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small-list Digest Thu, 10 Feb 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 003

In This Issue:
Buying an Explorer..help...
Re: Buying an Explorer..help...
Re: Body Lift
Buzzing Noise
Re: Sagging Rear Leafs
Aerostar wheel size
New tires (Dunlop Rover Touring "LT') and questions..(Fen
Rattle in dash on 98 explorer
Re: Rattle in dash on 98 explorer
Re: Buzzing noise

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From: BOSS3854 aol.com
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 17:40:25 EST
Subject: Buying an Explorer..help...

I'm looking into buying an early ('91-'94) Explorer Sport. Can anyone tell
me what I should look for when looking at these? IS there any problem areas?
If any one on the list has one of these I'd like to know a little more about
them like what came on them, how yours runs, its reliability, gas mileage,
etc...
I was looking at a Bronco II but I like the 2-door Explorer sports a lot
more. I'm not really thinking about lifting it since I don't go 4-wheeling a
lot but I definately want a 4WD model. What performance/Interior/Body
Upgrades are out there for these explorers and where can I find more
information on the Explorer Sport(web pages, etc...) . Thanks a lot.

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From: "Mike Haight" home.com>
Subject: Re: Buying an Explorer..help...
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 17:58:28 -0500

Check out this News Group.....its all about Explorers
rec.autos.makers.ford.explorer

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Subject: [small-list] Buying an Explorer..help...


> I'm looking into buying an early ('91-'94) Explorer Sport. Can
anyone tell
> me what I should look for when looking at these? IS there any
problem areas?
> If any one on the list has one of these I'd like to know a little
more about
> them like what came on them, how yours runs, its reliability, gas
mileage,
> etc...
> I was looking at a Bronco II but I like the 2-door Explorer sports a
lot
> more. I'm not really thinking about lifting it since I don't go
4-wheeling a
> lot but I definately want a 4WD model. What
performance/Interior/Body
> Upgrades are out there for these explorers and where can I find more
> information on the Explorer Sport(web pages, etc...) . Thanks a
lot.
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From: Ray Scheidnes nacm.com>
Subject: Re: Body Lift
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 15:13:59 -0800

Don't have a body lift myself, but, there's basically the spacers (usually 1
to 3 inches in height) which take the place of your factory body mounts.
Then there's the bolts that hold those in place. There may be brackets to
raise the bumpers up as well, or, you may have to fabricate your own. The
radiator shroud may have to be modified and the pattern that the air takes
over your motor (from the fan) will probably change. If you have a manual
tranny, your stick shift will probably need to be lengthened. I've also
heard that at some point after installing a body lift, you'll have some more
squeaks to listen to. "Lift Lips," those plastic sheets that cover the open
spaces in your wheel wells after lifting the body, cost extra...
Like I said, I don't have a body lift myself (on my Ranger), so these things
are just what I've heard.

-----Original Message-----
From: J Cope [mailto:88biixlt fncool.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2000 1:52 PM
To: Small Trucks Mailing List; Off Road Mailing List
Subject: [small-list] Body Lift


Call me uninformed, but what's included in a standard body lift kit?

JC
'88 BII XLT
10k tow hooks
40ch CB
K&N
Light bar
Headlight Stone Guards
30x9.5 BFG A/T TA KOs
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From: Jenksmoe aol.com
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 18:19:34 EST
Subject: Buzzing Noise

Ron,

I've got a 93 with 110k and have owned is since new. I had an intermittent
noise at less that 30k miles that the dealers (plural) couldn't find. It was
more prevalent turning corners and changing inclines (entering driveways).
At 36K+ the front wheel bearings blew out. The dealer was able to find the
problem then and replaced the bearings/race and spindle. At 40k the other
side went out. At 75k I replaced both sides. Just recently one side was
making noise so a new set made that go away. Not saying what you have is the
same, but some things you say are familiar. "Only happens when the vehicle
is moving," "starts after sharp turns." Might be something to have checked
out.

Now that I remember back to 40k. I was driving at highway speeds and the
wheel locked up as a result of the rollers breaking up. I pull over and
could not move the vehicle forward. After several backward and forward tries
I was able to drive home (5 miles).

Good Luck,

Exploder not best,
in the Upper Midwest

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Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 17:37:40 -0700
From: Bill Funk uswest.net>
Subject: Re: Sagging Rear Leafs

In my local Yellow Pages, under Springs - Auto, Sales & Service, there are several spring shops listed. Most can fix your problem.
Good Luck.
Bill

ORIGINAL MESSAGE:

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> From: J Cope <88biixlt fncool.com>
> Subject: Sagging Rear Leafs
>
> The rear leaf springs on my '88 BII are sagging pretty bad. What is the
> best way to fix this problem? I'm open to any suggestions or ideas.
> Thanks!
>
> JC

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From: Mark Biederbeck email.msn.com>
Subject: Aerostar wheel size
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 18:16:03 -0800

Can anyone tell me if the wheel width and offset on a 2wd Ranger is the
same as an Aerostar. I have a '93 Aerostar and want to get some factory
aluminum wheels like came on the early 90's 2wd Rangers.

