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fordtrucks-small-digest Friday, March 20 1998 Volume 02 : Number 084



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In this issue:

RE: Bronco II tranny problems? ["Gillespie, John D."
Re: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNE]
Any '98 Ranger XL owners out there? [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNE]
4.0L Ranger performance upgrade ["Pete Lawless" ]
2.3 L throttle bodies q [Luke Wells ]
Re: I wonder? [Garr & Pam ]
Re: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade [Jordan ]
RE: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade [Ken St John ]
RE: Bronco II tranny problems? [Hawk sktc.net]
Re: I wonder? [Jordan ]
reply to Scott Parent [Richard Salitra ]

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Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 06:21:23 -0800
From: "Gillespie, John D."
Subject: RE: Bronco II tranny problems?

Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 14:47:50 -0500
From: Nathan Heid
Subject: RE: Bronco II tranny problems?

>The Mitzubishi 5 speed in my '88 Ranger went for 145,000+ miles
of
>not-so-gentle (lots of wheeling) use with little maintance
before I
>replaced it. My understanding of the biggest problem on these
is that a
>couple rubber plugs on the top of the transmission dry out and
allow the
>lose of oil. These should be replaced with metal plugs. The new
re-built
>that I bought has the metal plugs. If your buying a BII with a
5speed, take
>a whiff near the base of the stickshift boot to detect the
aroma of 90W.

How exactly do I get to these plugs and where do I get
replacements.
The 5-speed in my '87 2wd Ranger loses about a pint of oil in
6000 miles.
I've never been able to determine exactly where it's comming
from.
Also is it harmful to replace the gear oil without
adding the Ford
"friction modifier"? where can I get the additive (Ford dealer
only?)

Try red line oil products out of Benicia, CA: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.redline
oil.com I've used their products in all of
my FORDs and can tell a difference in performance and mpg.
John

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Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 09:46:29, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: Re: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade

Looking for a comparable to a K&N? Check out Kurtz Kustomz (www.
kustoz.com or www.sky.net/~wkurtz). They have a S&B conical filter
available. You replace the whole stock air box with this. You also
need to buy an adapter. Really neat set up. I have it on my '98 4.0L
now. Coming soon is a new intake pipe. I'm getting one of those, too.

I have a Superchip. I installed it once, didn't see any performance
gains, so I sent it back to get reprogrammed. They mail it back
again after it's been fixed, so it's going back in to my truck next
week. I called BBK and they don't have any headers for the '98 yet,
but they do have 66mm throttle bodies. I ordered one on Jan. 22, and
I STILL haven't seen it yet. About 2 weeks on backorder still.
Josh
KNBD87D prodigy.com

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Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 12:23:15, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: Any '98 Ranger XL owners out there?

Are there any 1998 Ranger owners out there with XL trim? If so,
would any of you like a chrome front and rear bumper instead of the
painted ones? I am looking to paint my bumpers to match my truck,
but nobody will paint over chrome bumpers. I will trade you even up
for the front and rear bumpers if you want to.

Josh Tenney
KNBD87D prodigy.com

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Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 10:48:21 -0800
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade

Richard Salitra:
> ignition:
> 1. Jacobs -
Jacobs Electronics web site is located at: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.jacobselectronics.com

Nice site that goes into quite a lot of detail on their products and
applications.

> computer chip:
> 1. Superchip
For another option in the "Chip" or module area try JET (Jones Electronic
Technologies) at their web site: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.jetchip.com
I put the JET Powertech Module in my '88 Ranger 2.9 with very good results
and still run regular grade fuel.

Later.... Pete

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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

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Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 16:46:58 +0000
From: Garr & Pam
Subject: Re: I wonder?

Jordan wrote:
>
> >I have a Ford Lightning 351W with Gt40 heads and intake. I am in
> >Maryland...I have an aunt that lives in Texas. I had a ranger Splash
> >that was why I was on this list if you were wondering and I was going to
> >do a 5.0 swap too but I found the lightning and traded it in!
> >Chris
> If I had the money, and the need for a big truck that's the way I would go.
> Looks cool too doesn't it. I am thinking of putting Cobra R rims and 255
> 55 r17 tires on my 2 door explorer sport.
> Jordan
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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

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Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 15:54:16 -0600
From: Jordan
Subject: Re: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade

