small-list-digest Wednesday, August 12 1998 Volume 02 : Number 226



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re: How do we re-wire fog lights?
Re: FTE Small - 87 Bronco II
FTE Small - Reply, Ranger with 4.0L SOHC
FTE Small - Injector sizes and EEC-IV
Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment
Re: FTE Small - New to the list
Re: FTE Small - New to the list
FTE Small - performance info on the 96 explorer with the 5.0
Re: FTE Small - New to the list

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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 18:19:10 -0700
From: Bob Scola
Subject: FTE Small - Re: How do we re-wire fog lights?

> > I know its been some time, but I was curios on how to rewire fog
> > lights so you can use them with your parking lights. Some of y'all
> > have done it with explorers, but has anyone tried it with a '98
> > Ranger?

>Not difficult at all.
>Simply run a wire from the + side of any parking light (or from the
>appropriate wire in a harness) to a switch in the dash, then to a relay,
such
>that, when the switch is on, the relay closes. Wire the fog lights to the
>relay contacts such that they are on when the relay is closed (properly
fusing
>the hot wire).
>This will require a 12V, normally open relay able to handle .....

No, No, No.....

>From the original mail it appears you have the factory fog lights and simply
want to re-wire them---

You want to re-wire the *factory* fog light relay to trigger off of the
parking-lamps wire, instead of the low-beams wire. This way your fogs will
work with park, low or high beams. (You can also wire the trigger to the
key-on circuit which gives you DIY DRL's). The fogs will still work with
the factory switch & the indicator lamp will show when they're on. If
you've got a wiring diagram you'll see that the factory fog switch actually
grounds the relay at the dash, so you just change the trigger wire.

The instructions for doing this on Explorers has been posted on the Explorer
NG numerous times.
On an Explorer it's a pretty simple change, all done within the relay box
for the lights (down under the aircleaner). For Ranger's YMMV.

Here's the instructions as posted in the Explorer NG
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EXPLORER FOG LAMP CONVERSATION PROCEDURE. PLEASE READ ALL OF THE WAY THROUGH
ONCE BEFORE YOU START.
First let me say that this conversion may not be legal in all states; I
recommend that you check with your fog lamp police before you make this
conversion. This conversion was performed on a 1997 door sport. Your relays
may be located in a different place under the hood. If you have trouble
locating your relay have someone turn the fog lamps on and off with the
switch, with the engine off, and you will be able to hear the relay click
and find it that way. Assuming 95 through 97 are all the same we will begin.
First remove the air cleaner cover. Loosen the hose clamp and remove the
wires from the cover and get it out of your way. Remove the air filter so it
doesn't get damaged. The relays are located just below the air cleaner on
the left side of the air cleaner support. The relays are in a black box
about 1 1/2 X 5 inches. The relays are held to the support with 2 clips. You
can use round toothpicks to release the clips and the box will lift up free
on the support. Pull the wire harness so that you can bring the relays above
the air cleaner box so you can work on it. Remove the cover and you will see
3 large relays and 2 small relays. Looking down on the relays we will number
them from front to back 1,2,3,4 left, 4 right. Turn the relay assembly over
and remove the bottom cover. Again release the clips with toothpicks or
small screwdrivers. Find relay 4 right. Remember the right relay is now the
left one upside down. Relay 4 right is the fog lamp relay. Find the blue
wire with the green stripe on contact #1. You can find the contact numbers
if you remove the relay and check the numbers on it. With a test lamp this
lead should be hot with the low beam headlights on only. If this lead is not
hot with the low beam on or if it is hot with the low beam off you have the
wrong relay or lead. The blue/green stripe lead must be cut about 1 inch
from the plastic harness cover. The 1 inch will give you room to splice the
lead back to itself if you decide to. Tape the 1 inch end as we are done
with it. Find the pink with white stripe wire on contact #30 relay #2. Make
sure it is not the pink/white on relay #3. Check pink/white contact #30
relay #2 with a test lamp. It will be hot with the ignition key in the on
position and off with the key in the off or acc.position. With out cutting
the copper wire of the pink/white lead cut the insulation off about 1/4 inch
all of the way around the wire. Skin 1/2 inch of the relay end of the
blue/green lead and rap it around the skinned section of the pink/white
lead. Solder the 2 leads together and tape this connection. You can now test
the fog lamps. With the fog lamp switch "in", the lights should come on when
the key is turned to the on position. It won't matter if the headlights or
parking lights are on or off. You can turn the fog lamps off with the fog
lamp switch "out". If all works well put the covers back on and put the air
cleaner back together and you are done! If you would like the fog lamps to
go off when the high beams are turned on this can be done by mounting a
relay and wiring the blue/green wire from the relay through normally closed
contacts and back to the pink/white wire. One side of the relay coil should
be grounded and the other side should connect with the high beam supply
wire. I did not do this to my Explorer but it should work fine. You could
get a relay from Ford like the large ones we worked on because they have a
normally closed contact in them. Good luck!!
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Bob
'97 Explorer XLT SOHC

