97up-list-digest Sunday, November 29 1998 Volume 01 : Number 293



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - ADMIN: Web chat
FTE 97up - Banks Trans-Command
FTE 97up - ADMIN: Archives updated
FTE 97up - Re: VIN Number on My New F-350 SD
Re: FTE 97up - Banks Trans-Command

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Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 18:59:23 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Web chat

Web chat is back up. The chat server has the same problem
it had last spring (hanging after a period of time). It
doesn't free resources very well. But.... its the fastest
chat I've found and it uses virtually no system resourses.
To get around the hanging problem, the chat server is
restarted 5 minutes before the start of each hour. At that
time, the chat server is down for about 30 seconds. You
have to log back in to use it. I know its a hassle, but
its the only solution for now.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 16:43:45 -0800
From: Ken Peterson
Subject: FTE 97up - Banks Trans-Command

(I tried once before -- maybe no one's seen it.)

Do any of you folks have experience with Banks' Trans-Command transmission
computer add-on for the E4OD? Supposed to make shifts more firm,
"transmissions last longer," "less slippage," etc. Don't know if it
modifies the shift speeds.

Service adviser at my Ford dealership suggested it probably increases the
control pressure over what the stock computer sets it to. (Depending on
torque. The more you put your foot into it, the higher the control pressure
in the trans.)

He claimed it wouldn't violate the warranty. (Like I trust this completely!
If this unit isn't *completely* removable without a trace, I wouldn't
install it. But maybe Ford really doesn't mind, and the original lower
control pressures were chosen for mooshier, er, I mean smoother shifts.)

It's $200-275. Don't know yet if Banks will take it back if I don't like it.

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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: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 20:23:25 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Archives updated

October list archives have been compiled and are
now on the web site.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 20:49:48 -0500
From: "Keith Veren"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: VIN Number on My New F-350 SD

Thanks Mark. I hope it comes in the week of 12/14 as the update sheet
indicates. Am going to install a 7.5 foot Fisher plow (I ordered the
snowplow package) and hope for a monsterous Boston January with snowstorm
after snowstorm so I can put this V-10 to work!


Keith

PS. 393,313 this year! are you sure? That is one hell of a lot of
SuperDuties.



- -----Original Message-----
From: Mark Sapp
To: Spectrum-EHS worldnet.att.net
Date: Saturday, November 28, 1998 7:44 PM


>
>Position 1-3: World Manufacturer Identifier
>Position 4: Restraint system type (passenger vehicle only)
>Position 5-7: Line, Series, Body Type
>Position 8: Engine Type
>Position 9: Check Digit
>Position 10: Model Year
>Position 11: Assembly Plant
>Position 12-17: Production Sequence Number
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>In your case, 1FTSX31SXXEC93313.
>
>1FT Ford Truck
>S ?
>X31 F350 SRW 4X4
>S 99S V-10
>X Check Digit. See http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://home.wxs.nl/~fransang/checkdig.html for
>more info.
>X Year model 1999.
>E Assembled in Kentucky (I just guessed this one!)
>C93313 - I assume this means that yours is #393,313 off of the
>assembly line this year.
>
>I hope this helps,
>Mark
>
>
>
>_________________________________________________________
>DO YOU YAHOO!?
> >
>

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 01:08:40 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Banks Trans-Command

In a message dated 11/28/98 7:50:21 PM Eastern Standard Time, kmp imagina.com
writes:

well i know they have had this type of tool around for a couple of years, a
few people i know seem to like it on their F 150 lightnings that they use alot
for pulling to events. i have thought about it in a little while after i used
to my '99 F250 PSD 4x4. As for the warranty issue, it all depends on how much
of a dick the dealer or service advisor. If it has a CARB no. or something
similar call SEMA and ask them, I know they had made a big deal over
aftermarket parts w/ relation to warranty a little while ago.

FYI: Usually in the aftermarket industry there is a 15-25% restocking fee on
returned items. Unless you want something else then something maybe able to
be worked out.

Ross S.

Do any of you folks have experience with Banks' Trans-Command transmission
computer add-on for the E4OD? Supposed to make shifts more firm,
"transmissions last longer," "less slippage," etc. Don't know if it
modifies the shift speeds.

Service adviser at my Ford dealership suggested it probably increases the
control pressure over what the stock computer sets it to. (Depending on
torque. The more you put your foot into it, the higher the control pressure
in the trans.)

He claimed it wouldn't violate the warranty. (Like I trust this completely!
If this unit isn't *completely* removable without a trace, I wouldn't
install it. But maybe Ford really doesn't mind, and the original lower
control pressures were chosen for mooshier, er, I mean smoother shifts.)

It's $200-275. Don't know yet if Banks will take it back if I don't like it.
>>
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