small-list-digest Friday, August 14 1998 Volume 02 : Number 228



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment
Re: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
FTE Small - re: q's about Superchip
FTE Small - Wheres the VSS?
FTE Small - Ford V8 Engine specifications needed
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
Re: FTE Small - Wheres the VSS?
FTE Small - BOLTS question
Re: FTE Small - BOLTS question
Re: FTE Small - Wheres the VSS?
FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder
Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder
Re: FTE Small - changing tranny & differential fluids
Re: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
Fwd: FTE Small - Ford Motors
FTE Small - 96 explorers all wheel drive system
FTE Small - 96 or newer performance upgrades to the explorer
Re: FTE Small - BOLTS question
Re: FTE Small - I'll try it again

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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 07:48:16 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment

Ding060297 aol.com wrote:
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> For some reason i had a 92 explorer and when i purchased it ten months ago
> with 52k on it i needed the right side radious arm bushing replaced ..ten
> months later the same side is bad again and the orginal left one is still good
> go figure...so yes you might need it again in time........chris.c
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I dont know if this applies to explorers but on my Lightning Ford ran
the exhaust to close to the passengers side radius arm and in return
shortens the bushings life...now they offer the new bushings with a heat
shield or you can buy polyurethane bushings wish hold up alot better!
Chris
94 Lightning
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 07:49:00 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions

Ding060297 aol.com wrote:
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> Ford never intended for the 4.0 sohc to go into the ranger and it won't for a
> while either..there staying with the old 4.0 with the 160hp
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Ford had intended to! Check out the sales brochures.
Chris
94 Lightning
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 07:51:44 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

Ding060297 aol.com wrote:
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> I don't think the ranger needs a v8 if you really want more power just do a
> paxton supercharger that'll jump you 160hp to at least 225hp and thats all the
> power any ranger needs
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But what is more reliable a naturally aspirated V-8 or a supercharged
V-6...plus from all the gas mileage discussions before the V-8 would
more than like get better gas mileage to boot! More power, more mpgs,
say there is nothing to lose. Next time you run into a V-8 dakota and he
blows your doors away you'll wish you had a V-8 also!
Chris
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 09:23:42, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: FTE Small - re: q's about Superchip

Doug,
In response to your question reguard Superchip or Hyperchip, well
here's my $.02.

I bought a Superchip for my '98 Ranger 4.0L and felt nothing. I knew
I had it plugged in correctly, but I didn't "feel" a thing.
Superchips claims you can "feel" the extra power, but I sure didn't.
You may want to try Hyperchip and let us all know.

Josh
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 06:40:21 -0700
From: Joe Zuk
Subject: FTE Small - Wheres the VSS?

I have a 87 Bronco II and the onboard computer is complaining about a
low reading from the VSS (vehicle speed sensor). Where is this thing
located? I checked in my manual and I can't find where its located.

Thanks,
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 10:46:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: EI - Michael Ioco
Subject: FTE Small - Ford V8 Engine specifications needed

My apologies, small truck list, for posting this question here, but I'm figuring
some of you may know this info and you can help me out.

I've been hearing a lot of talk that GM's upcoming fullsize truck engine will
have the "most power in it's class." I know that can't be true with the beefed
up 5.4 Triton tht will roll out for 99.


I found all the specifications here for the GM engines. Now I just need you
guys to supply me with Ford's specifications on it's Triton Line-up for 1999.
Please make sure it's from a reputable source.

Any any and all of this is info I'm looking for; (in the form of)

Type: (5.4L V8)

Displacement: (5233cc)

Valve Configuration: (OHC)

Horsepower: (255 4600 rpm)

Torque (lb-ft): (330 2800 rpm)

Maximum Engine Speed: (5200 rpm)


Since I don't subscribe to this F-150 list from this address, and this topic is
off-subject for the small truck list, please reply to me directly via e-mail.
If you guys are interested, I will be more than happy to post the comparison to
the list. If anybody knows what Dodge's numbers are, I'll post those in the
comparison as well.


