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perf-list-digest Wednesday, September 1 1999 Volume 02 : Number 222



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In this issue:

FTE Perf - RE: oil filters
RE: FTE Perf - RE: oil filters
Re: FTE Perf - oil filters
Re: FTE Perf - oil filters
Re: FTE Perf - RE: oil filters
FTE Perf - Balance tube placement
FTE Perf - v-10 comment & question

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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 08:15:33 -0500
From: Paul M Radecki
Subject: FTE Perf - RE: oil filters

>I have noticed at a few Auto parts stores that they have displays of Oil
> filters internals and all have Fram as the low end of the display. K &
N
> now I see has an oil filter it's a little pricey but I may be switching
to
> that. It does have the innovation of a nut on the bottom so you can
remove
> it with a normal socket wrench (gee what a good idea).
>
Some of the new Fram filters come dipped in some kind of high-grip
goo, sort of like spray-in bedliner stuff, so that you can remove them
without a filter wrench.. I tried and liked one on my wife's Saturn
(whose filter is barely visible, much less reachable) and was about to
switch to them for that reason, until you guys waved the red flag. I
suppose if I planned ahead I could find some way to roughen the surface
of a "good" filter before installation. My trucks have always gotten
Motorcraft, based upon the assumption that it is the filter the engineers
and testers at Ford used when the truck was designed. One more big plus
for the inline six: you can get BOTH hands on a stuck oil filter if
necessary. Try that on a non-truck!

lordjanusz juno.com
'94 F150
'73 F100
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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 08:45:21 -0500
From: "William S. Hart"
Subject: RE: FTE Perf - RE: oil filters

> suppose if I planned ahead I could find some way to roughen the surface
> of a "good" filter before installation. My trucks have always gotten
> Motorcraft, based upon the assumption that it is the filter the engineers
> and testers at Ford used when the truck was designed. One more big plus
> for the inline six: you can get BOTH hands on a stuck oil filter if
> necessary. Try that on a non-truck!
>

Hmm..I've never had a problem getting both hands on the filter of any of my
cars, until I got my 96 GT, now you turn the wheel (don't groan its not that
hard), open a flap in the inner fender (just pull, no fasteners), then if
you have long arms like I do you just reach in there, grab the back of the
filter and spin it off. If its stuck you can get it to pop with just using
a filter wrench and a jillionth of a turn (its a very precise measurement
restricted by the oil cooler on one side and the hydro boost lines on the
other)....


One thing I've found about putting oil filters on so that they will come off
again is to just put them on by hand. My dad used to make a big deal about
3/4 of a turn after they contact the block, and he was usually struggling to
get them off. My approach now is (after a light coat of oil on the seal of
course) spin the filter on, usually it will spin itself pretty easy until it
contacts, then I use just one hand and tighten it down, being sure to never
go over that 3/4 turn, usually I can do this by hand with a bit of a grunt,
if not, then I just leave it, never puttin a wrench on it.

Granted my hands are probably bigger than some (my girlfriend can barely get
both hands around the FL1A's), but this method works great for me, and keeps
me sane by not having to fit both hands in to the cramped depths of the
'stang. (FL820 BTW, actually bigger diameter than the FL1A)


Just thought I'd pass this on in the hopes that someone will benefit from
it.

Always remember to run the motor for a few minutes to be sure the filter
isn't going to leak.

Just my $.02
wish

96 Mustang GT 4.6L
73ish F100 4x4 6.4L
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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 07:40:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ryan Reinke
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - oil filters

What are someone else's opinions on the AC/Delco? The
reason I ask is I never remember to grab a filter
during business hours and habitually just stop into a
24 hour Super Kmart or something similar...

RR


- --- David Claflin wrote:
> The Wix/NAPA are made by the same outfit, so there
> is no comparison. As far
> as what is ugly about the fram is the actual filter
> is about the size of a
> coke can; whereas the WIX is about as large as will
> fit in the filter
> housing. This means there is a lot more filtering
> capacity, plus the filter
> media has a metal cap on each end instead of being
> glued to a piece of
> cardboard at each end like the fram. I only use the
> motorcraft/purolater if
> I can't get a WIX/NAPA filter, which hasn't happened
> in a long time.
> Supposedly the AC/Delco are good also but I can't
> bring myself to put a GM
> part on my FORD.
>
> Super Dave
>
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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 09:28:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: shane san miguel
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - oil filters

No opinion other than brand loyalty.... I couldn't
disrespect my truck that way. I also only run
autolite or motorcraft plugs...

