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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Trailer Hitch
Re: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer
Re: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer
Re: FTE Small - hyperchip results..96 explorer
FTE Small - Other auto trans questions
FTE Small - RE: A few automatic tranny questions
FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer
Re: FTE Small - Other auto trans questions
Re: FTE Small - 2.9 V6 - Any Good?
Re: FTE Small - Tailgate Adjustment
FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer
FTE Small - Airbox Part II
Re: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer
Re: FTE Small - hyperchip results..96 explorer
Re: FTE Small - RE:chip or no chip that is the question??
RE: Re: FTE Small - Door Panel

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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 05:39:59 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trailer Hitch

I have a Hidden Hitch class III, 2" reciever hitch on my '97 4x4 Ranger.
The owner's manual specificly said that I would have to use a 19mm open end
wrench to access my spare, as the tire iron would no longer be able to
reach it. I keep a 19mm with now, not nearly as quick as the old way, but
I can get to the spare fine.

Dave
Denver, CO

>Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 12:54:42 -0700
>From: cassis
>Subject: FTE Small - Trailer Hitch
>
>Just a little piece of advice when you do get your hitch installed. No
>matter what the hitch says it is supposed to fit or what the people who
>install it say check your spare tire once it is installed. Make sure it can
>be removed. I recently had U-Haul install a class III on my 4x Ranger. They
>assured me I could still access my spare tire. In short, I ended up on the
>side of an interstate with no street lights. My hitch was in the way of the
>latching mechanism on my spare tire. I had to balance a flashlight with my
>teeth while I bent (using a tire iron as a hammer & beating the hell out of
>the latch) the latch straight to get the spare tire out. Believe me when I
>say this was no joy at 2:00am in the rain. I went back to the U-Haul and
>they just made a few adjustments on my spare tire carrier to get it to work
>right. Would have been nice if they had done this in the first place
>though. Anyway sorry for rambling on, but I hope this saves someone from
>going through what I did.
>
>John Cassis
>93' STX 4x 3.0/5-speed


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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 06:15:59 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer

This is taken from Superchip's web site, http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.superchips.com/ranger2.htm

"To increase performance we made a number of changes to the stock program.
To begin with we changed the stock program to run on high-octane fuel. In
order to correspond with the high octane we altered the fuel curve to run
leaner due to premium gas burning slower. With these changes alone the
vehicle gave an immediate response. Next to give more power in the bottom
and mid range where it was needed most, the ignition curves were altered
every 400RPM from idle to full throttle. This improved performance on the
hills, off the line and when towing. We then altered the transmission for
firmness and shift points to give a little more power. We took a close look
at the driveability of the vehicle and made some changes throughout to make
driving the Ranger even more enjoyable.

By making all these changes to the stock program, the Superchips program
offers you the extra power you need. By just adding a Superchips module we
have managed to give the Ranger an increase in horsepower of 10%-15% and
between 12%-17% in torque. The Superchips program has also..."

The computer in the truck is programmed to take several engine and vehicle
inputs, run them through an algorithm that tells the injectors and
ignition, etc., what to do and when. In an EEC truck, reprogramming the
ignition profiles will provide more HP, particularly if it is designed to
run on 93 octane. Couple that with a free flowing intake and exhaust, you
should see real performance gains fairly easily. Ford tunes the engines
for a balance of performance and emissions, tilted towards the emission,
thanks to the pile of red tape they have to go through for the EPA.

