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Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2000 12:41:09 -0400
Subject: Ranger front end problems?
I have a 94 Ranger (disguised as a B2300)
When I got it at 34k miles about 9 months ago, front tires were badly cupped/feathered (it went "wah wah wah" down the road)
Put on new tires (forget off the top of my head, one that's been mentioned on the list here) and had the thing aligned. Wasn't a dead-on alignment, but was within spec, and they said it was as close as they could get it.
Truck felt like it had some out-of-balance problems, but not severe enough for me to make time to take it back in to the shop. In the meantime I put on Monroe shocks, which helped the problem (about 50% better, SOTP) - nothing severe either way, and seemed somewhat intermittent, really depended on speed and road conditions, etc.
It's in now for inspection, and I asked to get the tires re-balanced. I'd noticed some slight feathering right after I put the new tires on, I thought... but I soon forgot about it and just drove the thing. Anyway, got a call back saying that the fronts are now fairly well feathered - he continued to say that he's seen this more than infrequently on Rangers. He noted that I am running 205's (I did that for snow) while OEM was 225 for that year, and was 215 in previous years. He said the 225's tend to fare better in this regard (ie not feather). He's not trying to sell me tires, and is going to put the thing back on the alignment rack to see what's up, and it any bad parts can be seen. I generally trust this shop, but they aren't Gawd or anything to me...
so, any comments thus far? Do others have problems with their mid-90's Rangers chewing up front tires?
Thanks for any and all input
From: "Chris Oostveen" i2k.com>
Subject: Re: Ranger front end problems?
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 14:56:03 -0400
I have had a couple of Rangers, one was a '91 I bought new, and the other is
an '88 which is lowered (3" front 4" rear), I have not had this problem with
mine. A friend has a 97 and has had no problems, in fact he is just now
replacing his original tires which have 50,000 miles on them.
'88 Low rider Ranger (dog of a 2.0, 5.0 in the future?)
'64 Falcon Sprint (suffering from lack of engine-itus)
Soon to be 351w/C4
As you guys might know, I have had problems with my 99 Ranger 3.0L having
spark knock "pinging". Well my local dealer finally found it. After
reprogramming the spark curves, replacing the MAF and replacing the coil
pack, they found the real reason. It seems ODBII controlled engines have
the octane level programmed in the computer. This means my engine is to use
87 but my computer was programmed to use 92.
I figured I would tell you all in case any of you are experiencing the same
Anyone know the factory redline, torque/hp figures w/ RPM for the 2.8 & 2.9?
I don't remember where I read it, but the 2.9 numbers are something like this:
Torque: 170 lb. ft. 2400 RPM
Power: 140 hp 4000 RPM
Redline: 5500 RPM
I frequently run my '89 BII 2.9L to 4000 RPM with no problems. The engine is relatively new with 17k miles on it. It used to be rough above 4000 RPM so I didn't push it. Now that it's broken in, I've run it up to 5000 RPM. It runs smoothly until at least that RPM and I don't really notice any drop in power until about 4700 RPM. Still, I've never run it to redline since it doesn't make much power up there.
Sorry I'm slow responding. I haven't kept up on e-mail lately.
'89 Bronco II
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