97up-list-digest Wednesday, August 26 1998 Volume 01 : Number 194



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 97up - Aftermarket wheels for 97+ F250LD
RE: FTE 97up - Features Missing..
FTE 97up - 5th Wheel tailgate
FTE 97up - exhaust
Re: FTE 97up - Aftermarket wheels for 97+ F250LD
RE: FTE 97up - Getting better mileage and power...

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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 07:42:42 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Aftermarket wheels for 97+ F250LD

American Racing offers many different wheels in the 7 bolt pattern for the
LD 250. I imagine most other companies do also, but this is the only one
I've checked with. (Wouldn't it be nice if Ford would just offer an Aluminum
wheel?). The Expedition uses 5 bolt wheels (it does use the heavier axles
of the LD) so if you wanted to spend a lot of money converting you could
change the truck to 5 bolt.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Rob Bryan
To: f150list hitchhikers.net ;
97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 1998 2:32 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - Aftermarket wheels for 97+ F250LD


>As I start planning what I want to order in my new truck, I was wondering
>if anyone knows if there are any aftermarket wheels available for the
>F-250LD and its wierd 7-lug hubs. I think I'll go with the light-duty 250
>instead of the 150 since I like the stronger frame and axles, plus the rear
>disc brakes. And I don't need the extra strength and weight (nor want the
>Dodge-esque looks) of the Superduty 250.
>
>But, the only thing I can't stand about the 250LD is the ugly factory rims.
>I checked out a copy of the 1999 ordering guide last Friday when I was
>helping my dad order a '99 Expedition. And while the rims have changed
>between '98 and '99 on the Expy and F150, the 250LD still has the same ugly
>rims it has had since introduced in '97.
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>So I'm hoping that someone out there with a new-style 250LD feels the same
>way as I do and has checked out the availability of alternate rims. And I'm
>hoping that the aftermarket rim manufacturers have made rims with the 7-lug
>pattern to address this lone deficiency of this great truck.
>
>So if anyone has any info to help me in my search, it'd be much
>appriciated!!!!!
>
>Thanks in advance,
>Rob Bryan
>
>PS-If there aren't any 7-lug rims available, does anyone know if 5-lug Expy
>hubs will work, I have a feeling they might since I heard that the Expy was
>more closely related to the 250LD than to the 150, except for the 5-lug
>hubs.


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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 09:15:00 -0700
From: Andrew Chung
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Features Missing..

My 1998 Explorer Limited has a light to the right of my temp gauge that
lights up "SPEED CONTROL" when cruise control is on and running. It does
not turn on when I just hit the cuirse control ON button and do not set a
speed. It turns off if you turn cruise control off or if you hit the
brake. It will relight if it was in the ON state (by pushing ON or by
hitting the brake when cruise was on) and I hit resume or Set Accel.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Charlie Sumner [SMTP:sumner postoffice.worldnet.att.net]
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 1998 20:13
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Features Missing..

I just purchased a Navigator and I noticed some 'features' missing that
I happened to like on previous Ford vehicles. Does anyone know why
these were eliminated?

1. Locking gas cap
2. Cruise control annunciator (no indicator light that tells you that
it's active)
3. Radio: no pre-set indicator to tell you that you are listening to a
preset.

Any other navigator/expedition owners out there?

Charlie
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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 20:41:57 -0400
From: "RBLAIR6531"
Subject: FTE 97up - 5th Wheel tailgate

You can also check out Camper World.. They have a couple of different
ones. I bought mine there then had the dealer paint to mach my truck.
There at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.campingworld.com

RBLAIR6531 EMAIL.MSN.COM




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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 22:17:45 -0500
From: Manuel Ziegler
Subject: FTE 97up - exhaust

I am interested in a performance exhaust system for a 1998 f150 with the
5.4l, I am looking for the system that gives me the most improved
performance but with a quiet sound. I know there are a few to pick from but
I am not sure which one to go with. Can anyone give me info on how they
perform and how loud they are compared to the stock system.
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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 23:36:27 -0700
From: Rob Bryan
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Aftermarket wheels for 97+ F250LD

Great! I checked their web site and they have 4 styles for the 7-lug
F250LD. 2 are even available in 17" in addition to 16" (I'll stay with 16"
for a better selection of LT tires that can handle the extra payload
capacity of the 250LD). Anyway this was a big help! If anyone else hears
about wheels being available for the 250LD from manufacturers other than AR
please let me know!


Thanks again!
Rob Bryan


>American Racing offers many different wheels in the 7 bolt pattern for the
>LD 250. I imagine most other companies do also, but this is the only one
>I've checked with. (Wouldn't it be nice if Ford would just offer an Aluminum
>wheel?). The Expedition uses 5 bolt wheels (it does use the heavier axles
>of the LD) so if you wanted to spend a lot of money converting you could
>change the truck to 5 bolt.
>
>Nathan Bernard
>Union Auto, Inc.


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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 23:47:13 -0700
From: Andrew Chung
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Getting better mileage and power...

I'm in the same situation you are, except I have a '98 Explore Limited.
I'm waiting for K&N to produce a FIPK for the '98. They tell me they
should have something the end of next month. I'm also thinking about a
Borla Cat-Back system to reduce back pressure. I'm not sure if this will
get me more MPGs, but I'm willing to try.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Alan Wilson [SMTP:awilson wilshire.com]
Sent: Monday, August 24, 1998 14:42
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Getting better mileage and power...

I have been thinking about ways of getting more boost out of my 3.0 V6 98
Ranger. I like the stock setup as is but I'm always looking for ways to
improve things about it.

My question is: Does getting a K&N air filter really help?
What about their other products(superchargers or something). What about
getting a new exhast system. I know this can be a couple of hundred of
dollars but what effects would I expect to see if I installed one and is it
very difficult to install.

Thanks for your help!
Alan Wilson


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