Thanks,
Mark Biederbeck


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From: "Keith Christensen" kendra.com>
Subject: New tires (Dunlop Rover Touring "LT') and questions..(Fen
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 00:06:19 -0800

I'm admitting to a moderate mindfart here..
went up too many sizes when I 'retired' my B II .

I'd already swapped the stock (cheesey-brittle-junk) "mags" that Ford put on
as stock for a set of Mopar 7 3/4" cop car wheels, so rimsize wasn't a
problem! (used to be a cheap Ranger/BroncoII solution till the RoadRunner
collectors found out that this was the 67-69 'road' wheel except for hubcap
bumps! )

Sears had these Dunlops on sale in almost all sizes for $69.85, and the
tread pattern looked good for my needs. I went out in the warehouse and
found they had P245-70/15's that looked like a good match for the rimsize.
(BTW- "S" rated-100MPH +) They look like old wet-mud circletrack tires
from the '50s with a dose of steroids....

Dunlop screwed up and put 15" 'paper' tags on some 16" ers, so I ended up
running P-rated tires front and LT-rated tires on the back for a week..
(they had to order up a whole bunch of 15" sizes due to the screwup) . Very
funny handling in wind.....

Once I got all 5 as "P"rated, I found that they have great wet (as in
Seattle-- ) as well as dry road performance. I can push wet corners at 45-50
that I couldn't do much past 25 before with Wranglers (OEM) or Les Schwab
Wildcats.

They AREN'T a radical(looking) tire, but they do great in road ice/snow and
offroad snow. I hadn't tried them in snow till today(not true-I saved this
as a draft till I felt
I could finish this up intelligently), but did a fast run up Stevens Pass..

There wasn't any really bad ice if you stayed in the 'bare', but I went into
the shoulder and found ice and pushed it HARD.. good traction--good control!
(Went around a WSP Tahoe that was skidding on light ice in the "dry"
side!! )

Next test was good -- severe climb with about 2 feet of snopack on a snomo
road(read trail) . they bit good. I took a side road after about a half-mile
of that at about a 35+degree slope up,(no grooming- no track marks) no
problem until we decided to turn around. My kid wanted to "mess around in
the snow", so we parked after backing up in what *looked* to be a good
turn-around
spot.. WRONG.. diff heat melted the top-layer and sunk me!! It toook 3
hours of digging and a final tug by 2 big snomos to get it back up "on
plane"! (Not the tires-- brain's stuck in SnoCat mode!-- LMC1500 is what I
usually do snow with--6 feet wide of track helps!)

Overall.. good tire!!

But:
No lift/suspension adds, and they rub on the BACK side of the fenderwells
(245 is far bigger than the 205's as stock) on moderate/big bumps.. I don't
want to spring for lift yet.

What I need (besides a good come-a-long that's gonna get bought as soon as I
see the IRS refund) is some ideas and/or sources on some custom diamondplate
to 'tie' the plastic inner-fenderwells back to the fender if I cut back the
fender sheet metal about 2" on the "trailing edge" .

I've got access to all the stuff needed or have a little help from my local
f(r)iends here, but has anybody done a fender trim to get clearance with
good luck?

BTW-- the B II is now known as the "(anti)Spammobile" and has appeared in
the local paper and web appearances :
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From: "Edward C. Miller" pb.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 14:50:13 -0500
Subject: Rattle in dash on 98 explorer



My 98 Explorer just rolled past it's warrenty. Now that I've got 36,700 miles
I'm on my own and sure enough I just noticed and annoying tinny metalic rattle
that sounds like it's coming from the center of the dash when i hit sharp bumps.
Anyone have any ideas what it could be? It'd be nice to know before I rip up
the dash looking for it.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Ed Miller



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Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 12:09:27 -0800
From: "Jon,Jody" direct.ca>
Subject: Re: Rattle in dash on 98 explorer



"Edward C. Miller" wrote:

> My 98 Explorer just rolled past it's warrenty. Now that I've got 36,700 miles
> I'm on my own and sure enough I just noticed and annoying tinny metalic rattle
> that sounds like it's coming from the center of the dash when i hit sharp bumps.
> Anyone have any ideas what it could be? It'd be nice to know before I rip up
> the dash looking for it.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help.
>
> Ed Miller

Lose any loose change down the vents? (LOL)

Blue coyote


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Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 21:09:08 -0500
From: George Kowal earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Buzzing noise

My 94 explorer will do that if you engage the 4 wheel drive then disengage it and keep driving forward. You are supposed to back up about 10 feet to disengage the hubs from what I've heard. Mine does this fairly exactly to what your describing, so try backing up after disengaging the 4 wheel hubs.

"Ron,Marge,Ted" wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> My wife's 94 Explorer 4x4 with 48K on it just started making what sounds like a buzzing noise from the left front. It sounds as if there was something rubbing against the tire treads (kind of like the sound a card makes when running against the spokes of a child's bike ). I have checked and everything is clear there, nothing hitting or rubbing. The thing is that it doesn't always do it, but when it does, it stops when the truck stops and starts up again when the truck moves. I noticed that when it does this, you can make it stop by putting it in 4 wheel drive. My wife says it seems to her as if it starts doing it after making a sharp turn. Was just wondering if it could be a wheel bearing or hub.
> Thanks...Ron
>
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