Shane
55 F100 5.0 Tried and True, Ford Blue
15.51 87
289 Pinto waiting patiently

- --- Ryan Reinke wrote:
>
> What are someone else's opinions on the AC/Delco?
> The
> reason I ask is I never remember to grab a filter
> during business hours and habitually just stop into
> a
> 24 hour Super Kmart or something similar...
>
> RR
>

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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 17:26:03 -0700
From: George Miller
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - RE: oil filters

Paul M Radecki wrote:
>
> >I have noticed at a few Auto parts stores that they have displays of Oil
> > filters internals and all have Fram as the low end of the display. K &
> N
> > now I see has an oil filter it's a little pricey but I may be switching
> to
> > that. It does have the innovation of a nut on the bottom so you can
> remove
> > it with a normal socket wrench (gee what a good idea).
> >
> Some of the new Fram filters come dipped in some kind of high-grip
> goo, sort of like spray-in bedliner stuff, so that you can remove them
> without a filter wrench.. I tried and liked one on my wife's Saturn
> (whose filter is barely visible, much less reachable) and was about to
> switch to them for that reason, until you guys waved the red flag. I
> suppose if I planned ahead I could find some way to roughen the surface
> of a "good" filter before installation. My trucks have always gotten
> Motorcraft, based upon the assumption that it is the filter the engineers
> and testers at Ford used when the truck was designed. One more big plus
> for the inline six: you can get BOTH hands on a stuck oil filter if
> necessary. Try that on a non-truck!
>
> lordjanusz juno.com

That's one of the nice features about a remote mounted filter - and no
bending over.

George Miller
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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 18:54:07 -0700
From: "Bill Beyer"
Subject: FTE Perf - Balance tube placement

This discussion has taken place before I just thought I'd quote an
"official" source. You can read the whole article at :

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.nascar.com/news/1999news/August/31/00989592.html

"According to DynoMax, to find the right location to install a balance tube,
team members simply need to apply a strip of paint down the front portion of
a given vehicle's exhaust pipes. The balance tube should be placed at the
point where the paint burns or "bubbles" on the exhaust pipe. This usually
results in placement being close to the headers or manifolds. In cases where
it is not physically possible to install the balance tube in this exact
spot, DynoMax advises that the installer place the tube as close as possible
to the previously indicated position."

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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 20:18:14 PDT
From: "Aaron Martin"
Subject: FTE Perf - v-10 comment & question

I just got back from a longish trip with my superduty (v-10, ext cab, long
box,3.73's, auto) On the way there I averaged 15.8 mpg and back dropped to
15.5 mpg under somewhat more aggressive driving. Prior to that my best has
been 14.0 mpg. I had a K&N filter and Dynomax muffler when I ran the 14,
the only changes since then was a replacement air intake tube of my own
design. I had tried the airbox mod that the f150 guys seem to like but felt
I was giving up torque on the bottom for a slight upper rpm hp increase.
Didn't leave it that way long enough to test the mpg. I then fabricated a 4"
diameter tube out of sheet metal and cut back the filter housing so that it
matched the 4" tube.

I'm now thinking of installing a shift kit/improver and am looking for
advice, suggestions on which product would be best. B&M has a "shift plus
electronic shift improver" which plugs into the wiring harness and does not
involve dropping the pan or anything like that. There are also several
settings that can be made using a rocker switch placed in the cab. I like
the ease of installation feature since I'm not sure I'm ready to actually
dig into the mechanical parts of my new truck yet. However, I'm not sure of
how the merits of this sort of shift improver would compare to the
traditional shift kit. Is anyone familiar with this sort of product? If a
traditional shift kit is better, who seems to have the best one?

My typical use of the truck is between jobsites with misc tools, etc,
generally not what would be considered a load, however I also pull various
trailers 7,000lbs and up.

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