Dave
Denver, CO


>Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 18:31:14 EDT
>From: MindEfx aol.com
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer
>
>In a message dated 9/30/98 10:32:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
>maurerrm westinghouse.com writes:
>
>
> the timing or modify the shifts points to give a perceived hp increase. >>
>
>
>Advancing the timing on an engine thats been 'detuned' to run on 87 octane
>fuel does normally increase HP, but after that you have to normally run 93
>octane fuel or it will ping. To my knowledge every Ford (except maybe the
>Mustang GT or SVT cars) is tuned to run with 87 octane from the factory. I
>know my cousin advanced the timing on his Lightning 3 degrees i think and
>picked up a couple hundreths in the 1/4 mile. A couple hundredths isnt much,
>but its really good when you concider how much it cost... $0 because the
>lightning has a distributor so you dont need a chip to change the timing.
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Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 09:04:28 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer

They try to act as if they've worked some kind of magic voodoo. All they
do it move the values in a matrix a notch. Altering the shift points does
nothing for power for most rivers, but it fools drivers because they get a
"kick in the pants" during shifting. Unless you're running it through the
gears (ie, doing 0-?? light to light), the shift points won't make a
difference. I fail to see how they can alter the firmness. I seriously
doubt their 10-15% claim.


At 06:15 AM 10/1/98 -0600, you wrote:
>This is taken from Superchip's web site, http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.superchips.com/ranger2.htm
>
>"To increase performance we made a number of changes to the stock program.
>To begin with we changed the stock program to run on high-octane fuel. In
>order to correspond with the high octane we altered the fuel curve to run
>leaner due to premium gas burning slower. With these changes alone the
>vehicle gave an immediate response. Next to give more power in the bottom
>and mid range where it was needed most, the ignition curves were altered
>every 400RPM from idle to full throttle. This improved performance on the
>hills, off the line and when towing. We then altered the transmission for
>firmness and shift points to give a little more power. We took a close look
>at the driveability of the vehicle and made some changes throughout to make
>driving the Ranger even more enjoyable.
>
>By making all these changes to the stock program, the Superchips program
>offers you the extra power you need. By just adding a Superchips module we
>have managed to give the Ranger an increase in horsepower of 10%-15% and
>between 12%-17% in torque. The Superchips program has also..."
>
>The computer in the truck is programmed to take several engine and vehicle
>inputs, run them through an algorithm that tells the injectors and
>ignition, etc., what to do and when. In an EEC truck, reprogramming the
>ignition profiles will provide more HP, particularly if it is designed to
>run on 93 octane. Couple that with a free flowing intake and exhaust, you
>should see real performance gains fairly easily. Ford tunes the engines
>for a balance of performance and emissions, tilted towards the emission,
>thanks to the pile of red tape they have to go through for the EPA.
>
>Dave
>Denver, CO
>

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Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 09:25:59 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - hyperchip results..96 explorer

The mechanic is correct. First, what you're accomplishing with a
lower temp thermostat is running the engine too rich. It's like
a choke on a carb staying partial closed. Your truck will not
pass emissions in this condition. Also the inside our your exhaust
system will give definate signs that this is going on because it
will get coated with a fine black soot (partially unburned fuel).
Running an engine too cold is not a good idea. At 160 the motor
oil isn't even at an ideal temperature.

Ken Payne


At 10:38 PM 9/30/98 -0700, you wrote:
>I have a '91 Explorer and was told (by Ford Mechanics) not to put a lower
>temp thermostat. In fact, the Ford head mechanic stated that it prevents
>the engine from reaching the correct operating temperature (for the
>computer/electronics)???
>If you've had good luck with this, where can I purchase a cooler thermostat?
> Ford only sells one thermostat for a '91 Expolorer and it's not set at 160
>degrees.
>
>Ken

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Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 08:31:02 -0500
From: "John L. Winkler"
Subject: FTE Small - Other auto trans questions

Well, after almost 80k miles of cavalier treatment of my trans
and no fluid change, I had it flushed by one of those machines.
About 2 weeks later, it was shifting poorly, and I took it
back (they had recommended that I stop by so that they could
re-check the trans fluid level), and they added _1.5_ quarts
of fluid! After that, it shifted fine, but just this morning,
it was shifting poorly again, and upon checking the trans fluid,
it looks low again.

My question is: if I don't see any evidence of leaking at the
trans fluid pan, where is this fluid going?

