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97up-list-digest Friday, July 30 1999 Volume 02 : Number 203



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?
Re: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?
RE: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?
FTE 97up - tonneau cover
FTE 97up - 2000 GM/Dodge
FTE 97up - F-150 HP Ratings
FTE 97up - Super Duty
Re: FTE 97up - Super Duty
Re: FTE 97up - Squeaky bushings (front springs)
FTE 97up - '98 F-150 SC rear window
Re: FTE 97up - Super Duty

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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 07:20:52 -0500
From: Arnold Brad-WLBA01
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?

I have a Sportmaster as well on my '99 F150 SC Shortbed Lariat. I've only
had it on for a few months now, but so far I'm very happy with it. The two
to look into, in my opinion, are either the Sportmaster or the Xtang (sp?).
On my last truck I had a Tek-Style and it was crap---the frame mounts kept
coming loose, and even when tightened they really weren't tight. The
cross-bows were only held in place by a little lip and wouldn't even stay in
place as you were trying to put the cover back on. Would not recommend this
one. As far as the other two:
Sportmaster-black frame (so it's not as noticeable when your cover is off),
snaps are screwed in place so you don't have to re-align all the snaps when
putting the cover back on-very nice feature, cross-bows are very secure.
Only drawback is the back tail-gate piece does not screw in, so you can't
drive with it in and your cover off. However, it has 2 gaskets/spacers on
each side that can be removed in the winter making the frame approx 3/8"
shorter to accommodate when the cover contracts in the cold.
Xtang---Aluminum colored frame, snaps are not fixed. The crossbows fit into
a slot with a stop, so you could actually tie a LIGHT load against them.
The back tailgate piece gets screwed in with thumb screws so you can drive
with it on and the cover off.
I think either one is a good cover, I just went with the Sportmaster because
my truck is all black and I liked the look better plus I really like having
the snaps fixed in place---it saves so much time putting the cover back on
when you have the snaps line up every time. Both were within $5 of each
other installed, $250.

Hope this helps,
Brad A

Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 18:51:34 -0700
From: Gene Ball >
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?

I have a Sportmaster on my SD F250 it fits the bed real nice!
Some of the covers the rails are stright , but the top of the bed where
the rail lays has a curve to it. I had bought a very well know name brand
and it looked like!t, did not curve with the bed!

RSnovi aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 7/28/99 3:32:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> djermain webtv.net writes:
>
> lund or some others with the rail w/ snaps inside is the best bet and
alum.
> frame. i think from Ford mine for F250 SD short bed was 300, i am sure
they
> are out there for less, you can tell the junk from the good ones, velcro
or
> drilling into bed is a no-no, a rail type system is best. Some also are
> hinged, but a bit more $.
>
> RS
>
>
> Date: 7/28/99 3:32:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time
> From: djermain webtv.net (Darrell Jermain)
> Sender: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com

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> Hello everyone--
>
> I just purchased a 99 F-150 Super Cab short bed and I want to get a soft
> tonneau cover for it. Does anyone here have any suggestions as to a
> good model? I would like one that is easy to install and remove, but
> also will keep the bed dry during rain. Also, cost is a factor, but I
> want one that will last, too. I haven't owned a truck before, but have
> seen lots of the soft covers that flap around in the wind? Is that a
> problem with the newer designs? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
>
> Darrell Jermain
> BLK90LX
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Flats/3310

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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 12:55:25 -0500 (CDT)
From: djermain webtv.net (Darrell Jermain)
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?

Thanks for the responses everyone! It looks like I've got it narrowed
down to either the Sport Master or the Extang Sabre. Anyone know of a
good place to get the SportMaster? Also, if anyone knows of a dealer for
either of these models in Oklahoma...that would help out too! I'd like
to save on shipping costs by just buying it locally...if possible.
I'll be doing the install myself, so I'm looking to just buy the cover
at the cheapest price around. Thanks again for all the info!

Darrell Jermain
BLK90LX
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Flats/3310

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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 13:11:34 -0500
From: Todd Styles
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://hoosiertruck.com/sportmas.html

i bought my sportmaster from these folks. free shipping.... good luck.
Todd.

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From: djermain webtv.net [mailto:djermain webtv.net]
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 1999 12:55 PM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?


Thanks for the responses everyone! It looks like I've got it narrowed
down to either the Sport Master or the Extang Sabre. Anyone know of a
good place to get the SportMaster? Also, if anyone knows of a dealer for
either of these models in Oklahoma...that would help out too! I'd like
to save on shipping costs by just buying it locally...if possible.
I'll be doing the install myself, so I'm looking to just buy the cover
at the cheapest price around. Thanks again for all the info!

