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FTE 97up - Re: subwoofer for f-150
FTE 97up - Re: suspension questions
FTE 97up - Re: ETE 97up - differential
RE: FTE 97up - Re: subwoofer for f-150
Re: FTE 97up - differential
Re: FTE 97up - Re: ETE 97up - differential
Re: FTE 97up - Re: suspension questions
Re: FTE 97up - Re: ETE 97up - differential
Re: FTE 97up - Re: suspension questions
re:FTE 97up - Putting a subwoofer in a 97 F150 Ext Cab
Re: FTE 97up - differential
FTE 97up - Auto-trans chageout volume
Re: FTE 97up - Re: suspension questions
Re: FTE 97up - Re: ETE 97up - differential
FTE 97up - Differential vent

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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 08:41:17 -0000
From: "Scott and Lisa Williams"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: subwoofer for f-150

>From: Jay Murphy
>Subject: FTE 97up - Putting a subwoofer in a 97 F150 Ext Cab
>
>Has anyone seen a reasonably priced ($200-$300) subwoofer that fits a 97
>F150 extended cab? The only ones I've found (at Crutchfield) end up being
>$500 when you buy a box that fits under the rear seat, the speaker to go in
>it, and an amplifier to power the thing. I have the factory 6 CD changer -
a
>Clarion I think.
>
>Any advice is appreciated.
>
>Jay Murphy
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i don't know of any specific applications that are made for the f-150, but
have you thought of building your own box? all you need is the dimensions
from the box you saw in the crutchfield catalog (incl. port size if ported,
etc...) and some MDF. with a little elbow grease, building a sub box is not
as hard as some think. I built one for my 96 ranger sc which houses four
mtx 8in. subs. it sounds and looks great. as far as your amp goes, if you
were only running one sub, you wouldn't need a huge amp to power it. you
could use a smaller amp and bridge it to bring the load level to
which would increase your power without sacrificing sound quality (which
isn't THAT significant if you're running your sub 80 ohms or less). hope
this helps.


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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 08:46:49 -0000
From: "Scott and Lisa Williams"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: suspension questions

i am glad that everyone had their fun with my question about lowering my
f-150 4x4. thanks to those that e-mailed me directly with your advice - i
am still working on it. as far as the rest of you that questioned my
reasoning for lowering my ride, the answer is this - because it's my truck
and i want to. i believe my previous question was seeking answers from
those who have had experience or knowledge of the difficulty in lowering a
4x4 - not for anyone's personal opinion on whether or not i should do it.
so, once again, i will pose this question - does anyone know where i can
find TECHNICAL info. about lowering a 4x4 without sacrificing the truck's
inherent abilities?


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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 09:23:57 -0700
From: "O. GORDON THOMAS"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: ETE 97up - differential

This is my first post. Hope I did it right!! I'm planning to purchase
a SD PSD and have learned a lot from this group. Thanks everyone.

There seems to be a solution regarding the air expansion tube
(vent) from the differential. What would happen if the tube were lengthened and a
small, PROTECTED rubber balloon (or something similar were placed over the end.
This would allow for expansion
and still keep out any water, dust, ect. Considering the volume of the differential
the balloon device wouldn't have to be all that big, I wouldn't think. Try to keep
the elasticity of the balloon device such that there is little pressure build up, so
the internal deferential pressure stays low. A little experimenting would solve
that question quickly. What do you think?

Gordon Thomas
Santa Rosa, CA
GORDON counsel.com

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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 11:28:48 -0700
From: Jay Murphy
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Re: subwoofer for f-150

Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it.

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From: Scott and Lisa Williams [mailto:scottandlisa mindspring.com]
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Subject: FTE 97up - Re: subwoofer for f-150



>From: Jay Murphy
>Subject: FTE 97up - Putting a subwoofer in a 97 F150 Ext Cab
>
>Has anyone seen a reasonably priced ($200-$300) subwoofer that fits a 97
>F150 extended cab? The only ones I've found (at Crutchfield) end up being
>$500 when you buy a box that fits under the rear seat, the speaker to go in
>it, and an amplifier to power the thing. I have the factory 6 CD changer -
a
>Clarion I think.
>
>Any advice is appreciated.
>
>Jay Murphy
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>


i don't know of any specific applications that are made for the f-150, but
have you thought of building your own box? all you need is the dimensions
from the box you saw in the crutchfield catalog (incl. port size if ported,
etc...) and some MDF. with a little elbow grease, building a sub box is not
as hard as some think. I built one for my 96 ranger sc which houses four
mtx 8in. subs. it sounds and looks great. as far as your amp goes, if you
were only running one sub, you wouldn't need a huge amp to power it. you
could use a smaller amp and bridge it to bring the load level to
which would increase your power without sacrificing sound quality (which
isn't THAT significant if you're running your sub 80 ohms or less). hope
this helps.


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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 13:58:11 -0500
From: "Chad A. Dietrich"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - differential

I'm guessing the pressurization effect is because the differential is hot from
turning. So if you are driving and stop in water, the differential will rapidly
cool producing suction. Where as if you keep moving in deep water you are
producing enough heat to keep a suctioning effect from starting and with out
suction the water cannot make it up the bend in the hose. So it's not really
pressurizing but that describes it good enough.

