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fordtrucks-small-digest Thursday, February 12 1998 Volume 02 : Number 044



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Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer & Bronco 2
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In this issue:

Explorer Mailing List [Keith Knipschild ]
Re: Explorer Mailing List [Geoffrey Hoffman ]
RE: 94 Ranger [Andrew Schwartz ]
Anti-sway bar disconnects ["Bryce" ]
Nomination address [Ken Payne ]
Re: Bought a Ranger, have a few Q's [Jmark6969 aol.com]
Re: Pebble launiching Ranger [Jmark6969 aol.com]
broncoII timing(need help) [mgpkep juno.com (Michael G. Peacock)]
heavy haulin' [HYDROSMITH aol.com]
Fwd: Explorer Owners??? [KWall14 aol.com]
Fwd: Explorer Owners??? [KWall14 aol.com]

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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 09:19:22 -0500
From: Keith Knipschild
Subject: Explorer Mailing List

Does anyone know a Mailing LIST
Just for EXPLORER Owners ?



Enjoy,
Keith

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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 09:40:18 -0500
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: Re: Explorer Mailing List

At 9:19 AM -0500 2/11/98, Keith Knipschild wrote:
>Does anyone know a Mailing LIST
>Just for EXPLORER Owners ?

>+---------Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer & Bronco 2--------+

this one is pretty close, especially since the ranger is almost the same as
an explorer. (or more acurately, the explorer is almost the same as a
ranger, it just has four seats and some stuff)

and so far, this is your best bet for an explorer list.

see ya....

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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 11:59:20 -0800
From: Andrew Schwartz
Subject: RE: 94 Ranger

Well, you are right. My tranny didn't last long with those mods. When I
had it rebuilt, the tranny guy suggested converting to a Mustang Manual
T5, because the A4OD can't handle much power. He beeefed up the
convertor for me, since we couldn't find one that improve anything. He
also installed a Trans-Go shift Improver, which I don't even notice.

Maybe there are products available now for our trannies. But nothing was
really available then. Basically the tranny just kept on slipping. I ran
a 16.2 with just the SC bolted in, no other mods. But The truck felt a
lot faster the night I bolted it in and took it to the Street Races. I
was able to do burn my Tires through 3rd gear. It was prettry carzy.

I kept on bolting on more parts still coming back with 16.2 time slips.

This same problem happened to two other Automatic Rangers in my area.

ANDREW

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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 15:17:50 -0500
From: "Bryce"
Subject: Anti-sway bar disconnects

Has anybody purchased or fabricated anti-sway bar disconnects for a 4x4
Ranger? I'm looking specifically forthem for a '97 Ranger 4x4. I was
looking at some others that I've seen for Jeeps and Toyotas, but haven't
been able to find them for Rangers. I was wondering if I could do
something as simple as remove the two bolts that connect it to the axle and
replace them with a pin and locking pin type of set up. Anyone else have
some idea on this??

Bryce
Bryce's 4xFord Ranger Page
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/baja/2995

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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 19:53:06 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Nomination address

Several people brought to my attention that I forgot to include
the address of Carlounge's nomination page.

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://carlounge.com/nominate.htm

This page is for their Spring Top 10 Auto sites award. Nominate
Ford Truck Enthusiasts if you feel we deserve it.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 00:31:33 EST
From: Jmark6969 aol.com
Subject: Re: Bought a Ranger, have a few Q's

greetings from a fellow ranger,

15.7 sounds about rightbut heres a tip for increasing it. There are two air
baffles to remove that gave me a 10 mpg boost.
1. In the wall of the passenger side eng. compartment where the air ayatem
feeds in, take off the 90' elbow. reconnect the assy. to the wall.
2. Now between the air filter and the intake there is a oval shaped air
baffel held in place by two hose clamps. Remove the hose clamps and the air
baffel. Replace the air baffel with a 4" diameter section of tubing. I used
a section of galvanized steel i bought at a hardware store. tighten the
clamps and start driving. Good LUck