Please send replies directly to;

qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com


Thanks in advance guys:
Mike in Michigan



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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 11:07:11 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

>But what is more reliable a naturally aspirated V-8 or a supercharged
>V-6...plus from all the gas mileage discussions before the V-8 would
>more than like get better gas mileage to boot! More power, more mpgs,
>say there is nothing to lose. Next time you run into a V-8 dakota and he
>blows your doors away you'll wish you had a V-8 also!


This where we luck out as Ford owners. Ford has done much more forced
induction research than Chevy or Dodge. Dodge is a close second but they
dont have the refined machines that Ford has in their stable. The 3.8 liter
supercoupe motor is more than capable of cracking into the 200K milestone
with ease. The 2.3 Turbo motor from the 87-88 turbocoupes and 85.5-87
mustang SVO is one ass kicking 4 banger. In stock trim the thing was rated
at 225HP as much as the Mustang GT the same year. It would run circles
around the GT on a road course though due to the weight difference.
I've been buying up turbo motors left and right looking for the right
combination to break into the 300HP mark, every last one of them has over
100k and the cylinders are still round. I have less than 1200 bucks in my
motor and I can bury a V-8 dakota like a dead pet.
- -Russ

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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 09:06:04 -0700
From: "Douglas Crann"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Wheres the VSS?

the end of the speedometer cable where it goes into the t-case
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From: Joe Zuk
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Thursday, August 13, 1998 6:49 AM
Subject: FTE Small - Wheres the VSS?


>I have a 87 Bronco II and the onboard computer is complaining about a
>low reading from the VSS (vehicle speed sensor). Where is this thing
>located? I checked in my manual and I can't find where its located.
>
>Thanks,
>Joe
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 11:19:53 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ"
Subject: FTE Small - BOLTS question

Help! I had to cut off some bolts and have since lost them. I have
the factory service manual but all it gives ms is FORD #s for the bolts,
not the actual bolt-info like diametere, length, grade, etc.

Where can I get this cross-reference? Or do I have to order everything
through the dealer?

87 Bronoc II... I'm putting the rear bumper back on... many bolts were
rotted too... Thanks for your help!

An update on my welding efforts: other side - which I _thought_ was
in much better condition turned out to need the same amount (if not more)
of repair!! Sigh. I plan to be done by Monday... this means another roll of
pictures :-) I did get to turn the truck around in the driveway...
felt good to "drive" it again :-)

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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:48:43 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - BOLTS question

must get bolts from dealer they are supplied in a headgasket kit there
is a new design nd torque sequence

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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:50:26 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Wheres the VSS?

it is located in the rea differental it supplies vss info to ecc
computer and the abs module

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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:08:57 -0500
From: Anthony Rio
Subject: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder

At what speed does the computer shut it down? I thought it was 105mph. I
have done over 90 (where the speedo stops) and it was still revving higher
at that speed (although the engine was really "wound up"). I would guess
the fastest I have had it was 95ish on 6 or 7 occasions (late at night on
illuminated Chicago expressways with no traffic). The fuel didn't cut out,
I cruised along at this speed for several minutes.

However, I will admit this isn't a very safe or prudent speed. Normally I
stay below or at 80mph.

Also, out of curiosity, what is the cut-off for my 95 Eddie Bauer Explorer?
I have had this under similar situations out to about 90-95mph. I'm not
brave enough to go any faster.

