small-list-digest Thursday, August 13 1998 Volume 02 : Number 227



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment
Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment
FTE Small - R/A bushings
FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions
Re: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions
FTE Small - Explorer add-ons
FTE Small - Ford Motors
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
Re: FTE Small - 4.0L performance article in Truckin'
FTE Small - Explorer/Ranger platform
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger with SOHC
Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment
Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment
Re: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions
Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment attn mike krause
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
FTE Small - beefing up 5.0's in the explorer
Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors
FTE Small - changing tranny & differential fluids
Re: FTE Small - changing tranny & differential fluids

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 07:57:31 -0500
From: "Mike Nassour"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment

From: Ding060297 aol.com


7F00,0000,0000> What does happen

> to explorers around the 50k area is the radious arm bushings go and they will

> cause the truck to pull to one side but the alignment machine will say that

> there is no problem thats because there isn't while its sitting only when you

> drive the truck is when this occurs.....what happens is the bushing moves in

> and out excessivly and makes the wheel base actually smaller on one side and

> that makes it pull it won't cause any uneven tire wear but it will cause a

> pull and it will also have a clunking noise when pulling into driveways and

> etc.



Hmmmm.....those bushings were replaced by my dealer about
three months after I bought my 92 (April of 92). I wonder if newer,
more reliable parts would have been installed or is this something I
have to look forward to again on mine (with 88K miles)?


mn

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 08:23:31 -0500
From: Mike Krause
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment

While we're on the subject of bushings, I thought I'd add my $.02. I've heard that the bushing do go out rather quickly on the radius arm due to the heat coming off the exhaust, but I've also heard that the replacement job costs a fortune. A friend to
me the dealership wanted around $700 just to replace the bushings. I've bought Energy Suspension bushings and am going to attempt the job myself over Christmas when I'll have a whole day to complete the task. $30 for the Energy Suspension bushing and a
day's work seem a lot cheaper than $700. A quick question, To take off and re-install the spring, do I need a spring compressor or not?? I've got a '91 Explorer 2 wheel drive. Thanks.
Mike Krause

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:37:20 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: FTE Small - R/A bushings

>While we're on the subject of bushings, I thought I'd add my $.02. I've
heard that the bushing do go out rather quickly on the radius arm due to the
heat coming off the exhaust, but I've also heard that the replacement job
costs a fortune. A friend to
>me the dealership wanted around $700 just to replace the bushings. I've
bought Energy Suspension bushings and am going to attempt the job myself
over Christmas when I'll have a whole day to complete the task. $30 for the
Energy Suspension bushing and a
>day's work seem a lot cheaper than $700. A quick question, To take off and
re-install the spring, do I need a spring compressor or not?? I've got a
'91 Explorer 2 wheel drive. Thanks.
> Mike Krause

Mike you dont need a spring compressor. All you need is a 1 1/8 deep well
socket and a long extension to drop down through the top of the spring perch
to losen the bolt. After that they just twist out. You also need this 1 /18
inch socket to take the radius arm nuts off. Before you do this go down to
the dealership and buy the plastic washer thingy that the bushing in the
back of the bracket sits in. These always break and I've broke several after
the polys were installed. (They should be under 5 bux )The radius arm must
be torqued to the right spec also! Very important! I can't recall what ft
lbs it was right at the moment but it will tell you in the instructions.
Also, if your radius arm bracket has bolts in it, it would be much easier to
unbolt the brackets and crossmember and do it from there. Taking the springs
out and dropping the axles from their pivots sounds too much like work. If
your radius arm brackets are riveted on, the rivets are pretty soft and easy
to grind off. Replace them with Grade 8 Nuts bolts and lock washers. Check
with http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.fabtechmotorsports.com for any other 2wd goodies you may
want to add to your christmas list. Their spring tower w/ dual shock mount
is the cat's ass!

