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In this issue:

RE: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC
RE: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC
Re: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??
RE: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??
Re: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC
FTE 97up - Araid & K&N
FTE 97up - Synthetics
Re: FTE 97up - Synthetics
Re: FTE 97up - Araid & K&N
Re: FTE 97up - Synthetics
FTE 97up - Securilock
RE: FTE 97up - Securilock
Fw: FTE 97up - Synthetics
Re: FTE 97up - Securilock
FTE 97up - oil drain valve
RE: FTE 97up - oil drain valve
RE: FTE 97up - Securilock
Re: FTE 97up - Securilock
Re: FTE 97up - Securilock
Re: FTE 97up - oil drain valve
Re: FTE 97up - Securilock
FTE 97up - Re: Engine washing?
FTE 97up - Securilock?
Re: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC
Re: FTE 97up - Securilock
Re: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC

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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 06:33:57 -0600
From: "pennhead"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC

I both agree & somewhat disagree. While a new high end stereo will
certainly be an improvement, the factory unit is capable of good sound. If
you depart from the factory unit, you lose the speed sensitive volume (which
isn't a big deal really, but some folks like it). Aftermarket units seem
not to pick up distant FM signals as well, either.

I did one simple thing that drastically improved the sound of my factory
"premium sound" CD unit: I added a powered subwoofer tube. JBL 6 1/2" 80
watt. The smaller driver in this tube provides nice, tight bass, easily
enough for my standard cab F150, and for my tastes. I have it corner loaded
(fires into the left rear corner of the cab) and it really moves some air!

I have a Bazooka 8" powered subwoofer tube in the back of my Mitsubishi
Montero Sport. A larger size driver to accommodate the larger interior
volume of that truck. The Bazooka is as nice, if not nicer, than the JBL.
Again corner loaded. Obtained from Crutchfield. Good folks.

My next step will probably be new speakers. I plan to stick with the
factory stereo until it fails to meet my needs. That will likely be the
life of the truck.

Regards,
Penn

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[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Gene Ball
Sent: Monday, December 13, 1999 7:21 PM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC


Speakers are the last thing you really need to upgrade !
Believe it or not you really need a better radio with amps.
I changed my radio to a nice Kenwood and MTX amps.
I also installed a sub woofer. And I used the stock premium
speakers that came in the truck!
Gene

jmann living.com wrote:

> Does anyone have a recommendation for speaker upgrades in an F150
SuperCab?
> I don't want to do any cutting. Just Plug-n-Play,...loud and clear. I've
> been looking at Crutchfield's site and they have a nice set of Kenwood
> eXcelon KFC-X576C 5"x7" 2-ways for 129.95 per set. Their sensitivity is
> pretty good at 92dB. I'm thinking about a set for front and back.
>
> I have a Lariat with premium sound and a six disc changer, will new
> aftermarket speakers make it sound significantly better???
>
> Thanks,
>
> Joe
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 08:34:10 -0600
From: jmann living.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC

Thanks for the info. Yes I'm one of those few individuals who like little
features like the speed sensitive volume. And I'm not real interested in
changing the look of the factory dash. It just screams STEAL ME! I like
stealth installs.

Anyone noticed the phone mute button on the new premium audio systems. Does
anyone know if phone can be integrated into the head units, i.e. Auto Mute
when the phone rings???

Joe
Austin, TX.

- -----Original Message-----
From: pennhead [mailto:pennhead bscn.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 6:34 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC

I both agree & somewhat disagree. While a new high end stereo will
certainly be an improvement, the factory unit is capable of good sound. If
you depart from the factory unit, you lose the speed sensitive volume (which
isn't a big deal really, but some folks like it). Aftermarket units seem
not to pick up distant FM signals as well, either.

I did one simple thing that drastically improved the sound of my factory
"premium sound" CD unit: I added a powered subwoofer tube. JBL 6 1/2" 80
watt. The smaller driver in this tube provides nice, tight bass, easily
enough for my standard cab F150, and for my tastes. I have it corner loaded
(fires into the left rear corner of the cab) and it really moves some air!

I have a Bazooka 8" powered subwoofer tube in the back of my Mitsubishi
Montero Sport. A larger size driver to accommodate the larger interior
volume of that truck. The Bazooka is as nice, if not nicer, than the JBL.
Again corner loaded. Obtained from Crutchfield. Good folks.

My next step will probably be new speakers. I plan to stick with the
factory stereo until it fails to meet my needs. That will likely be the
life of the truck.

