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fordtrucks-small-digest Saturday, March 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 085



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In this issue:

RE: I wonder? [Ken St John ]
Re: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade [Horsepowrd ]
Trade in 3/4 ton for a Ranger [Casey Vandor ]
Re: Trade in 3/4 ton for a Ranger [Bryce ]
Re: Trade in 3/4 ton for a Ranger [EI - Michael Ioco
Re: 2.3 L throttle bodies q ["WK" ]
Valve lash adjustment or '88 Ranger 2.9l [Jayme Uldarico Newell
Re: Valve lash adjustment or '88 Ranger 2.9l [Bakend ]
RE: I wonder? [Jordan ]
NOS [SNOOP22222 ]
Re: NOS [Ken Payne ]
RE: NOS [Ken St John ]
Re: No trade [Casey Vandor ]
Valve lash adjustment or '88 Ranger 2.9l [Hawk sktc.net]
Suspension Help.... [Mike Krause ]
Re: Trade in 3/4 ton for a Ranger [Thom Cheney ]

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 08:37:24 -0700
From: Ken St John
Subject: RE: I wonder?

Re: NOS
From what I've read from the brochure...you can get about 30 bursts at
12 seconds of release. Also, there is the option of adding another
bottle in-line with the present. I'm not sure of the cost for refills
but it's supposed to be cheap. I can fax you the brochure I have on it
(Monday) if you want. Let me know...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jordan [SMTP:deanson1 flash.net]
> Sent: Thursday, March 19, 1998 7:04 PM
> To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject: Re: I wonder?
>
> >The truck is awesome! Why don't you put Lightning wheels on your
> truck.
> >They are 17X8's. There are alot of after market parts for the 4.0L,
> >enough to make quite a bit of power and not as expensive as doing an
> >engine swap!
> >Chris
> Yeah, I am looking into maybe a supercharger, or nos kit (anyone know
> how
> long the bottles last and how much it costs to recharge it??
> Jordan
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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 10:51:46 EST
From: Horsepowrd
Subject: Re: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade

Try http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.kustomz.com for the Air Intake.

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 07:14:56 -0900
From: Casey Vandor
Subject: Trade in 3/4 ton for a Ranger

I am thinking of trading in my 3/4 ton Ford for a newer 96-up Ranger. I
have a couple of questions, (mainly since we don't have a single Ranger
on the lot right now) I was thinking of getting either splash or xlt
supercab, 4x4, 4.0L, and 5 speed auto tranny. This is just what I am
shooting for, but what is the expected gas mileage of this truck. Mine
is getting way to expensive to run at only 12 mpg highway. My next
question is how well do 6'4'' people fit into them? Does the seat slide
back enough for some legroom?
Thanks for the help
Casey

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 11:18:13 -0500
From: Bryce
Subject: Re: Trade in 3/4 ton for a Ranger

I get 18-19mpg with a mix of hiway and city(rush hour in Atlanta) travel
with a '97 Ranger 4x4 Supercab 4.0L and a 5 sp manual. As for room, I'm
5'10" and can push the seat back to where I can't push the peddles well
enough to drive and have pleanty of head room above me...just don't try to
squeeze into the rear jump seats...

Bryce

Casey Vandor wrote:

> I am thinking of trading in my 3/4 ton Ford for a newer 96-up Ranger. I
> have a couple of questions, (mainly since we don't have a single Ranger
> on the lot right now) I was thinking of getting either splash or xlt
> supercab, 4x4, 4.0L, and 5 speed auto tranny. This is just what I am
> shooting for, but what is the expected gas mileage of this truck. Mine
> is getting way to expensive to run at only 12 mpg highway. My next
> question is how well do 6'4'' people fit into them? Does the seat slide
> back enough for some legroom?
> Thanks for the help
> Casey
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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 11:55:10 -0500 (EST)
From: EI - Michael Ioco
Subject: Re: Trade in 3/4 ton for a Ranger

Ditto on Bryce $.02. Plenty of room in a SuperCab, and if you hold off a fe
more months, you can get an order in for a 4 door.

My 98 is set-up like what you are looking for, except I don't have the Splash
package, just the flareside bed, plus I have the Off Road package. The 5 speed
auto is awesome. As an article in Truckin magazine said, there is ALWAYS extra
power under your foot at any speed. ALWAYS.

My MPG in my first 1800 miles was up to 15.8, but I haven't checked it lately.
That is in a good range of Michigan highway traffic.


> I am thinking of trading in my 3/4 ton Ford for a newer 96-up Ranger. I
> have a couple of questions, (mainly since we don't have a single Ranger
> on the lot right now) I was thinking of getting either splash or xlt
> supercab, 4x4, 4.0L, and 5 speed auto tranny. This is just what I am
> shooting for, but what is the expected gas mileage of this truck. Mine
> is getting way to expensive to run at only 12 mpg highway. My next
> question is how well do 6'4'' people fit into them? Does the seat slide
> back enough for some legroom?
> Thanks for the help
> Casey

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 11:44:34 -0600
From: "WK"
Subject: Re: 2.3 L throttle bodies q

> Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 14:54:05 -0500
> From: Luke Wells
> Subject: 2.3 L throttle bodies q
>
> Does anyone know what years of 2.3 4 cylinders throttle bodies are
> compatible with a 96 2.3
> Ranger, if any? Thanks

The 92 and newer throttle bodies are the same, and 91 and older being
the same body with the exception of the IAS being located seperately on
the airbox. With the remote chance you are looking for a core to have
bored out........don't waste your time! The SVO and Merkur use the same
body also, and are capable of supporting up to 250hp with this unit, so
it would be overkill on a 112hp Ranger.

