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fordtrucks-small-digest Saturday, March 28 1998 Volume 02 : Number 092



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In this issue:

ADMIN: Aerostar vote [Ken Payne ]
98 Ranger tow hitches [EdDSP ]
Re: bigger tires on ranger [Thom Cheney ]
van questions [Thom Cheney ]
Re: 2.3L Power (Lack of) [Jmark6969 ]
Re: 2.3L Power (Lack of) [S-10 Killer ]
Re: bigger tires on ranger ["Pete Lawless" ]
RE: van questions ["Bob Leifer" ]
Re: 2.3L Power (Lack of) ["WK" ]
Re: bigger tires on ranger ["Jerry Dean" ]
Re: bigger tires on ranger ["Sylvan Butler" ]
Re: 2.3L upgrade (3.0 and 4.0 too) ["Casey Vandor"
Re: 98 Ranger tow hitches ["Bryce" ]
Re: 2.3L Power (Lack of) [Jordan ]
F250 V10 [WHRanger93 ]

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 08:01:39 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: Aerostar vote

The vote to allow Aerostars on the small truck discussion
list has expired. The results:

Yes 56% - 29 votes
No 41% - 21 votes
Don't Care 1% - 1 vote

Aerostar discussion will now be allowed on the list.
Participation, as a percentage of the list members, was
good. Thanks!

Before anyone jumps ship, I will state for the record
that if Aerostar discussion significantly changes the
character of this list it ***will be disallowed***.
In other words, if we start seeing many "what's the best
way to fit a soccer team in the van" posts then Aerostar
discussion will be removed from the charter.

Although the vote was in favor of Aerostar discussion,
I received many comments concerning what it could do
to the lists. This is why I'm reserving the right to
disallow it in the future. I only hope the CoAdministrator
(my wife) doesn't feel differently (she drives an
Aerostar!!!)......

- -Ken Payne

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 09:29:00 EST
From: EdDSP
Subject: 98 Ranger tow hitches

Are there any readily available tow hitches for 98 Rangers (besides the
factory one)? Are 97 hitches compatible?

- -Ed

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 07:45:56 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: bigger tires on ranger

Casey Vandor wrote:
>
> I noticed on a pricing site that 265/75 tires we optional on the XLT model
> ranger. Do they lift the truck at all to fit these on, or do they fit
> stock? Those are the same diameter I have on my fullsize, it just seems
> like they wouldn't fit on a stock ranger?


They fit my '97 4X4 STX... it came out of the box wearing them.

TC

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 07:51:37 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: van questions

One of my son's soccer team-mates spilled ice cream on the way back
bench of our Aerostar. Has anyone had any luck getting this kind of
stain out? How about gum on the headliner?

Just kidding....

TC
'97 4X4 S-cab STX

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 10:58:55 EST
From: Jmark6969
Subject: Re: 2.3L Power (Lack of)

hi,
i got a 96 2.3 and as far as increasing the power goes, I removed the air
baffle located behind the air cleaner(a large black oval plastic tube) and
replaced it with a piece of 12" long 4" dia. galvanized steel tube. I also
remoed the feed tube from in front of the air cleaner that extends into the
passenger side wheel well. This has given me enough power to atleast stay
with a 6 cyl and even romp on some of the full size trucks in street
racing.(as long as they aren't hopped up) This also increased my gas mileage
by about 60+ mpg because of the increased airn flow. Also the engine
runssmoother at hwy speed and idle's smoother.

as far as speakers go I have a sigle bow that mounts two 8" speakers and I am
fixin to build a box for 1 10". It can be done and you dont have to pay for
it out the corn hole. if you want i can get you the formula to figure out the
dimesions of the box. good luck jeff in dallas

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 10:03:28 -0600 (CST)
From: S-10 Killer
Subject: Re: 2.3L Power (Lack of)

Black Magic fan gave me a good 3 to 5 hp. A 4.10 final drive ratio is
also a good start.

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2.3L, SVO OHC
S-10 Killer
GT-40 Ranger
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On Thu, 26 Mar 1998, SNOOP22222 wrote:

> What are some simple and Low cost ways to get a 2.3L to have a decent or just
> mildly bad ummph in it??? Also, anybody here got a sub in a standard cab
> ranger (one that is in the cab) I've looked around with little luck. JL
> looks good buy $500...give me a break

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 09:36:29 -0800
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: Re: bigger tires on ranger

Bryce wrote:
>My Ranger came with these tires, and I don't think that it has a
lift...But I
>did read in some 4x4 mag that the STX, XLT and Splash 4x4's came with a
1.5
>inch lift...But the tires do fit just fine...no rubbing or other
problems...I
>do think that Ford only put them on SuperCab and long bed models though, I
>remember seeing in my owners manual that they recomended not putting them
on
>Standard cab shortbeds.