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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 21:44:44 -0400
From: "Thomas Moore"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 87 Bronco II

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From: MadDog15M aol.com
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 1998 1:07 PM
Subject: FTE Small - 87 Bronco II


>I recently bought a 87 Bronco II. I was wondering if you guys could help
me
>out here. Im just starting to get into trucks and stuff, and since this is
my
>first truck I could use some suggestions. Im looking for websites or places
>where I can order catalogs for parts. The thing is in great condition,
>although it could use a new paint job and some new tires. Anywho, im
lookin
>to get a lift kit for it and I got a catalog from James Duff, but I wanted
to
>check out other dealers. My bro has a 87' Samurai, and he knows about this
>stuff somewhat, but I couldn't get him to help me. Anyway if someone could
>help me out here I would appreciate it. Thanks!

I've got an 87 B2 also. First of all, your B2 is a REAL truck, unlike a
Samurai.:) However, I would not recommend lifting it at all. Some may
disagree, but IMO, the B2 is already high enough and with a short wheelbase,
lifting it could make it dangerous to drive and more likely to rollover. I
would just get big tires and new shocks instead. I went with 235/75R15
Goodyear Wranglers on mine ($84 each) and Gabriel Extra Heavy Duty shocks
from JC Whitney ($12.99 each). The truck sits high and rides GREAT with this
setup. If your rear end sags, just get a new set of leafs.

I've got the Eddie Bauer with all the goodies. I love it.

Tom

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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 19:29:46 -0700
From: "Bob Marrs"
Subject: FTE Small - Reply, Ranger with 4.0L SOHC

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Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 09:44:39 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger with SOHC

Is the Ranger based on the same platform as the Explorer now? I know up to
'97, it and the Aerostar shared a common platform and the only thing really
common was sheetmetal on pre-'93 Rangers and Explorers (pre-'95 I think).
But, I do remember hearing that the front suspension is the same in both
now, so that may not be true regarding 1998 and '99 Rangers. When I ordered
mine in Aug '96 (1997 model), the sheet came back with the SOHC. But, upon
delivery, it had the regular 4.0L, all the SOHCs were allocated to Tauruses.
I also thought there was some issue with the engine bay in the 1997 Rangers
being too narrow, which you'd think Ford would have corrected if they
intended to eventually offer 4.0 SOHC or 5.0L engine, or even better, the
4.6/5.4 V8s.
Dave
Denver, CO
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Hi Dave, Just FYI -- I've been researching a similar swap and found the
following info. The 4.0L SOHC will definitely fit into the Rangers. The
under the hood dimensions of the Rangers are nearly identical to the
Explorers. If you have a late model Ranger (not sure how late, but my guess
is early '90's onward) the engine will bolt without any major issues. The
earlier models have a larger A/C box which would need to be trimmed back to
clear the valve cover. Also, the earlier models have the main wiring harness
feed through the firewall to the right of the steering column (= major
re-wiring job). The newer vehicles have the wiring harness go to a connector
on the firewall located to the right of the A/C box, like that for the 4.0L
SOHC. Also, an important note, most, but maybe not all, the 4.0L SOHC come
with the 5 speed transmission, and this trans is not offered with a 4x4
option (transfer case). This means that, the 4.0L SOHC engine is not (YET)
an option for a 4x4 Ranger / Bronco II application (someone out there please
correct me if I'm wrong). You might be able to swap a AL4D trans to the
engine, but then you will need a computer which matches up to this combo -
maybe hard to get (still checking). If all you care about is 2wd in a late
model Ranger, go for it - this should be an easy swap (do the whole thing -
engine, trans and computer). Happy Trails, Bob.



