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In this issue:

Re: FTE 97up - Daytime Running Lamp Specs
Re: FTE 97up - tire pressures?
Re: FTE 97up - Daytime Running Lamp Specs
Re: FTE 97up - castrol syntec oil 5w-50 instead of mobil 1 5w-30, problem?
FTE 97up - Auxilary Fuel Tank
Re: FTE 97up - 99 F150 Sport
Re: FTE 97up - Undercoating
Re: FTE 97up - tire pressures?
FTE 97up - 4x4 Problem on new '98 Expedition
FTE 97up - Re: Undercoating
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4 Problem on new '98 Expedition
FTE 97up - Bob(love that diesel)Legates question
FTE 97up - missing center cap on Alcoa PSD wheel
Re: FTE 97up - missing center cap on Alcoa PSD wheel
Re: FTE 97up - Re: Undercoating
FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?
FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures
FTE 97up - re: Undercoating
FTE 97up - Re: lowering my 4x4
FTE 97up - Re: 97up-list-digest V1 #257
Re: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures
Re: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures
Re: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?
Re: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures
FTE 97up - Re: Wheels and Tires
FTE 97up - Dealer undercoating & paint guard, bed liner, and fiberglass lid
FTE 97up - Humour
Re: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4 Problem on new '98 Expedition
Re: FTE 97up - Re: Undercoating
Re: FTE 97up - re: Undercoating
FTE 97up - Towing Capacity Help
FTE 97up - silverado comp[arison
Re: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?
FTE 97up - undercoating
FTE 97up - PowerStroke Deisel
Re: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures
FTE 97up - ATTN: Fred Lovell
Re: FTE 97up - Dealer undercoating & paint guard, bed liner, and fiberglass lid
Re: FTE 97up - Re: Wheels and Tires
FTE 97up - Bed covers
Re: FTE 97up - tire pressures?
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4 Problem on new '98 Expedition

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 06:00:20 -0500
From: fordf-150_4x4 juno.com (Joe E Thomson)
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Daytime Running Lamp Specs

Daytime Running Lamps are supposed to be on all day long. Hense the
name!!

Joe T.
Wants Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo Deisel Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Ford F-150 SuperCab 4x4 Black with 4x4 Off-Road OR
Chevrolet Silverado Extendend Cab 4x4 Dark Red with Z71 Off-Road

On Sun, 25 Oct 1998 21:32:40 -0500 Chris Stout writes:
>I've got DRL's on my 1998 F-150 Lariat and as of late, it seems like
>the =
>lights come on way to early when I activate the DRL feature. It seems
>=
>like they're coming on when it's still too bright out. Does anyone
>know =
>where the sensor is located that tells the computer when to turn the =
>headlights on? Could it be dirty and is thinking it's darker out than
>=
>it really is?
>
>Thanks in advance!
>
>Chris Stout
>
>
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 06:01:32 -0500
From: fordf-150_4x4 juno.com (Joe E Thomson)
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tire pressures?

How do you like your Powerstroke Dielsel?

Joe T.
Wants Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo Deisel Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Ford F-150 SuperCab 4x4 Black with 4x4 Off-Road OR
Chevrolet Silverado Extendend Cab 4x4 Dark Red with Z71 Off-Road

On Mon, 12 Oct 1998 10:13:46 -0700 geoff campbell
writes:
>The fuel seperator valve is a red handle right under the plastic
>thing in the
>center of the engine that says 7.3 liter. Right smack in the middle of
>the
>engine.
>
>Geoff Campbell
>99 PSD 250SD Crew cab
>
>Robert & Julie Legates wrote:
>
>> I have a 99 F250 super duty ,super cab with the power stroke, the
>truck
>> came with 16 inch steeltex radials on alum. rims.The tires say 80
>psi. that
>> seems pretty high for cruising around with nothing in the bed. What
>is
>> everybody else running in their tires? I pull a 6,000 lb. camper
>from time
>> to time.
>> Also I cannot find the fuel/water seperator drain valve, when I
>look over
>> the front passenger tire I can see a short metal tube but can't see
>where
>> it goes. Any help on these issues would be appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Bob (love that diesel) Legates
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 08:13:36 -0500
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Daytime Running Lamp Specs

Chris Stout wrote:

> I've got DRL's on my 1998 F-150 Lariat and as of late, it seems like the lights come on way to early when I activate the DRL feature. It seems like they're coming on when it's still too bright out. Does anyone know where the sensor is located that tells the computer when to turn the headlights on? Could it be dirty and is thinking it's darker out than it really is?
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> Chris Stout
>

Chris,

DRL stands for Daytime Running Lights. What this means is the lights come on all day long. In Canada its the law, all vehicles produced after 1980 something must have DRL's. On my 1997 F-150 they come one as soon as you start the engine and release the parking brake.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 08:17:17 -0500
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - castrol syntec oil 5w-50 instead of mobil 1 5w-30, problem?

