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97up-list-digest Sunday, January 2 2000 Volume 02 : Number 353

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FTE 97up - Re. 30,000 Mile Checkup
Re: FTE 97up - 295/75R-16 or ??? for 4WD SD?



Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2000 10:07:30 EST
From: JDavis1277
Subject: FTE 97up - Re. 30,000 Mile Checkup

I've been following this thread with interest.

Part of the problem folks seem to be having with the cost of this is because
they think of it as a CHECKUP. It's not a CHECKUP it's a PREVENTIVE
MAINTENANCE procedure. It's only done every 30K miles so most owners will
have to pay for it only twice.

It's not too hard to determine exactly what is involved. For those who
bother to read the owners manual (remember the little book that comes with
the truck) it spells out exactly what is done.

Over the past few decades I've used Ford and non-Ford shops to do work. The
initial cost is usually about the same because the flat rate book calls for
the same number of hours to do a given task and because the labor rate is
often the same. After a number of experiences I now almost exclusively use
the Ford dealer for all my work, tires and batteries excepted. Why??? Well,
all Ford work is warranted anywhere in North America, my Ford dealer uses
only OEM parts, my Ford mechanic has all the latest information and training
plus a lot more experience doing the specific tasks involved on my type of
vehicle. In those rare instances when I have to go back to my Ford dealer
because of a problem with the work performed they take care of it with
absolutely no hassle. I wish I could say the same about the independent
shops I've used. They never want to admit to doing a poor job and they do
not want to stand behind the work they do.

Your experience may be different. We get to pay our money and take our
choice, mine happens to be with my dealer. :=)

Happy Third Millennium!!

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Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2000 23:45:04 EST
From: RSnovi
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 295/75R-16 or ??? for 4WD SD?

In a message dated 12/31/99 8:23:39 PM Eastern Standard Time,
inbox writes:

i have 285/75 it fits and looks good on the truck, 295 is really pushing it
for turn clearance and rim size on the much pressure unless you want to use a
1/4 spacer, even when i hit real BIG bumps i can feel a slight tire touch
every now and then.


<< Subj: FTE 97up - 295/75R-16 or ??? for 4WD SD?
Date: 12/31/99 8:23:39 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: (Alan Bowes)


I'm considering a set of larger tires for my '99 XLT 4WD SD SC SB 6.8L, but
I do NOT want to make any suspension modifications and I obviously do NOT
want to experience any clearance problems througout the full wheel travel
and steering ranges. I also want to make sure that the larger size is within
the allowable range for reprogramming the speed sensor, AND that it will fit
(properly) on the stock XLT aluminum rim.

So, your collective the largest tire size that I can
use? AND/OR what is the largest tire size that Ford would approve?

I can't remember what the rim width is for the XLT aluminum rim (and I
couldn't find this spec in my set of service manuals!). Does anyone know

I was thinking about installing a set of 295/75R-16 tires. Specs for a
typical 295/75R-16 seem to be approximately as follows:

Allowable rim width range: 7.5 - 9.5 inches
Tire diameter: 33.5 inches
Tread width: 9.5 inches
Section width: 11.6 on 8.0" rim
Static loaded radius 15.2 inches
Load rating: 3415 lbs 65 psi (load range D)

The 295/75 size (as compared with the stock 265/75 size) would change my
"effective" axle ratio from 4.30 to just a hair under 4.10, which would be
fine with me, since the 4.30 seems a bit low for my purposes. Even though
the above specs are for a D load range tire, you'll note that it can
actually carry MORE weight than the stock 265/75 size in an E load range.

So, will this size fit OK? Will it cause any warranty difficulties? Could it
cause any legal problems in case of accident? I'm open to opinions.



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