JLW
jwinkler tivoli.com

>Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 23:33:28 EDT
>From: MEB8100 aol.com
>Subject: FTE Small - A few automatic tranny questions
>
>A few questions regarding presumably the same automatic transmission in a 91
>Ranger 4.0 4x4 and a 93 Aerostar 4.0 all wheel drive. I tow a fair amount.
>
>1. Does anyone make and has anyone used synthetic tranny fluid?
>2. Has anyone installed a tranny fluid temperature gauge and, if so, can you
>forward instructions on how to mount the temperature sensor.
>3. What about these "full flush" services that some places sell (costs over
>$100 to replace fluid in pan & converter? Anybody recommend this be done?
>4. Should the transmission be periodically serviced (bands, filter)? My
>owner manuals don't list anything specific.
>5. Any other recommendations to promote a long & healthy tranny life?
>
>Thanks, Mark Biederbeck
>
>PS - Is there anyway to "reply" to a specific letter when you receive the
>digest version?
>
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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 06:50:57 -0700
From: "Gillespie, John D."
Subject: FTE Small - RE: A few automatic tranny questions

Mike in reply to your question about Synthetic tranny fluid.... Yes, there
are and two of those companies have websites: Amsoil and Redline Oil
companies:
www.amsoil.com and www.redlineoil.com
. I have been looking into changing over to
synthetics for my 66F100 and SWMBO's 94Ranger Splash. My only concern is
the price of the synthetics. Hope this helps.

John Gillespie

Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 23:33:28 EDT
From: MEB8100 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - A few automatic tranny questions

A few questions regarding presumably the same automatic transmission in a 91
Ranger 4.0 4x4 and a 93 Aerostar 4.0 all wheel drive. I tow a fair amount.

1. Does anyone make and has anyone used synthetic tranny fluid?
2. Has anyone installed a tranny fluid temperature gauge and, if so, can
you
forward instructions on how to mount the temperature sensor.
3. What about these "full flush" services that some places sell (costs over
$100 to replace fluid in pan & converter? Anybody recommend this be done?
4. Should the transmission be periodically serviced (bands, filter)? My
owner manuals don't list anything specific.
5. Any other recommendations to promote a long & healthy tranny life?

Thanks, Mark Biederbeck

PS - Is there anyway to "reply" to a specific letter when you receive the
digest version?

Only by using your browser and cutting out the parts of the digest that you
do not want and changing the subject line to match the portion of the digest
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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 10:51:30 -0400
From: "Maurer, Robert M."
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer

MindEfx aol.com wrote:

>Advancing the timing on an engine thats been 'detuned' to run on 87 octane
fuel does normally increase HP, but after that you have to normally run 93
octane fuel or it will ping. To my knowledge every Ford (except maybe the
Mustang GT or SVT cars) is tuned to run with 87 octane from the factory. I
know my cousin advanced the timing on his Lightning 3 degrees I think and
picked up a couple hundredths in the 1/4 mile. A couple hundredths isn't
much, but its really good when you consider how much it cost... $0 because
the lightning has a distributor so you dont need a chip to change the
timing.>

I do not argue that advancing the timing will increase performance. But the
difference you feel is more in improved throttle response than pure hp
increase (probably only about 1-2 hp increase). I bet that if I added 5 hp
to your vehicle, without telling you, you would not notice any difference
(I'm not picking on you. Nobody can feel 5 hp).

BTW all Mustangs come from the factory with 10* BTDC. My old 93GT ran at
about 14* and my 93Cobra runs at 16* (and Yes I have to run premium
gasoline).

I don't disagree that a performance chip can be a good idea. My point is,
don't get sucked in by false advertising claims (adds 20 hp and 30 lb/ft or
torque). If you plan on making major modifications (MAF, throttle body,
injectors, etc.) wait until you are finished to get a chip. The best bet
will always be to go with a custom burned chip. Find a reputable shop that
will burn a chip to match the exact mods you have made to your vehicle.


