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fordtrucks-small-digest Sunday, January 11 1998 Volume 02 : Number 011



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In this issue:

BII ADD-A-LEAFS [mgpkep juno.com (Michael G. Peacock)]
performance,etc. ["Randy L. Hatcher" ]
re: Stx [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
Re: Manual Transmission ["WK" ]
Re: 2.3L twin plug [bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)]
Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger [Gardner ]
Re: performance,etc. [Gardner ]
Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #10 [Lou Guerriero ]
Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger [Gardner ]
Re: Manual Transmission [Bren1758 ]
Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #10 [Blest25913 ]
Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #9 ["WK" ]
Re: Manual Transmission [Jordan ]

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 07:47:46 +0000
From: mgpkep juno.com (Michael G. Peacock)
Subject: BII ADD-A-LEAFS

Hi,
I'm going to install Add-A-Leafs on my '86 BroncoII. How difficult
a job is this going to be? And will I need to get the suspension aligned
afterward? Also, just a note about how the K&N air filter worked for
those who asked; The change in power has not been noticable, of coarse I
have not opened up the exhuast yet. But the sound of the engine did
change, it actually sounds as if its breathing more freely. All in all,
I'm glad to make the upgrade, with a million mile warr. and garenteed
performance over oem filters, you can't go wrong. Thanks for the replies
on the Add-A-Leafs. - Mike

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 09:46:10 -0500 (EST)
From: "Randy L. Hatcher"
Subject: performance,etc.

how do I up my performance for a 2.0 Liter?
I don't have a lot of money to spend,after I had the 2.0 rebuilt, I
was told the 2.3 L had more power,is this true?
{my engine was rebuilt,new rings,.030 over bored out...
so what can I do to enhance performance with the least amount of cash??
thanks...



afn23242 afn.org
Randy Hatcher

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those that have minds don't use them,those that do can't think straight.

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 10:02:30, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: re: Stx

Dave,

In '93-'94, you could get a 2wd ranger with the STX package. I don't
know about the 8ft bed. I know when I see 2wd regular cabs with a
the long box, the box looks EXTRA long, but I'm not doubting your
judgement. Some people probably had something done. I know Chebby
had something like that for thier S10s, or someone made a conversion
or something, but it looked real stupid.
Josh

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 11:09:18 -0600
From: "WK"
Subject: Re: Manual Transmission

> Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 00:11:07 -0500
> From: David
> Subject: Manual Transmission
>
> While looking over my owner's manual I notice that the manual
transmission
> in the ranger uses the same fluid as the automatic. Does any one know
why?
> Would changing it to a manual fluid make any change or affect
performance?

Yes, the Mazda built manual transmission uses ATF. If you use regular
80/90 gear oil, you will be lucky to select gears. Mazda has designed
the syncronizers to mesh under a light load.

Warren Kurtz
Ford Ranger Fans On-Line
Kurtz Kustomz Motorsports
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.sky.net/~wkurtz

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 12:51:37 -0600
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re: 2.3L twin plug

the 2.3L has always had spark plugs on the exhaust side. with two plugs,
the engineers can adjust how the air fuel mixture burns in the cylinder
to help eliminate unburned fuel, thus less emissions AND more efficiency
(efficiency = power). the emissions were probably the primary concern
though. small aircraft engines use two plugs per cylinder for a couple of
reasons. one is to have two seperate ingition sources to more completly
burn all the fuel. the plug closest to the exhaust is even timed to fire
slightly before the other because the air/fuel mixture is leaner there. i
would say that this applies to all recipicating engines, even in trucks.
it may help to remember that fuel burning is not an explosion but a
controled burn started at the plug. if the flame front cannot reach from
the plug to the entire chamber then there is unburnt fuel pushed out the
exhaust (less efficiency, more emissions, lost power).

B Rickman bmrickman juno.com
91 Explorer 4X4 EB AOD
81 F100 2wd 351w AOD

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 15:37:36 -0500
From: Gardner
Subject: Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger

brian k rickman wrote:
>
> On Fri, 09 Jan 1998 17:17:35 -0500 Gardner writes:
> >mark fitzgerald wrote:
> >>
> >> I believe the reason for the 8 spark plugs, (two per cylinder) is to
> >> provide a better level of efficiency and complete combustion by
> >> providing more spark. Could be wrong though.....
> >>
> >> Fitzy
> >>
> >----------+
> >
> >The plugs on the exhaust side are for reducing emissions. It burns off
> >
> >extra fuel instead of spitting out the exhaust!
> >Gardner
> >+---------
> Does any one know if this head flows any better/worse than the old style
> head? Is the compression ratio the same? Warren, are you listening?
> (big smile)
>
> B Rickman bmrickman juno.com
> 91 Explorer 4X4 EB AOD
> 81 F100 2wd 351w AOD
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I contacted performance plus about 2.3L modifications (they are Ford
Specialists in CA) and was asking about throttle bodies, air filters and
stuff of that nature and said that the gains would be minimal do to the
restricted head! Recommended transplanting a 3.0, 4.0, or5.0 liter
instead of going through all the work! Hope this helps!
Chris

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 15:51:08 -0500
From: Gardner
Subject: Re: performance,etc.

