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fordtrucks80up-digest Wednesday, October 1 1997 Volume 01 : Number 139



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In this issue:

F-150 Speedo Calibration [Bob ]
[none] [Gary Spradley ]
Re: Xfer case oil ? ["David J. Baldwin" ]
Re: where's the fuel filter [Todd M ]
New EMAIL ID for Gary Snook [Gary Snook ]
ADMIN: Window sticker info [Ken Payne ]
86 EFI Engine Rebuild [JEREMY GRAMKOW ]
[Fwd: 86 EFI Engine Rebuild] [JEREMY GRAMKOW ]
Ford Ranger's [prsr213 ameritech.net]
Ford Ranger MPG [MEB8100 aol.com]
84 Bronco II charging system ["Erik J. O'Daniel"
Re: F150 shocks [Lehmandp aol.com]
Re: Ranger Pickup Truck [William Street ]
Re: 2.73 to 4.10 gears in a 2.3L Ranger [KSMIKE aol.com]

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 11:53:16 -0800
From: Bob
Subject: F-150 Speedo Calibration

Hello,

Ive heard that to calibrate the speedo in 92-96 F-Series trucks, the
service tech has to push the Tripmeter/Reset buttons in a certain
sequence to calibrate the speedo. Is this true ? Does anyone know what
the sequence is ? Why can you only do it 5-6 times ?

Thank you,

Bob
235/75's going to 32's
asrmk1 uaa.alaska.edu

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Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 03:50:34 -0500
From: Gary Spradley
Subject: [none]

>Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 11:00:02 EDT
>From: silent.bob juno.com (Silent . Bob)
>Subject: 2.73 to 4.10 gears in a 2.3L Ranger

>My question is, how much more gas am I going to be sucking if I go from
>2.73's to 4.10's?

Bob,
going from 2.73's to 4.10's will be a major change for you.
The 4.10's will cause substantially higher rpms on your engine.
In some cases going from a lower to higher gear can improve
gas mileage but only in certain instances. Generally it will
decrease mileage on the interstate since a given speed will
require more rpm's to maintain.

Here's a few figures for you to ponder:

If your vehicle has 28" tires and cruise rpm is 2500
with the following gears, your speed will be approx:

with 2.73 76mph
with 3.08 67mph
" 3.55 58mph
" 3.73 56mph
" 4.10 51mph

To achieve the same rpm/speed with 4.10's as the 2.73's
you would have to have a 42" tall tire... since this is not realistic,
your rpm's will have to come up....

If you were traveling at 65mph with 28" tires with
the following gears, your rpm will be:

with 2.73 2154rpm
with 3.08 2431rpm
with 3.55 2801rpm
with 3.73 2817rpm
with 4.10 3236rpm ouch! there goes the gas mileage.

okay same scenerio with 33" tires

with 2.73 1828rpm
with 3.08 2062rpm
with 3.55 2377rpm
with 3.73 2497rpm
with 4.10 2745rpm a much more realistic cruising rpm

Hope this helps...
the figures were produced using my custom automath calculator software.
If you'd like the formulas, let me know.

Gary Spradley MA/MIS
University of Alabama at Birmingham
spradley uab.edu

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 18:13:08 -0500
From: "David J. Baldwin"
Subject: Re: Xfer case oil ?

Bakend aol.com wrote:
>
> Hi,
> My 87 Ranger had gear lube in the transfer case when I rebuilt it. I see in
> the Chiltons manual it calls for DexronII. Is the book right? Does it make a
> difference? It would seem to be a major difference to me! What do you run in
> yours? Is this aquick fix to quiet down a noisy Xfer case? Or what?
> Any help or opinions?
> Dennis Baken

Oooh. I would get a second opinion. Might call your local dealer's
service department and check with them. I would expect gear lube, but
other lubricants in manual gearboxes is not unheard of. I had 4 speed
'box in a '63 Jag that took SAE 30 motor oil (non-sync 1st shrieked like
a scalded cat).
I definitely wouldn't go far without double-checking this first.