Matt Adams wrote:

> Ive got a potential problem here. The problem is I couldn't find any Mobil
> 1 when I went to change my oil today, so I chose castrol syntec instead
> (which according to some people could probably be problem #1), but I didn't
> realize until I had dumped all 6 quarts in there that I purchased 5w-50
> instead of 5w-30. Anyone know what kinda damage this can do, or will it
> even be a problem? Should I just go find some more oil, drain out what I've
> got and put some real stuff down, or just wait 3000 miles and then put in
> the right stuff?
>
> Matt
> 98 Ford F-150 - http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pcisys.net/~mattbert/babe/f150.html
>

Matt,

I use 5w50 in my 97 F-150 w/ 4.6L and so far no problems. I believe what
Ford is worried about is the number before the "w". If you use 10w30 you could
cause problems. As long as the number after the "w" is as high as 30 you are
OK.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 07:43:02 -0700
From: "Bill Garbutt"
Subject: FTE 97up - Auxilary Fuel Tank

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I have just purchases a 1999, F350, Power Stroke. The truck only has =
fuel capacity of 38 gallons. My previous trucks had two fuel tanks, so =
I was able to replace the front 18 gallon tank with a 40 gallon tank and =
use the existing front filler door. Does anyone have a suggestion for =
carrying extra fuel. I sometimes carry a truck camper so a bed-mounted =
tank would have to be removable. And once removed I would be back to 38 =
gallons of fuel.

Thanks,

Bill

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 09:39:11 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 99 F150 Sport

Job 1 on the XLT sport package is NOV 2. They have said this from the start
so don't expect it to get scheduled until then.

Nathan

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From: John Walker
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Sunday, October 25, 1998 5:21 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - 99 F150 Sport


>Does anyone have any new information regarding the production hold on the
>F150 Sport package? I ordered a F150 XLT Reg Cab, SB, 4.6/5-Speed with
>Sport Package on 9/14 and I was informed that there was a production hold
>date until November 2. To my knowledge, the XL with Sport package was also
>late availability. To my suprise there was a silver XL Sport sitting at my
>local dealer Saturday. I called Ford customer service last week and they
>weren't very helpful in finding my production date. Any information is
>greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
>
>John Walker
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 09:37:11 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Undercoating

We don't do undercoating anymore. They dip the bodies on new trucks in zinc
based primer and I think this should help prevent rust. If you look under
one that has been undercoated, after a few years the undercoating cracks and
holds salt and moisture against the body. Undercoating does help reduce
noise though.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

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From: Chris Stout
To: 'Ford Truck List'
Date: Sunday, October 25, 1998 7:15 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Undercoating


I've had my 1998 F-150 Lariat now for a year and have been very pleased with
it. At the time of purchase, I elected not to get the vehicle
undercoated/rustproofed. Now that I'm stationed in Michigan where the
winters are long and the road salt plentiful, I'm reconsidering. Would it
be wise to get my truck undercoated/rustproofed? Any good/bad experiences
out there? Any recommendations for a brand/application method? With todays
body rust warranties and more rust resistance materials, is it a waste of
money to get a vehicle rustproofed?

Thanks in advance!


Very Respectfully,

Chris Stout
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
Operations Officer
USCGC MACKINAW (WAGB 83)
616.627.3181

cstout pobox.com (internet)

"Now go take on the day!"

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 09:01:59 -0800
From: Ken Peterson
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tire pressures?

>I have a 99 F250 super duty ,super cab with the power stroke, the truck
>came with 16 inch steeltex radials on alum. rims.The tires say 80 psi. that
>seems pretty high for cruising around with nothing in the bed. What is
>everybody else running in their tires?

I take tire pressures very seriously in all of my vehicles, as there are
tradeoffs to be considered.

The number on the tire is the maximum cold pressure for which the tires are
rated (warrented, designed). My stock Goodyear Wrangler AP LT245/75-16 are
rated at 75psi, but a friend's Michelin LTX tires are 85psi. Says something
about the tire, too.

My experience: My truck is 3050# front, 2600# rear axle weights with two
passengers, canopy, and incidental load (light outdoor gear, etc). This
represents much of what the truck does for us. I run front tires at 45#
cold, and the rears also at 45#. The tires are wearing perfectly evenly
across the tread. (But note: the wheels are *perfectly* aligned for zero
toe-in -- a requirement for even wear at any pressure.)

The tradeoffs. When I run the fronts at 35-40#, the freeway handling is
sloppier, ride is a little more comfortable, but not much. The mush factor
increases, something I don't like in such a fine-handling truck!

If I increase front to 50#, the ride is more noisy, jiggly, and fatiguing.
Freeway handling isn't much improved. So 45# seems a good compromise: hard
enough for good water rejection from tread (this *is* Oregon), predictable
and steady handling, good steering turn-in, even tire wear, and resistance
to sidewall pinching on potholes. Soft enough for decent ride, reasonable
noise, pleasant cruising, and acceptable ride and grip on rough dirt roads.

I could run the rears at 40# for no load, I suppose, but the extra 5# at
45# allows for throwing mild loads in back without worrying about the tires
being too soft. The stiffness of the rear sidewalls *does* affect handling.
I carry an accurate dial gauge.

So for my rig, these choices are a good all-around choice. If I change
tires to, say, Dunlops, I will have to reconsider the pressures, but not by
much, I'll bet.

When I recently tested a 2000# camper load in the back, I increased the
rear to 75# and front to 50#. Seemed well-balanced. but I would want the
extra insurance of an 85#-rated tire in the long run in back. And you have
to consider the weight that shifts forward during braking and increase the
front somewhat for safety.

The spec on the door jamb seems to be excessive for a lightly-loaded truck.
They're safe pressures, just not optimal.