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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 23:25:32 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: FTE Small - Injector sizes and EEC-IV

Guys,
I'm looking for 36# injectors that will work
with my stock EEC-IV in my 89 DIS 2.3 Ranger. I
know it would be easier to swap in a puter from an
87-88 Turbocoupe, but I'd like to slap the 8 plug
DIS head onto my turbo-prepped short block.
Actually it's all ready to go. I bought a new,
bare svo tall block from Ford, Wiseco dished
slugs, Crower Sportsman rods, and I'm now working
on putting a 2.5L crank to it. That suckers only
90 bucks from ford if anyone interested in
building a stroker. It'll be a few weeks before
the whole mess is back from the machine shop
getting balanced again, so I have some time to
research the injectors and FMU I'm going to use.
If I keep the boost below 12psi max I should be
able to just run the 36 pounders, a 190LPH in the
tank and a t-rex in the line and let it run a bit
rich at idle. If it's not making enough power for
my liking I can always toss in the TC computer and
start wiring up a VAF and the host of other
sensors the T-bird had but my ranger doesn't.
- -Russ

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 00:09:15 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment

You might just have a case there it is probably there fault from day
one..Somone might of just misadjusted or just messed up that day and if its
excessive toe you just might not realize it while driving ....What does happen
to explorers around the 50k area is the radious arm bushings go and they will
cause the truck to pull to one side but the alignment machine will say that
there is no problem thats because there isn't while its sitting only when you
drive the truck is when this occurs.....what happens is the bushing moves in
and out excessivly and makes the wheel base actually smaller on one side and
that makes it pull it won't cause any uneven tire wear but it will cause a
pull and it will also have a clunking noise when pulling into driveways and
etc.. so check that out to while your in there .......chris clifton new jersey
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 00:12:18 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to the list

actually i'm using this address instead sorry ........ding060297
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 00:11:47 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to the list

Hey i'm also new to this list but for some reason i signed up and i've been
recieving mail but i don't know how to post a question.,. How do i go about
putting up a question...i feel dumb but i'm kinda new to this stuff so if you
could point me in the right direction i would appreciate it thanks chris
...........ccpdr aol.com
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 00:17:53 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - performance info on the 96 explorer with the 5.0

Does anyone here have a newer explorer with the 5.0? I'm looking to do a lil
up grading to get a few more horses out of it and i'm looking for someone who
has done some work already and what the out come was whether it was worth
doing so or not.......i'm looking into maybe a hyper chip or a borla exhaust
or a bigger throttle body and i know they don't make a ram air system yet for
k&n but i'm looking into building my own.....so any info on what works and
what doesn't is greatly appreciated........thanks chris c.
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 00:41:25 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to the list

At 12:11 AM 8/12/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Hey i'm also new to this list but for some reason i signed up and i've been
>recieving mail but i don't know how to post a question.,. How do i go about
>putting up a question...i feel dumb but i'm kinda new to this stuff so if you
>could point me in the right direction i would appreciate it thanks chris
>...........ccpdr aol.com

BINGO! You just posted!

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts....


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