Regards,
Penn

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Gene Ball
Sent: Monday, December 13, 1999 7:21 PM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC


Speakers are the last thing you really need to upgrade !
Believe it or not you really need a better radio with amps.
I changed my radio to a nice Kenwood and MTX amps.
I also installed a sub woofer. And I used the stock premium
speakers that came in the truck!
Gene

jmann living.com wrote:

> Does anyone have a recommendation for speaker upgrades in an F150
SuperCab?
> I don't want to do any cutting. Just Plug-n-Play,...loud and clear. I've
> been looking at Crutchfield's site and they have a nice set of Kenwood
> eXcelon KFC-X576C 5"x7" 2-ways for 129.95 per set. Their sensitivity is
> pretty good at 92dB. I'm thinking about a set for front and back.
>
> I have a Lariat with premium sound and a six disc changer, will new
> aftermarket speakers make it sound significantly better???
>
> Thanks,
>
> Joe
>
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 07:46:44 -0600
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??

Securilock (aka PATS) uses special keys with a transmitter inside. There
are electrical windings in the ignition switch wich generate a electrical
field that provides power to the key (no batterys). The key then transmits
a signal to a reciever (I belive under the hood) that checks to make sure it
knows the code. If it does, it will start, if it doesn't it will turn over
but not fire and the red "theft" light on the dash blinks.

Nathan

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To:
Sent: Monday, December 13, 1999 6:53 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??


> Ok, my nice new beautiful blacked out 2000 F150 SC 4x4 Lariat is sitting
at
> the dealer's custom shop. They're waiting on a Flowmaster Deltaflow
muffler
> and trying to fix the keypad entry that was screwed up when they tried to
> install a Viper alarm. SO, I'm thinking that Ford must offer some sort of
> security/alarm module to extend the keyless entry and that might work with
> the diverside keypad entry. Yet, according to Ford and the dealer, no such
> animal exists. But, Ford customer service tells me about this thing they
> call "SecuriLock". Something my dealer didn't really stress when I asked
> about a car alarm. Hmmmm.....
>
> SO, does anyone know anything about "SecuriLock". Does this disable the
> truck unless the proper key is inserted into the ignition?? I've looked
all
> over Fords site and haven't found much info on it. I just see it
> referenced. But, no real description. Is an alarm going to do anything
for
> me that SecuriLock wont, besides false and make a lot of noise.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Joe
>
>
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 08:58:09 -0600
From: jmann living.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??

So is it safe to say, aside from towing or the replacement of the ignition
module/ECM the truck is damn near impossible to steal??

Thanks for the info! Do you know of any site on the net that has technical
details about PATS/SecuriLock?

Joe


- -----Original Message-----
From: Union Auto [mailto:unionaut adiis.net]
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 7:47 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??

Securilock (aka PATS) uses special keys with a transmitter inside. There
are electrical windings in the ignition switch wich generate a electrical
field that provides power to the key (no batterys). The key then transmits
a signal to a reciever (I belive under the hood) that checks to make sure it
knows the code. If it does, it will start, if it doesn't it will turn over
but not fire and the red "theft" light on the dash blinks.

Nathan

- ----- Original Message -----
From:
To:
Sent: Monday, December 13, 1999 6:53 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??


> Ok, my nice new beautiful blacked out 2000 F150 SC 4x4 Lariat is sitting
at
> the dealer's custom shop. They're waiting on a Flowmaster Deltaflow
muffler
> and trying to fix the keypad entry that was screwed up when they tried to
> install a Viper alarm. SO, I'm thinking that Ford must offer some sort of
> security/alarm module to extend the keyless entry and that might work with
> the diverside keypad entry. Yet, according to Ford and the dealer, no such
> animal exists. But, Ford customer service tells me about this thing they
> call "SecuriLock". Something my dealer didn't really stress when I asked
> about a car alarm. Hmmmm.....
>
> SO, does anyone know anything about "SecuriLock". Does this disable the
> truck unless the proper key is inserted into the ignition?? I've looked
all
> over Fords site and haven't found much info on it. I just see it
> referenced. But, no real description. Is an alarm going to do anything
for
> me that SecuriLock wont, besides false and make a lot of noise.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Joe
>
>
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:43:56 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC

In a message dated 99-12-14 09:32:36 EST, you write:


well if they can get up high enough to see my dash then they could get to it
in my F250. Some factory system may allow the mute option, or there maybe a
lead through the phone if it is hands free kit or hard mounted. I know most
high end audio CD players have a auto mute fuction. I know for a fact that
alot of Alpine head units do.