- ---------------
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: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 10:00:26 -0600
From: "Charles Abraham"
Subject: FTE 97up - 4x4 Problem on new '98 Expedition

My daughter recently purchased a new '98 Expedition, and the other day after
driving it through heavy rain with the "4-wheel" drive engaged for the very
first time, she experienced something strange. After parking the vehicle for
about a half hour, when she went to back out of the parking space - wheels cut
all the way, the truck seemed resistant on moving. Almost as if the emergency
brake was on, which it wasn't. The same thing again happened later that day, so
she switched off the 4-wheel drive and hasn't used it since.

Not having a chance yet to get over and check it out myself, I was wondering if
anyone else has experienced such a problem? And if it's something to be
concerned over? (Of course it's still under warranty.)

Thanks,

Charles.

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 11:50:09 -0600
From: Janster
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Undercoating

I had an undercoating put on my 96 F150. It wasn't a good idea. The
application was done very sloppy. They leaked it into the front right
brake linings which caused the truck to veer to the right when braking.
I had to take it back to the dealer sveral times to get it corrected.
The workman also had dirty boots on when they put in my sliding rear
window at the same time(still don't know why it didn't come installed
from the factory). I had black smear marks in the cab, behind the bench
seat, and scuff marks along the doors. Another problem is when you
change the oil. Getting to the oil filter will leave you smeared w/
black undercoating. I've read in different articles that nowadays, w/
the improvements all the truck makers have done, its not much of a
problem anymore. Pocketing the money needed will make you happy.
Besides, the undercoating folks limit the warranty they'll give you if
you don't have it done right away.

Hope this helps

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 12:44:24 -0500
From: "Todd E."
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4 Problem on new '98 Expedition

This is not a problem, this is normal 4x4 operation. The differential in 4 wheel
drive mode does no allow the wheels to move at different rates of speed. The wheels
on the inside of a turn must actually slip on the driving surface, that is why you
should only operate in 4x4 mode when driving on slippery surfaces. To operate on
dry surfaces will cause excessive tire wear, and damage the drivetrain. It is
probably not advantageous to drive in 4 wheel drive mode on simple rain covered
roads, unless you are experiencing a lot of wheel spin.

Charles Abraham wrote:

> My daughter recently purchased a new '98 Expedition, and the other day after
> driving it through heavy rain with the "4-wheel" drive engaged for the very
> first time, she experienced something strange. After parking the vehicle for
> about a half hour, when she went to back out of the parking space - wheels cut
> all the way, the truck seemed resistant on moving. Almost as if the emergency
> brake was on, which it wasn't. The same thing again happened later that day, so
> she switched off the 4-wheel drive and hasn't used it since.
>
> Not having a chance yet to get over and check it out myself, I was wondering if
> anyone else has experienced such a problem? And if it's something to be
> concerned over? (Of course it's still under warranty.)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Charles.
>
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 09:47:33 -0800
From: Shawn Utz
Subject: FTE 97up - Bob(love that diesel)Legates question

Hi Bob,
I have the '97 PSD. Recently I have been in the fuel filter service
mode. On the '97 the servicable features under the hood are all colored
yellow. If you look where typically you would find a carburator in the
"V" of the motor you will see a round fuel bowl. Mine has a black molded
plastic cap with vertical "fins" on it. Look around the lower edge of of
this thing and maybe (?) you will see a yellow slide lever labeled open
and drain. This is the drain valve lever. Again, In the '97... BTW, I
took the advice of Jason's powerstroke page
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.abol.com/users/jlester/ and connected about three feet of
fuel line to the short metal tube to control the spew. Just coiled it up
and put back up in there. Also take a look at diesel injection service
throug the links on Jason's page. Exceptional prices on fuel filters!

Have fun,
Shawn


I have a 99 F250 super duty ,super cab with the power stroke, the truck
came with 16 inch steeltex radials on alum. rims.The tires say 80 psi.
that
seems pretty high for cruising around with nothing in the bed. What is
everybody else running in their tires? I pull a 6,000 lb. camper from
time
to time.
Also I cannot find the fuel/water seperator drain valve, when I look
over
the front passenger tire I can see a short metal tube but can't see
where
it goes. Any help on these issues would be appreciated.

Thanks
Bob (love that diesel) Legates
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Tera Computer Co. Tel: (206)490-2024
2815 Eastlake Ave E. FAX: (206)325-2433
Seattle WA 98102
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 10:07:56 -0800
From: Shawn Utz
Subject: FTE 97up - missing center cap on Alcoa PSD wheel

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 13:26:59 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Looking for a SRW PSD stock hub cap

What year Hub cap (Alcoa style not wheel cover right)? Also are you
still
in warranty?

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

97' Alcoa PSD wheel center cap is missing. Yes, I am at ~16K miles.

Thanks Nathan

- -Shawn
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Tera Computer Co. Tel: (206)490-2024
2815 Eastlake Ave E. FAX: (206)325-2433
Seattle WA 98102
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 12:19:17 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - missing center cap on Alcoa PSD wheel

This should be covered under warranty then. I have had several of those
fall off and have replaced them under warranty. Also anyone with a 1999
F-Series Super Duty DRW make sure caps are securely on. They feel like
their tight but will fall off unless you make positive they are on.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

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From: Shawn Utz
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, October 26, 1998 12:21 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - missing center cap on Alcoa PSD wheel


>Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 13:26:59 -0500
>From: "Union Auto"
>Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Looking for a SRW PSD stock hub cap
>
>What year Hub cap (Alcoa style not wheel cover right)? Also are you
>still
>in warranty?
>
>Nathan Bernard
>Union Auto, Inc.
>
>97' Alcoa PSD wheel center cap is missing. Yes, I am at ~16K miles.
>
>Thanks Nathan
>
>-Shawn


