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fordtrucks-small-digest Sunday, January 4 1998 Volume 02 : Number 003



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In this issue:

Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #2 [Bill Funk ]
bed cover for sale [David ]
Ranger stx [David ]
302 Ranger [Cullo ]
Importing an out-of-state vehicle into California [Ned Young
Re: Ranger stx [Diana Slyter ]
Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #2 ["WK" ]
Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #2 ["WK" ]
Re: Ranger stx ["Bryce T. Beyler" ]
Re: Shoulder Belts won't return... [Jmark6969 ]
Re: Ranger stx [Bren1758 ]
clicking noise on Ranger. . rough idle [Jerad Heffner ]
Bronco II [Mrwiz2001 ]
V-8 Rangers ["Jeff Wey" ]
Re: Bronco II [Bakend ]

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Date: Sat, 03 Jan 1998 07:51:23 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #2

> From: Jerad Heffner
> Subject: Re: Ranger reliability
>
> Check your local lemon laws. . . here, if it goes to the shop so many
> times or
> spends so many days in the shop, the dealer has to give you a new
> comparable
> vehicle or refund the money. . . surely, not all are that way!
>
> J. Heffner
> '84 Ranger 4x4

Most states that have Lemon Laws only cover safety (or, in some cases,
driveability) problems. An odometer inaccuracy is neither, and won't
count. The clutch cylinder would probably count, but in this case, the
truck wasn't inthe shop nearly long enough, and the problem was fixed.
Lemon Laws are for vehicles that the dealers can't fix, not for
customers who feel they've been inconvenienced.

Bill Funk

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Date: Sat, 03 Jan 1998 10:46:29 -0500
From: David
Subject: bed cover for sale

>I have a Extang Saber tonno cover for sale for Ranger short bed. Looks
new. All hardware included.
>asking $160.00 (includes any shipping charges)
>Send replies to:David

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Date: Sat, 03 Jan 1998 10:52:28 -0500
From: David
Subject: Ranger stx

Can someone tell me what a ranger stx is? How is this different from the xl
or xlt models? I noticed in the 98 sales brochure that the stx is no longe
offered. Does anyone know why?

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Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998 14:00:15 EST
From: Cullo
Subject: 302 Ranger

Here are the companies I know of who can help make a Ranger 302 conversion
less painfull.

Advanced Adapters Inc.
P.O. Box 247
335 Santa Bella
Paso Robles, CA 93447
(805) 238-7000

Total Performance
44050 N Groesbeck HWY
Clinton Township, MI 48036-1108
(810) 468-3673

L&L Products
3210 Century Dr.
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 475-5202

Custom Conversions
22 Pearl Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005
1-800-952-4225

For detailed service publications:

Helm Publications Division
14310 Hamilton Ave.
Highland Park, Mi 48203
1-800-782-4356

Dart

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Date: Sat, 03 Jan 1998 11:43:35 -0800
From: Ned Young
Subject: Importing an out-of-state vehicle into California

>From the California DMV's Registration Handbook, 1995:

1. "State law prohibits registration of a new vehicle purchased
out-of-state with fewer than 7500 odometer miles."

2. The first time you register: "$300 Vehicle Smog Impact Fee, if
applicable (vehicles previously registered out-of-state, whose EPA
emission labels do not indicate the vehicles meet CA standards."

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Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998 16:16:13 -0600 (CST)
From: Diana Slyter
Subject: Re: Ranger stx

The STX has usually been the top option 4wd Ranger, often jacked up a
couple inches higher than normal 4wd Rangers to give that "boy racer"
look. In this years rehash of the Ranger lineup the STX was largely
replaced by an "off road" package on the XLT. Having put the STX out of
it's misery, Ford none the less preserved one of it's worst traits by
jacking up all the '98 4wd Rangers by a couple of inches. So despite
ordering my '98 4wd Ranger in mild mannered XL trim with split bench XLT
seats I am still stuck with the STX's long climb up and into the cab!

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On Sat, 3 Jan 1998, David wrote:

> Can someone tell me what a ranger stx is? How is this different from the xl
> or xlt models? I noticed in the 98 sales brochure that the stx is no longe
> offered. Does anyone know why?
>
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Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998 16:48:29 -0600
From: "WK"
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #2

> Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 18:44:46 -0600
> From: bmrickman juno.com (brian k rickman)
> Subject: Re: 2.3l stuff
> All my stuff is older. what kind of cam would you suggest
> for a "stock" 2.3l with a 500cfm 2bb and header but must pull 18
inches
> vacume at idle (track rules) but I like to wind this baby to around 7
> grand.
Since you have an older engine, I assume you have a round port head
with cast rockers versus, a D-port head with roller rockers? If so I
would suggest an Esslinger #2259 cam. This is the only cam I know of
that will meet the .400 maximum lift rule (should meet your vac pull).
While you are at it, I would suggest better valve springs if you are
going to continue to float around 7k.