Darrell Jermain
BLK90LX
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Flats/3310

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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 13:50:57 -0500
From: RBalling distcrt18.state.ks.us
Subject: FTE 97up - tonneau cover

>From: djermain webtv.net (Darrell Jermain)
>Subject: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?
>
>Hello everyone--
>
>I just purchased a 99 F-150 Super Cab short bed and I want to get a soft

>From: djermain webtv.net (Darrell Jermain)
>Subject: FTE 97up - Tonneau Covers?
>
I have a 98 1504x4SC,Gibson Catback,K&N filter,Superchip.and larger
tires...put on a Lund tonneau cover...the type the has no snaps and no
drilling...the only complaint is at highway speeds...the very front of the
frame comes off the box and wind blows inside ....but it keeps everything
clean and dry...good product...Richard.
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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 14:10:47 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - 2000 GM/Dodge

Has anyone found any information as to what changes are being made on the
2000 GM/Dodge trucks and SUVs?

Thanks

Nathan


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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 14:09:59 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - F-150 HP Ratings

Got the 2000 Source Books today and they list F-150 HP and torque to be the
same as in 1999

Nathan Bernard


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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 14:18:14 -0500
From: Joe E Thomson
Subject: FTE 97up - Super Duty

If anyone knows of any website or magazine divoted to the new style Super
Duty's please tell me.

Joe

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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 13:03:23 -0700
From: johny
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Super Duty

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford -diesel. com/

Is specifically targeted to Diesels, but you'll see more info directly related
to
the SD then even here.

Joe E Thomson wrote:

> If anyone knows of any website or magazine divoted to the new style Super
> Duty's please tell me.
>
> Joe
>
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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 15:16:17 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Squeaky bushings (front springs)

There is now a TSB (99-16-3) for the squeak in the front end. It basically
replaces the isolator (bushing in the eye of the leaf spring) keeping debris
from getting in. According to the sheet it pays 1/2 an hour to do (meaning
it will take an hour or two, if its true to Ford's usual poor pay for
warranty) and replaces all 4 of the leaf isolators.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.
Union, IA 50258

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From: William Street
To:
Sent: Monday, July 19, 1999 10:24 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Squeaky bushings (front springs)


> Arrggghhhh!!!.... I can't stand it much longer. When are the new
> bushings
> going to be available? TSB Number?
>
> My 40K truck sounds like a Yugo (OK that's a stretch but ....).
>
> Anybody have any more info? Nathan?
>
> Thanks
>
> Bill
>
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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 19:31:15 -0500
From: "Mike Fairleigh"
Subject: FTE 97up - '98 F-150 SC rear window

Several months ago, I posted about the fact that the rear window in my '98
F-150 SC 4x2 had begun to leak water. I thought I'd post the conclusion for
anyone who cares.

My dealer ordered a whole new window unit, which took over a month to come
in. And, of course, we then discovered that they ordered the wrong one.
There are 3 different shades of glass: clear, solar, and privacy. They'd
ordered solar, but I have privacy.

They re-ordered it, and I waited almost another month. The correct one came
this time, and the installer showed me the problem. The original sliders on
the '98's have a seam in the frame, about 10" from the center of the top.
Over time, the unit flexes and eventually that seam breaks. He said their
shop alone is replacing 5 - 10 of these per week here in Kansas City (which
no doubt explains why it took so long to get it from the factory).

The new replacement units are of a new design, and have no seams anywhere.
They also have a metal or plastic edge around all the glass, rather than
bare rounded edges on the glass itself (although that has no bearing on this
problem or the solution). In order to install the new unit, they must cut
off two "ears" which are part of the dark gray bezel that goes around the
glass. I believe Nathan mentioned these ears when I first posted about the
problem. The bezel is fiberglass, so when they cut those ears off it makes
a heck of a dusty mess in the truck.

You can tell the new units are better made, and I don't anticipate any more
problems.

Mike Fairleigh
mikef sky.net
...Always remembering our veterans.


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Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 21:33:29 -0700
From: The Hepburn
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Super Duty

Joe E Thomson wrote:
>
> If anyone knows of any website or magazine divoted to the new style Super
> Duty's please tell me.
>
Well, Joe, for one segment of the market you can look at
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford -diesel. com.
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