small-list-digest Saturday, August 1 1998 Volume 02 : Number 214



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Re: FTE Small - 1998 Ranger Rear-end tweak
Re: FTE Small - Aftermarket camshafts for 2.8 L

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Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 09:18:36 -0500
From: Mike Harms
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 1998 Ranger Rear-end tweak

>Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 10:41:43 -0500
>From: "David Steelman"
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - 1998 Ranger Rear-end tweak

> I just called and talked to a guy at James Duff about their
traction bars
>(their original bars are pretty much universal for Rangers and
Broncos) and
>told him about the noise and what the dealer had done. He said
that the
>dealer should not have simply tightened the u-bolts because
when they
>loosen, they stretch. (Or when you tighten them, they stretch.
Something
>like that, anyway.) He seemed to think that tightening the
bolts was
>actually dangerous and the dealer should have replaced them
instead.
...

If u-bolts loosen up on a new vehicle then they should just be tightened
up as they probably weren't checked at Pre-Delivery and were loose from
the factory. If after being tightened once, they loosen up again,
replace them. U-Bolts are not expensive and if they loosen up after
being tightened that means that they are stretching and eventually could
break. Stretching could be caused by bad metal in the u-bolts or
someone put too big an impact on them the first time and overtightened
them, stretching the threads. It could also be a problem with the nuts
on the u-bolts but it should be worth it to mess with.
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Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 12:28:18 -0400
From: "Mark Canning"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aftermarket camshafts for 2.8 L

Try Competition Cams at www.compcams.com. They have a program (camquest, I
think)that you can download that asks you questions about the way the car
is driven, engine size, auto or manual trans, gear ratios, tire size, carbs
or Fuel injection, etc then gives you their recommended cam with all the
specs for duration, lift overlap, etc. for both intake and exhaust so that
even if you don't buy their cam you can atleast compare the specs with
anyone elses. I looked a cam up for my 85 Bronco II 2.8 L and they have at
least 5 different grinds from OEM replacement, Steet/Strip, RV types to some
pretty long duration, probably won't idle type, performance cams for circle
track applications.

The program works for any size engine they support, 2.8 2.9, 3.0, 4.0, 302,
351etc fords, chevys and chrysler products.


>Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 16:09:25 +0000
>From: Garr&Pam
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aftermarket camshafts for 2.8 L
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>Alan Gustafson wrote:
>>
>> Next month I'll be pulling the 2.8L engine out of an 85 Ranger 4x4 that
>> I recently acquired, in order to do a light overhaul. Since the
>> camshaft will be removed from the engine, I'm considering replacing it
>> with an "RV grind" version to improve low end torque a bit.
>> Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a parts store that shows a
>> performance cam listing for this engine. My question is, has anyone
>> come across a decent cam for this engine?


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