Just read through the manual for phone and radio.

RS


Thanks for the info. Yes I'm one of those few individuals who like little
features like the speed sensitive volume. And I'm not real interested in
changing the look of the factory dash. It just screams STEAL ME! I like
stealth installs.

Anyone noticed the phone mute button on the new premium audio systems. Does
anyone know if phone can be integrated into the head units, i.e. Auto Mute
when the phone rings???

Joe
Austin, TX.
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:45:24 -0500 (EST)
From: rambin iname.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Araid & K&N

I have just purchased an Evergreen Performance Airaid for my '99 F-150 5.4L V8. Has anyone else tried this. Its similar to a K&N Filtercharger. They advertise up to 19 HP improvement. Any improvement in gas mileage?

Mike R.


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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:49:30 -0500 (EST)
From: rambin iname.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Synthetics

I have been told by a friend to switch to synthetics throughout, engine, tranny, rear-end to increase horsepower. (HP measured at the rear tires) I read an article showing a significant increase on an automobile. I am considering using Amsoil. They have great specs. Anyone tried this or other synthetics? How did it go?

M.R.

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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 15:06:27 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Synthetics

In a message dated 12/14/99 11:51:37 AM Eastern Standard Time,
rambin iname.com writes:

you may see a slight increase in horsepower but the wear and tear is greatly
reduced and effciency is much better. Most that are good, Mobil, Amsoil,
Redline, some others are ok, but thats what i have had the most luck with.

RS


Date: 12/14/99 11:51:37 AM Eastern Standard Time
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I have been told by a friend to switch to synthetics throughout, engine,
tranny, rear-end to increase horsepower. (HP measured at the rear tires) I
read an article showing a significant increase on an automobile. I am
considering using Amsoil. They have great specs. Anyone tried this or other
synthetics? How did it go?

M.R.
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 15:06:28 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Araid & K&N

In a message dated 12/14/99 11:47:08 AM Eastern Standard Time,
rambin iname.com writes:

are you talking about mess of induction they are claiming 19hp? you might
see a slight increase MPG but i doubt it. More air = More fuel

RS



I have just purchased an Evergreen Performance Airaid for my '99 F-150 5.4L
V8. Has anyone else tried this. Its similar to a K&N Filtercharger. They
advertise up to 19 HP improvement. Any improvement in gas mileage?

Mike R.
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 12:34:09 -0900
From: "Erik Marquez"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Synthetics

- -----Original Message-----
From: rambin iname.com

Subject: FTE 97up - Synthetics


>I have been told by a friend to switch to synthetics throughout, >engine,
tranny, rear-end to increase horsepower. (HP measured at >the rear tires) I
read an article showing a significant increase on an >automobile. I am
considering using Amsoil. They have great specs. >Anyone tried this or
other synthetics? How did it go?

While I do have any dyno runs or longevity testing to prove it, I use
synthetic lubes in/for every thing that needs lube on both my vehicles. 1978
Bronco, and 1997 CC PSD 4x4. I started this for the cold weather performance
they provide. I live in Fairbanks Alaska and in the winter we see ambient
temps in the -20 ~ -60deg range. In these temps dino lube does not cut it.
You can hammer nails with a tube of grease at -60. But aside from extreme
temp (both low and high) performance from synthetic lubes, all the info I
have been able to gather indicates some amount of performance gain, less
wear and according to some advertisement, it'll make your hair grow
back....but that fact I'm not so sure about ......
In any case if you do any heavy towing, use the vehicle in a high heat or
low temp area I would advise using synthetic lubes.

Erik Marquez
bronco78 alaska.com
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.home.gci.net/~bronco78
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 16:42:13 EST
From: RCantu aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Securilock

Joe,

Securilock is a theft prevention device that Ford has in their vehicles.
It's your key that has a chip in it that is specific to your truck. This way
no one can just copy that key. That's all it does. It's shouldn't mess with
your keyless entry.

Robert

In a message dated 12/14/99 3:39:02 AM Pacific Standard Time,
owner-97up-list-digest ford-trucks.com writes:


From: jmann living.com
Subject: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??