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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 08:08:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Other auto trans questions

If there are no noticable leaks, which I assume there are not or the
answer would be obvious, there are only two places that I can think of
theat the fliud would go:
1. Check the vacuum line coming out of the modulator. You may be
sucking tranny fluid out through the modulator and burning it in
your engine. A small leak would not necessarily smoke enough to be
noticiable.
2. Check the antifreeze for traces of tranny fluid. The
transmission cooler might be leaking into the radiator.

Hope this helps.





- ---"John L. Winkler" wrote:
>
> Well, after almost 80k miles of cavalier treatment of my trans
> and no fluid change, I had it flushed by one of those machines.
> About 2 weeks later, it was shifting poorly, and I took it
> back (they had recommended that I stop by so that they could
> re-check the trans fluid level), and they added _1.5_ quarts
> of fluid! After that, it shifted fine, but just this morning,
> it was shifting poorly again, and upon checking the trans fluid,
> it looks low again.
>
> My question is: if I don't see any evidence of leaking at the
> trans fluid pan, where is this fluid going?
>
> JLW
> jwinkler tivoli.com
>
> >Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 23:33:28 EDT
> >From: MEB8100 aol.com
> >Subject: FTE Small - A few automatic tranny questions
> >
> >A few questions regarding presumably the same automatic
transmission in a 91
> >Ranger 4.0 4x4 and a 93 Aerostar 4.0 all wheel drive. I tow a fair
amount.
> >
> >1. Does anyone make and has anyone used synthetic tranny fluid?
> >2. Has anyone installed a tranny fluid temperature gauge and, if
so, can you
> >forward instructions on how to mount the temperature sensor.
> >3. What about these "full flush" services that some places sell
(costs over
> >$100 to replace fluid in pan & converter? Anybody recommend this
be done?
> >4. Should the transmission be periodically serviced (bands,
filter)? My
> >owner manuals don't list anything specific.
> >5. Any other recommendations to promote a long & healthy tranny
life?
> >
> >Thanks, Mark Biederbeck
> >
> >PS - Is there anyway to "reply" to a specific letter when you
receive the
> >digest version?
> >
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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 11:10:53 -0500
From: Mike Harms
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.9 V6 - Any Good?

Thank's everyone for your responses.

I'm gonna stick with the 2.9. A e-mail from Bob Marrs pointed me to
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford ranger. com/wwwboard3.html which shows some of the
possibility for the 2.9 as well as some performance mods that are
available. Nothing exotic, but quite reasonable stuff. One of my
criteria in this is to be able to do something a little different. I've
I'm going to go through the labor of rebuilding the engine myself, I
want to get a little something extra from it. Moving up to a 4.0 would
be possible as well, but I've already got all the stuff for the 2.9.
Maybe if after another few hundred thousand miles I'll do something
different.

One of my questions (that I forgot to ask) was what type of engine
management system is on the truck. But I believe a couple people
answered it by say it doesn't use a MASS Airflow sensor. If that's the
case, bummer. I agree, if it's not using mass airflow a Blower isn't
gonna give you what you want without some reprogramming of the main
computer. Thanks to "Bryan Snyder" who pointed that out more
specifically.

Regarding the 2.9 head cracking. I had heard that it was in '89 when
the head upgrade was done to help with the cracking. Now I've heard
'90. I'll have to check into that further.


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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 11:15:43 -0500
From: Mike Harms
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Tailgate Adjustment

>Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 12:52:30 -0500 (CDT)
>From: Sandman
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - Tailgate Adjustment
>...
>> stretched over time and the latches are not pulling back all of the
way.
>> How do you go about adjusting these? I can't see an easy way to get
at
>> the mechanicals in there without cutting a hole in the tailgate.
There
>> has got to be an easier way, isn't there?
>>
>> Thanks.
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>This happened to my 89 Ranger as well. I just doaked the latches in
WD40
>and it seemed to fix the problem. I didn't try opening the gate since
I
>got the same feeling you did about being able to open it up.

