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97up-list-digest Sunday, October 4 1998 Volume 01 : Number 234



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Re: Last of the Lugs
FTE 97up - V-10 Gas mileage, Tow mirrors
FTE 97up - Bed Liners & Construction Boxes
RE: FTE 97up - TT mirrors
Re: FTE 97up - Bed Liners & Construction Boxes
Re: FTE 97up - Bed Liners & Construction Boxes
FTE 97up - ADMIN: T-shirt contest

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Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 09:43:55 EDT
From: SSeeplane aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Last of the Lugs

ROBBCWZ aol.com writes:




to
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Something to be said for the variability inherent in manufacturing toleran=
ces.
I'm glad you and others haven't had to deal with loose lug nuts. I was ju=
st
relating my experience with the issue.

I put the lug wrench on the lug nuts and the nuts could be be rotated >270=
=B0
using a standard bolt tightening sequence with two passes. And I'm no wei=
ght
lifter.

My "hubcaps" don't make full engagement on all nuts and I do expect some =
day
to find one of them missing. My experience with plastic in an external
environment and flexed a few times (work hardening) is that it will eventu=
ally
get brittle, either from UV, chemical attack, or the cyclic fatigue. My c=
aps
are all plastic with molded clips on the interior. I expect those clips t=
o
snap right off someday, they're not that substantial. Those clips don't ev=
en
touch some of the nut faces.

I notice on here some people have broken their caps trying to get them off=
.
My caps come off very easily. Almost too easily for my taste. But that is=
a
minor concern in an otherwise great truck. (averaging 18mpg at 9,000 mile=
s)

Granted, the two finger loose nuts discovered on the first inspection coul=
d
have come from the factory improperly tightened, but, if FORD didn't think
theses nuts would rotate, why would they issue a Recall to have them
replaced?????

Newly-nutted,

Steve

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Date: Sat, 03 Oct 1998 13:46:12 -0700
From: Dave Sturtze
Subject: FTE 97up - V-10 Gas mileage, Tow mirrors

Just got back from my first service appointment and I'm not to pleased.
Had the oil changed that when OK except they didn't use my Synthetic but
instead used their bulk oil ( will use it myself on next change). had
them check for poor gas mileage, 11 mpg on highway not towing and only
have a 3.73 gearing, told no problem found just keep documenting mpg at
fillup. I have the typical bad fish-eye problem on my r/mirror and was
told it was how I had my seat adjusted, I'm only 5'6", and I promptly
had them get their tallest employee to see if he could adjust it to
where he could see out properly. he could only check for a flat tire
also so we argued back and forth and finally they agreed to order a new
mirror but only one time, I hope it's right the first time. Then to the
AC
( absolutely necessary here in Vegas ) same problem as most I've read
about , temp changes at slower speeds and at an idle, but I had resigned
myself to a NPF before going in seeing as how our high today is only
90deg. So I guess my point is no matter how great the truck is the
service dept. can still make you an unhappy camper.

I still love my ford.

Dave 99 F250 SD SC LB V10 Lariat 4x4 Rhino Lining BFG's Tow & Camper
pkg.'s
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Date: Sat, 03 Oct 1998 13:54:11 -0700
From: Greg Bauer
Subject: FTE 97up - Bed Liners & Construction Boxes

Any of you have strong opinions on what brand of bed liner or
construction box I should purchase for my 1998 F150 Lariat with short
bed? I am interested in the highest quality.

- -GB

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Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 16:04:07 -0500
From: "Jeff Schapker"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - TT mirrors

I think what Jeff is talking about is your right rear wheel. I have a 1999
F350 DRW PSD 4X4 and I added a round 3" convex to the right mirror just so I
can see the rear tire. In tight right turns you have to see the tire so you
do not curb it. Just my .02 worth.
Jeff Schapker

I suspect that not very many people have to check their blind spot to see if
their left rear wheel is going to clear a curb. But, perhaps some do!

I pull a 33' 5th wheel, and would like to be able to see any vehicle in my
blind spot before it reaches the rear tire on my truck!

- ---
Happy Trails, Roy and Gene!



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Date: Sat, 03 Oct 1998 14:19:32 -0700
From: Dave Sturtze
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Bed Liners & Construction Boxes

My Preference is weather Guard from KNAACK a little more expensive but
definitely top drawer

Dave
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Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 16:28:04 -0500
From: "Mike Fairleigh"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Bed Liners & Construction Boxes

I don't have a box, but I'd agree the KNAACK Weather Guards I've seen look
awfully nice. As to bedliners, I bought the Ford unit from the dealer when
I bought my '98 and I can't imagine a better liner (assuming we're only
talking drop-ins, that is). It's made by PendaLiner, it fits perfectly and
has an anti-skid bottom surface.

Mike Fairleigh
mikef sky.net
...Always remembering their sacrifices.

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From: Greg Bauer
To: Ford Truck Enthusiasts
Date: Saturday, October 03, 1998 3:59 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Bed Liners & Construction Boxes


>Any of you have strong opinions on what brand of bed liner or
>construction box I should purchase for my 1998 F150 Lariat with short
>bed? I am interested in the highest quality.



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Date: Sat, 03 Oct 1998 23:42:03 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: T-shirt contest

The web page for the t-shirt contest will be delayed until
later this week. I had some medical problems and was on
bedrest under doctors orders until this evening.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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