fordtrucks-small-digest Thursday, April 30 1998 Volume 02 : Number 118



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In this issue:

91 Explorer E.B. [Jason Lile ]
STX package ["Bryan Snyder" ]
Re: STX package [qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com (EI - Michael Ioco)]
Re: Bucket seats [mark fitzgerald ]
Re: STX package [Thom Cheney ]
RE: Bucket Seats ["Pete Lawless" ]
Mileage with K&N [Blest25913 ]
Speakers: [SNOOP22222 ]
My view on STX [SNOOP22222 ]
Dana 28 to Dana 35 [KDRESSEL ]

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 07:51:08 -0500
From: Jason Lile
Subject: 91 Explorer E.B.

I'm buying my first house, so the truck has to go. Green/tan leather
83K, AT, cd player, etc. $8500 firm for quick sale. If anyone is
interested and wants more details, you can email me directly. The truck
is located in Indy.

Thanks,
Jason

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 06:42:03 PDT
From: "Bryan Snyder"
Subject: STX package

The STX package is basically an off road sport package. More graphics
and other trinkits than heavier duty parts. I have one. I like the STX
package better than the other packages because it's a little more sporty
and has nice graphics package. A word to the wise if you EVER plan on a
repaint or dent up your truck DONT get graphics that take up the whole
truck! Mine did and what a pain in the butt! New graphics cost $330 and
4 hours of labor by the paint shop would have been charged to remove
them! I spent $30 on 3M auto decal remover and 5 hours of my own time to
take them off! NEVER again! :)

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 09:57:39 -0400
From: qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com (EI - Michael Ioco)
Subject: Re: STX package

Mike,

On the older Rangers, the STX package was considered the "Off Road Package."
For 1998 they have finally called that the Off-Road Package. Before 1998 this
meant 265's, off road lights, and grey/charcoal bumpers/grill and fender
moldings. I think for 1998 the 265 is no longer the standard tire on the ORP
because of the new 5 speed Auo tranny, but the 16" wheel is standard. Pre-98 the
STX also included a "paint stripe" or graphics to resemble those of the Ford
Rough Riders-the Off-Road racing team. 98'a have the scaled down 4x4 Off Road
decal from it's big brother, the F-beast.

The STX was also available in a two wheel drive Ranger, but I don't recall what
was special about this truck. It could have just been an appearance package
that included some funky graphics.

You've probably seen the F-150 STX around also. That 4x2 is supposedly meant to
tease people before the Lightning comes out. That's a sweet looking truck with
color matched bumpers and the 4x4 grill.

> From owner-fordtrucks-small ListService.net Wed Apr 29 01:23 EDT 1998
> what exactly is the STX package? I have a 97 4.0 ex. cab ranger. Never seen
> one in a magazine. See them on the road. Is it some kind of sport package?
> Thanks.
> Mike

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 07:58:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: Bucket seats

I've swapped seats into 2 rangers. For one set i used Ford escort
seats which fit in relatively easy. And the other i used Recarro's
that were in a Mustang. It's not so hard....just take your time and
make sure that it's level. I tried fitting Saab seats b/c they not
only looked cool, but they had heating and power options. The brackets
on these couldn't really be modified without taking apart the whole
seat, so i went with Recarro's instead. Happy hunting.

Best Regards,
Fitzy

- ---Alan Heaberlin wrote:
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> I intend to install bucket seats in my 1986 Ranger 4x4 short bed. Has
> anybody found a relatively painless junkyard retrofit? I don't mind
doing
> some work to make good seats fit but I don't want to reinvent the
wheel! Any
> info or advice anyone has about their experience in making a bucket
swap, I
> will be eternally grateful. Thanks.
>
> Alan Heaberlin
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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 07:59:17 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: STX package

Mlovett214 wrote:
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> what exactly is the STX package? I have a 97 4.0 ex. cab ranger. Never seen
> one in a magazine. See them on the road. Is it some kind of sport package?


yup. My '97 is an STX. You could option an XLT so it was close to an
STX, but you can tell them apart by the bumpers (grey, not chrome or
body color) and the wheels (same as the Explorers... tear drops in my
case). They also slathered them in PURPLE stripes... mine came from the
factory with the "tape delete....n/c" option. All that was left was a
purple STX on the tailgate (now gone). I believe the package also
included the 265/75/15" tires, lower front valance with fog lights and
skid plates. I'm not an expert, so I don't know where the STX package
ended & the options began, but I think I got the leather wrapped
steering wheel as part of the STX deal. I believe it was (it is not
available in the '98 lineup) Ford's "hardcore" 4X package. I am still
pleased with the truck's appearance and performance. I am starting to
think about upgrading the exhaust with a cat back from my local muffler
shop. I think the STX is the "rarest" (if you can call ANY Ranger rare)
of the breed.

TC

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 08:38:46 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: RE: Bucket Seats

>Alan Heaberlin wrote:
>I intend to install bucket seats in my 1986 Ranger 4x4 short bed. Has
>anybody found a relatively painless junkyard retrofit? I don't mind doing
>some work to make good seats fit but I don't want to reinvent the wheel!
Any
>info or advice anyone has about their experience in making a bucket swap,
I
>will be eternally grateful. Thanks.

My '88 STX Ranger 4x4 came with some very comfortable hi-back bucket seats.
They have adjustable lumbar support, adjustable seat width and adjustable
leg support. I would think they should be a more "painless" swap then most
non-ford products. There should be plenty to choose from in the junkyards
also.
Later..... Pete

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 15:51:49 EDT
From: Blest25913
Subject: Mileage with K&N

Over a month ago I put a K&N air filter (filter only, the entire air intake
will come later) into my '96 3.0L 4X4. I haven't noticed any change in the
mpg.
In re to another mpg subject that we've talked about recently, I do get better
gas mileage with non-reformulated gas. About 19-20 mpg vs. 18-19 mpg. I assume
this is because our engines are designed to run on gas, not alcohol.
Ron

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 23:24:37 EDT
From: SNOOP22222
Subject: Speakers:

There are now tons of good speakers on the market. Your best bet is to buy
what is on sale. I would reccomend that you go to a place that lets you
listen to speakers, see what you like, and then buy mail order or from a
discount place. Personally, I or my friends have had a lot of luck with
Pioneer and Alpine. If I were looking for a pair of good 6x9's I would expect
to pay between $75 and $100. I would tell you to also install them yourself
because it is very easy (speaking from a 94 ranger owners point of view) I
would also reccomend that you ask for your speakers to be encased in a foam
baffle. This is basically a foam cup that goes around your speaker. These
might set you back about $15 but it will help keep the sound in your cab
instead of going through the thin sheetmetal and outside. that my .02$ (and
maybe a little more)

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 23:27:15 EDT
From: SNOOP22222
Subject: My view on STX

STX is the top of the line basically, imbetween an XLT and a Splash. (the
splash is what I would consider the best but most 4x4 guys would say I'm full
of it)

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 21:56:41 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Dana 28 to Dana 35

I have a 86 Ranger 4X4 with a 4 inch susp. lift on it with 31's. I have
broken both u joints in the front end in the 4 months I have had it.
Now the the hole thing is leaking oil. I am think about taking an axle
out of a 4 liter ranger or explorer and putting it in. I have heard of
people doing this but never heard how hard it is to do. Can I still use
my same brakes and drive shaft? Also is it worth dumping the 7.5 inch....


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