Warren Kurtz
Kurtz Kustomz Motorsports
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.kustomz.com

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 10:47:01 -0800 (PST)
From: Jayme Uldarico Newell
Subject: Valve lash adjustment or '88 Ranger 2.9l

My valves really start to clack when I run my truck in weather temp.'s
over 70 degrees F for over 1/2 an hour. I'm assuming that it's just a
valve adjustment but I still can't ascertain from the Chilton's manual
whether I have hydraulic lifters or mechanical...!?
Does anyone know if the 2.9L valves are adjustable? and if the lifters
are hydraulic or mechanical?

Thanks

Jayme

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 16:45:33 EST
From: Bakend
Subject: Re: Valve lash adjustment or '88 Ranger 2.9l

In a message dated 98-03-20 13:49:47 EST, you write:


are hydraulic or mechanical?

Thanks

Jayme >>

I have the same problem with my 87 2.9. the lifters are hydraulic and are
adjustable. I adjusted mine and was ok for a short time and then the annoying
noise came back. I have been told to suspect the cam shaft is worn beyond
specs and will be replacing it and the lifters soon. Hope you have better luck
with adjustment than I and let me know if you do!
D Baken

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 16:30:30 -0600
From: Jordan
Subject: RE: I wonder?

At 08:37 AM 3/20/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Re: NOS
>>From what I've read from the brochure...you can get about 30 bursts at
>12 seconds of release. Also, there is the option of adding another
>bottle in-line with the present. I'm not sure of the cost for refills
>but it's supposed to be cheap. I can fax you the brochure I have on it
>(Monday) if you want. Let me know...
>
too bad I don't have a true fax machine, do you remember where you got the
brochure??
Jordan

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 20:13:07 EST
From: SNOOP22222
Subject: NOS

You do know this f*%ks up your engine right? Don't except too many miles with
Nitro's

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 20:49:38 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: NOS

At 08:13 PM 3/20/98 EST, you wrote:
>You do know this f*%ks up your engine right? Don't except too many miles with
>Nitro's

There have been extensive tests with nitro. Time and time again,
its been proven (for the most part) that horse power doesn't kill
the engine. Its RPMs. A properly designed kit and a rev limiter,
allows nitro engines to last long. Its not the nitro that kills
engines, its that people who use nitro also tend to race em and
rag em.

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 18:59:22 -0700
From: Ken St John
Subject: RE: NOS

Exactly! From what I've read about these kits, it looks like they've
done their research well.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ken Payne [SMTP:kpayne mindspring.com]
> Sent: Friday, March 20, 1998 6:50 PM
> To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject: Re: NOS
>
> At 08:13 PM 3/20/98 EST, you wrote:
> >You do know this f*%ks up your engine right? Don't except too many
> miles with
> >Nitro's
>
> There have been extensive tests with nitro. Time and time again,
> its been proven (for the most part) that horse power doesn't kill
> the engine. Its RPMs. A properly designed kit and a rev limiter,
> allows nitro engines to last long. Its not the nitro that kills
> engines, its that people who use nitro also tend to race em and
> rag em.
>
>
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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 18:27:51 -0900
From: Casey Vandor
Subject: Re: No trade

Well I went to the bank to day to fill out a loan application and I was
denied because I am drawing on the Alaska State Educational Loan. I can
not draw a loan until I stop the student loan, so I can't even think of
getting another truck for four (maybe five) years. Thats good though,
give me a lot of time to know exactly what I want in my next truck. BTW
I still am interested in some fuel economy figures for a 4.0L 4x4 3.73
Limited SLip and auto tranny. Is there a fuel economy web site someone
could point me to?

Thanks
Casey

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Date: 20 Mar 1998 21:43:46 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: Valve lash adjustment or '88 Ranger 2.9l

FO>My valves really start to clack when I run my truck in weather temp.'s
FO>over 70 degrees F for over 1/2 an hour. I'm assuming that it's just a
FO>valve adjustment but I still can't ascertain from the Chilton's manual
FO>whether I have hydraulic lifters or mechanical...!?
FO> Does anyone know if the 2.9L valves are adjustable? and if the lifters
FO>are hydraulic or mechanical?

FO>Thanks

FO>Jayme

Jayme,
Valve lifters in a 2.9 are flat tappet hydralic, and are adjustable.
Just a note, to replace them the heads DO have to come off. Hope that
helps.
Buck

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 22:34:57 -0600
From: Mike Krause
Subject: Suspension Help....

To anyone who has information on suspension, specifically lowering,
trucks. I'm on the market for products for my 1991 Explorer XLT, 2
door, 2 wheel drive. I'm shouting out specifically to all you Explorer
and Ranger owners. I remember seeing de-arched leaf springs from
someone, but I can't remember. I'm also looking for I-beams, shocks,
sway bars, coils, and hanger/shackles. Please help if anyone can.
Thanks to all who respond.
Michael Krause

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Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 21:19:26 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: Trade in 3/4 ton for a Ranger

Casey Vandor wrote:
>I was thinking of getting either splash or xlt
> supercab, 4x4, 4.0L, and 5 speed auto tranny. This is just what I am
> shooting for, but what is the expected gas mileage of this truck. Mine
> is getting way to expensive to run at only 12 mpg highway.

My '97 S-cab 4X4 manual trans. 3.73 gears, 265 tires, gets about 20 mpg
on the hwy (including mtn pass driving)... maybe a bit better doing the
speed limit on the flats.....


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