small-list-digest Tuesday, August 25 1998 Volume 02 : Number 238



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In this issue:

FTE Small - 2.3 Litre Performance Stuff
FTE Small - 4.0l Bolt-ons
FTE Small - Getting better mileage and power...
FTE Small - RE: FTE Small-2.3 L Performance Stuff
Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Litre Performance Stuff
FTE Small - Aerostar suspension improvments

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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 08:42:24 EDT
From: RReed44450 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - 2.3 Litre Performance Stuff

I have a 1996 Ranger with the 2.3 litre 4 cylinder engine, and I am not
satisfied with the performance. I know that I should have bought the 6 cyl.,
but as long as I am stuck with the 4 cyl., what can I do to get some more
power? Does anyone know if there is a supercharger or turbocharger kit
available for this engine (with all plumbing and brackets)? What about
computer chips? Exhaust system mods? Please let me know what has been done in
this area, and what you think of the results.

Thanks,

Russell
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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 16:34:39 -0800
From: Brad Allerheiligen
Subject: FTE Small - 4.0l Bolt-ons

Well it time for more mods, and I want to do the Mass Air, Throttle Body,
and K&N open element kit deal, but was wondering who has the best
product? Plus should I try and keep my stockers just in case? Also I
already have BBK headers, and a Flowmaster muffler, will either of
these matter in the size of Mass Air/Throttle Body I purchase?

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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 14:41:35 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: FTE Small - Getting better mileage and power...

I have been thinking about ways of getting more boost out of my 3.0 V6 98
Ranger. I like the stock setup as is but I'm always looking for ways to
improve things about it.

My question is: Does getting a K&N air filter really help?
What about their other products(superchargers or something). What about
getting a new exhast system. I know this can be a couple of hundred of
dollars but what effects would I expect to see if I installed one and is it
very difficult to install.

Thanks for your help!
Alan Wilson


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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 17:46:23, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: FTE Small - RE: FTE Small-2.3 L Performance Stuff

For 2.3L perf stuff, call Warren at Kurtz Kustomz. (816-891-0998)

Josh
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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 23:34:52 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Litre Performance Stuff

There is a show on tv usally saturday mornings called shade tree mechanics...
and they have the same truck you have.... So far they have done a few little
changes and got some pretty good results.....They have changed the entire
exhaust system headers a new free flow cat and a nice cat back system You can
get that from borla dynomax flowmaster.
They also have changed there computer chip and bigger fuel injectors ...You
can also do little things like remove your belt driven fan and put in a
electric fan change to a k&n air filter things to this nature and you should
be able to pep up your little four banger pretty nicely..........ding060297
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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 00:38:22 EDT
From: MEB8100 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar suspension improvments

A while back I posed some questions asking if anyone had made any sucessful
suspension mod's to Aerostars. I didn't get any replies back except a few
asking that, if I did, let them know how it worked out. I just recently
installed KYB gas shocks and an Addco rear anti-sway bar. Big big BIG
improvement! The ride is much more controlled and firm without being harsh
and much less roll in corners. Haven't tested at full load yet but I expect
it to be much better. Shock installation was 1-2 hours and rear bar about 1
hour (some drilling). The improvements are so good that the weak link is now
the tires (Toyo Z800's). These will probably be replaced with some BF
Goodrich T/A's or similar. Hey, it's not a race car but for $240 I made some
excellent improvements to what a lot of you know is the best minivan out there
if you want room and vroom.

If anyone has any advice on tires or custom wheels, let me know.

Also, saw some questions recently about spark plug access, maybe Rangers? I
changed these in about 1 hour. Plugs had 60K and electrodes definitely worn.
I used Autolites. Best way to acess plugs is through the wheel wells.

Mark Biederbeck
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