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, 3 Jan 1998 17:00:47 -0600
From: "WK"
Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #2

> Date: Sat, 03 Jan 1998 00:31:11 -0500
> From: Tom Colosimo
> Subject: Headers for a 2.9 Ranger
> I found a set of Pace Setter headers. Has anyone worked with them
and if so are they any good?

Most of the Pacesetter headers do not mate to the stock pipe
collectors, and you have to use 3-bolt collectors, instead of the stock
2-bolt set-up. On the 4cylinder header I purchased from them, nothing
lined up, so it was a total exhaust refab. There was also no fitting
for the o2 sensor, and the EGR tube was way off the mark. After a lot
of work, it is satisfactroy. Definately give em the old quiz !

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, 3 Jan 1998 18:12:41 -0500
From: "Bryce T. Beyler"
Subject: Re: Ranger stx

I can think of worse traits for a 4x4 than being lifted...we're not talking
Bigfoot here! The new rangers only have 235/70r16 tires in the off-road
package. Part of an ORV is being able to climb over things that a street
vehicle can't, not handle like a F1 racer...I, myself, don't think 7.5
inches of clearance and 31 inch tall tires is "jacked up"...As far as
drivablilty goes, my Ranger is very capable off road and does a fine job as
a daily driver...

As far as the STX went, I think it was more of a trim package than a off
road package (yes, there used to be 4x2 STX's also). In '97 the STX was
only available as a 4x4 and included Cruise Control, leather wrapped tilt
steering wheel, luxury aluminum wheels, 235/75r15 tires, rear jumpseat, fog
lights, painted bumpers, sliding rear window, bucket seats and some other
options depending on which PEP you ordered...All Items could be had in the
XLT trim...you could also give it larger factory tires for that car crusher
look ;) I did...I got the 265/70r15 tires ;)

I'll keep my long climb so I don't have to keep jumping out and freeing my
4x4 from what ever it my have snagged from a too low level of clearence

Bryce
'97 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab

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> From: Diana Slyter
> To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject: Re: Ranger stx
> Date: Saturday, January 03, 1998 5:16 PM
>

>>


> Ford none the less preserved one of it's worst traits by
> jacking up all the '98 4wd Rangers by a couple of inches. So despite
> ordering my '98 4wd Ranger in mild mannered XL trim with split bench XLT
> seats I am still stuck with the STX's long climb up and into the cab!
>
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Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998 18:36:13 EST
From: Jmark6969
Subject: Re: Shoulder Belts won't return...

Depending on the year of your bronco, it may be the auto lock feature of the
belt. It is designed to pull out all the way and then lock up as you let it
back in. This is for child saftey seats, if it's not this then it is a bad
pulley, and you will have to get one to replace it.

Jeff

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Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998 20:25:46 EST
From: Bren1758
Subject: Re: Ranger stx

If the climb is to much then maybe the OFF ROAD PACKAGE was not what you
needed maybe next time try a subaru (not to much climb) To many people buy 4wd
and never need it or never go off the pavement that is what OFFROAD is for off
road as well as on duel purpose clearance is criticle in this endevor ...
Pete;

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Date: Sun, 04 Jan 1998 00:13:57 -0500
From: Jerad Heffner
Subject: clicking noise on Ranger. . rough idle

I've got an '84 Ranger 4x4 with the 2.3L 4-cyl. Occasionally, there
will be clicking noise coming from under the hood and the vacuum (i have
a guage inside) will change making the truck run rougher at idle. .
.when driving it still clicks, but it doesn't run rough. If I give it a
little gas at idle, it will smooth out. Kinda makes me think i need to
adjust idle speed, but I don't think that will help because this only
happens occasionally. There's nothing that I know of that I can do to
trigger it, it just happens. The other times it runs just fine. My
father and I tried to isolate the noise and think we know where it's
coming from: the feedback sensor(?). I hope that name is right. I
kinda get the impression that the fuel is running too rich, that the
feedback sensor may be inaccurately reading the fuel mixture (if that's
what it does) or maybe connected to the O2 sensor somehow. Any thoughts
or ideas, or even similar problems?

Thanx
Jerad Heffner

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Date: Sun, 4 Jan 1998 00:50:47 EST
From: Mrwiz2001
Subject: Bronco II

I have just bought a 87 Bronco II with over 100k miles.
Body and chassis are in excellent condition but when I drive it, it
steers like it is on over aired tires or on bicycle tires.
It is very quick and feels light, if you know what I mean.
Is this normal? I believe it has a lift kit and sits about 2"
higher than I notice most BII's. It has an automatic and push
button 4x4. What is a good referance manual for it?
Thanks guys, (No longer a lurker)

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Date: Sun, 4 Jan 1998 01:25:58 -0500
From: "Jeff Wey"
Subject: V-8 Rangers

Just a quick post the March 1998 Issue of Truckin magazine has a feature on
the install of a 5.0 in an older ranger and a newer ranger nice pictures
and decent text Later

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