- -Russ
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/Baja/Canyon/2457

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 09:28:45 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions

I am a little lost now (could be that since I am on digest, posts might be
getting out-of-order). Mine is a 1997 Ranger XLT Supercab 4WD, with the 5
speed automatic. I thought I was getting the 4.0 SOHC when I ordered it,
but Ford put in the pushrod 4.0L. So,

- - Did Ford ever intend to put the SOHC in the 1997 Rangers? I think the
1997 sales brochure called the 4.0L a SOHC.

- - Can I assume, then, that the SOHC will fit without modification to the
truck (other than maybe moving a wiring harnesses or new engine mounts,
etc.) into the '97 engine bay? IMO, the current layout makes for tight
quarters when changing plugs, it would have to be next to impossible with
the SOHC, probably even worse with headers.

- - Is the AL4D the same, or similiar at all, as the 5R55/4R44, as the
transmissions are referred to in the shop manuals?

- - Also, does anyone know *absolutely* the exact lineage for Rangers
(compact version, non late '70s/early 80s first-generation rebadged Mazda),
Explorers, Bronco IIs (and Aerostars). How are they related, did they come
from the same "platforms", how much mechanically was really shared between
them? We need someone from Ford to step us through this one as though we
owned the other brands. ;^)

Dave


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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 14:02:15 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions

I am a little lost now (could be that since I am on digest, posts might
be getting out-of-order). Mine is a 1997 Ranger XLT Supercab 4WD, with
the 5 speed automatic. I thought I was getting the 4.0 SOHC when I
ordered it, but Ford put in the pushrod 4.0L. So, - Did Ford ever
intend to put the SOHC in the 1997 Rangers? I think the 1997 sales
brochure called the 4.0L a SOHC. Can I assume, then, that the SOHC will
fit without modification to the truck (other than maybe moving a wiring
harnesses or new engine mounts, etc.) into the '97 engine bay? IMO, the
current layout makes for tight quarters when changing plugs, it would
have to be next to impossible with the SOHC, probably even worse with
headers.

They had intended to put the SOHC motor in the ranger but the demand for
the engine in Explorers took that option away(Fords excuse anyway). Yes
it should bolt up! My problem is that the pushrod 4.0L probably has more
power done low then the SOHC ever will, so you would be gaining power
with rpms instead of having power in the lower rpms. Not sure though!

Is the AL4D the same, or similiar at all, as the 5R55/4R44, as the
transmissions are referred to in the shop manuals?
They are the same the 5 speed is a 4 speed with an extra gear between 2
and 3!

Also, does anyone know *absolutely* the exact lineage for Rangers
(compact version, non late '70s/early 80s first-generation rebadged
Mazda), Explorers, Bronco IIs (and Aerostars). How are they related,
did they come from the same "platforms", how much mechanically was
really shared between them? We need someone from Ford to step us
through this one as though we owned the other brands. ;^)

Engines, transmissions, rears basically the same platforms and
powertrains with different suspensions and on the Aerostar and Explorer
there is an AWD(designed to keep you ON the road) Not sure if they are
similiar setups(I doubt it) The ranger and BII shared 4WD setups as does
the Explorer and Ranger do now. The Mazda versions are exactly the same
mechanically just a little facial and apperance differences...Mazdas are
always uglier than there counterparts! Ford now has controlling interest
in Mazda like 52% or something like that.
Help this helps
Chris
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 21:32:24 +0200
From: "todd and mignon"
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer add-ons

Need some help in trying to locate and order parts for my 94 EB 4dr 4wd 4.0
AOD Explorer from Germany as I'm stationed over here and 4wd shops are hard
to find. I've e-mailed 4wd Parts and Wholesalers because they had what I
wanted and haven't gotten a reply in 2 weeks. I need any help in locating
a business who wants my business! I'm specifically looking for some step
bars to fit an Eddie Bauer, Optima Battery, Safari-type roof rack, possibly
a winch (leaning towards milemarker) and a hi-lift jack, any help and or
advice would be very greatly appreciated!