WD40 won't do me any good anymore. It's just plain worn. I pull on the
handle and can see the latches not pulling in all the way. The latches
don't pull in all the way real smoothly (after all the WD40), but it's
still not working. Maybe a visit to a local dealer body shop is on
order to see if they know a trick. If I find out, I'll post it.
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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 12:02:35 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer

>I would be leery about any chips from Hyperchip or Jet. Most just advance
>the timing or modify the shifts points to give a perceived hp increase.

>Rob

A good example of bad information.

Later.... Pete

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Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 12:29:46 -0700
From: "Steven Husaim"
Subject: FTE Small - Airbox Part II

Hi All,
As some of you may remember, I am replacing my airbox with a better system; for example the Tru-Rev kit. As for my situation, I have designed a kit simular to the Kustimz kit that will work with my truck (Kustomz does not make a kit for a 1992 3.0L). Everything is going OK, but I have one last problem...On the back of my factory there are two hoses that connect to the top if the box, and then they dissapear into the engine somewhere...Does anyone know what these are ? My theory is that they are for crank-case ventilation, but I'm not sure...If that is the case, how should I incorporate them into my design ? As it stands right now, I am getting 3" alumium pipe bent to fit my truck (Just like the kustomz kit), moving the battery, and making a plate that will match the MAS to the conical filter.

Thanks in Advance,
Steve


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Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 17:59:21 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: Hyperchip results..96 explorer

Advancing the timing on an engine thats been 'detuned' to run on 87
octane fuel does normally increase HP, but after that you have to
normally run 93 octane fuel or it will ping. To my knowledge every Ford
(except maybe the Mustang GT or SVT cars) is tuned to run with 87 octane
from the factory. I know my cousin advanced the timing on his Lightning
3 degrees I think and picked up a couple hundredths in the 1/4 mile. A
couple hundredths isn't much, but its really good when you consider how
much it cost... $0 because the lightning has a distributor so you dont
need a chip to change the timing.

He should have picked up more than that he should of got a few
tenths...thats what most Lightnings are getting by advancing the timing
to 14 degrees (instead of its stock 10) and running 93 octane gas. One
guy advanced it to 16 degrees ran 100 and something octane gas and got
into the 14.9 just by advancing the timing!
Chris
94 Lightning
#381

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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 22:14:54 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - hyperchip results..96 explorer

I have put in a 160 degree thermo and i have no problems in fact the truck
definitley runs more peppy and is just plain more fun to drive....I bought
mine from the auto store down the street ......so any parts store should be
able to get it.....ding
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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 22:26:09 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE:chip or no chip that is the question??

So whats the deal guys.? i've heard a thousand different things from a
thousand differnet people about these chips and lower thermostat
modifications.So far i've taken my 96 explorer with the 5.0 and changed the
thermostat to 160 and added a hyperchip module,plus a K&N air filter with no
air box surrounding it....I've have really noticed a difference nothing seat
of the pants breathe taking or anything but a little smoother a little more
peppy and just plain more enjoyable.....I have no problems with running a 160
thermo and so far the gas mileage has been the same and sometimes a bit
better...I think the truck chooses its gears a lot faster and a lot
quicker...Other than that it tows my boat more easily and is just a tad bit
quicker in the 1/4 mile so if there isn't any harmful results by running this
cool i think i'm gonna leave it....And yes i do have heat on those cold
mornings......But i still think it might even be a tad to low so come winter i
think i'll jump it up to 180 and see if it pings at the temp if it does i'll
remove the chip for the remainder of the winter season...........ding
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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 22:23:30 -0500
From: "Bob Johnson"
Subject: RE: Re: FTE Small - Door Panel

Steve,

And to think of all those times I slammed a door when something or other....


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