small-list-digest Saturday, June 6 1998 Volume 02 : Number 158



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In this issue:

FTE Small - 96 Explorer V8 - Info Needed
Re: FTE Small - 96 Explorer V8 - Info Needed
FTE Small - bigger engine?
Re: FTE Small - 96 Explorer V8 - Info Needed
FTE Small - Shocking story
RE: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - bigger engine?
Re: FTE Small - Shocking story
FTE Small - Re: Syncro Gear Replacement
FTE Small - Shocking Story
FTE Small - Gauges (was: Low oil pressure)
FTE Small - Brake lines??
Re: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - Shocking story
Re: FTE Small - bigger engine?
FTE Small - T-case slipping?
FTE Small - bigger engine?
Re: FTE Small - Carlisle Show

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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 09:04:51 -0400
From: "Butler, Rick"
Subject: FTE Small - 96 Explorer V8 - Info Needed

I have a 96 Explorer 2WD with V8. I am looking for any available
information on performance "kits" for this engine configuration.
Nothing dramatic, but perhaps a tuned exhaust, enhanced air filter
system, and FI remapping chip. I tow an enclosed trailer often, and
wouldn't mind a bit of boost.

Though very satisfied with the vehicle's performance, a few more HP or
pounds of torque never hurt anyone.


Rick Butler
Atlanta, GA
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Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 07:14:37 -0700
From: Rick Horwitz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 96 Explorer V8 - Info Needed

You can check out my Explorer website:
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.off -road. com /4x4web/ford/explorer and go to the "Explorer
Resources" page. There are a couple sites there that carry Explorer
engine accessories. My favorite of which is Vanir Technologies.

Hope this helps.

Rick Horwitz
explorer off -road. com
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.off -road. com /4x4web/ford/explorer



At 09:04 AM 6/5/98 -0400, Butler, Rick wrote:
>I have a 96 Explorer 2WD with V8. I am looking for any available
>information on performance "kits" for this engine configuration.
>Nothing dramatic, but perhaps a tuned exhaust, enhanced air filter
>system, and FI remapping chip. I tow an enclosed trailer often, and
>wouldn't mind a bit of boost.
>
>Though very satisfied with the vehicle's performance, a few more HP or
>pounds of torque never hurt anyone.
>
>
>Rick Butler
>Atlanta, GA
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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 10:22:00 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Randy L. Hatcher"
Subject: FTE Small - bigger engine?

Hi,I was thinking of putting in a bigger engine in my Ranger '86 year-
and was wondering which would be best for gas mileage--{have to drive 40+
miles from home to work + work to home} and has plenty of power for
pickup,etc. but not so much it costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
thanks..... and what engine would be easiest to stick in it,WITHOUT
modifying a lot of things????
it's a 2.0L/5 speed on floor 2 wheel drive..
NO accessories like air/etc..
just a basic truck,thanks for your help...
:)

afn23242 afn.org
Randy Hatcher
COMMODORE FREAK & COMIC BOOK GEEK
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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 11:18:09 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 96 Explorer V8 - Info Needed

I just put a Dyno Max prefomance exaust, i am I am very satified with it, A
very noticiable increes in overall hp..not to much torqe difference thoug, As
for a filter, K&N is the best way to go..

Hope this helps

Jim
90' ranger
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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 11:56:51 -0400 (EDT)
From: EI - Michael Ioco
Subject: FTE Small - Shocking story

Does anybody experience A LOT of static electricity when exiting their Ranger or
other Ford vehicle? All three of my Explorers since 94 have shocked me enough
to cause pain when I get out and close the door. My 98 Ranger is no exception.
I feel like a moron closing the door with my elbow. A co-worker just bought a
98 Ranger and is complaining of the same problem. His didn't experience the
problem with his 97 F-150, I haven't experienced it with the F-150, but another
co-worker get's it from his F-150 on occasion. With the Rangers it seems to be
EVERY time. Any ideas?

An no, I"m not going to put ground straps on it!




Mike in Michigan

98 Ranger SC ORP 4x4
97 F-150 SC ORP 4x4
96 Explorer Sport 4x4
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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 11:15:53 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Shocking story

If you make a mixture of downey fabric softener and water and just spray
this on the carpet in your ranger it will take care of the problem. I
usualy do this a couple of time during the winter. You dont need to spray
alot of it just a few squirts on each side.

John Cassis
93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed

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From: EI - Michael Ioco [SMTP:qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com]
Sent: Friday, June 05, 1998 10:57 AM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com; f150list hitchhikers.net
Subject: FTE Small - Shocking story


Does anybody experience A LOT of static electricity when exiting their
Ranger or
other Ford vehicle? All three of my Explorers since 94 have shocked me
enough
to cause pain when I get out and close the door. My 98 Ranger is no
exception.
I feel like a moron closing the door with my elbow. A co-worker just
bought a
98 Ranger and is complaining of the same problem. His didn't experience
the
problem with his 97 F-150, I haven't experienced it with the F-150, but
another
co-worker get's it from his F-150 on occasion. With the Rangers it seems
to be
EVERY time. Any ideas?

