small-list-digest Friday, June 5 1998 Volume 02 : Number 157



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Champion Truck Plug
FTE Small - Rear Ends
FTE Small - Bad Vibrations
Re: FTE Small - Carlisle Show
Re: FTE Small - Rear Ends
Re: FTE Small - Bad Vibrations
Re: FTE Small - Rear Ends
FTE Small - Syncro Gear Replacement

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Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 10:41:46 -0500
From: Randal Brown
Subject: FTE Small - Champion Truck Plug

Does anyone have any experience with the Champion Truck Plug? This is =
their copper cored plug, guaranteed for three years with unlimited =
mileage. Would it still be a good idea to change plugs once a year or =
would this plug tend to prolong plug changes? =20

Just changed plugs on a '89 Ranger, 2.3L. The driver's side plug closest =
to the firewall (#4) was a real "jewel" to remove due to the extremely =
limited space available. If anyone has found an "easy" way to remove =
this plug, I would definitely be interested to hear from you. I did =
remove the alternator, which gave more access to plugs #1, #2 & #3.

Thanks\ Randal vhprint flash.net =20

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Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 21:32:27 -0400
From: Andrew
Subject: FTE Small - Rear Ends

Hi All;

What is the easiest. way to determine if a differential is 7.5 or
8.8. What features can be seen without crawling to far under the truck?
I went to look through the archives, feeling this must have been
asked and answered previously, but could not figure out how to search them.
Any suggestions.

Andrew


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Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 12:42:08 -0700
From: "Ryan Miller"
Subject: FTE Small - Bad Vibrations

I have a 1987 Bronco II with the 2.9 V6, 4WD, Auto w/ overdrive and Auto
hubs. I've had a problem with two distinct vibrations at speed. At about 50
mph, in either D or OD, if I try to accelerate (especially uphill) I get a
hard vibration, like driving over a cattle grate. It will go away
immediately if I let off on the gas or shift manually. The mechanic took the
rear driveline out and I drove it (in 4WD) and it didn't do it, so it seems
to be in the driveline or rearend but he can't pin it down. I'd like to hear
from someone if they have had this problem before I go and buy a new
driveline.

The second vibration is a low rumble that starts about 58 mph. It doesn't
get louder as I go faster and it doesn't seem to be rpm related. I had
always written it off as tire noise, but while trying to fix the first
problem, he made this vibration worse. He was able to almost eliminate it by
rotating the driveline, but now I'm wondering if they are related.

Sorry that this is so long. I live in a remote, rural area and don't have a
lot of choice in mechanics, so any help would be appreciated.

Ryan Miller

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Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 15:56:01 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Carlisle Show

Where are you coming from?

Havre de Grace, Maryland...Harford County.
Thanks
Chris
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Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 15:54:38 -0400
From: daner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear Ends

crawl underneath and grab the numbers off the tag on the differential and
call up a ford parts place or the dealership I did this a month ago for my
'89 Ranger Custom (ext-a-cab) with 2.9L 5-speed and I have a 7.5.


At 09:32 PM 6/3/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi All;
>
> What is the easiest. way to determine if a differential is 7.5 or
>8.8. What features can be seen without crawling to far under the truck?
> I went to look through the archives, feeling this must have been
>asked and answered previously, but could not figure out how to search them.
>Any suggestions.
>
>Andrew
>
>
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Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 16:12:50 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bad Vibrations

I have a 1987 Bronco II with the 2.9 V6, 4WD, Auto w/ overdrive and Auto
hubs. I've had a problem with two distinct vibrations at speed. At about
50 mph, in either D or OD, if I try to accelerate (especially uphill) I
get a hard vibration, like driving over a cattle grate. It will go away
immediately if I let off on the gas or shift manually. The mechanic took
the rear driveline out and I drove it (in 4WD) and it didn't do it, so
it seems to be in the driveline or rearend but he can't pin it down. I'd
like to hear from someone if they have had this problem before I go and
buy a new driveline.
The second vibration is a low rumble that starts about 58 mph. It
doesn't get louder as I go faster and it doesn't seem to be rpm related.
I had always written it off as tire noise, but while trying to fix the
first problem, he made this vibration worse. He was able to almost
eliminate it by rotating the driveline, but now I'm wondering if they
are related.

Try having the driveshaft balanced!
Chris
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Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 16:09:36 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear Ends

What is the easiest. way to determine if a differential is 7.5 or
8.8. What features can be seen without crawling to far under the truck?
I went to look through the archives, feeling this must have been
asked and answered previously, but could not figure out how to search
them.

There is a tag on the rear cover(held on by one the bolts that holds the
cover on) it should read 8.8 or 7.5 and then the gear ration like maybe
3.55
What year is your truck? As far as I know only 4.0 and Splash package
come with the 8.8!
Chris
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Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 13:28:50 -0700
From: Stephen Otero
Subject: FTE Small - Syncro Gear Replacement

Hi Guys,

First question ever for the list from me so thanks for your support in
advance. Here goes.

I have '86 ranger XL 4X4 w/standard tranny. My question is this:

I'm replacing the 3rd and 4th syncros, have the tranny out and
ready to split but need to know if there is going to be any surprises
when I do this. Such as anything I might want to watch out for. Losing
parts (ha, ha). special gear removal/installation etc.

Again , Thanks in advance.


Steve O
86 ranger XL 4X4



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