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fordtrucks-small-digest Friday, January 9 1998 Volume 02 : Number 009



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In this issue:

Re: Question for the Explorer owners ["Larry Coffman"
RE: Question for Explorer owners [John Bartin
Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger [Rodney ]
Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger [mark fitzgerald
Re: Ranger stx [mark fitzgerald ]
wheel size q's [Luke Wells ]
Re: Ranger Manual Trans. Slave Cylinder [Thom Cheney
Re: here's your riceboy [Thom Cheney ]
Re: New Ranger owner [Thom Cheney ]
Re: wheel size q's [mark fitzgerald ]
Sway Bar Disconnects [Brad Allerheiligen ]
Re: Sway Bar Disconnects [mark fitzgerald ]
RE: New Ranger owner [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
re: here's your riceboy [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
Re: BroncoII help [mark fitzgerald ]
Re: CBs: antennas and mounting [Midwest96 ]
Re: Question for the Explorer owners [Uri Blumenthal ]
Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger [Gardner ]
Re: Question for the Explorer owners [bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman]
Re: Ranger stx ["Jerry Dean" ]
Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger [bmrickman juno.com (brian k ric]
Re: here's your riceboy [bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)]
Re: Question the Explorer owners-answers [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J ]
Re: New Ranger owner ["R. Carson" ]
Finally Got it Back!!!! was: Ranger Manual Trans. Slave Cylinder ["Bryce]
Re: Instant Tach Jumps [Amosil ]
Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger ["Lare/Eric"
Re: Engine RPM [Dave Armbruster ]
Ricers ["Mike Wiatt" ]
Stx [David ]

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 09:34:42 -0500
From: "Larry Coffman"
Subject: Re: Question for the Explorer owners

Ken,

We have a 96 Explorer with 30k on it now. We love it! My brother just
bought a 98 Explorer, about 10 guys at work have Explorers and I have never
heard a complaint yet! I dont think you could go wrong buying one!

Larry

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> From: Ken Payne
> To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject: Question for the Explorer owners
> Date: Friday, January 09, 1998 12:26 AM
>
> I already have one Ford truck and one Ford car. My wife
> and I are looking to add another Ford this month or
> early next month. The Explorer is a definate possibility.
>
> How pleased with it are the Explorer owners? Any
> "gotchas", problems, etc? How well do they hold up?
> Our 93 Escort has 130,000 miles and it drives like new.
> The 67 F100 was rebuilt at 265,000 miles and has been
> going strong ever since. I would hope to have similar
> success with an Explorer.
>
> Ken Payne
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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 08:58:29 -0600
From: John Bartin
Subject: RE: Question for Explorer owners

I have a 95 XLT Explorer with about 18000 mi. I have had few problems,
none that haven't been taken care of under warranty, although I will be
taking it in for rough idle, before the warranty expires.

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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 09:04:13 -0600
From: Rodney
Subject: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger

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

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 07:00:32 -0800 (PST)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger

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
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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 07:10:40 -0800 (PST)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: Ranger stx

what brand and model of 31' tires are they and how much tread is left?
also, how wide are the rims? 8' or 10'?
thanks.
fitzy





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>
> If you are interested in a set of 15" wheels, I have a set that I am
> selling. They are the stock Ford Aluminum rims that have the 5
teardrop
> design. They have 31x10.5x15 Tires mounted on them. If you are
interested
> in them, let me know.
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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 10:30:59 -0500
From: Luke Wells
Subject: wheel size q's

What is the largest rim/tire combo that i can put on my ranger without
modification not exceeding
17's?

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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 07:47:16 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: Ranger Manual Trans. Slave Cylinder

Midwest96 wrote:
>
> Slightly off the subject topic, but when should the clutch be replaced. I
> have a friend who just replaced his '94 Rangers at ~55000, and I'm
> ('96F150XLT) just crossing 32500. Is there a specific mileage, time when it
> should, or do you use it till it goes. TIA,
>


55000 seems really soon. I replaced the clutch on the last truck at
93,000 miles and I know I had shortened its life with some pulling,
climbing and just generally abusing the truck. I suppose it depends on
how you are using the truck.

TC

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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 08:15:08 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: here's your riceboy

You are correct, this is America. Do what you want to your truck.
Don't let anyone give you sh*t about it.

Remind me not to bring my 4X4 to your area... it really p*sses me off to
be called a redneck when I am really a new age, yuppy scum.