An no, I"m not going to put ground straps on it!




Mike in Michigan

98 Ranger SC ORP 4x4
97 F-150 SC ORP 4x4
96 Explorer Sport 4x4
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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 10:20:27 -0600 (MDT)
From: Keith Smith
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Shocking story

YES! Another instance where I thought it was just me- Thanks Ken!
I thought it was the nylon seat covers at first, but did a little
experimenting (carefully not rubbing against the material) and still
got respectably zapped. No insight though. Anybody?
- -keith


On Fri, 5 Jun 1998, EI - Michael Ioco wrote:
>
> Does anybody experience A LOT of static electricity when exiting their Ranger or
> other Ford vehicle? All three of my Explorers since 94 have shocked me enough
> to cause pain when I get out and close the door. My 98 Ranger is no exception.
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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 12:21:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: Uri Blumenthal
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Shocking story

EI - Michael Ioco says:
> Does anybody experience A LOT of static electricity when exiting their
> Ranger or other Ford vehicle? All three of my Explorers since 94 have
> shocked me enough to cause pain when I get out and close the door.

Frequently (but not always) with my Ford Explorer 98. Even more frequently
with Toyota Supra. Thus can't say it's Ford-specific.

> And no, I'm not going to put ground straps on it!

I've been too lazy/busy to look into this, but I have no aversion
against putting ground straps, it is may help.
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Uri uri watson.ibm.com
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Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 09:34:41 -0700
From: Keith Srb
Subject: Re: FTE Small - bigger engine?

At 10:22 AM 6/5/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi,I was thinking of putting in a bigger engine in my Ranger '86 year-
>and was wondering which would be best for gas mileage--{have to drive 40+
>miles from home to work + work to home} and has plenty of power for
>pickup,etc. but not so much it costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
>thanks..... and what engine would be easiest to stick in it,WITHOUT
>modifying a lot of things????
>it's a 2.0L/5 speed on floor 2 wheel drive..
>NO accessories like air/etc..
>just a basic truck,thanks for your help...
>:)
>
>afn23242 afn.org
>Randy Hatcher
>COMMODORE FREAK & COMIC BOOK GEEK
>------------------------------------------------------------------------

Check out James Duff Enterprises. They make adapters and such for putting
302 & 351 V-8's into Bronco II's & Rangers. Their URL is
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.jamesduff.com/

You might also be able to put a 2.9l V-6 out of another 86 into yours with
out a lot of modifications, but I am not sure. I have an 86 Bronco II with
the 2.9 and a 5-speed tranny, I get around 22 miles to a gallon in all
around driving.

Hope that helps!


Keith Srb herbie netvalue.net
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://members.netvalue.net/herbie
Mesa, AZ

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Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 09:31:37 -0700
From: Rick Horwitz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Shocking story

Yep, I get shocked when leaving my Explorer. Mainly happens in very
dry weather here in Arizona.

Rick


At 11:56 AM 6/5/98 -0400, you wrote:
>
>Does anybody experience A LOT of static electricity when exiting
their Ranger or
>other Ford vehicle? All three of my Explorers since 94 have shocked
me enough
>to cause pain when I get out and close the door. My 98 Ranger is no
exception.
>I feel like a moron closing the door with my elbow. A co-worker just
bought a
>98 Ranger and is complaining of the same problem. His didn't
experience the
>problem with his 97 F-150, I haven't experienced it with the F-150,
but another
>co-worker get's it from his F-150 on occasion. With the Rangers it
seems to be
>EVERY time. Any ideas?
>
>An no, I"m not going to put ground straps on it!
>
>
>
>
>Mike in Michigan
>
>98 Ranger SC ORP 4x4
>97 F-150 SC ORP 4x4
>96 Explorer Sport 4x4
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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 10:19:19 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Syncro Gear Replacement

Steve O wrote:
>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.

One suggestion: while you have it out replace the rubber plugs on top with
metal ones, these things dry out and leak fluid shortening the trany life.

Later.... Pete
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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 12:38:07 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: FTE Small - Shocking Story

I have had the same problem with three of my vehicles, an 81' Toy 4x, 92'
Ranger 2x, and my 93' Ranger 4x. The use of downey and water will take care
of the problem. Basicaly whatever is in the downey fabric softener also
takes care of static cling thus killing the static in your truck. I worked
in an office years ago that did this to their interior carpet in the winter
because of the bad static it would build up. Tried it in the 81' Toy to see
if it would work and it does. I have since used this on the other two
trucks with success each time. Try it out. Just use about 1/4 fabric
softener to 3/4 water. Put it in a spray bottle and spray a few squirts on
your carpet. It will last for a couple of months give or take a week or so.
Hope this helps.

John Cassis
93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed

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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 12:01:58 -0700
From: "Tim J. Clevenger"
Subject: FTE Small - Gauges (was: Low oil pressure)

Hi all,

Any suggestions on a place to look for gauges? I have an '86 Ranger =
with speedometer in the right circle and four-position cluster (temp, =
oil, fuel, charge) in the left circle and would like to replace them =
with something more accurate. =20

Ideally, I'd like a tach that fits in the left circle, a speedometer =
with higher rating than 85 mph in the right circle and fuel, charge, oil =
pressure, water temp, oil temp, vacuum and boost gauges along the top or =
bottom of the dash. Since I have a bench seat and stick shift, I could =
also built a center console if needed. TIA for any advice.

