THEY HAVE NEW 1997 ENGINES HANGING AROUND , IN FACT THEY MAY HAVE NEW
1965'S IF YOU WANT ONE .WHEN YOU GET YOUR NEW ENGINE ( MOTOR ) DRIVE THE
HELL OUT OF IT , BREAK IT IN LIKE YOU WILL DRIVE IT AFTER IT'S BROKEN IN .
REMBER YOU HAVE A MILLAGE WARRENTY AND A X AMOUNT OF MONTHS WARRENTY SO IT
REALLY DOSEN'T MATTER IF YOU MESS IT UP . BETTER NOW THAN WHEN YOU GET OUT OF
WARRENTY .

GOOD LUCK . 1994 FORD LIGHTNING ( BLACK )

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 20:09:10 -0700 (MST)
From: zeb utalk.org (Lamar Zabielski)
Subject: Re: Wheels/Tires

At 07:25 PM 12/10/97 -0500, fordtrucks80up ListService.net wrote:
>I've got a 1997 Ford F-250HD (old body style) and want to go to bigger
>mud-type tires. The problem is there aren't many 16" tires available. I'd
>like to get something in the 33x12.50 range. My first though was to
>replace the 16x7 wheels with 15x10's. I was told that 15" wheels won't fit
>over the brakes on the newer trucks. Does anyone have a solution to this
>problem?
>
>Thanks,
>Jason
>---
>The Power Stroke Home Page at
>http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.abol.com/users/jlester/

Hi Jason,

I've got 33x12.50x16.5, on my '88 F-250 HD, was told they came from Peerless
Tyre.

Zeb
Longmont, Colorado

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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 22:22:08 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: the working mat

Dear Ford Truck Enthusiasts:

We have a new advertiser on our web site. As we did for Macs,
we're going to make a brief announcement for 2 days. This is
the second time this has been posted. You won't see it again.
Please show your appreciation to them for helping to support
the web site and lists by checking out their site:

http://www.ford-trucks.com/workingmat.shtml
(This is an "anchor" page that will forward you to theirs)

Arizona Working Mat Sales has a truly unique product, the
"Working Mat". It protects your pickup bed and holds cargo
in place (you've got to visit the site to view how it does this).

We would like to have them know that you heard about them via
the Ford Truck Enthusiasts group.

Now returning you to our regularly scheduled program...

Ken Payne
CoAdmin,
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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 19:25:45 -0800
From: "Thomas O. Malmevik"
Subject: Re: Test # 2

It Worked....*8-}




- -----Original Message-----
From: Rex Edmiston
To: fordtrucks
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 1997 12:15 PM
Subject: Test # 2


>We'll see if it works this time. Been getting list mail for months
>- just can't send.
>
> ...rex
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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 22:43:14 -0600
From: "Grady Byram"
Subject: Re: Gibson cat back system

> > Current vehicle:
> > 1989 Black Ford F-250HD Supercab Long Wheelbase (factory loaded),
4x4, 460
> > V8, dual fuel (propane & gas) ZF 5 spd, Skyjacker Softride
Suspension System
> > (front 4", rear 4" plus 2" blocks) with Nitro gas shocks,
CenterForce Gold
> > Clutch, Premier Underhood Welder, Ready-Air Underhood Compressor
(with full
> > set of IR air tools), Gibson/Doug Thorley Exhaust, Six States
driveshaft
> > (front), Off-road Lights, American Racing Outlaw II Mags, Luverne
Grill &
> > Brush Guard, Warn XD9000i Winch (on Multi-Mount with accessory
pack & front
> > receiver), Superunner Steering System, fiberglass cap, Dual
Optima batteries
> > , Wrangler Power Manager, Jacobs plug wires & Light Brightener,
Carry Ind.
> > electric boat loader, Pul Pal, Lund visor & hood deflector,
SureClaw wheel
> > anchors, Hi-Lift Jack, Max-Tool, Nelson Industries Deck-Slider,
Quadra-Flate
>
> What about the jacuzzi??
>

.... and a partridge in a pear treeeeeee. ;-) Sorry, couldn't
resist. Sounds like a helluva rig.

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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 00:57:14 EST
From: BGroomsJX
Subject: Re: Gibson cat back system

In a message dated 12/10/97 11:39:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
REDMISTON/0006408530 MCIMAIL.COM writes:



I was inches away from getting the Gibson SuperTruck system last week.
I tried posting to the list then but have been having posting problems.

I ended up with Flowmaster from a local Meineke shop. Only reason
for Flowmaster - I got it now and a shop installed it.