Todd Dittmer
e-mail: MTD Silyn-Tek.de
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 12:13:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Mr. Peanut"
Subject: FTE Small - Ford Motors

I hear a lot of questions about different engine configurations, swaps
and searches for reliable performance. I asked some long-time ford
mechanics about this and they told me Ford is in a transition to the
OHC motors, but will still use pushrod types until everything gets
tooled-up, allocated, marketing surveys, etc. I personally think it
would be more cost effective to produce the SOHC 4.0LV6 and SOHC
4.6LV8 for: ranger, explorer, aerostar platform (and others). These
motors are already in production and have proven reliable over
millions of customer miles. This would ensure better quality (just
producing 2 motors for these models is easier and more efficient on
the assembly line), lower prices (economies of scale), and a large
supply of replacement parts as these vehicles age. Aftermarket
accessories will also be abundant because the large numbers of similar
engines n use. Hopefully in the next 2-3 yrs this will be a reality,
and the ranger will have a V8 option. Just one man's opinion. Anybody
listening to this at Ford??

_________________________________________________________
DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 15:06:32 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

At 12:13 PM 8/12/98 -0700, "Mr. Peanut" wrote:
Hopefully in the next 2-3 yrs this will be a reality,
>and the ranger will have a V8 option. Just one man's opinion. Anybody
>listening to this at Ford??
>
- ----
I think a V8 is nice but in my opinion if someone wants a V8, they should
get a F-150. 4.0 V6 is all the power a Ranger needs.

Alan's Ford Ranger Site
(http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.cris.com/~Usctrojn/Ranger/ranger.shtml)

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 16:23:14 -0700
From: DOUG KAER
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L performance article in Truckin'

I have already installed a K&N "Replacement" Filter on my 93 Aerostar
4.0L, and it really DOES feel better... especially a higher RPM.
However, automatic trans don't stay there long.

Has anyone had any experience (good or bad) with the Superchip or
Hyperchip on the 4.0L V6? There just doesn't seem to be enough solid
DATA out there... seems like a lot of hype ad promotion.

Doug Kaer

Anthony Rifici wrote:
>
> Pages 244-246 of the October issue of Truckin features a bolt-on
> build-up of the 4.0L V6. They use a bunch of goodies from "4.0 Liter
> Performance". They bolt on headers, a 63mm throttle body, a 73mm mass
> airflow sensor, Accel plug wires, a Superchip, and their own K&N filter kit.
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 20:21:53 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer/Ranger platform

>Is the Ranger based on the same platform as the Explorer now?

The Explorer has always been based on the Ranger platform. Perhaps duly
modified to fit the needs of a SUV, but the basics, e.g. engine, trans,
front/back differentials, transfer case, front drive mechanism, brakes,
dashboards, etc. were usually the same.



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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 20:35:26 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

Mr. Peanut wrote:
>
> I hear a lot of questions about different engine configurations, swaps
> and searches for reliable performance. I asked some long-time ford
> mechanics about this and they told me Ford is in a transition to the
> OHC motors, but will still use pushrod types until everything gets
> tooled-up, allocated, marketing surveys, etc. I personally think it
> would be more cost effective to produce the SOHC 4.0LV6 and SOHC
> 4.6LV8 for: ranger, explorer, aerostar platform (and others). These
> motors are already in production and have proven reliable over
> millions of customer miles. This would ensure better quality (just
> producing 2 motors for these models is easier and more efficient on
> the assembly line), lower prices (economies of scale), and a large
> supply of replacement parts as these vehicles age. Aftermarket
> accessories will also be abundant because the large numbers of similar
> engines n use. Hopefully in the next 2-3 yrs this will be a reality,
> and the ranger will have a V8 option. Just one man's opinion. Anybody
> listening to this at Ford??
>
What I would like to know is why ford uses to different V-6s that
created the same amount of power F150 OHC v-6(4.2 205hp) and explorer
OHC v-6(4.0 200hp)! Why can the windstar get a PUSHROD 3.8 200hp and the
ranger gets a 4.0 with only 160!!! the aerostar is done with, dropped
from production!
Chris
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 21:49:32 EDT
From: Jckarkka aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Ranger with SOHC

In a message dated 98-08-11 18:27:08 EDT, garrpam netgsi.com writes:

>
No No No! Aerostars do not have a separate frame. I spent 2 hours lying
under my Aerostar changing the front halfshaft last night. There is no frame
down there.