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Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 00:36:54 EST
From: Jmark6969 aol.com
Subject: Re: Pebble launiching Ranger

Hey guy,
I have the factory tires on my 96 and it happens. NO real way around it.
sorry

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Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 18:31:17 +0000
From: mgpkep juno.com (Michael G. Peacock)
Subject: broncoII timing(need help)

HOW'S EVERYONE? HOPE OK. I'VE GOT A QUESTION ABOUT TIMING THE
BRONCO II('86 2.9EFI). HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP.
I READ ON A TECH. BOARD THAT INCREASING THE BTDC (LIKE FROM THE
FACTORY 10* TO 14*) INCREASES THE TORQUE WHILE RETARDING THE ADVANCE
INCREASES THE TOP END. TO ME THAT SEEMS BACKWARDS. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I ALSO READ THAT THE COMPUTER HAS A KNOCK RETARD FUNCTION. SO
THAT ADJUSTING THE TIMING PROBABLY WILL NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AGAIN,
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
I'M GETTING 30X9.50S IN TWO WEEKS, SO I WANT TO BUMP UP THE
TORQUE WHERE I CAN.
MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS MIKE EDI1.COM OR MGPKEP JUNO.COM.
THANKS A LOT OR YOUR INPUT -- MIKE

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Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 01:30:18 EST
From: HYDROSMITH aol.com
Subject: heavy haulin'

I have a '88 Ranger supercab 4X4 XLT 2.9L 5speed and 3.73 gears. I just hauled
2,000 lbs. of wood pellets and the truck did great. Not a bit of clutch slip.
I run LT235/75R15 tires w/chrome modular steel wheels and I want to know if I
am doing any long term damage to my truck since I believe that I have far
exceeded the recomended capacity for hauling. Also it has a rebuilt long block
w/6,000 mi. 146,000 mi. overall. If I am doing any damage to the rearend is it
possible to swap in an 8.8 from a later truck or maybe even a 9 inch? Would
there be any suspension changes required with an axle swap? 2,000lbs still
left it an inch off of the axle which impressed me that a small truck would
even handle it. My grandfather's "91 F150 2wd longbed squats right down to the
axle with the same load!

Also,anybody have any tire recomendations? The tires I have run 50psi and
rides like a buckboard wagon.

I am thinking about getting a cab high canopy. Any brand names to look for
that are reliable and have good warrantees with factory body colors? Must be
fiberglass.

Thank you. This list has been great so far.

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Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 01:36:33 EST
From: KWall14 aol.com
Subject: Fwd: Explorer Owners???

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From: KWall14 aol.com
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Subject: Explorer Owners???
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Not that I don't love hearing about Ford Rangers, but i was just wondering if
anyone out there had an Explorer??
I also have a question, I have a '98 Sport, and the rear wiper constently
misses a large patch at the top of the windshield. Does anyone else have this
problem? I would suspect it would only apply to the 1998's since they
redesigned the rear hatch and glass. I never had such a problem on my old
BroncoII, but it's rear window was flat, and this is curved.
Thanks,
Kris
1998 Black Explorer Sport

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Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 01:39:55 EST
From: KWall14 aol.com
Subject: Fwd: Explorer Owners???

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In a message dated 98-02-12 01:34:33 EST, KWall14 writes:


if anyone out there had an Explorer??
I also have a question, I have a '98 Sport, and the rear wiper constently
misses a large patch at the top of the windshield. Does anyone else have this
problem? I would suspect it would only apply to the 1998's since they
redesigned the rear hatch and glass. I never had such a problem on my old
BroncoII, but it's rear window was flat, and this is curved.
Thanks,
Kris
1998 Black Explorer Sport >>


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Not that I don't love hearing about Ford Rangers, but i was just wondering if
anyone out there had an Explorer??
I also have a question, I have a '98 Sport, and the rear wiper constently
misses a large patch at the top of the windshield. Does anyone else have this
problem? I would suspect it would only apply to the 1998's since they....


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