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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 10:44:03 -0800
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: Undercoating

Janster wrote:
>
> I had an undercoating put on my 96 F150. It wasn't a good idea. The
> application was done very sloppy. They leaked it into the front right
> brake linings which caused the truck to veer to the right when braking.
> I had to take it back to the dealer sveral times to get it corrected.
> The workman also had dirty boots on when they put in my sliding rear
> window at the same time(still don't know why it didn't come installed
> from the factory). I had black smear marks in the cab, behind the bench
> seat, and scuff marks along the doors. Another problem is when you
> change the oil. Getting to the oil filter will leave you smeared w/
> black undercoating. I've read in different articles that nowadays, w/
> the improvements all the truck makers have done, its not much of a
> problem anymore. Pocketing the money needed will make you happy.
> Besides, the undercoating folks limit the warranty they'll give you if
> you don't have it done right away.
>
> Hope this helps

I this helps at all I just bought a 1999 Ranger and I asked the
salesman about undercoating as, over the years, I have always had
my new cars and trucks under coated. But remember that was over 20
years ago.

He told me that the factory puts a wax like finish on the undersides
of all new trucks these days to protect. He further stated that his
dealership did not undercoat anything anymore themselves and that if
I had to have it I would have to go elsewhere. Remember though I live
in California where we don't salt the roads.

In addition the salesman told me that the undercoating might not stick
very well as the undersides had the wax like finish.

Michael
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 11:37:52 -0600
From: "Charles Abraham"
Subject: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?

Dumb question but need to know. When I finally take delivery on my new '99 Super Duty,
I know that before I'm allowed to drive it out the showroom door, the dealer will submit
me to a battery of "dealer installed options" he would like to sell me . Are any of
them worth buying?

I know better than to take the rust proofing and undercoating. But what about a bug
guard? Bed liner? Dealer's own extended warranty - not Ford's?

Thanks,

Charles.

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 10:50:13 -0800
From: "Harald"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures

The 80 psi on the tire is for when you are carrying max weight in the truck.
If you run 80 psi in a unloaded truck, you'll wear out the center of the
tires and have a harsh ride (although the gas mileage will be better). For
unloaded driving, go with 30 to 35 psi. Just make sure to add air when
hauling that load of gravel or else the tire will flex too much and then
build up much heat which will cause it to blow or fail prematurely.

Harald


"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Ben Franklin

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 13:23:13 -0600
From: snarl
Subject: FTE 97up - re: Undercoating

> Chris Stout wrote:
> At the time of purchase, I elected not to get the vehicle
> undercoated/rustproofed. Now that I'm stationed in Michigan
> where the winters are long and the road salt plentiful,
> I'm reconsidering. Would it be wise to get my truck
> undercoated/rustproofed?

As I understand it, the 5-year rust-through guarantee puts vehicle
manufacturers at very little risk. It takes about that long for rust to
show on modern double-side-galvanized steel panels, so when it does show
up, your warranty has expired. If you are planning to keep your truck
longer than the 5-year warranty, I would rust-proof it. My independent
rust-proofer offered a lifetime guarantee but only if performed within
the first 3000 miles. (I decided to have mine done at about 9,000
miles.) You also have to show up for brief inspections every year.

I also had the undercoating done because the frame had lots of surface
rust. I don't know if it will help, but it certainly covered up the
problem, although I've noticed a patch or two that wants to come off. (I
wonder whether mechanics hate working on an undercoated vehicle?) There
was no guarantee with the undercoating.

Karl Nyhus, Minneapolis, MN
1997 Ford F-150 XL Super Cab, short box, Pacific Green, delivered May of
1997, 4.6L V8(280 cid), 4WD, 3.08 axles, 5-speed manual transmission,
LT225/75R16/D Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tires (max 65psi, currently running
at 55psi cold) on 16" painted steel wheels, polyknit bench seat, Better
Built toolbox, rust-proofed/undercoated, Line-X spray-in liner
installation postponed until tomorrow (their sprayer is recovering from
unspecified surgery)
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 13:33:49 -0600
From: snarl
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: lowering my 4x4

> Chad Royse wrote:
> I was worried about my truck fitting into my garage,
> also. 80.5" would have been too high for me as well.
> I was prepared to see how I could raise the header
> of my garage door to make it fit! However, when I got
> the truck, it had over an inch of clearance.

Glad to hear it fits and is not quite as tall as advertised. Was
impressed with Super Cab AND 8' box. Want one myself but not sure of my
parking skills with such a long vehicle. Super Cab and 6-1/2' box are
plenty challenging for me to parallel park.

Karl Nyhus, Minneapolis, MN
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 13:42:48 -0600
From: ywozniak kiwi.dep.anl.gov (Todd Wozniak)
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: 97up-list-digest V1 #257

I'm thinking of purchasing a 99 SD 250 CREW CAB with V10 and Short Bed with
a 3.73 axle. Are there any bugs in production I should be worried about as
I have heard eluded to by some people? Any advice from other SD owners out
there?

Thanks,

Todd Wozniak
Former Suburban Owner


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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 13:17:28 -0600
From: "Charles Abraham"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures

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Everything I've read says that optimum tire pressure is one pound under maximum
PSI. It definitely harder riding though, but the tire is said to be safer since
it runs cooler; gas mileage also improves due to less resistance in rolling. Why
one pound under and not at maximum? My guess is better to be under than over -
unless it's winter.

