small-list-digest Sunday, June 28 1998 Volume 02 : Number 178



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Lights under the hood of a 98 explorer...
FTE Small - Borla Exhaust Questions
FTE Small - Aerostart Exhaust flange studs breaking.
FTE Small - Thanks Jerry Dean & ??????
Re: FTE Small - V8 Ranger Emissions
FTE Small - AIR CONDITIONING WOES AND SHOCK QS
FTE Small - Front Hubs

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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 04:48:57 -0800
From: "Tom Watson"
Subject: FTE Small - Lights under the hood of a 98 explorer...

Having the nice new 98 Explorer for 6 months now, and I noticed that there
wasn't any light under the hood (not that it needs it, I haven't had a
"need"). But, in looking under the hood, I saw a hood operated switch
to the side, and wondered... I asked a mechanic friend for some schematic
of the wiring under the hood, and couldn't find either the switch, or
any empty light socket.

So, a couple of questions...
1) What does the switch do?? It isn't related to the anti-theft stuff!
2) Any clues as to how to wire up a light?? I understand that earlier
year models had such an accessory.

Thanks.
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Tom Watson Generic short signature
tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)
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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 11:26:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ryan Tourge
Subject: FTE Small - Borla Exhaust Questions

I am considering installing a Borla exhaust system on my '98 Ranger 3.0L.
Should I expect a decrease in fuel economy?
Is their anything else I need to do other then bolt it on? I assume the
computer will take care of the rest.

Thanks

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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 12:11:18 -0400
From: William Hopkins
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostart Exhaust flange studs breaking.

I'm having a problem with some exhaust studs breaking off at the flanges
on my 94 Aerostar. Only one has fell out of the LH exhaust manifold
flange, but each connecting pipe flange has one busted off flush with
where the stud threads into the mount. Anyone
want to save me a trip to the dealer and tell me what size these are,
I'll just probably get part store replacements for them. Any particular
reason for busting off? Only got 80000 on it.
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Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 22:13:19 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - Thanks Jerry Dean & ??????

Thanks for the response, I'm going to go check out the kits this weekend

Tony
94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed

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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 13:33:20 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - V8 Ranger Emissions

>I guess these are my concerns.
>It *must* be emissions-legal.
>* It's gotta pass emissions.
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Ted, you may not have to pass emissions. I don't know where your
from, but in Ohio you can register the vehicle as a "Collector Vehicle" and
avoid emissions testing. I have not checked into this myself as I don't
have anything that I would need it for. However, I have been told that
there aren't any significant driving restrictions under this type of
registration. I know several people in my county that have dropped massive
cubic inch, blown, carburated, nitros injected engines into late model cars
and registered them with collector plates. Lake county (Ohio) requires full
emissions testing every other year including putting the car on a dyno and
simulating driving conditions while sampling the exhaust, gas cap pressure
check, and complete visual inspection of the emissions controls. Collector
plates bypass all of this.
Check with your state BMV/DMV for details.

Good Luck,
Tony
94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed, soon to be E-checked

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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 15:25:25 -0400
From: Luke Wells
Subject: FTE Small - AIR CONDITIONING WOES AND SHOCK QS

I have two questions but they are independent of each other. First I own

a 96 splash 2.3L and i have had no problems out of it. But i do have one

concern as of late, whenever i turn on the air conditioner the car at
idle will be weak and make a hesitant click the battery gauge will go
down a little after it clicks and i have have noticed the lights will
flicker a little,after it idles for second like the truck wants to cut
off. I really don't use air condition alot but in this hot summer it is
a neccessity, thanks for any help.

Second i just lowered my truck 3 4 and was wanting a good set of
lowering shocks from a reliable place any suggestions welcome



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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 23:02:50 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Front Hubs

In a message dated 6/26/98 5:20:57 AM, you wrote:


manual hubs or should I pay the huge price for automatic ones. Also, during
the bad weather, could I turn the manuals on and drive in two wheel drive
and then turn on the 4X4 as I need it. I don't use the 4X4 except for bad
weather so I don't know much about them.

Chuck Anderson
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I'm only an amateur on 4WD, but I'd like to comment on this. I hope one of our
experts will give you more details. They did for me when I asked a similar
question. Yes, I think you can convert to manual hubs and save a lot of money.
It can be done to my '96 Ranger. Find a good 4X4 shop to do it since it
doesn't sound like you would be attempting it yourself.

I'm looking forward to someone answering your question about keeping the
manual hubs on, and just switching over the transfer case to go to four-wheel
drive. I think it can be done. I also think that you can get an adapter that
will permanently connect your front wheels to the axle. Then when you switched
to 4WD, only the transfer case would have to change. (Someone out there who
knows, please let me know if this is feasible).

Thanks,
Ron
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