small-list-digest Sunday, August 16 1998 Volume 02 : Number 230



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions
FTE Small - 84 BII
Re: FTE Small - 84 BII
Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder
Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder
Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder
Re: FTE Small - re: q's about Superchip
Re: FTE Small - Rear Antilock
Re: FTE Small - re: q's about Superchip
Re: FTE Small - re: q's about Superchip

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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 09:12:42 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Ranger SOHC Questions

>Ford knows best how to turn a profit. If they really WANTED to, they
>could put the SOHC engine in the Ranger. You can't tell me that they
>can't make a phone call and double production on that engine. They
>aren't selling THAT many Contours. The Ranger is the #1 selling pickup
>without the SOHC engine, so why try harder?


It's not quite as easy as that. While I don't know the specifics, I'd wager
that a lot of the parts used in this engine are produced by outside
contactors and not by Ford. This means renogotiating contracts with these
vendors to produce more of these parts which, unfortunately, takes time. I
too want to see the 4.0 SOHC in the Ranger ASAP.

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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 12:21:51 -0700
From: norm map.com
Subject: FTE Small - 84 BII

I have a chance to pick up an 88 BII for parts. Was wondering what can
be used in my 84 BII. The motor has been messed with so I don't know if
it runs or not.F I unit has been unbolted from the manifold. I know that
the motors are not the same but are the other parts inter-changeable.

Thanks
Pete
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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 12:30:03 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 84 BII

Sure! You got a good set of axles, and the suspension is the same. Just
about everything except the motor in tranny are the same.
- -Russ
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From: norm map.com
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Date: Saturday, August 15, 1998 12:29 PM
Subject: FTE Small - 84 BII


>I have a chance to pick up an 88 BII for parts. Was wondering what can
>be used in my 84 BII. The motor has been messed with so I don't know if
>it runs or not.F I unit has been unbolted from the manifold. I know that
>the motors are not the same but are the other parts inter-changeable.
>
>Thanks
>Pete
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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 14:27:10 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder

I have a 90 ranger, And I got clocked draggin a friend, The cop say i was
doing 126, I have the 2.9 V6
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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 11:48:47 -0700
From: "Douglas Crann"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder

doubt it very much, when was the last time the radar was calculated 1972?
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Date: Saturday, August 15, 1998 11:34 AM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder


>I have a 90 ranger, And I got clocked draggin a friend, The cop say i was
>doing 126, I have the 2.9 V6
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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 15:01:47 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder

Douglas Crann wrote:
>
> doubt it very much, when was the last time the radar was calculated 1972?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: FrdRngrLvr aol.com
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Date: Saturday, August 15, 1998 11:34 AM
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: FTE 80-96 - 300 6 cylinder
>
> >I have a 90 ranger, And I got clocked draggin a friend, The cop say i was
> >doing 126, I have the 2.9 V6

I would doubt it too hearing it from someone but I have been in an 88
ranger with the 2.9 and an ranger gt with the 2.9 one was an auto the
other a stick....the auto was actually quicker! I will say they fly! If
my 2.3(don't have the truck no more) can get up to the 105 speed limiter
I can't see (given enough road) why the 2.9 won't do 126!
Next time you run into one race him you'll swear its not a 2.9!
Chris
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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 15:27:37 -0700
From: DOUG KAER
Subject: Re: FTE Small - re: q's about Superchip

Pete Lawless wrote:
>
> Doug wrote:
> >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.
>
> Hey Doug,
> I can't vouch for Superchip but I know when I installed a JET Perforamance
> module on my '88 2.9 a couple years ago I initially didn't "feel" anything
> either. It actually took about 20 miles of driving or more before the
> computer "learned" the new codes and made the adjustments. However the next
> day when I went for a drive is when I really noticed a difference in power.
> ie: the truck was pulling long uphill grades easily in 5th gear that I
> would have had to shift down to 4th before.
>
> Did you leave it in for awile or take right back out??
>
> Later..... Pete
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Pete, I was the one originally asking about Superchips and Hyperchips.
Another fellow (Josh) said that he did not "feel" anything. My question
still holds, although you have answered some of it: Is there a "real
performance boost" from chipping, or is it mostly hype?
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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 17:47:39 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear Antilock

You (MadDog15M aol.com) wrote:
> I have a 87' Ford Bronc 2 and on the onboard computer it says Rear Antilock.
> The lady said that the light turned on when it hit 100,000 miles. Should I
> take it to the dealer to have it checked on or what or is it something that I
> could probobly fix myself? Thanks for the help.

You'll need to pull out the code from the ABS computer. Depending on what
it is, it may be easier (but definitely not cheaper :-) to take it to the
dealer. I don't think there's any 100K mile counter so it's most likely
a real fault. The 3rd party service manual pale in comparison to the
factory manual... has a whole chapter on the ABS in anal details :-)

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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 18:51:32 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - re: q's about Superchip

i know most of them require you to run 93 octane gas after the chip has been
installed. If thats the case, i think that what they primarily do is advance
the timing. On the 4.0L you dont have a distributor to advance. I think Ford
has retarded the timing quite a bit to allow the engines to run even on the
crappest gas.
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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 19:15:55 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - re: q's about Superchip

MindEfx aol.com wrote:
>
> i know most of them require you to run 93 octane gas after the chip has been
> installed. If thats the case, i think that what they primarily do is advance
> the timing. On the 4.0L you dont have a distributor to advance. I think Ford
> has retarded the timing quite a bit to allow the engines to run even on the
> crappest gas.
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Go to jmschip.com, this is a guy that most of the Lightning guys use.
They to say the don't get nothing from the other chips but has had good
luck with chris johnson! E-mail him and ask him about particular
applications! Along with advance the timing they can control the shift
points and firmness(autos), remove speed limiters and rev limiters or
set them where ever you want them! The key to advancing timing is also
leaning out the fuel a to match the timing since higher octane fuel
burns slower. On my truck i can advance the timing without a chip and I
bumped mine up from 10 degrees to 14! It does make a difference.
Hope this helps
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