Winter is the only exception to this rule. If the vehicle is parked in a heated
garage, air pressure must be increased indoors to one pound over maximum. This
will help compensate for the drop in air pressure when the vehicle is driven
outdoors at cold temperatures.

Your right about wearing out the center of the treads, that's exactly what's
happened on my tires.

Charles.

Harald wrote:

> The 80 psi on the tire is for when you are carrying max weight in the truck.
> If you run 80 psi in a unloaded truck, you'll wear out the center of the
> tires and have a harsh ride (although the gas mileage will be better). For
> unloaded driving, go with 30 to 35 psi. Just make sure to add air when
> hauling that load of gravel or else the tire will flex too much and then
> build up much heat which will cause it to blow or fail prematurely.
>
> Harald
>
> "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
> temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Ben Franklin
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Everything I've read says that optimum tire pressure is one pound under
maximum PSI.  It definitely harder riding though, but the
tire is said to be safer since it runs cooler; gas mileage also improves
due to less resistance in rolling. Why one pound under and not at maximum?
My guess is better to be under than over - unless it's winter.

Winter is the only exception to this rule. If the vehicle is parked
in a heated garage, air pressure must be increased indoors to one pound
over maximum. This will help compensate for the drop in air pressure
when the vehicle is driven outdoors at cold temperatures.

Your right about wearing out the center of the treads, that's exactly
what's happened on my tires.

Charles.

Harald wrote:
The 80 psi on the tire is for when you are carrying
max weight in the truck.
If you run 80 psi in a unloaded truck, you'll wear out the center of
the
tires and have a harsh ride (although the gas mileage will be better). 
For
unloaded  driving, go with 30 to 35 psi.  Just make sure
to add air when
hauling that load of gravel or else the tire will flex too much and
then
build up much heat which will cause it to blow or fail prematurely.

Harald

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
 temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Ben Franklin

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 13:50:34 -0800
From: Ken Peterson
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures

>Everything I've read says that optimum tire pressure is one pound under
>maximum PSI.

Love to know who wrote this stuff you read and on what authority. It's
baa-a-ad information and defies all common sense!
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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: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 15:31:24 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?

Ford has an accessory book for the Super Duty with Retail prices for just
about everything. There is not a lot of mark up in these so they aren't bad
prices the only exception to this is the bedliner as they have had a few
specials lately that you should be able to buy one for under retail.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

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Date: Monday, October 26, 1998 1:01 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?


>Dumb question but need to know. When I finally take delivery on my new '99
Super Duty,
>I know that before I'm allowed to drive it out the showroom door, the
dealer will submit
>me to a battery of "dealer installed options" he would like to sell me .
Are any of
>them worth buying?
>
>I know better than to take the rust proofing and undercoating. But what
about a bug
>guard? Bed liner? Dealer's own extended warranty - not Ford's?
>
>Thanks,
>
>Charles.
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 15:32:38 -0600
From: "Charles Abraham"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures

Ken,

It's been awhile but I'll look around and see if I still have any written
articles. I've seen this in print more than once. I recall the subject had
appeared in either a popular car magazine (Car and Driver maybe) and several
newspapers, in the car section.

The part about "increasing tire pressure for winter" is currently on The Tire
Rack's home page at "http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.tirerack.com", under "tire tech".

But if it's all wrong, I would like to know too! Because I'm driving at this
calibration every day.

Charles.

Ken Peterson wrote:

> >Everything I've read says that optimum tire pressure is one pound under
> >maximum PSI.
>
> Love to know who wrote this stuff you read and on what authority. It's
> baa-a-ad information and defies all common sense!
> ---------------
> 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: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 18:15:36 -0000
From: "John R. Mohme"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Wheels and Tires

I replaced 265/75/16's with BFG 295/75/16 AT's on my '99 F-250SD, 2x. Same
result, they fit perfectly. The original tires and wheels are for sale, in
Riverview, FL.

John R.

jrmohme gte.net


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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 18:19:24 -0500
From: Mark&Christine Wilson
Subject: FTE 97up - Dealer undercoating & paint guard, bed liner, and fiberglass lid

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 17:09:48 -0500
From: fordf-150_4x4 juno.com (Joe E Thomson)
Subject: FTE 97up - Humour

A hip young man goes out and buys a 1997 Ferrari GTO. It is the best
and most expensive car available in the world, costing about $500,000.
He takes it out for a spin and while stopping for a red light, an old
man on a moped (both looking about 90 years old) pulls up next to
him.
The old man looks over the sleek, shiny surface of the car and asks,
"What kind of car ya' got there, sonny?"
The young man replies, "A 1997 Ferrari GTO. They cost about a half
million dollars!"
"That's a lot of money," says the old man, shocked. "Why does it cost
so much?"
"Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!", states the cool
dude proudly.
The moped driver asks, "Can I take a look inside?"
"Sure," replies the owner.
So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Leaning
back on his moped, the old man says, "That's a pretty nice car, all
right!"
Just then the light changes so the guy decides to show the old man
what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the
speedometer reads 320 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear
view mirror. It seems to be getting closer! He slows down to see
what it could be and suddenly, whhhoooossshhh! Something whips by
him, going much faster!
"What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?!" the young man
asks himself.
Then, ahead of him, he sees a dot coming toward him. Whoooooosh! It
goes by again, heading the opposite direction! And it almost looked
like the old man on the moped. "Couldn't be," thinks the guy. "How
could a moped outrun a Ferrari?!"
Again, he sees a dot in his rear view mirror! Whooooosh!
Ka-BbblaMMM! It plows into the back of his car, demolishing the rear
end.
The young man jumps out, and it IS the old man!!! Of course, the
moped and the old man are hurtin' for certain. He runs up to the old
man and says, "You're badly hurt! Is there anything I can do for
you?"
The old man moans and replies, "Yes..... Unhook my suspenders from
your side-view mirror!"