>2. Borla - got their catalog. although they make a catback system
>for the '98 Ranger SC, they don't currently make headers for the 4.0L
>past 1994. When I called, the salesman tried to convince me that
>upgrading the rest of the exhaust system without also upgrading the
>headers was still worthwhile. I didn't bite. He couldn't give me any
>timetable as to when Borla was going to develop headers for the 4.0L
>engine. He said it was not on their immediate R&D list.
Actually it does make a big difference, I have just a cat-back borla and
can definately feel the diff.
>2. does anybody know of any other companies that make comparable
>products? is K&N the only game in town?
try powerflo (I've seen them at chief auto parts)
>computer chip:
>1. Superchip - I've looked into this, but am hesitant to make any
>modification that will force me to run on premium. right now I'm using
>89 octane (middle grade). Again, if anybody has any experience with
>their product I'd love to hear about about it.
Why are you using 89, it doesn't help anymore than 87 as long as you aren't
pinging (on a new truck you shouldn't be).
>ignition:
>1. Jacobs - in another chat group, someone mentioned that they
>installed a Jacobs Ultrateam ignition in their pickup (not a Ford) and
>it proved to be a great addition. I've tried to look them up on the web
>but to no avail. does anybody know their phone # or website address?
>does anybody know if they make a product for the 4.0L engine? are there
>any other companies out there who make similar products?
I may be wrong (don't think so though) but the 4.0 is a distributerless
system, therefor you will not be able to do this easily. I believe that
msd is working on a system that works with distributerless systems. If you
want to check, look under the hood, if the wires are all attached to a
rectangular box, you got what I got.

If you got the money, go supercharger, there are many companies with diff
methods of doing this for the 4.0l you will notice the most gains from this
(unless you put in a race cam shaft
reinstall>). And you will just notice even more gains adding stuff after
the supercharger. They run about 2500 -2700 for the 4.0
Jordan

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Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 14:58:11 -0700
From: Ken St John
Subject: RE: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade

How about a "NOS" kit? I've checked into this for my Explorer. It cost
around $500 for the complete kit.
I have a few problems to work out with my stock system (inherited from
date of purchase) before I go there but it will be the route I take for
the extra 100+ horse power.
Ken

> -----Original Message-----
> From:Jordan [SMTP:deanson1 flash.net]
> Sent:Thursday, March 19, 1998 2:54 PM
> To:fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject:Re: 4.0L Ranger performance upgrade
>
> >2. Borla - got their catalog. although they make a catback system
> >for the '98 Ranger SC, they don't currently make headers for the 4.0L
> >past 1994. When I called, the salesman tried to convince me that
> >upgrading the rest of the exhaust system without also upgrading the
> >headers was still worthwhile. I didn't bite. He couldn't give me
> any
> >timetable as to when Borla was going to develop headers for the 4.0L
> >engine. He said it was not on their immediate R&D list.
> Actually it does make a big difference, I have just a cat-back borla
> and
> can definately feel the diff.
> >2. does anybody know of any other companies that make comparable
> >products? is K&N the only game in town?
> try powerflo (I've seen them at chief auto parts)
> >computer chip:
> >1. Superchip - I've looked into this, but am hesitant to make any
> >modification that will force me to run on premium. right now I'm
> using
> >89 octane (middle grade). Again, if anybody has any experience with
> >their product I'd love to hear about about it.
> Why are you using 89, it doesn't help anymore than 87 as long as you
> aren't
> pinging (on a new truck you shouldn't be).
> >ignition:
> >1. Jacobs - in another chat group, someone mentioned that they
> >installed a Jacobs Ultrateam ignition in their pickup (not a Ford)
> and
> >it proved to be a great addition. I've tried to look them up on the
> web
> >but to no avail. does anybody know their phone # or website address?
> >does anybody know if they make a product for the 4.0L engine? are
> there
> >any other companies out there who make similar products?
> I may be wrong (don't think so though) but the 4.0 is a
> distributerless
> system, therefor you will not be able to do this easily. I believe
> that
> msd is working on a system that works with distributerless systems.
> If you
> want to check, look under the hood, if the wires are all attached to a
> rectangular box, you got what I got.
>
> If you got the money, go supercharger, there are many companies with
> diff
> methods of doing this for the 4.0l you will notice the most gains from
> this
> (unless you put in a race cam shaft
> and
> reinstall>). And you will just notice even more gains adding stuff
> after
> the supercharger. They run about 2500 -2700 for the 4.0
> Jordan
>
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Date: 19 Mar 1998 18:26:26 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: RE: Bronco II tranny problems?

FO> Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 14:47:50 -0500
FO> From: Nathan Heid
FO> Subject: RE: Bronco II tranny problems?

FO> Also is it harmful to replace the gear oil without
FO>adding the Ford
FO> "friction modifier"? where can I get the additive (Ford dealer
FO>only?)
FO>
FO>Try red line oil products out of Benicia, CA: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.redline
FO> oil.com I've used their products in all of
FO>my FORDs and can tell a difference in performance and mpg.
FO>John

I think "friction modifier" is to lube the clutches in a limited slip
differential and would serve no purpose in a transmission. I never used
it in my Mitsu tranny and it went 216K. I have purchased it in parts
stores at about half of Ford's price. ( Used it in the rear end.)

Buck

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Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 20:03:58 -0600
From: Jordan
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: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 09:55:57 -0800
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: reply to Scott Parent....


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