Ok, my nice new beautiful blacked out 2000 F150 SC 4x4 Lariat is sitting at
the dealer's custom shop. They're waiting on a Flowmaster Deltaflow muffler
and trying to fix the keypad entry that was screwed up when they tried to
install a Viper alarm. SO, I'm thinking that Ford must offer some sort of
security/alarm module to extend the keyless entry and that might work with
the diverside keypad entry. Yet, according to Ford and the dealer, no such
animal exists. But, Ford customer service tells me about this thing they
call "SecuriLock". Something my dealer didn't really stress when I asked
about a car alarm. Hmmmm.....

SO, does anyone know anything about "SecuriLock". Does this disable the
truck unless the proper key is inserted into the ignition?? I've looked all
over Fords site and haven't found much info on it. I just see it
referenced. But, no real description. Is an alarm going to do anything for
me that SecuriLock wont, besides false and make a lot of noise.

Thanks,

Joe >>
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 16:20:35 -0600
From: jmann living.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Securilock

Found a great page on SecuriLock.

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.autoworld.com/news/Ford/Ford_SecuriLock.htm


Joe

- -----Original Message-----
From: RCantu aol.com [mailto:RCantu aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 3:42 PM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Securilock

Joe,

Securilock is a theft prevention device that Ford has in their vehicles.
It's your key that has a chip in it that is specific to your truck. This
way
no one can just copy that key. That's all it does. It's shouldn't mess
with
your keyless entry.

Robert

In a message dated 12/14/99 3:39:02 AM Pacific Standard Time,
owner-97up-list-digest ford-trucks.com writes:


From: jmann living.com
Subject: FTE 97up - SecuriLock, info anyone??

Ok, my nice new beautiful blacked out 2000 F150 SC 4x4 Lariat is sitting at
the dealer's custom shop. They're waiting on a Flowmaster Deltaflow
muffler
and trying to fix the keypad entry that was screwed up when they tried to
install a Viper alarm. SO, I'm thinking that Ford must offer some sort of
security/alarm module to extend the keyless entry and that might work with
the diverside keypad entry. Yet, according to Ford and the dealer, no such
animal exists. But, Ford customer service tells me about this thing they
call "SecuriLock". Something my dealer didn't really stress when I asked
about a car alarm. Hmmmm.....

SO, does anyone know anything about "SecuriLock". Does this disable the
truck unless the proper key is inserted into the ignition?? I've looked
all
over Fords site and haven't found much info on it. I just see it
referenced. But, no real description. Is an alarm going to do anything
for
me that SecuriLock wont, besides false and make a lot of noise.

Thanks,

Joe >>
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 13:17:52 -0900
From: "Erik Marquez"
Subject: Fw: FTE 97up - Synthetics

I did a terrible cut and paste job on this letter, I wrote it and it's still
hard to understand, so let me make a few corrections.

>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: rambin iname.com
>
>Subject: FTE 97up - Synthetics
>
>
>>I have been told by a friend to switch to synthetics throughout, >engine,
>tranny, rear-end to increase horsepower. (HP measured at >the rear tires) I
>read an article showing a significant increase on an >automobile. I am
>considering using Amsoil. They have great specs. >Anyone tried this or
>other synthetics? How did it go?
>
> I use synthetic lubes in/for every thing that needs lube on both my
vehicles. 1978
>Bronco, and 1997 CC PSD 4x4. Currently I'm running Mobil one oil, and
grease. Valvolene syn power steering fluid, gear oil. I started this for the
cold weather performance
>they provide. I live in Fairbanks Alaska and in the winter we see ambient
>temps in the -20 ~ -60deg range. In these temps dino lube does not cut it.
>You can hammer nails with a tube of grease at -60. But aside from extreme
>temp (both low and high) performance from synthetic lubes, all the info I
>have been able to gather indicates some amount of performance gain, less
>wear and according to some advertisement, it'll make your hair grow
>back....but that fact I'm not so sure about ......
>In any case if you do any heavy towing, use the vehicle in a high heat or
>low temp area I would advise using synthetic lubes.
>
>Erik Marquez
>bronco78 alaska.com
>http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.home.gci.net/~bronco78
>Home of the BB decal
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 16:20:15 -0600 (CST)
From: "Douglas R. Floyd"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Securilock

>
> Joe,
>
> Securilock is a theft prevention device that Ford has in their vehicles.
> It's your key that has a chip in it that is specific to your truck. This way
> no one can just copy that key. That's all it does. It's shouldn't mess with
> your keyless entry.
>
> Robert

Just curious, can that be disabled? I admit it is laziness, but since I
use a good burglar alarm system, can the SecuriLock mechanism be turned off
via a programmer device at the dealer?
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 16:25:16 -0600
From: RBalling distcrt18.state.ks.us
Subject: FTE 97up - oil drain valve