Ken Peterson wrote:

> >If you are able to keep
> >moving the differential is essentially pressurized from the inside and will
> >keep water out.
>
> I find this hard to believe. What mechanism is pressurizing it, and where
> does the pressurizing air come from?
>
> Once immersed, it cools off rapidly, moving or not, and sucks in water.
>
> I would guess the gearbox has to be vented because during assembly it is at
> "room" temperature and also contains lots of air. If it were sealed at
> assembly, then, when hot, there would be unnecessary pressure on the seals
> from the expanded air, perhaps adding a leak risk -- an additional design
> problem for the seals.
>
> ---------------
> Ken Peterson, Portland, OR
> 1998 F-250LD Lariat, extended cab, short bed, 4X2, 5.4l, class-3 tow options
> LT245X16/steel rims, 4W disks + ABS, load-leveling rear suspension.
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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 14:43:58 EDT
From: FISHNG1 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: ETE 97up - differential

I think that you may have come up with something. Maybe you should contact
the manufacturers, but maybe this problem that we all are discussing really
isn't as bad as we all think. It seems that the industry would have thought
of that already if there really was a bad problem with water in the rearends
and the like. You would think that some one working at an aftermarket 4x4
shop would have solved this problem. Sounds like a good way to make a few
Bucks!
This is a great place on the net and by the way.....I am still driving my
Chev S-10 4x4.......My 99 Superduty 4x4 is supposed to be delivered on Nov.
2nd! We shall see...
The FishNg1
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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 14:03:22 -0500
From: "Chad A. Dietrich"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: suspension questions

I have seen very little about lowering a 4x4. I mostly see lowering on 4x2. At
my dealer a while back a guy was at the service desk asking the same question
and the handed him a pamphlet from an aftermarket company and said you would
have to go through them. Know I don't know if there was a product for it in
there but its worth a shot.

Scott and Lisa Williams wrote:

> i am glad that everyone had their fun with my question about lowering my
> f-150 4x4. thanks to those that e-mailed me directly with your advice - i
> am still working on it. as far as the rest of you that questioned my
> reasoning for lowering my ride, the answer is this - because it's my truck
> and i want to. i believe my previous question was seeking answers from
> those who have had experience or knowledge of the difficulty in lowering a
> 4x4 - not for anyone's personal opinion on whether or not i should do it.
> so, once again, i will pose this question - does anyone know where i can
> find TECHNICAL info. about lowering a 4x4 without sacrificing the truck's
> inherent abilities?
>
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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 14:14:16 -0500
From: "Chad A. Dietrich"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: ETE 97up - differential

Ya know all of that sounds like it would work but this is what I would do.
1.) Cut the tubing back a bit (not into the bend)
2.) Go get a check valve that will fit in the tube
3.) place in line. That will alow breathing because check valves only orerate when there
is high suction so air can get in slowly but if you go in water and suction happens it
will blockit. Most auto stores have check valves that operate on various pressures.
Just what I would look at doing.

O. GORDON THOMAS wrote:

> This is my first post. Hope I did it right!! I'm planning to purchase
> a SD PSD and have learned a lot from this group. Thanks everyone.
>
> There seems to be a solution regarding the air expansion tube
> (vent) from the differential. What would happen if the tube were lengthened and a
> small, PROTECTED rubber balloon (or something similar were placed over the end.
> This would allow for expansion
> and still keep out any water, dust, ect. Considering the volume of the differential
> the balloon device wouldn't have to be all that big, I wouldn't think. Try to keep
> the elasticity of the balloon device such that there is little pressure build up, so
> the internal deferential pressure stays low. A little experimenting would solve
> that question quickly. What do you think?
>
> Gordon Thomas
> Santa Rosa, CA
> GORDON counsel.com
>
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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 14:41:14 -0500
From: John Walker
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: suspension questions

Scott and Lisa,

Ignore the others, there's nothing wrong with wanting to lower your 4x4.
In fact, companies such as Belltech are starting to make kits that
"properly" lower 4x4 trucks and SUV's. They have a new 4x4 lowering kit on
there website (www.belltechcorp.com, go to "What's New") that lowers GM
trucks 1 to 5 inches. I didn't see a kit listed for Ford, but I am sure it
is available. They have a lowered 4x4 F150 Flareside pictured on there
website. I would drop them an e-mail. I hope this helps.

John Walker

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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 16:25:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: chris coleman
Subject: re:FTE 97up - Putting a subwoofer in a 97 F150 Ext Cab

My best suggestion if you are looking to do what you want for that
kind of money is too find a decent sub and buy it and get some 3/4"
press board and make yourself a box. This should run you about
$100-$150. As for getting an amp, if you are not too picky, there is
always Radio Shack, or another possiblility is a pawn shop. But, amps
don't come cheap unless you don't care about the sound.
P.S. the amp will need to have line in connections, hard to find. You
may need to get an adapter to get you back to RCA connections.