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 17:17:25 -0500
From: fordf-150_4x4 juno.com (Joe E Thomson)
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?

Where is it located?

Joe T.
Wants Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo Deisel Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Ford F-150 SuperCab 4x4 Black with 4x4 Off-Road OR
Chevrolet Silverado Extendend Cab 4x4 Dark Red with Z71 Off-Road

On Mon, 26 Oct 1998 15:31:24 -0600 "Union Auto"
writes:
>Ford has an accessory book for the Super Duty with Retail prices for
>just
>about everything. There is not a lot of mark up in these so they
>aren't bad
>prices the only exception to this is the bedliner as they have had a
>few
>specials lately that you should be able to buy one for under retail.
>
>Nathan Bernard
>Union Auto, Inc.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Charles Abraham
>To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
>Date: Monday, October 26, 1998 1:01 PM
>Subject: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?
>
>
>>Dumb question but need to know. When I finally take delivery on my
>new '99
>Super Duty,
>>I know that before I'm allowed to drive it out the showroom door, the
>dealer will submit
>>me to a battery of "dealer installed options" he would like to sell
>me .
>Are any of
>>them worth buying?
>>
>>I know better than to take the rust proofing and undercoating. But
>what
>about a bug
>>guard? Bed liner? Dealer's own extended warranty - not Ford's?
>>
>>Thanks,
>>
>>Charles.
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 18:31:48 -0500
From: "Rex Iscariot"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4 Problem on new '98 Expedition

>My daughter recently purchased a new '98 Expedition, and the other day
after
>driving it through heavy rain with the "4-wheel" drive engaged for the very
>first time, she experienced something strange.

I was wondering about this myself, on my F-150. I notice that the car
doesn't really idle (similar to what you describe, as if the emergency brake
were on), and especially in reverse, I need to give it a bit more gas than
normal. Is this normal for 4WD? I've never had a 4WD vehicle before.

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 18:37:02 -0500
From: "Todd E."
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: Undercoating

All right let me straighten this whole thing out right here. Undercoating is
100% worthless and a 100% waste of money. Under no circumstances should you
get the "undercoating". I have heard that some people feel that it decreases
some road noise, but it in no way provides an increase in corrosion
protection. Whatever protection it may provide is negated by its ability to
retain water, salt and other road deposits, thereby increasing both vehicle
weight and corrosive materials. Most dealership aftermarket products are
very big money makers for the dealership. Almost all aftermarket items can
be purchased from someone besides the dealer and save you money. Even
aftermarket warranties are offered by third parties for about 50% cost of
dealership warranties. Look up automobile warranties, or go to
www.carprice.com, www., www.edmunds.com, or www.kbb.com for more
info and links to other warranty providers.

Michael D. Sheridan wrote:

> Janster wrote:
> >
> > I had an undercoating put on my 96 F150. It wasn't a good idea. The
> > application was done very sloppy. They leaked it into the front right
> > brake linings which caused the truck to veer to the right when braking.
> > I had to take it back to the dealer sveral times to get it corrected.
> > The workman also had dirty boots on when they put in my sliding rear
> > window at the same time(still don't know why it didn't come installed
> > from the factory). I had black smear marks in the cab, behind the bench
> > seat, and scuff marks along the doors. Another problem is when you
> > change the oil. Getting to the oil filter will leave you smeared w/
> > black undercoating. I've read in different articles that nowadays, w/
> > the improvements all the truck makers have done, its not much of a
> > problem anymore. Pocketing the money needed will make you happy.
> > Besides, the undercoating folks limit the warranty they'll give you if
> > you don't have it done right away.
> >
> > Hope this helps
>
> I this helps at all I just bought a 1999 Ranger and I asked the
> salesman about undercoating as, over the years, I have always had
> my new cars and trucks under coated. But remember that was over 20
> years ago.
>
> He told me that the factory puts a wax like finish on the undersides
> of all new trucks these days to protect. He further stated that his
> dealership did not undercoat anything anymore themselves and that if
> I had to have it I would have to go elsewhere. Remember though I live
> in California where we don't salt the roads.
>
> In addition the salesman told me that the undercoating might not stick
> very well as the undersides had the wax like finish.
>
> Michael
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 18:40:43 -0500
From: "Todd E."
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - re: Undercoating

Undercoating and rustproofing are total wastes of money. You just parted
with hard earned money and recieved no actual benefit. Not only that, but
covering up the rusty area with undercoating just took away any avenue you
may have to correct the problem. Very big mistake. The proper action would
have been for you to sand the rust off and repaint the now clean surface.

snarl wrote:

> > Chris Stout wrote:
> > At the time of purchase, I elected not to get the vehicle
> > undercoated/rustproofed. Now that I'm stationed in Michigan
> > where the winters are long and the road salt plentiful,
> > I'm reconsidering. Would it be wise to get my truck
> > undercoated/rustproofed?
>
> As I understand it, the 5-year rust-through guarantee puts vehicle
> manufacturers at very little risk. It takes about that long for rust to
> show on modern double-side-galvanized steel panels, so when it does show
> up, your warranty has expired. If you are planning to keep your truck
> longer than the 5-year warranty, I would rust-proof it. My independent
> rust-proofer offered a lifetime guarantee but only if performed within
> the first 3000 miles. (I decided to have mine done at about 9,000
> miles.) You also have to show up for brief inspections every year.
>
> I also had the undercoating done because the frame had lots of surface
> rust. I don't know if it will help, but it certainly covered up the
> problem, although I've noticed a patch or two that wants to come off. (I
> wonder whether mechanics hate working on an undercoated vehicle?) There
> was no guarantee with the undercoating.
>
> Karl Nyhus, Minneapolis, MN
> 1997 Ford F-150 XL Super Cab, short box, Pacific Green, delivered May of
> 1997, 4.6L V8(280 cid), 4WD, 3.08 axles, 5-speed manual transmission,
> LT225/75R16/D Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tires (max 65psi, currently running
> at 55psi cold) on 16" painted steel wheels, polyknit bench seat, Better
> Built toolbox, rust-proofed/undercoated, Line-X spray-in liner
> installation postponed until tomorrow (their sprayer is recovering from
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 15:57:48 -0800 (PST)
From: Christian Void
Subject: FTE 97up - Towing Capacity Help

Greets... have a 1998 Ranger XLT 2.5 2wd Standard Cab with the short bed,
and want to know what my towing capacity is. Seems I can't find the curb
weight anywhere and can't seem to get a good answer as to how much I can
tow or have in the truck. Basically what I need to know is, what is the
total weight I can haul in the bed, the total weight I can tow, and a
combination of the two (i.e. I can haul 1000lbs but can tow 2,000 etc).

Thanks in advance. This is all new to me.

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 19:12:17 -0500
From: "T Ciarfello"
Subject: FTE 97up - silverado comp[arison

One truck driver that delivers vehicles to our dealer said , they had bent
the frame on the new silverado by torquing them down on the trailers. One of
our mechs said that the frames are thiner


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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 16:13:11 PST
From: "Dave Burdick"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Dealer Options - are they worth it?

CHARLES,
MY NAME IS FRED LOVELL AND I AM A SALES PERSON FOR A FORD STORE IN
NEW YORK. THE RUST PROOFING IS MAINLY INTENDED FOR AREAS LIKE MINE THAT
GET AN AVARAGE OF 140" INCHES OF SNOW A YEAR AND WHERE THEY USE SALT ON
THE ROADS. AS TO THE OTHER STUFF BUG GUARDS AND BED LINERS THEY ARE
THERE TO PROTECT THE TRUCKS FINISH. IF YOU DO A LOT OF THE HIGHWAY
DRIVING THEN I WOULD SUGGEST THE BUG GUARD THEY ARE IN EXPENSIVE AND ARE
A LOT CHEAPER THEN HAVE TO REPAINT YOUR HOOD. BED LINERS ARE AROUND
$299 PLUS TAX AND IF YOU PAY MORE THEN THAT I WOULD HAGGLE THEM TO THAT
OR FLAT OUT GO ELSE WHERE. THES UNDER THE LIP BEDLINERS ARE GREAT FOR
PROTECTING THE BED OF YOUR TRUCK AND I HAVE BEEN USING THAT FOR MY OWN
TRUCK. IF THEY OFFER YOU A WARRENTY AND IT IS NOT A FORD ESP WARRENTY
DON'T BUY IT. THE FORD WARRENTY IS ACCEPTED AT ANY FORD DEALER NOT JUST
YOUR LOCAL DEALER. IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS LET ME KNOW.

Fred Lovell
Burdick Ford
Central Square NY
315-668-7102
burdickford hotmail.com



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>Dumb question but need to know. When I finally take delivery on my new
'99 Super Duty,
>I know that before I'm allowed to drive it out the showroom door, the
dealer will submit
>me to a battery of "dealer installed options" he would like to sell me
. Are any of
>them worth buying?
>
>I know better than to take the rust proofing and undercoating. But what
about a bug
>guard? Bed liner? Dealer's own extended warranty - not Ford's?
>
>Thanks,
>
>Charles.
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 19:32:25 -0500
From: "T Ciarfello"
Subject: FTE 97up - undercoating

Don't do it. I had to apply that stuff at work a chevy dealer, We tell the
sales staff not to sell it,because todays vehicles have anti corrosion
panels, It is a waste of money

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 18:44:37 -0500
From: fordf-150_4x4 juno.com (Joe E Thomson)
Subject: FTE 97up - PowerStroke Deisel

What type of fuel milage would I expect from a deisel in a F-250 Super
Duty SuperCab 4x4? What is the normal matinece for a deisel engine?
What is the price for this option? How good would it's acceleration be?