1998 150SC5.4,Superchip,K&N,Gibson Catback,Hellwig helpersprings:

has anyone installed the Fumoto oil drain valve in a 4x4,,,if so...do you
have any problems with clearance,I use my truck in light farm work and have
it out in the pasture and up and down creekbeds and want to make sure I
won't tear the valve off and end up without any oil and too far from
home...thanks for any help
Richard Ballinger,Derby,Kansas
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 17:31:26 -0500
From: "Suarez, William"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - oil drain valve

Richard,

I have a 99.5 F250SD with the PowerStroke. The Fumoto valve is about 3/4 of
an inch "long" (if that) and the frame members and suspension components are
alot closer to the ground than the valve.

Any hit you took that would damage the valve would surely do the same damage
to the pan if the valve wasn't installed.

Check out the pictures on the web site at: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.fumotovalve.com/

Regards,

Bill Suarez

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From: RBalling distcrt18.state.ks.us
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Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 5:25 PM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - oil drain valve


1998 150SC5.4,Superchip,K&N,Gibson Catback,Hellwig helpersprings:

has anyone installed the Fumoto oil drain valve in a 4x4,,,if so...do you
have any problems with clearance,I use my truck in light farm work and have
it out in the pasture and up and down creekbeds and want to make sure I
won't tear the valve off and end up without any oil and too far from
home...thanks for any help
Richard Ballinger,Derby,Kansas
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 16:56:57 -0600
From: jmann living.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Securilock

Your car alarm should not interfere with the SecuriLock. It only disables
the ignition module, and unless you want to go out and make cheep duplicate
keys, don't worry about it. Besides, your car alarm would be significantly
easier to bypass than SecuriLock. Unless you carry an ignition system in you
pocket.



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From: Douglas R. Floyd [mailto:dfloyd hastur.fnord.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 4:20 PM
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Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Securilock

>
> Joe,
>
> Securilock is a theft prevention device that Ford has in their vehicles.
> It's your key that has a chip in it that is specific to your truck. This
way
> no one can just copy that key. That's all it does. It's shouldn't mess
with
> your keyless entry.
>
> Robert

Just curious, can that be disabled? I admit it is laziness, but since I
use a good burglar alarm system, can the SecuriLock mechanism be turned off
via a programmer device at the dealer?
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 17:04:04 -0600 (CST)
From: "Douglas R. Floyd"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Securilock

>
> Your car alarm should not interfere with the SecuriLock. It only disables
> the ignition module, and unless you want to go out and make cheep duplicate
> keys, don't worry about it. Besides, your car alarm would be significantly
> easier to bypass than SecuriLock. Unless you carry an ignition system in you
> pocket.
>

True, but I want to be able to copy a key at the hardware store. =)
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 17:49:30 -0600
From: "Michael T. Greenlee"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Securilock

Can Securilock be added. My F250SD does not have it.

Douglas R. Floyd wrote:

> >
> > Your car alarm should not interfere with the SecuriLock. It only disables
> > the ignition module, and unless you want to go out and make cheep duplicate
> > keys, don't worry about it. Besides, your car alarm would be significantly
> > easier to bypass than SecuriLock. Unless you carry an ignition system in you
> > pocket.
> >
>
> True, but I want to be able to copy a key at the hardware store. =)
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 19:03:08 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - oil drain valve

In a message dated 99-12-14 17:25:14 EST, you write:


i can't see haveing any problem with one, i just got one in the mail, the
next oil change its going on my 99 F250 4x4, unless you hit some serious logs
, you might as well kiss you oil pan good by.

RS

Date: 99-12-14 17:25:14 EST
From: RBalling distcrt18.state.ks.us
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1998 150SC5.4,Superchip,K&N,Gibson Catback,Hellwig helpersprings:

has anyone installed the Fumoto oil drain valve in a 4x4,,,if so...do you
have any problems with clearance,I use my truck in light farm work and have
it out in the pasture and up and down creekbeds and want to make sure I
won't tear the valve off and end up without any oil and too far from
home...thanks for any help
Richard Ballinger,Derby,Kansas
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 16:07:11 -0800
From: Rob Bryan
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Securilock

If your hardware store has a good selection of key blanks, you can (the
hardware store I use carries Curtis Securilock blanks). The key can be
programmed to your truck without the help of a dealer...like this:

- -Get the new key cut
- -Get together both original working Securilock keys
- -insert the first original key...turn to on, then off and then remove it.
- -insert the second original key...turn to on, then off and then remove it.
- -insert the new original key...turn to on, then off and then remove it.

