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Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 04:00:22 -0400 (EDT)
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small-list-digest Monday, May 18 1998 Volume 02 : Number 136



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Auto Hubs
Re: FTE Small - size of gas tank
Re: FTE Small - Truck Fest - Clarification
FTE Small - Rear end gear ratio q's

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Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 02:53:15 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Auto Hubs

In the dick cepek catalog They list warn as making outo hubs for your
truck. I have an 86 ranger and replaced my factory manuals with the
warn manual hubs. I have had them for 2 moths with no problems. They
were around 140a pair from cepek. The ford ones from a delership were
180 or so each. If you use the manual hubs they are easy to change. It
takes longer to take the wheel off then change the hubs. The
instructions included are very easy to understand. One mor thing is the
front axle change in 90 so make sure you get the right ones. Hope this
helps.

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 ranger 4x4
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Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 09:09:00 -0700
From: Mark Pawlowski
Subject: Re: FTE Small - size of gas tank

Richard you're lucky the kid didn't hit you in the rear bumper. I have a 97
SC XLT 4X2 and a buddy and I went fishing last week. While backing up
looking for a good spot to use to walk down to the river bank I backed into
a 4 inch tree that was growing out of the ground at a slant away from the
rear of the truck. I might have been going .0009 mph when we felt a jar. I
got out and looked at the bumper. On the passenger's side there's a puck the
size of a large orange. The bumper is bent downward (twisted down) and
pushed up towards the bed of the truck. The brace/bracket ($7.50 little arm)
is also bent.

The bumper is $265 without the plastic step guards. The little bracket is
$7.50. A 4 yr. old child riding a trike in your driveway would have been
going faster that I was and I'm sure this child's trike would do as much
damage to the left side of the bumper if it were hit.

I'm not going to replace the bumper with a Ford product, they are pure junk
in my book. I'll get one of those 3rd party bumpers if/when I replace the
damaged one.

I'd say you're REALLY lucky to have the minor damage you had.

Look at the front of your Ranger. Under the driver's side headlight there's
a fiberglass part that looks like it fills in the space between the front
bumper and the head light area. A dump truck and I passed each other going
in the opposite direction and he kicked up a rock that broke the fiberglass
part about 3 inches to the left of the driver's headlight. The rock didn't
go all the way through the fiberglass, it made a puck about the size of a
jumbo egg and it was about 1/8th in deep. I had that part replaced by Ford
at a cost of $325.00. That part is $108.00. You're whole grill is only
$89.00 (My Ins. adjuster thought that should be replaced too but I put that
money in my pocket, there wasn't anything wrong with it).

The Ford body company buys the part, then they paint it the color of your
rig. They have to drop the front bumper to get the old part off and your new
part on.

That fender guard you talked about.. That's sold in pairs at a tad over
$200.00. I thought they looked nice and wanted to add those to my truck
until I was told it would cost me close to $425.00 for four. They are made
30 miles from where I live in Portland Oregon but you can't buy them from
the factory. I guess it costs about 2 bucks each to make.

I love my Ranger but if this is FORD TOUGH I'd like to meet the person that
thinks these trucks are TOUGH. I'm sure they are using the word to mean
'Looks Great' not using the word TOUGH to mean 'Strong'.

Mark

Richard Salitra wrote:

> > 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: Sun, 17 May 1998 09:31:58 -0700
From: Mark Pawlowski
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Truck Fest - Clarification

I'm interested, please post.

Mark

Ken Payne wrote:

> The Truck Fest mentioned earlier is a truck show that is going to be
> at several locations around the USA. It's put on by Peterson Publishing,
> publishers of Custom & Classic Trucks and several other truck mags.
> It's not a classic truck show but a show for just about everyone.
>
> It really belongs on our event guide but the release is too large
> for it (1.5 pages).
>
> If a few more members let me know they're interested it will get
> posted.
>
> Ken Payne
> CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 23:01:29 -0400
From: Luke Wells
Subject: FTE Small - Rear end gear ratio q's

I have a 96 2.3 liter ranger and was wondering without taking off the
rear end if there was a way to figure out which gears i had, also was
wondering what would be the best gears to put in this if I want a faster
0-60, thanks

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