By the way, congrats on the rebuild. You didn't find anything fraged?

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Best Regards,

Dave Baldwin
Dallas, TX
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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 97 16:09:56 -0800
From: Todd M
Subject: Re: where's the fuel filter

There is a schraeder type valve on the fuel rail going to the injectors. Press
the center of the valve with a suitable tool whilst holding a rag over the
valve. The pressure will be released and the rag will absorb the escaping
gasoline. Now you can remove the old fuel filter with little mess. The new
filter I bought at the auto parts store came with new plastic lock clips and no
special tools were required.

Bye, Todd '87 Bronco

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 19:17:47 -0500
From: Gary Snook
Subject: New EMAIL ID for Gary Snook

I have a new EMAIL ID thanks to my ISP. It is

gsnook kca.net (the "mail" part has been dropped)

Gary Snook

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 21:08:00 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: Window sticker info

Got a quote today and made arrangements for our static cling
window stickers, quantity 100. Supposed to meet up with them
tomorrow and give them a disk with the design....

However, at 5:00pm today I joined the ranks of the gainfully
unemployed. It'll be about a week or two before I'm employed
again (computer programmer) so the stickers are on hold till
then.

My wife and I went out this past weekend looking for a used
car to buy (cash) to haul the young'ens around in. Thankfully
we didn't find what we wanted.

Have no fear, the lists and web will stay up, I took care
of those heavy expenses in advance about 2 weeks ago....

Later,
Ken
Admin, FTE

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 19:42:21 -0600
From: JEREMY GRAMKOW
Subject: 86 EFI Engine Rebuild

I am in the planning stages of rebuilding the 5.0l EFI engine in my '86
Bronco. I have heard wonderful reviews about the Isky 262 supercam, but
have also read that the stock computer would not be compatible with such
a cam. I have also thought I might swap up to a 5.8l. My budget on
this project is the limiting factor. Would the Isky cam work with the
computer? Are there other RV cams that will work? What would I have to
change to 5.8l? A K&N and a new computer chip are also in the plans.
Any input on which chip? Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks, Jeremy

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 20:00:43 -0600
From: JEREMY GRAMKOW
Subject: [Fwd: 86 EFI Engine Rebuild]

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I am in the planning stages of rebuilding the 5.0l EFI engine in my '86
Bronco. I have heard wonderful reviews about the Isky 262 supercam, but
have also read that the stock computer would not be compatible with such
a cam. I have also thought I might swap up to a 5.8l. My budget on
this project is the limiting factor. Would the Isky cam work with the
computer? Are there other RV cams that will work? What would I have to
change to 5.8l? A K&N and a new computer chip are also in the plans.
Any input on which chip? Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks, Jeremy

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 21:29:36 -0600
From: prsr213 ameritech.net
Subject: Ford Ranger's

A big thank's to all who replied with info on older, current, and new
models of the Ranger. I will probably go on over to the Ford dealer
some time this week and check one out with a test drive. Definitley
looking for the 4.0 V6, wouldn't settle for anything else. Who knows, I
may drive away with a new F-150 4wd reg cab, 8ft. box. I will let
everyone know what happens in the ext few day's. Again, thank's for
everone's input.

Paul

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 23:38:42 -0400 (EDT)
From: MEB8100 aol.com
Subject: Ford Ranger MPG

I am trying to improve gas mileage on the vehicle below.

Vehicle: 91 Ranger 4x4 Xtracab, 4.0L, Automatic, 3.73 axle ratio, no A/C.
All stock.
Tire size: LT215/75R15, all position tread.

I am getting about 15-16 mpg "around town/commuting" and up to 20-22 on the
freeway. Does anyone have any ideas on improving MPG? I would consider the
following:

1. Aerodynamic devices, especially a bed cover or canopy. I removed the
previous owners hood deflector (custom fitted type) and mileage improved.
2. Aftermarket computer chips, any good experience out there? I do tow
occaisionally, about 2000 lbs.
3. Other engine mods, special plugs, exhaust, etc.