TC

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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 07:59:22 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: New Ranger owner

EdDSP wrote:
>
> Hello Fordnatics,
> I'm a first-time Ford owner, a 1998 Ranger XLT SuperCab. Actually it's still
> being built at the Edison,NJ plant :-)
> I'd like to hear from other 98 Ranger owners, especially regarding
> available aftermarket parts such as tonneu covers, side steps, etc.
> Also, does anyone know if any 97-older Ranger parts will work on a 98?


Congrats on your yet-to-be-new truck! I got my '97 about 4 months ago,
right before the '98s hit the lot. I have since crawled around one
while I was waiting for my free oil change. The front facia (and
definitely the front suspension) was different, and maybe the tailight
area. The interiors are identical (as far as I can tell). Not sure
about the bed dimensions, but probably similar.

In looking for aftermarket parts, I still can't find many listed for a
'97 even thought it is basically the same truck back to 1993. I suspect
you will be in the same boat. They probably exist, you will just have
to ask.

good luck... happy trucking,

Thom Cheney
'97 Ranger 4X4 S-cab STX

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 08:15:06 -0800 (PST)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: wheel size q's

what year and type of ranger please? stx etc.....any suspension
modifications? Do you want mega-articulation??

fitzy





- ---Luke Wells wrote:
>
> What is the largest rim/tire combo that i can put on my ranger without
> modification not exceeding
> 17's?
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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 08:24:24 -0800
From: Brad Allerheiligen
Subject: Sway Bar Disconnects

Does anybody know where to get a set of those quick swaybar
disconnects for a 94 Ranger, or has anyone made there own? I really like
the extra travel in the front when it's disconnected but it's a pain having to
bolt and unbolt constantly.

Brad
94 Ranger PreRunner (NSTYXLT)

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 08:32:27 -0800 (PST)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: Sway Bar Disconnects

why not just switch over to a solid front axle and use a modified
bronco sway bar setup? much more durable, less expensive to fix, and
can be tweaked for really good articulation...

fitzy





- ---Brad Allerheiligen wrote:
>
> Does anybody know where to get a set of those quick swaybar
> disconnects for a 94 Ranger, or has anyone made there own? I really
like
> the extra travel in the front when it's disconnected but it's a pain
having to
> bolt and unbolt constantly.
>
> Brad
> 94 Ranger PreRunner (NSTYXLT)
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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 11:48:42, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: RE: New Ranger owner

Ed,

As far as I can tell, the 98 and 97 Rangers share the same box, so
any tonneau to fit a 97 will a 98. In fact, I have a soft tonneau
off a '95 on my '98. I think Ford has some side steps available.
Ford also has abug deflecters, bedliners, hood bras, and stuff like
that. If you want aftermarket wheels, ford did NOT change the bolt
pattern or anything for '98s, so anything to fit 97s or older would
work. The aftermarket is just getting into the new '98 stuff.
Josh
98 Ranger reg cab, 4x2, 4.0L, 5 speed manual

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 12:05:18, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: re: here's your riceboy

Luke,

I simpathize with you. In matter of fact, my truck is kinda like it
is "riced out" in a way. I am getting rid of all the chrome, but I
do have a 3" tip of 2.5" cat back system and no muffler. It kinda
sounds like the "rice trucks" but atleast I have a 4.0L behind it. I
guess we will all get stereotyped one way or another...like
"rednecks" or "weasel salesmen" or "cheeseheads (people from
Wisconsin)" or whatever people call ya. It's just a way to
catorgorize the way people think or act....just words, no hurting
intention.

Josh

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 10:16:58 -0800 (PST)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: BroncoII help

Jerad, i installed everything myself, as well as built the motor myself.
all you have to do is find a good, used block, and send it out to be
cleaned up and bored however you like it. And then, find yourself a
great book on 302 torque specs or whatever. take it slow. some of
these projects take years and hurrying will only lead you into an
expensive hack job. don't worry about money, scrounge around. visit
the speed shops, most of them provide unlmited sources for used heads
or intake manifolds etc...i'm in college right now paying almost 15
grand a year for an Mechanical Engineering degree, so trust me, i know
about money being tight. Just take your time, and make sure it;s done
right the first time.