Yep, you're right... My '88 STX came with the "High Rider" package which
included a 1.5 inch lift. It's a shortbed. I don't remember what the stock
tire size was, but I replaced them with 31x10.50 BFG All-Terrains on the
stock rims. These worked & fit great. While wheeling they did not contact
the front fenders at all and at extreme "stuff" the 31's just kissed the
front of the rear driver's side fender (never the passanger side). I ran
those tires for 80,000 miles before moving up to 35's. Great tire!

Later... Pete

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 13:06:30 -0500
From: "Bob Leifer"
Subject: RE: van questions

you may be kidding, but I think these questions may start popping up now!
Bob

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> [mailto:owner-fordtrucks-small ListService.net]On Behalf Of Thom Cheney
> Sent: Friday, March 27, 1998 10:52 AM
> To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject: van questions
>
>
> One of my son's soccer team-mates spilled ice cream on the way back
> bench of our Aerostar. Has anyone had any luck getting this kind of
> stain out? How about gum on the headliner?
>
> Just kidding....
>
> TC
> '97 4X4 S-cab STX
>
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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 12:20:00 -0600
From: "WK"
Subject: Re: 2.3L Power (Lack of)

> Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 19:48:13 EST
> From: SNOOP22222
> Subject: 2.3L Power (Lack of)
>
> What are some simple and Low cost ways to get a 2.3L to have a decent
or just
> mildly bad ummph in it???

The Ford 2.3L Ranger...........a 3200lb truck with 112hp (on average).
One of the best places to start is the gearing, by going to a 4.10:1
ratio you will increase acceleration and have an overall more enjoyable
vehicle to drive. Select your engine modifications as if you had a big
air pump, helping flow in and out of the engine, ie; intake kit,
header, and cat back system. Another nice gain is to install an
electric fan kit, as the stock unit is quite heavy and takes hp to turn
it. With some carefully selected components it is possible to create a
very enjoyable 2.3L Ranger for under a $1000, and still get some great
gas mileage.

Warren Kurtz
Kurtz Kustomz Motorsports
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.kustomz.com

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 18:31:52 -0500
From: "Jerry Dean"
Subject: Re: bigger tires on ranger

So did mine, and what a difference between the 235's and the 265's.

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 16:36:11 -0700
From: "Sylvan Butler"
Subject: Re: bigger tires on ranger

> Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 16:45:55 -0900
> From: "Casey Vandor"
> I noticed on a pricing site that 265/75 tires we optional on the XLT model
> ranger. Do they lift the truck at all to fit these on, or do they fit
> stock? Those are the same diameter I have on my fullsize, it just seems
> like they wouldn't fit on a stock ranger?

Mine ('96 x-cab, 4x4) came with the P265/75R15 tires. Your fullsize
probably has P265/75R16 (16" wheels). That makes a big difference in
the size of the tire. I think my ranger may be a little bit higher
than the ones with the P235 tires, but not much. Less than 2".

sdb

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 15:01:34 -0900
From: "Casey Vandor"
Subject: Re: 2.3L upgrade (3.0 and 4.0 too)

This site might be informative to some of you guys

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Downs/7894/perform.html

Casey

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 22:59:54 -0500
From: "Bryce"
Subject: Re: 98 Ranger tow hitches

do you mean like a hitch for towing a trailer or like hooks for getting
pulled out of the mud??? If you meant the kind for getting pulled out of
the mud, check out my web site at the link below and click on "Tow Hooks".
I was able to set up some on my '97 with the front air dam with fog lights,
and they look pretty good.

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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> From: EdDSP
> To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Subject: 98 Ranger tow hitches
> Date: Friday, March 27, 1998 9:29 AM
>
> Are there any readily available tow hitches for 98 Rangers (besides the
> factory one)? Are 97 hitches compatible?
>
> -Ed
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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 23:27:36 -0600
From: Jordan
Subject: Re: 2.3L Power (Lack of)

At 10:58 AM 3/27/98 EST, you wrote:
>hi,
>i got a 96 2.3 and as far as increasing the power goes, I removed the air
>baffle located behind the air cleaner(a large black oval plastic tube) and
>replaced it with a piece of 12" long 4" dia. galvanized steel tube. I also
>remoed the feed tube from in front of the air cleaner that extends into the
>passenger side wheel well. This has given me enough power to atleast stay
>with a 6 cyl and even romp on some of the full size trucks in street
Hmmmm with only an air mod, I find this EXTREMELY hard to believe, or
everyone would do it.
>racing.(as long as they aren't hopped up) This also increased my gas mileage
>by about 60+ mpg because of the increased airn flow. Also the engine
>runssmoother at hwy speed and idle's smoother.
I believe the idle stuff, 60+ miles per gallon, lets be honest, there is
NO WAY unless you live on a hill and drive downhill to work both ways, with
all highway and no stopping, and in 5th gear the whole time, with a
tailwind. Most 1.0 liter engines made to be super-efficient only get into
the 40-50 range. (Although Honda says they are getting close to 80 in
testing of a 3-cylinder 1.0)
Hmmmm.... I live in garland, would be interesting to see this miracle
truck, and would be funny to see you try to keep up with my 4.0
Jordan

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Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 01:10:06 EST
From: WHRanger93 ....


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