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Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 09:19:20 -0600 (MDT)
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small-list-digest Monday, May 4 1998 Volume 02 : Number 123



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In this issue:

FTE Small - size of gas tank
FTE Small - 98 Ford Explorer Sport
Re: FTE Small - 98 Ford Explorer Sport
FTE Small - JET chip for sale
FTE Small - ADMIN: Web chat back up
FTE Small - transfer case swap
FTE Small - Re: Dana 28 to Dana 35

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Date: Sat, 02 May 1998 07:19:32 -0700
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: FTE Small - size of gas tank

> I've got a '98 Ranger Supercab 4WD. The few times I've taken the tank
> to the point where the gauge was pegged at empty and the low fuel
> light went on, the tank has only taken a little over 15 gallons. The
> most it's taken is about 15.8 gallons. If I allow for an extra gallon
> or two, this only takes the tank capacity to about 17-17.5 gallons.
> Exactly what the tank capacity is on a regular cab Ranger. I've
> looked under both regular and extended cabs and the tanks look
> identical. I was wondering if my fuel gauge might need adjusting, if
> the tank is actually only about 17 gallons capacity, or if I've got a
> 20 gallon tank and it's normal to peg the needle at empty with almost
> 5
> gallons left in the tank.
>
> One time I called the service department of a local Ford dealership
> and had some guy try to tell me that it's physically impossible for an
> extended cab to have the smaller tank as the two models are built on
> different assembly lines and the smaller tank wouldn't fit on an
> extended cab anyway. He also tried to tell me that he has experienced
> the exact same thing with his Bronco. He sounded like your typical
> car salesman, willing to say anything if he thought it would help him.
>
> Anyway, I was wondering if anybody else has noticed this. Now that
> I'm not using that junk ethanol fuel, I'm averaging a hair over 20mpg
> (with a 4.0L and 3.73 rear) on the highway. Those extra few gallons
> of tank capacity are surely missed when I take my Ranger on the long
> weekend
> roadtrips into the mountains.
>
> As a sidenote, I thought the following might be appreciated. Some
> teenage kid driving his parent's car recently sideswiped me, almost
> driving me up onto the curb into some trees. I had to steer back into
> the street as I braked. The kid's parent's car had a heavily damaged
> rear passenger panel and the rear bumper was almost torn off from the
> passenger side. My Rangers body and paint were still perfect. Only
> my front driver's side wheel flare had some minor scuffing. The cost
> to replace that wheel flare is less than $100.00 which the kid's
> parents are paying. The cost to repair their Dodge Aries K car, who
> knows and who cares. It's nice to know that my truck's built so
> solid.

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Date: Sat, 2 May 1998 23:22:11 -0400
From: richardjwilson juno.com (Richard J Wilson)
Subject: FTE Small - 98 Ford Explorer Sport

Hey all! I have a 1998 Ford Explorer 4 Wheel Drive Sport (2 Door). It
only has 2000 miles on it.. The other day when I came home from work I
noticed a puddle of fluid underneath of it. Further inspection led me to
the fact that it was Automatic Transmission Fluid. So I brought it to
the dealer. The problem was the Transfer Case Seal. The dealer opened
it up and replaced the seal.. everything seems to be fine. My question
to all of you is this (because I am not that familiar with the Transfer
Case).. is it NORMAL for the transfer case to be leaking at 2000 miles?
Is this a SIGN of bad things to come with my new truck? The MAIN reason
I bought an Explorer was their remarkable maintenance history and
reliability. Any thoughts would be appreciated.. by the way.. WHAT does
the transfer case do anyway (I'm assuming it's some sort of a reservoir
for the automatic transmission system). Thanks..

Richard Wilson

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Date: Sat, 02 May 1998 21:56:46 -0700
From: Rick Horwitz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 98 Ford Explorer Sport

>is it NORMAL for the transfer case to be leaking at 2000 >miles?

What do you think?


>Is this a SIGN of bad things to come with my new truck?

Not necessarily. It could be an isolated problem.

>by the way.. WHAT does the transfer case do anyway (I'm >assuming
it's some sort of a reservoir for the automatic >transmission system).

The transfer case directs the power to the front and rear axles. In
two wheel drive only the rear driveshaft turns. In four wheel drive
both drive shafts turn. The transfer case and transmission both have
their own fluid supplies. The fluid from one unit doesn't flow into
the other.

Now my turn for a question. Why did you buy the 4x4 Explorer?

Rick Horwitz
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Date: Sun, 3 May 1998 19:12:47 -0400
From: "Joe Merchak"
Subject: FTE Small - JET chip for sale

Hi everyone

I just had to replace my JET chip after 5 years of flawless service. JET
upgraded the module to one that plugs into the rear of the computer instead
of between the computer and the wiring harness. Anyway I dont feel like
adding it back to my truck so I am selling the BRAND NEW module. It is
brand new in the box, I just got it 2 days ago. The chip is for a 93
Ranger/Bronco II with an 3.0L engine and automatic. If your interested let
me know. I would like to get $150.00 (that over $100.00 off retail). Like
I said it is brand new and has a lifetime warranty.

Joe

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Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 19:56:32 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Web chat back up

Web chat is back up. This new chat is simpler than the last
chat engine and will hopefully give us less trouble.

Enjoy,
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 21:28:11 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: FTE Small - transfer case swap

I heard that the older ranger pre 85 had a lower low range in the
transfer case. Has any one else heard this or done it?
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Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 21:36:45 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Dana 28 to Dana 35

Pete Lawless wrote:
>
> >
> > I am currently in the process of swapping in a Dana 35 to replace my Dana
> > 28 on my '88 STX. Sounds like you're wheeling your rig pretty hard (like I
> > do), so the Dana 35 swap is a good choice, it is a direct bolt in and is
> > not hard to do. I've priced a "refurbished" D35 here locally in Calif. at
> > about $850.00 pre-loaded with 4.56's and left open. Before I pick it up and
> > perform the swap I'm collecting several other items to do at the same time:
> > ARB air locker, Warn manual hubs and extended radius arms. I'm running 35"
> > BFGs that just don't agree with the little Dana28.
> >
> > I did the 8.8 swap a couple of years ago after exploding the 7.5 and have
> > had no problems with it after much abuse.... its pretty much bullet proof
> > and it's also a direct bolt in with the exception of an adapter needed if
> > you choose to retain your stock driveline.
> > Later..... Pete

Where are you getting your Dana 35. I live just out side of San Diego.
How do you like the 4.56 gears with the 35's. Would you go any
lower?What kind kind of extended radius arms are you getting. Also what
kind of adapter is needed for the rear axle and where do you get it.

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 Ranger 4x4
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