fitzy





- ---Jerad Heffner wrote:
>
> ok, here's a question for you. . . did you install the motor
yourself or
> hire someone to do it? what was the approx. cost of the engine
itself? was
> it new or used? if you hired someone, what was the approx. cost?
and how
> long was your truck in the shop or your garage :) ? A V8 is a
definite
> yes for me, but I can't do it yet because of lack of funds. It
sucks being
> a high school student sometimes. I have big plans for my '84
Ranger, and
> the V8 or bodywork (rust! ack!) is next. . . I am satisfied with
everything
> else, and have it at a very happy medium ('cept for new rims!)
>
> Thanx
> Jerad Heffner
> '84 Ranger 4x4
>
> mark fitzgerald wrote:
>
> > Currently I own two Rangers, an 83 two wheel drive, as well as an 84
> > four wheel drive. Both are V8's. Since the Ranger front clip is
almost
> > identical to the fiont clip on a Bronco 2, I'll be mnore than
happy to
> > provide you with any answers I can.
> >
> > Mark
> >
> > ---Hiphipyou wrote:
> > >
> > > I am wanting anyone that has a Bronco II thats been V8ed to please
> > contact
> > > me.I would like to V8 my 85. Is there any sort of BroncoII
> > club,Assoc etc. I
> > > would like to be contacted by other BroncoII owners to exchange
how to
> > > tips,and learn where to find parts.Thanks Dan
> > > If its ok to do so my e-mail is hiphipyou aol.com
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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 14:25:18 EST
From: Midwest96
Subject: Re: CBs: antennas and mounting

In a message dated 98-01-08 20:08:02 EST, you write:


work?

Jerad
>>

There just clips - On the end of the coax, you add a mounting piece, and the
antenae slips down, twists slightly and locks into place. I call them spring
detachments because the peice that fits to the end of the coax is coiled metal
that looks like a spring. Does that help?

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 14:28:22 -0500 (EST)
From: Uri Blumenthal
Subject: Re: Question for the Explorer owners

Ken Payne says:
> How pleased with it are the Explorer owners?

Very pleased so far, but it has only 1000 miles on it (and 2 months).
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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 17:17:35 -0500
From: Gardner
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
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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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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 16:26:27 -0600
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re: Question for the Explorer owners

Bought our 91 model used in 1995 with 81k on the odometer. It now has
155k miles on it and it's doing very well, I think. It's the wifes
primary car/truck (her last was an Escort GT) and she loves it. The view
from the seat is great, not too big and it's painted "money green". I
like it because I've found it easy to work on and it's still basically a
truck. Bad things are: it rattles. I suspect that this was due to being
the first model made and that the problem has been taken care of.(as much
as new ones cost they better have!) I have replaced: starter, radius arm
bushings, radio (it failed), shocks, and then the usual filters, plugs,
battery, brakes etc. The auto hubs even still work! I'm in this one for
the long haul and would recommend one for anyone who can afford it. (I
couldn't afford a new one now, 32k???)

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

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 17:39:16 -0500
From: "Jerry Dean"
Subject: Re: Ranger stx

The rims are 8" wide and the tires are brand new with only 2,000 miles on
them. Bought them for last winter, but never used them. I left my 33"
tires on all year due to lack of snow. They are Trailking Radial HV tires
with a real mean tread pattern to go in the snow and mud. Bought them
strictly for that purpose, but now the truck has been changed to a show
truck, and not my daily driver.

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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

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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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 17:08:49 -0600
From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
Subject: Re: here's your riceboy

hey Luke, I hope you like your truck, I really do. I hope all you
rednecks like your trucks too. (I was born n raised in Oklahoma so I'm
automatically a redneck) I have seen nice trucks modified both ways, have
seen some dogs too, but I like mine stone stock FORD. (well, i did put a
bigger engine in it) I am glad if you can modify your truck to suit you
and frankly I think a "rice burner" makes my truck look better, but I
hope that you think the same about yours. At least you are driving a
TRUCK instead of a genuine rice burner! If anyone thinks this is a dig on
Jap car-trucks then, congratulations, you are correct!
Off subject, a little, around here a redneck was someone who worked the
oil fields all day in the sun, hense red-neck. But the term does
translate well. :-)

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

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 18:41:00, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: Re: Question the Explorer owners-answers

Ken,

We have a 1998 Explorer demo for sale.
Eddie Bauer-leather everything
V8 AWD-4 Door
4 speed auto
moonroof
Automatic Ride Control
Electrichromatic mirror/autolamp
Block heater
Front Overhead Consol (shows outside temp and direction)
Message Center
Ford MACH audio system
Dual media radio (cd AND tape deck)
6 disc changer
Trailer Tow Package
3.73 gears
255/70R16 Tires
2400 miles
Pacific Green/Light Prairie Tan
Medium Prairie Tan Interior

MSRP: $35605
Invoice: $31902
Selling Price: $29,500

Josh
KNBD87D prodigy.com
Lakeland Truck Center

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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 18:48:31 -0500
From: "R. Carson"
Subject: Re: New Ranger owner

I love my Ranger. I owned a 97 regular cab for two months before I
purchased my 98 XLT SuperCab FlareSides. I really love the truck. It
rides great, has plenty of horsepower (stock 2.5 litre), a nice plush
interior, lots of room, and a nice stereo. All and all I have no
complaints with the truck.