The new key will now be programmed for your truck. Note that you need two
working keys. This is so someone who has one key (valet, etc) can't make a
working copy of the key.

Rob


> True, but I want to be able to copy a key at the hardware store. =)
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 19:24:25 EST
From: RRESTORE aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Engine washing?

Hi, all I'm new to this list and I have a question. I like to keep my
vehicles as clean as I can. Mine is a '97 F-150 Prarie Tan 4.6 Flareside.
At 33,000 miles, I'd like to clean the engine. Is this a good idea provided
I don't super saturate the engine compartment? Any tips? Thanks and what a
great digest!

John Mc
'97 F-150 4.6
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 23:15:15 -0500
From: "Mike Ruth"
Subject: FTE 97up - Securilock?

Not to be ignorant...But has anyone answered the question"CAN it be
installed on a 99 Superduty? The key from my 98 Lincoln Town Car fit the
ignition of my superduty, so is it possible to purchase and install the
system? Replies can be directly to me to avoid repetitiveness. Thanks.
Mike
xplorit erols.com
99 F-350 SD Pwr Stk CS 4x4 Lariat
98 Lincoln T.C.
94 E.B. Explorer
89 Merkur Scorpio
88 Merkur XR4Ti


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Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 01:58:05 -0600
From: Steve #1
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC

Gene Ball wrote:

> Speakers are the last thing you really need to upgrade !
> Believe it or not you really need a better radio with amps.
> I changed my radio to a nice Kenwood and MTX amps.
> I also installed a sub woofer. And I used the stock premium
> speakers that came in the truck!
> Gene
>
> jmann living.com wrote:
>
> > Does anyone have a recommendation for speaker upgrades in an F150 SuperCab?
> > I don't want to do any cutting. Just Plug-n-Play,...loud and clear. I've
> > been looking at Crutchfield's site and they have a nice set of Kenwood
> > eXcelon KFC-X576C 5"x7" 2-ways for 129.95 per set. Their sensitivity is
> > pretty good at 92dB. I'm thinking about a set for front and back.
> >
> > I have a Lariat with premium sound and a six disc changer, will new
> > aftermarket speakers make it sound significantly better???
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Joe

I completely disagree. In almost all stock audio systems, including the F150,
the speakers are the weak link and should be the first thing to replace.

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'99 F150 "Little Foot" Regular Cab XLT 5.4 4X4
'00 Focus ZX3
'97 Mustang GT 4.6
'87 K5 Blazer "Monster" Silverado 350 4X4

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Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 02:32:48 -0600
From: Steve #1
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Securilock

"Douglas R. Floyd" wrote:

> Just curious, can that be disabled? I admit it is laziness, but since I
> use a good burglar alarm system, can the SecuriLock mechanism be turned off
> via a programmer device at the dealer?

Yes, it is possible to override the SecuriLock system, but I wouldn't recommend
it. While not foolproof, the SecuriLock system provides more protection than just
about any alarm on the market.
If you still want to disable the system on your truck, here is what you need to
do. Take one of the keys you have now and remove the "chip" from the head of the
key. A pair of diagonal nippers works well for cutting away the plastic. Next,
remove the plastic part of the steering column around the ignition switch by
removing the screws on the bottom side. Now, Take the chip that you removed from
the key and attach it to the ignition cylinder ( it may take some work to get it
positioned so that the cover will fit back on, and the receiver will get the
signal). Finally, you will need to replace your other SecuriLock key with a
regular key, as the truck won't start if it sees more than one signal.
As someone else mentioned, you can easily add new keys (up to 10 I believe) if
you have two working keys. If you only have one key, your dealer can add more keys
using an NGS unit. They'll probably charge you a half hour labor, because there is
a 10-15 min waiting period during the programing process.
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'99 F150 "Little Foot" Regular Cab XLT 5.4 4X4
'00 Focus ZX3
'97 Mustang GT 4.6
'87 K5 Blazer "Monster" Silverado 350 4X4

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Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 05:12:56 -0800
From: Gene Ball
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Speaker upgrade for a 2000 F150 SC

The weak link is the radio!
The stock speakers are also made by Jensen.
Gene

Steve #1 wrote:

> Gene Ball wrote:
>
> > Speakers are the last thing you really need to upgrade !
> > Believe it or not you really need a better radio with amps.....


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