Joe T.
Wants Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo Deisel Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Ford F-150 SuperCab 4x4 Black with 4x4 Off-Road OR
Chevrolet Silverado Extendend Cab 4x4 Dark Red with Z71 Off-Road

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 98 19:51:53 PST
From: "Jeff"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: tire pressures

You have to go by the numbers on the tire sidewall, not the door jam.
The max load rating embossed on the sidewall is valid only when the tire =

is inflated at the max cold inflation psi.
BTW, just because one tire has a max inflation psi greater than another =

tire doesn't mean it has a higher load capacity. Load capacity is
determine by several factors, including tread width, number of plys in =

the sidewall, etc. Hence the reason the Firestone Steeltex tires that
come OEM on the SD's have a load rating of 3415lbs (for the 265/75's
anyway) is due to the 10-ply construction.
You can run as low a pressure as you want, as long as the bead still hold=
s. This is beneficial
for rock-crawling, where 4 wheelers often air down to 10 psi or less.
Realize if your carrying a load (and the truck empty is quite a load by =
itself) or traveling at highway speeds,
you want more psi to prevent overheating (for the reasons aptly stated =
by Harald previously)
which may result in premature tire failure, i.e. blowout.
Jeff

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 18:56:24 -0500
From: fordf-150_4x4 juno.com (Joe E Thomson)
Subject: FTE 97up - ATTN: Fred Lovell

I have a few good questions for you. Is Ford ever going to put a
Full-time 4x4 system in any of the F-Series trucks? How reliable is the
electronic transfer case in the F-Series trucks? Is the manual transfer
case shift-on-the-fly? How reliable are the PowerStroke Deisels? What
type of normal matienice do they need? How much does it cost compared to
a gasoline powered engine? What type of truck do you have? Specs and
MSRP, and price payed as well, please. Oh, my Grandma's relatives own a
Ford dealership in Newberry, Michigan. Would I be able to get a discount
from this?

Joe T.
Wants Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo Deisel Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
Ford F-150 SuperCab 4x4 Black with 4x4 Off-Road OR
Chevrolet Silverado Extendend Cab 4x4 Dark Red with Z71 Off-Road

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 98 19:57:02 PST
From: "Jeff"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Dealer undercoating & paint guard, bed liner, and fiberglass lid

The ARE's are nice. If you get the recessed window option, they'll look =
just the the rear quarter glass
on the '99 SC model. Not familiar w/the other brand you mentioned.
I definately recommend a spayed in bedliner as opposed to drop-in. I hav=
e Rhino, but I think
all the commercially applied brands are similar. The problems w/the drop=
- -in are:
1. They are very slick, and anything you put in back will slide all =
over the place (N/A with Rhino)
2. They build static electricity, which can be fatal mixed with a pla=
stic gasoline storage container.
Jeff

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 98 20:01:27 PST
From: "Jeff"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: Wheels and Tires

How did you manage to get your hands on 295/75R16 BFG AT's? They've been=
on national backorder for months now
and I was told I couldn't get any 'til December.
I said screw it and bought Bridgestone's new Dueler AT's w/ UNI-T (285/75=
R16) and love 'em. Bonus, you get a free hand-held GPS
(Magellen) for free with purchase of 4.
Jeff

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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 21:25:49 EST
From: Condit aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Bed covers

97 up-list postmaster:
I sent this message the other day (last Thursday, I believe), but I have not
seen it posted. Did I send it in wrong? What should I do to make sure it is
posted on the forum? If nothing else, I hope you will post it now. Thanks.

Don Condit


I just bought a '99 F-150 Super Cab with a short bed. I'd like to have a hard
shell cover for the bed, one that locks. Can anyone recommend a cover that
opens widely and is not so heavy that it would be awkward for my wife and I to
handle. Also, how difficult is the installation? Does it simply bolt to
existing holes or fasteners in the truck?
Thanks for your advice!
Don Condit
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Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 07:52:12 -0700
From: geoff campbell
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - tire pressures?

I like it a lot and i got rid of the truck you want to get it. The
Powerstroke seems to have about 25% more power for a 1 mpg hit at the pump.
Drives much more like a gas engine as well.

Geoff Campbell
1999 PSD 250SD Crew Cab

Joe E Thomson wrote:

> How do you like your Powerstroke Dielsel?
>
> Joe T.
> Wants Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo Deisel Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
> Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 Dark Green OR
> Ford F-150 SuperCab 4x4 Black with 4x4 Off-Road OR
> Chevrolet Silverado Extendend Cab 4x4 Dark Red with Z71 Off-Road
>
> On Mon, 12 Oct 1998 10:13:46 -0700 geoff campbell
> writes:
> >The fuel seperator valve is a red handle right under the plastic
> >thing in the
> >center of the engine that says 7.3 liter. Right smack in the middle of
> >the
> >engine.
> >
> >Geoff Campbell
> >99 PSD 250SD Crew cab
> >
> >Robert & Julie Legates wrote:
> >
> >> I have a 99 F250 super duty ,super cab with the power stroke, the
> >truck
> >> came with 16 inch steeltex radials on alum. rims.The tires say 80
> >psi. that
> >> seems pretty high for cruising around with nothing in the bed. What
> >is
> >> everybody else running in their tires? I pull a 6,000 lb. camper
> >from time
> >> to time.
> >> Also I cannot find the fuel/water seperator drain valve, when I
> >look over
> >> the front passenger tire I can see a short metal tube but can't see
> >where
> >> it goes. Any help on these issues would be appreciated.
> >>
> >> Thanks
> >> Bob (love that diesel) Legates
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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 22:34:18 -0500
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4 Problem on new '98 Expedition

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Charles Abraham wrote:

> My daughter recently purchased a new '98 Expedition, and the other day after
> driving it through heavy rain with the "4-wheel" drive engaged for the very
> first time, she experienced something strange. After parking the vehicle for
> about a half hour, when she went to back out of the parking space - wheels cut
> all the way, the truck seemed resistant on moving. Almost as if the emergency
> brake was on, which it wasn't. The same thing again happened later that day, so
> she switched off the 4-wheel drive and hasn't used it since.....


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