Ron

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On 1/8/98, at 10:15 PM, EdDSP wrote:

>Hello Fordnatics,
> I'm a first-time Ford owner, a 1998 Ranger XLT SuperCab. Actually it's
still
>being built at the Edison,NJ plant :-)
> I'd like to hear from other 98 Ranger owners, especially regarding
>available aftermarket parts such as tonneu covers, side steps, etc.
> Also, does anyone know if any 97-older Ranger parts will work on a 98?
>
>Ed
>98 Ranger SuperCab, torreador red
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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 18:58:56 -0500
From: "Bryce T. Beyler"
Subject: Finally Got it Back!!!! was: Ranger Manual Trans. Slave Cylinder

I finally got to pick up my truck this afternoon...The clutch works
great...Totally silent and a new feel to it too (less pressure on the
peddle maybe??)...All covered under warranty. All I know right now is that
they replaced my slave cylinder and pressure plate since I got there just
at closing time and they didn't have my paperwork ready yet. They're going
to mail the paperwork on Monday when they finish it up.

Bryce
'97 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/baja/2995

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From: Mark Pawlowski
To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
Subject: Re: Ranger Manual Trans. Slave Cylinder
Date: Thursday, January 08, 1998 7:34 PM



Bryce T. Beyler wrote:

> The clutch still sorta works, but it never failed totally... this time I
> dropped it off at the dealerbefore it got really noticeable. In fact, it
> didn’t even make the noise every time and I was afraid that it wouldn’t
do
> it for the service rep. when I brought it in. Luckily, it didn’t make a
> fool out of me! The first time I had a hard time putting it into 1st
gear
> when I was rolling to a stop, and it seemed "ratchety" when I was up
> shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. Other than that it's just
noisy,
> but I'd imagine that driving this way would greatly shorten the rest of
the
> parts in the clutch assembly, especially if DOT 3 fluid started getting
> everywhere. BTW: I didn't notice any lose of fluid either time...
>

I'm having problems putting it into 1st and I ground 3rd twice and I don't
shift fast either.

> As for my truck, Cherokeeford (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.cherokeeford.com) has my
> redesigned slave cylinder, but are still waiting on my new pressure
plate.
> Then they can put it back together, and I can give ‘em back their
Walrus...
> er, Taurus...
>

Hahaha, that's funny. We have a 95 SHO (far from a Walrus) and while it was
in
the shop they gave me a 96 Walrus. My wife wouldn't ride it it! She
couldn't
stand the way it looked outside or all of that round business inside.

Mark



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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 19:56:52 EST
From: Amosil
Subject: Re: Instant Tach Jumps

Was your Ranger an automatic or manual transmission?

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 23:12:17 -0500
From: "Lare/Eric"
Subject: Re: Just picked up (new to me)'96 Ranger

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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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 21:17:42 -0700
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: Engine RPM

>
>What type of transmission do you have? I have a 95 SHO ATX with over drive and
>it's supper touchy and down shifts if you press you toe a tad too hard.
>
>
>Amosil wrote:
>
>> I am having an intermittent problem with the engine rpm suddenly
>>increasing to
>> between 2500-3000 rpm while driving down the road. This has happened twice
>> last month. The problem disappears soon after it happens (within 15-20
>>secs).
>> Anyone ever experience this problem?

Mine does this sometimes, too. I have a '97 with the 5R55, 5 speed auto.
It seems to do it mostly on the highway, betwen 70 and 75, it can't seem to
hold itself in OD, and will unlock the torque converter, causing the RPMs
to jump to about 3,000. Otherwise, taking the OD off will elimate the
transmission hunting when driving around town or in commuter traffic (it
mentioned this in my manual). A lot of times it depends on things like
headwind, etc.

I am not sure, but I'll bet this has something to do with how the
transmission is programmed from the factory. I know that the 5R55 is
controlled electronically, so a Superchip or similiar upgrade *could*
change the shift patterns and torque converter lock-up.

Dave

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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 20:19:29 PST
From: "Mike Wiatt"
Subject: Ricers

While we are on the subject of ricers, akid in a lowered toyota pickup
pulled up to me yesterday and wanted to race. I kind of laughed and
reved the engine a little and the light turned green. The poor kid didnt
know what happened. At the next light he asked me what I had done to the
engine and I told him just a K&N filter and exhaust. He said he had done
everything from a chip to heads to exhaust. Poor guy spent too much
money for too little. I guess he tried to redeam himself by turning up
his stereo really loud while we were waiting for the light to turn ....


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