fordtrucks80up-digest Saturday, September 27 1997 Volume 01 : Number 134
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In this issue:
Shocks ["Harden, Paul" ]
FW: Re: web site -- links or other lists ["Payne, Kenneth"
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #133 [Mobleaudio aol.com]
Re: web site -- links or other lists [BigDogF250 aol.com]
Re: We have our domain now and who sent the 1998 photos? [BigDogF250 aol.]
1999 F-350s [Scott MacButch ]
Re: BANKS [Rendell9 aol.com]
RE:1999 F-350s [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
Re:Ford F350 PowerStroke [Jan Campbell ]
Re: '86 Bronco II [ILuvTruks aol.com]
'94 Ranger Brake Drum Problem ["Lare/Eric" ]
I have a '97 F150 extracab longbed. This configuration gives me a very
wheelbase and I expected the ride to be rough, but on uneven freeway
pavement I was surprised at how rough it really is, esp. at speeds over
mph. Question: can I improve the ride by installing good shocks, say
gas shocks. Any advice welcome. Thanks.
I've found that replacing shocks can improve a truck's ride but usually
only moderately. Springs and the type of tires on the vehicle can be a
big factor in the ride. Also tire pressure is very important. If you
often run empty, you may want to try lower pressure in the rear tires.
I've had a couple of sets on the Monroe Sensa-Trac Shocks on two
vehicles, on the Explorer there was no improvement in ride, but a Chevy
Tahoe they did improve the ride.
I would also look at Tokico shocks, I've heard good things about their
ride qualities. Many of the truck manufacturers are going to P type
tires vs. LT tires in an effort to improve ride on the larger trucks.
The sidewalls on P tires is less stiff than on a LT Tire.
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 10:34:30 -0400
From: "Payne, Kenneth"
Subject: FW: Re: web site -- links or other lists
> >you might wanna add
> >http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.f150 online. com/
> >to the links or other lists
> >this site, which also has a bulliton board
> >is similar to yours-- but it is only for
> >the new style pickups-- 1997 & up
> >85 f-150
> On the links page under "Other Ford trucks sites." Its
> been there for about 2 months.
why is it when i get the digest on winmail.dat, it nevers comes out? i always
get thes weird symbols that i dont get when it's under fordtrucks. if anyone
can help me understand, that would be greatly appreciated.
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 15:28:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: BigDogF250 aol.com
Subject: Re: web site -- links or other lists
I personally have been to this site many times and i think it is a great web
page. I would strongly recomend putting in your links.
Matt 92 F250 5.8L 4x4 6" lift
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 15:35:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: BigDogF250 aol.com
Subject: Re: We have our domain now and who sent the 1998 photos?
98 photos, huh. i only have one thing to say about that: WHERE WHERE WHERE!?!
Reply to Ditzy AOL.COM - I have been looking for info. on the '99
F-350s also. What I found out was that the front is somewhat rounded
but not as rad as the new F-150s and that the bed will be just like the
old models. Check out www.abol.com/users/jlester (Jason's Power Stroke
Page), under "Photos", he has a "Spy" picture of a white F-350 Crew
Cab. I kinda like the looks of it. Also I was told they will be out
starting in March of '99. Let me know if anybody has any more "scoops"
on the new F-350 & 250 HD.
Scott MacButch - Pocatello, ID
e-mail: macs poky.srv.net
Just installed Banks Transcommand as part of their Stage I package (I have
a new F350 Powerstroke). There was definitely a change in the shifting
patterns (seemed to hang onto a gear longer before shifting to a higher
and all other characteristics did not appear to change under no-load
Yesterday I picked up my new camper (Lance 3000, wet weight about 2700lbs
options) and for the first time drove the truck under load - there was no
noticeable difference in acceleration to freeway speeds! The truck was as
fast as ever, and the ride effortless. Temperatures did not change.
I have no doubt that Banks' claims regarding power increases are true - for
I simply have the satisfaction of knowing that the Powerstroke is delivering
about all it is inherently capable of.
I saw one last Feb. I am NOT lying. I work at a Ford Heavy Truck
dealership in MN and they brought 2 prototypes by for some brake
repair. They were testing the brake capabilities under heavy loads.
There were 2 Ford engineers and 2 engineers from a quality test or
something like that. The F-350 was a dually 4x2. One side of the
box was sqaure like 97's and the other side was a prototype. The
other truck was a F-Super Duty 4x4...YES 4x4 with a flatbed body on
it. I was really excited to see this F-Super with 4x4 as an option.
Of course I asked to take pitcures, by they said no because they were
just "prototypes". Being in the business, I just allowed for their
The front ends looked like a cross between a 96 and 97 F-150, but the
cab was from the 97's.
I did get some info about these trucks, but only for the F-Super Duty
7.3L Diesel or 6.8L V10
5 or 6 speed manual
*new* auto tranny with a PTO opening
4x4 or 4x2
reg cab wheelbases 141", 165", or 201"
crew cab wheelbase 201"
F-450 at 15,000# GVWR
F-550 at 17500 # GVWR
F-550 at 19000 # GVWR (4x2 only) and 201" wb only
I hope this info helps. Sorry I can't help with anything lighter
than F-450, but that is all the info that I got. Any questions,
write me: KNBD87D prodigy.com
I recently noticed a pretty bad vibration while under moderate braking
conditions in my '94 Splash Ext. Cab. Monro (since I was 140 miles from
home - would have looked at it myself otherwise - I just love to tinker)
said that the brake drums were 'out of round' due to overheating and that
the drum's diameter measured 10.125", which was beyond the factory
replacement limit of 10.060".
1) With 54,000 miles on this truck, is this normal?
2) What would overheat the brakes to the point of warping out of round?
and, What is the remedy, if any?
3) What kind of weight/seriousness should be given to the factory limit of
10.060" (is this a conservative estimate, or should I go ahead and get new....To access the rest of this feature you must be a logged in Registered User
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