The Ranger and Explorer share a virtually common construction (body on frame)
and running gear.

The winstar is actually a derivative of the Taurus, ie same platform and
running gear.

If you are truly interested in learning about what the industry considers a
platform, etc, I suggest you figure out how to wrangle a subscription to
Automotive Industries magazine. Normally you have to work for an auto
company, component supplier, or tooling supplier to get a subscription.

Your dealer is correct in that the sohc's are fully allocated to the SUV's
(per A. I.).

The 5 speed automatic transmission is basically the same as the old 4 speed
automatic. The extra gear comes from applying overdrive in second (or maybe
first) gear in addition to the normal 3rd gear. I think BMW first popularized
this

Other than that I wouldn't rely too much on the dealer as a source of
information. Most of them, or at least their employees, are simply retailers,
pretty far down on the auto industry food chain.

Alan K.
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 21:54:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment

cut the rivits off of the brackets. i have seen where the bushing wears
away and where the radius arm goes through the bracket is worn egg
shape. check those brackets. brackets can be bought at a ford dealer

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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 23:42:11 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment

For some reason i had a 92 explorer and when i purchased it ten months ago
with 52k on it i needed the right side radious arm bushing replaced ..ten
months later the same side is bad again and the orginal left one is still good
go figure...so yes you might need it again in time........chris.c
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 23:47:59 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger SOHC questions

Ford never intended for the 4.0 sohc to go into the ranger and it won't for a
while either..there staying with the old 4.0 with the 160hp
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 23:44:56 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Alignment attn mike krause

This job isn't anywhere near $700 i just had a near by goodyear dealer do it
and it only ran me $79.00 and they did an alignment just to check everything
out...its not that bad of a job and no you don't need a spring compressor when
you drop the bolt off the spring put a jack under the axle and just let it
down it will just drop down for ya.........how nice.........chris c
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 23:51:39 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

I don't think the ranger needs a v8 if you really want more power just do a
paxton supercharger that'll jump you 160hp to at least 225hp and thats all the
power any ranger needs
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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 23:59:17 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - beefing up 5.0's in the explorer

I'm looking for anyone who has done any work with the 5.0 v8 and has
upgraded any perfromance parts....I'm looking to do some beefing up myself but
i'd like to hear from ya first before i go out and pay out the ass for these
chips and bigger throttle body's that don't do much....and waste my time and
money....any info is greatly appreciated.....chris.c
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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 00:01:21 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Motors

I have to disagree here....I think the 300 RWHP
makes for a happy Ranger. I'm around the 225 mark
now and I still would like more.

Besides we need Ford to put up a better than 160
number because jeep posted higher with their
powertech inline 4.0. Whats the fun in being
childish if you cant say "My dad can beat up your
dad!"

- -Russ


>I don't think the ranger needs a v8 if you really
want more power just do a
>paxton supercharger that'll jump you 160hp to at
least 225hp and thats all the
>power any ranger needs


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Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:46:30 -0700
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: FTE Small - changing tranny & differential fluids

I know this is a real basic question, but I'm hoping someone will take
pity on me & clue me in. I change my engine oil every 3000 miles, but
I've always been unsure about how often to change my tranny &
differential fluids. I'm coming up on 10,000 miles on my '98 Ranger 4WD
and would really appreciate others input. thanks.

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Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 02:11:45 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - changing tranny & differential fluids....


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