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Sent: Thursday, August 13, 1998 8:56 PM
To: 80-96-list ford-trucks.com; 80-96-list-digest ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder

In a message dated 98-08-11 06:46:12 EDT, owner-80-96-list-digest ford-
trucks.com writes:


need
to go!! :)
>>

Computor won't let you go any faster, it shuts down the fuel system.....
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 23:16:59 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder

You can have a chip burned for your EEC that will
delete the max speed function, also the Rev
limiter. Ford did away with the max speed function
on alot of cars a few years back. Honda faced
litigation after a few CRX's turned around
backwards after the engine burped when hitting the
max speed function. I believe Hondas computer
interupted the ignition. Interupting the Fuel
system at high speeds would not be a good thing
either. I had it deleted from my Ranger and the
rev limiter moved to 17 grand. I figure I'd rather
blow up the motor than crack up the truck.
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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:20:27 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - changing tranny & differential fluids

As for changing your tranny fluid i would do it every 30,000 miles if you do
a lot of normal driving if you tow a boat or do a lot of stop and go city
driving then maybe every 20,000 or so if you do extreme driving like towing
its maxium load like a boat every weekend then every 15,000 ...As for
differentials its good insurance to do it about 40,000 miles......
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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:24:46 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions

They said they would put the 4.0sohc in the ranger but guess what they
didn't........
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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:26:52 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

i do have the v8 there 94 lighting and it would be nice for the truck to
have a v8 but guess what they don't have one so why not just up the v6 its
smaller but yet its also a lot lighter.....and still better on gas...........
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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:29:04 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

See now thats what i'm talking about........
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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:33:02 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

Acually a the 4.0L with a Paxon gets better gas mileage then most v-8s. The
best thing about a supercharger is that it doesnt decrease mileage unless it
is in the boost zone. Unless you have a lead foot and floor it off every red
light you wouldnt be killing your mileage that bad at all. Thats just one
reason why superchargers are starting to be found in more and more cars from
the factory unstead of turbos. Turbos decrease mileage no matter what your
engine is reving.
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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:39:31 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Fwd: FTE Small - Ford Motors

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This is true superchargers are a better alterternative to turbo's ....They
usually make more boost then turbo's they also lack turbo lag they have power
from the get go and they don't kill your gas mileage unless like he said you
have a lead foot......thats why most manufacturers are coming out with
supercharged cars.........

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Acually a the 4.0L with a Paxon gets better gas mileage then most v-8s. The
best thing about a supercharger is that it doesnt decrease mileage unless it
is in the boost zone. Unless you have a lead foot and floor it off every red
light you wouldnt be killing your mileage that bad at all. Thats just one
reason why superchargers are starting to be found in more and more cars from
the factory unstead of turbos. Turbos decrease mileage no matter what your
engine is reving.
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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:43:32 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - 96 explorers all wheel drive system

Does anyone know of any down falls to this all wheel drive system now in the
explorers...I have just purchased one and i can't seem to get it stuck in mud
and gravel..That part i'm very happy with but i've noticed a real groan coming
from it when i'm stepping on the gas and ihave it up in the 4 to 5 thousand
rpm area.. Do the transfer case's hold up as good as the control trac's any
input is appreciated....
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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:46:34 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - 96 or newer performance upgrades to the explorer

Has anyone done any performance upgrades to there 96 or newer explorers i'm
looking to beef mine up a little maybe get a few more ponies out of it and
increase my mpg when i'm not stepping on it any input on any parts that work
well with this setup of the 5.0 v8 with the all wheel drive system.........
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 23:59:52 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - BOLTS question

You (thomas oslick jr) wrote:
> must get bolts from dealer they are supplied in a headgasket kit there
> is a new design nd torque sequence

THOSE bolts I would have no problem getting from the dealer. But I
need a LOT of bolts. I need some that hold on the rear bumper, some
that hold on cross-members on the frame, etc.

My plan _now_ is to measure the diameter & required length and
get the best grade I can to match. You bet: overkill. And it's
still a lot cheaper than "official" replacements from the
dealer...

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Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:13:07 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Re: FTE Small - I'll try it again

Make sure you have the same axles in both. If you look at the pumpkin
you can tell. The Dana 28 has 12 bolts holding in the third member
whale the Dana 35 has 10 bolts. When I bought new hubs for my dana 28
from warn they had extra steps to convert and some more parts you
needed. Don't know the price since I didn't need it. Hopes this helps.....


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