Wish you luck

Chris Coleman '97 Expy, Pioneer FMH-95, Cliff Design CD-61, Polk 605s,
2 Boston Accustic 10s, SoundStream MC140X and a Clarion APA 2150.


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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 19:37:39 EDT
From: BLUESKY636 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - differential

In a message dated 10/18/1998 12:42:12 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
kmp imagina.com writes:


does the pressurizing air come from? >>

You actually answered your own questions at the end of your post.

When the differential is assembled, it contains air and lube. When the gears
turn, everything heats up including the air which expands and has to be
vented. Perhaps "pressurized" was not the best term but I was trying to keep
my answer simple and short. Anyway, when the differential cools, air is sucked
back in. So, if you are running through water at a reasonable speed and the
end of the vent tube goes under, the pressure difference plus the bend in the
tube will usually be enough to keep water out. However, if you stop of get
stuck in the water, the differential will cool off quickly and suck in water
big time.

>

This is a common solution used by fourwheelers that do a lot of deep water
crossings and mud running. I have never tried it, but from what I read, it
works pretty well.

Check out my website,
The
Fourwheeling Puppies to see what a stock Ford Expedition is capable of
doing off-road.

Bill and Deb Haegele and Betsy and Oliver (The Fourwheeling Puppies)
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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 20:36:44 -0500
From: Randy Robb
Subject: FTE 97up - Auto-trans chageout volume

> A have a 95 7.5EFI with the E4OD. The pan and filter change takes 7.5
> quarts. On my first change, I went to Mobil-1, had Ford drain and
> refill the torque converter and add a drain plug to the pan. The TC
> has a plug that accessable through a hole in the bell housing, just
> need to rotate it to get it lined up. It took between 14-16 quarts,
> don't remember exactly, for the complete change. Now I change the pan
> and filter every year or 10,000 miles. Been told the diesels 95
> through 97 have the same capacity.

Randy

> Having treated other vehicles I own to fine synthetic lubes, with fine
> results, I want to exchange the lube in my E4OD auto with Red Line ATF.
>
> There is this problem with how many changes it takes to get, say, below 15
> or 20% original oil. The capacity is listed as 16 quarts. But what drains
> out on a change?
>
> The dealerships I've asked are real dumb about this; some aren't even aware
> that there's a drain plug for the torque converter! (I have the %$#&!!
> expensive shop-manual set.)
>
> Does anyone have good information on the changeout volume for (a) pulling
> the pan and changing the filter, plus (b) draining the torque converter? If
> it's 11-12 quarts or so, then two changes would be okay with me. I'll pay a
> dealer to do the work -- ah, that is if they seem to know what's up.
>
> (Yeah, I know: that's two cases of expensive oil. I see it as cheap
> insurance, as I do all fine lubricants. The Red Line ATF I put into my
> Subaru Legacy *transformed* the behavior of its auto-trans, especially in
> cold weather!)
>


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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 22:56:51 -0400
From: "Todd E."
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: suspension questions

OK do what you want, but one of a 4x4's inherent abilities is ground
clearance. Lowering it will reduce this inherent ability, in fact, you will
be putting your vehicle in more ..... ah screw it, its just a dumb idea,
unless you had an all-wheel drive not a 4x4, then I might just maybe
understand.

Scott and Lisa Williams wrote:

> i am glad that everyone had their fun with my question about lowering my
> f-150 4x4. thanks to those that e-mailed me directly with your advice - i
> am still working on it. as far as the rest of you that questioned my
> reasoning for lowering my ride, the answer is this - because it's my truck
> and i want to. i believe my previous question was seeking answers from
> those who have had experience or knowledge of the difficulty in lowering a
> 4x4 - not for anyone's personal opinion on whether or not i should do it.
> so, once again, i will pose this question - does anyone know where i can
> find TECHNICAL info. about lowering a 4x4 without sacrificing the truck's
> inherent abilities?
>
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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 22:35:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Whipkey
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: ETE 97up - differential

OK Guys,

Why couldn't a guy use a long run of vacuum line or whatever and run
it over and up or back and up somewhere high in the bed structure: Up
the rear wheelwell as high as you can go, or up between the double
wall somewhere.
The farther forward the better as far as boat launching goes also.
The extreme would be to run it up between the cab and the bed so the
end is near the top of the bed. If you get in water that
high........well you shouldn't be treating a Ford like that ;-)

My $.02 worth..........
Dave




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>
> I think that you may have come up with something. Maybe you should
contact
> the manufacturers, but maybe this problem that we all are discussing
really
> isn't as bad as we all think. It seems that the industry would have
thought
> of that already if there really was a bad problem with water in the
rearends
> and the like. You would think that some one working at an
aftermarket 4x4
> shop would have solved this problem. Sounds like a good way to make
a few
> Bucks!
> This is a great place on the net and by the way.....I am still
driving my
> Chev S-10 4x4.......My 99 Superduty 4x4 is supposed to be delivered
on Nov.
> 2nd! We shall see...
> The FishNg1
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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 23:05:46 -0700
From: "Robert Loer"
Subject: FTE 97up - Differential vent
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