Tim

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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 09:58:16 -0600
From: "Dave Resch"
Subject: Re: FTE 80-96 - Low oil pressure

Factory instrument panel oil gauges are barely more informative than an
idiot light. The only useful information you can gather from the =
factory
gauge is if you've noticed a recent *dramatic* change in the oil =
pressure
as indicated by the gauge. Otherwise, if it's not on the bottom Low end =
of
the gauge, you're probably ok.

I would recommend connecting a decent quality mechanical oil gauge, if =
you
really want to know what your engine's oil pressure is.


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Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 16:00:20 -0500
From: Mike Krause
Subject: FTE Small - Brake lines??

I've been thinking about bleeding my brake lines and changing all the hoses on
my '91 Explorer with 121,000 miles because it's never been done. Anyone have
any experience on doing this alone compared to having it done?? Can anyone
recommend a certain brake fluid? One more....Anyone have any experience on
purchasing the steel braided brake lines and where I can get them??? Thanks so
much and sorry for all the Q's.
Mike Krause

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Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 17:26:02 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Shocking story

At 12:21 PM 6/5/98 -0400, you wrote:
>EI - Michael Ioco says:
>> Does anybody experience A LOT of static electricity when exiting their
>> Ranger or other Ford vehicle? All three of my Explorers since 94 have
>> shocked me enough to cause pain when I get out and close the door.
>
>Frequently (but not always) with my Ford Explorer 98. Even more frequently
>with Toyota Supra. Thus can't say it's Ford-specific.
>
>> And no, I'm not going to put ground straps on it!
>
>I've been too lazy/busy to look into this, but I have no aversion
>against putting ground straps, it is may help.
>--
>Regards,
>Uri uri watson.ibm.com

Its the tires. Low resistance tires, which helps bring up the
milage figures, are known for this. They've gotten better over
the years but the problem still exists.



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Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 15:49:25 -0600 (MDT)
From: Keith Smith
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Shocking story

On Fri, 5 Jun 1998, Ken Payne wrote:
> Its the tires. Low resistance tires, which helps bring up the
> milage figures, are known for this. They've gotten better over
> the years but the problem still exists.

If that's the case, will Downeying the carpets really help?
Downey the tires? ;(
- -keith
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Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 16:16:39 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Re: FTE Small - bigger engine?

I would go with the 4.0 out of a 90-92 ranger. I am not sure how bolt
in it is but i know it bolts to the motor mounts in rangers with the 2.8
or 2.9. This should keep your milage better than going with a V8. I
have an 86 ranger 4x4 with a4" inch lift 31's and stock gearing I get
about 17 with alot of mountain driving involved. Hope this helps.

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 ranger 4x4
Randy L. Hatcher wrote:
>
> Hi,I was thinking of putting in a bigger engine in my Ranger '86 year-
> and was wondering which would be best for gas mileage--{have to drive 40+
> miles from home to work + work to home} and has plenty of power for
> pickup,etc. but not so much it costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
> thanks..... and what engine would be easiest to stick in it,WITHOUT
> modifying a lot of things????
> it's a 2.0L/5 speed on floor 2 wheel drive..
> NO accessories like air/etc..
> just a basic truck,thanks for your help...
> :)
>
> afn23242 afn.org
> Randy Hatcher
> COMMODORE FREAK & COMIC BOOK GEEK
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> those that have minds don't use them,those that do can't think straight.
>
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Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 16:20:37 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: FTE Small - T-case slipping?

In my 86 ranger 4x4 My truck will slip out of gear when on a hill It
gets worse when in low range. It fells like it is jumping from tooth
to tooth. It does in in 2 hi but not as bad as in 4 low even on the
same hill. Is this the T case or is it in the tranny. Thanks in
advance.

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 ranger 4x4
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Date: 5 Jun 1998 18:23:34 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: FTE Small - bigger engine?

SM>Hi,I was thinking of putting in a bigger engine in my Ranger '86 year-
SM>and was wondering which would be best for gas mileage--{have to drive 40+
SM>miles from home to work + work to home} and has plenty of power for
SM>pickup,etc. but not so much it costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
SM>thanks..... and what engine would be easiest to stick in it,WITHOUT
SM>modifying a lot of things????
SM>it's a 2.0L/5 speed on floor 2 wheel drive..
SM>NO accessories like air/etc..
SM>just a basic truck,thanks for your help...
SM>:)

SM>afn23242 afn.org
SM>Randy Hatcher
SM>COMMODORE FREAK & COMIC BOOK GEEK
SM>------------------------------------------------------------------------
SM>those that have minds don't use them,those that do can't think straight.


I think it would be cool to have a Ranger with a 2.3 turbo out of a
Turbo Coupe T-Bird.
Buck Shoff

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