Randy L. Hatcher wrote:
>
> how do I up my performance for a 2.0 Liter?
> I don't have a lot of money to spend,after I had the 2.0 rebuilt, I
> was told the 2.3 L had more power,is this true?
> {my engine was rebuilt,new rings,.030 over bored out...
> so what can I do to enhance performance with the least amount of cash??
> thanks...
>
> afn23242 afn.org
> Randy Hatcher
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------> those that have minds don't use them,those that do can't think straight.
>
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Did you get a performance cam to go with the larger pistons? I think a
cam would diffently help!

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 15:55:07 -0500
From: Lou Guerriero
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #10

Another question:

I have aluminum rims.. and noticed they were getting dirty (brake
dust, I suspect).. so I went to clean em up.. and noticed the coating
was corroded and "bubbling" off..... peeling a little..

Is there a way to get this fixed/replaced? Can it be chromed?

Thanks!



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Lou Guerriero
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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 15:58:33 -0500
From: Gardner
Subject: Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger

Lare/Eric wrote:
>
> If the two plug per cylinder design is useful, why do the oem's not include
> this design on 6's and 8's - why just 4 cylinders?
>
> Eric S. - '94 Splash SC 4x4 4.0L
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gardner
> To: fordtrucks-small listservice.net
> Date: Friday, January 09, 1998 5:15 PM
> Subject: Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger
>
> >mark fitzgerald wrote:
> >>
> >> I believe the reason for the 8 spark plugs, (two per cylinder) is to
> >> provide a better level of efficiency and complete combustion by
> >> providing more spark. Could be wrong though.....
> >>
> >> Fitzy
> >>
> >> ---Rodney wrote:
> >> >
> >> > Hello
> >> >
> >> > I am new to the list and I just picked up my '96 Ranger XLT Supercab
> >> > yesterday, it was leased and only has 13,000 miles on it.
> >> >
> >> > My question is about the I4 and the 8 spark plugs....What is the
> >> > purpose for the 8 plugs, I haven't got a really good answer from
> >> > the people I have talked to and was wondering if anyone on the list
> >> > has a good explination.
> >> >
> >> > What little I have driven the truck I love it.
> >> > Also is there a good source for tonneu covers someone could suggest?
> >> >
> >> > Thanks
> >> > Rodney Rodgers
> >> > '96 Ranger XLT Supercab
> >
> >The plugs on the exhaust side are for reducing emissions. It burns off
> >extra fuel instead of spitting out the exhaust!
>
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Where would you put them on a v-6 or V-8? Would probably of been a good
idea for the 300I-6!

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 16:41:41 EST
From: Bren1758
Subject: Re: Manual Transmission

the reason that they use ATF is to squeeze every MPG as is poss I was told
that is also why they use energy conserving oil(5w30) I was told this by a
ford Tech maks sense I now use 10-40 oil in summer 10w30 in winter I had
heard that the oil change to 5w30 was the jornals were to small and needed the
lighter oil but this is untrue.not sur if you can switch trany fluid to gear
lube ..

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 23:16:33 EST
From: Blest25913
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #10

In a message dated 1/10/98 6:53:48 AM, you wrote:


Subject: Manual Transmission

While looking over my owner's manual I notice that the manual transmission
in the ranger uses the same fluid as the automatic. Does any one know why?
Would changing it to a manual fluid make any change or affect performance?
>>

This isn't unique. I would stick to the manufacturer's recommendation here.
Ron Trampe

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 23:13:15 -0600
From: "WK"
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #9

> Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 16:39:41 -0600
> From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
> Subject: Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger
> Does any one know if this head flows any better/worse than the old
style
> head? Is the compression ratio the same? Warren, are you listening?
> (big smile)

You rang ? The head does have an improved transition from the valve
seat leading to the combustion chamber, and the main purpose behind the
d-port is to promote better swirl entering the chamber area, also the
dual plug set-up offers a more complete mixture burn. I have never
seen any actual flow specs, but I can assure you that Ford would not do
a complete cylinder head retool, if it were not infact more efficient.
I think there is a slight compression difference, something like 9.0:1
vs 9.2:1.

Warren Kurtz
Ford Ranger Fans On-Line
Kurtz Kustomz Motorsports
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.sky.net/~wkurtz

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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 23:31:28 -0600
From: Jordan
Subject: Re: Manual Transmission

At 12:11 AM 1/10/98 -0500, you wrote:
>While looking over my owner's manual I notice that the manual transmission....


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