One other question: with no a/c, I run windows down alot and the "buffeting"
on this truck is very annoying. Can anyone recommend purchasing the window
deflectors to improve this? Hopefully it wouldn't hurt mileage.

I would like to acheive 18-19/24-25 city/hwy. Would appreciate hearing from
anyone who has any ideas.

Thanks!
Mark Biederbeck
Portland, Oregon

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 21:45:57 +0000
From: "Erik J. O'Daniel"
Subject: 84 Bronco II charging system

The dashboard ammeter is showing a drain, especially when the lights
and fan are turned on. But the battery hasn't gone dead and I've had
no problem starting the vehicle. A local parts store hooked up their
battery/alternator tester and the tester couldn't conduct the test.
I can't remember exactly why. (I also got code 55 from the computer
but I don't have any specific test to troubleshoot that code. I
thought the Mitchell manual was pretty thorough, but...)

Anyway, he indicated that I should check all the wiring and such,
possibly pull the alternator and bring it in to be tested.

I checked what wiring I could. Here's what all I have:

Battery shows a bit over 12 volts just sitting there. It shows about
the same when the vehicle is running. (Haynes indicated a battery in
a running vehicle should indicate 14-15 volts?)

I get a reading of 12 volts at the Battery terminal on the
alternator, and twelve volts at the Ground terminal. The Ground
terminal doesn't have any wiring going from it to ground and the
wiring diagram doesn't really indicate that it should. Is it
grounded because it's bolted to the head or engine block?

I don't know if I can test anything at the Field and Stator terminals on the
alternator, so I haven't messed with them except to check the
connections.

I replaced the regulator and nothing changed.

So: bad battery or bad alternator?

Thank you.

Erik O'Daniel

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Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 00:24:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: Lehmandp aol.com
Subject: Re: F150 shocks

In a message dated 97-09-26 02:43:13 EDT, you write:


I have a '97 F150 extracab longbed. This configuration gives me a very long
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 55
mph. Question: can I improve the ride by installing good shocks, say KYB
gas shocks. Any advice welcome. Thanks.
>>

Al Spangler,

I have installed KYB Gas-Adjust shocks on three of my previous vehicles with
excellent results.

I haven't had the KYB's on my '92 F-150 4x4. Because of price and
availability, I went with the Monroe Gas Magnums. They have a 60-day ride
free guarentee. I'm still happy with them three years and 35k miles later.

Have fun!
- -David

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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 10:08:29 -0700
From: William Street
Subject: Re: Ranger Pickup Truck

Paul,

I bought a new Ranger in 1990, 4cyl, short bed, 5 speed, el-cheapo
model. I currently have 155K miles on it and it's still going strong.

I've replaced:
tires, brakes, shocks at 89K
timing belt at 120K
TPS sensor
plugs twice and plug wires once

I currently have a sporadic problem with the clutch not disengaging
fully and, I think, a bad ABS module (brake and abs lights are on).

I'd probably opt for the 4.0 V6 for the extra power but the 2.3L
4 cyl has done well by me. It still gets ~25 mpg overall and burns
about 1 qt of oil in 3000 miles.

Bottom line - I've loved it - good mileage - trouble free and very
low maintenance.

My only complaints are no power steering so a lot of grunt is
required at low speed. I'd also probably get the extended cab for
the extra cab space (although I understand the 98's are a bit
larger).

Bill

prsr213 ameritech.net wrote:
>
> I currently own a Ford F150 regular cab XL, with a 8ft box and 2wd, a
> '93 model. Has anyone had any experience with Ford Ranger's? I have
> been looking at the new '98's, and one that caught my eye was a reg. cab
> 4wd with the 4.0 V6 engine. Thinking about downsizing because I just
> don't need that big of a truck anymore. Any info. would be appreciated.
> Thank You.
>
> Paul

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Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 01:58:54 -0400 (EDT)
From: KSMIKE ....


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