Gibson was $299.00 plus shipping and I had to install or pay someone
else to do it. Flowmaster was $350.00 and it's in NOW. Sounds great.
Performance???can't tell yet. >>

I think I paid around 94.00$ for My Flowmaster muffler alone, not to mention
the work from a local muffler shop (I went to one that was used by other with
good things to say about them) was 170.00. I used the aluminized pipes, which
cost a bit extra. I bought the muffler from a local performance shop. When
they gave the truck back to me I immidiatly noticed an increase in
performance. Acceleration also smoothed out, which I didnt expect, and I
gained at least 3 extra MPG to the gallon.

Brian

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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 01:31:46 EST
From: Lehmandp
Subject: Re: new subscriber-- 92 F150 Supercab

Hi Derek,

In a message dated 97-12-05 07:35:02 EST, you write:

> I told them to hold off on the O2 sensor, since they wanted 90 bucks
> for the part, and 56.00 labor. until I get a TSM, can someone tell me
> how difficult it is to change the O2 sensor? Where is it? Near where
> the exhaust manifold meets the exhaust pipe?
>
> Regarding the FI cleaning, does this sound like something that should
> need to be done at 45000 miles? Anyone have any homebrew suggestions?
>

The O2 sensor (for reasons similar to replacing spark plugs) should be done
every 30,000 miles.

Yes, you'll probably find it on the exhaust pipe after the maifold. It'll
have several electrical wires. Kinda looks like a spark plug.

Use liberal amounts of Liquid Wrench to remove the old unit. Make sure the
new unit has the correct anti-seize compound on the threads (the ones from the
dealer are usually pre-greased). Make sure you don't get the compound on the
sensor tip.

Pass on the FI cleaning from the dealer. They talked me into it once with no
noticable gains. Use a retail product if you think it's necessary. I've used
Duralube and things seemed to improve for awhile, but no magazines seem to
back up their claims. Better yet, use a quality grade of gasoline.

Have fun!
- -David :-)

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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 01:31:55 EST
From: Lehmandp
Subject: Re: Question about my new K&N...

Hi Grady,

In a message dated 97-11-21 02:59:57 EST, you write:

> I put in my K&N about two weeks ago. Does the engine's computer go through
> an adjustment period with the change in air flow? I didn't notice any real
> improvements the first week or so but lately it seems as if there may be a
> difference.
>
> Also, it seems like in the past someone mentioned that after making a mod
> that you should disconnect your battery and force your computer to reset
> and have to learn how to operate efficiently all over again given its new
> components. Do I remember this correctly? If so, how long should the
> battery be disconnected? Will this cause the odometer to reset?
>
> Thanks for the lesson.
>

You didn't mention the year of your truck, but Ford upgraded their fuel
injection/engine control systems with "adaptive control" in 1987. "These
adaptive systems are able to accumulate data during operation. They adjust
the center of their operating range according to the needs of the individual
car, to this individual driver, even to the fuel of this fill-up." (as found
in "Ford Fuel Injection & Electronic Engine Control", by Charles O. Probst,
SAE).

Hope this helps!
- -David :-)

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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 01:31:50 EST
From: Lehmandp
Subject: Re: transmission

In a message dated 97-11-29 13:27:30 EST, you write:

> On Fri, 28 Nov 1997 11:57:39 -0500 (EST) JOUZA1 aol.com writes:
> >Can sombody tell me exactly what a shift kit does. Is it a good thing
> >to
> >have and is it a available for a manual transmission.
>
> A shift kit is a good way to screw up your trany IMHO. But in a nut
> shell, you
> can have your automatic shift soft, medium, or hard.
>

I just had my E4OD rebuilt. I was told that the quicker shifts (i.e. shift
kit) reduce the time during which the transmission slips. The transmission
gets hot when slipping (friction). Reducing heat and slippage is a very good
thing. The trick is to find a trade-off between quick (efficient) shifts
without harshness.

Have fun!
- -David :-)

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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 01:31:49 EST
From: Lehmandp
Subject: Re: Timing adjustments on EEC-IV Ignition?

Hi Jayme,

In a message dated 97-11-29 14:47:28 EST, you write:

> I have an '88 Ford Ranger and I just checked the timing, it appears
> to be firing at 8 degrees BTDC. Chilton's
> manual calls for it to fire at 10 degrees BTDC.
> The Ranger has a 2.9L fuel inj. engine, so I'm assuming that it has the
> EEC-IV (TFI) ignition system. According to the manual, no adjustment is
> required to the ignition system due to it being computer controlled.....


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