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small-list-digest Wednesday, October 7 1998 Volume 02 : Number 282



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In this issue:

FTE Small - ...no subject...
Re: FTE Small - Installing Speakers in an 87 Bronco II XLT
Re: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness
FTE Small - 94 Ranger bucking!
Re: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness
FTE Small - Removing Ranger Jump Seats
Re: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness
Re: FTE Small - '97 XLT Ranger Audio System
Re: FTE Small -paintless dent removal for those door dings
Re: FTE Small - Removing Ranger Jump Seats
Re: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness
Re: FTE Small - '97 XLT Ranger Audio System
Re: FTE Small - '97 XLT Ranger Audio System

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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 7:02:18 -0400
From: "Pierre Smith"
Subject: FTE Small - ...no subject...

In response to Nelson's question about his '87 Bronco II...

I've got an '86 Ranger which is probably very similar. I replaced the
front speakers with 3 1/2" Infinity's that I purchased from Crutchfield
(http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.crutchfield.com). They provided the adapter to allow them to
fit very nice. It's unclear what size Ford had in mind for the front dash,
4" or 3 1/2", but these 3 1/2" Infinity's fit and sound great. As for
other speaker location options, I cut holes in the doors and installed 5
1/4" speakers. However, it is now possible to buy a kit (again from
Crutchfield) that allows you to replace the front kick panels with a panel
designed to hold speakers. It looks like a much better alternative and
easier to install too.

Pierre

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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 05:32:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Installing Speakers in an 87 Bronco II XLT

Contact Crutchfield, they are on the web, they include adapters to
make just about anything they sell fit your application. They include
the adapters in the purchase price and I don't know if the adapters
are available separately.



- ---William Bracey wrote:
>
> Hello All:
>
> I recently purchased a 87 Bronco II. It is time to upgrade the
factory
> speakers. I pulled the ones out of the front dash and they have a
weird
> bold pattern. I was wondering if anyone sells an adaptor to allow a
> normal four inch speaker to fit or if anyone has installed other
> speakers with success (front or side panel).
>
> Thanks,
>
> Nelson
> wnbracey hotmail.com
>
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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Tue, 06 Oct 1998 08:36:52 -0400
From: Ed Yohe
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness

Russell,
I got my little cardboard box with the harness with my 98 Ranger. They
owe you the box.
Ed
98 Ranger 4 door

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Date: Tue, 06 Oct 1998 10:15:13 -0400
From: chris
Subject: FTE Small - 94 Ranger bucking!

My 94 Ranger 4x4 w/4.0 and 5sp manual w/70,000miles seems to buck or
studder during acceleration in 2nd or 3rd or 4th gear. This morning I
looked at the Tach and did not seem any movement durning this
bucking/studdering. I'm also having some difficulty getting the tranny
into 2nd if I fast accelerate out of 1st.
Ideas?
Chris
chris peake.com
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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 10:24:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: EI - Michael Ioco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness

Blow a gasket on them. Better yet, look at other trucks on the lot and see if
they have this little box - sometimes it's in the glove box.

I've got a collection of these at home. Got one from the 94 Explorer Sport,
both 96 Explorers and my 98 Ranger.

Mike in Michigan
98 Ranger 4x4 SC ORP
97 F-150 4x4 SC ORP
96 Explorer 4x4 Sport -- soon to be traded in for the 1999 Explorer, even though
I don't care for what they did to the front end of them......


> From: RReed44450 aol.com
> Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 21:17:48 EDT
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Cc: LBKaren aol.com
> Subject: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness
>
> Fellow Ford enthusiasts,
>
> I recently bought a '98 Explorer Sport with the towing prep package. When I
> got my hitch installed, at a reputable location, I was told that I should have
> gotten a trailer wiring harness with the truck?? I called the dealer that I
> bought the truck from, but they said that it doesn't come with the truck - I
> could buy one from the parts dept. So I went to another dealer, and they said
> it comes with the truck. Before I blow a gasket on the dealer that sold me the
> truck, can anyone confirm whether or not I was supposed to get a wiring
> harness with my 98 Explorer (in a little cardboard box I am told)?
> I would appreciate your comments. Thanks.
>
> Russell
> 98 Explorer Sport
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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 13:06:59 -0400 (EDT)
From: fss altavista.net
Subject: FTE Small - Removing Ranger Jump Seats

gmv ddc-us.com said:

> I too have a 98 4 door ranger. I agree on the
>usefullness of the jump seats. I actually ordered mine
>without them, but they came installed anyway. I
>wasn't charged for them, so I didn't raise a stink.
>Anyway, I also looked into removing these jump seats,
>only to discover that one of the bolts holding them in
>is a torx. What size torx socket do I need to buy to >remove this bolt?

The bracket holding my seats simply had a couple of regular bolts. The torx bolts held the seat to the bracket, but I used a regular socket to remove the bracket from the floor.

BTW, I understand that now, you can request no rear jump seats and Ford will give you a credit.

HTH

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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 16:25:01 -0700
From: "Robert Eberhardt"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness

It depends on weather or not your "Trailer Prep Package" was a package you
were charged for. I have seen numerous messages from people that said
beginning with the '98 model year the Explorer came standard with a "Trailer
Prep Package". It supposedly only included the tranny cooler and maybe the
heavy duty relays. The option "Trailer Tow Package" was something that you
could purchase. It added the lower gear ration axle, limited slip
differential, and the wiring harness.

Robert

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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 19:33:38 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '97 XLT Ranger Audio System

First of all the door speaker are 6X8's dump the optimus amp they do not
hit..and how many 10's are you talkin about?

Jim
90' ranger
regular cab

Alpine 7831 35x4
Mtx rtx01a crossover
Alpine T-501 amp 400 watts RMS
Pioneer ts-w26C 10' Sub in a q-logic box
Bad Boys fuse block and crankin' cables wiring
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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 22:13:12 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small -paintless dent removal for those door dings

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annoying door dings and minor dents and live in the jersey area i'm the man
your looking for...I can take out those door dings minor dents and damage from
hail storms with out painting and doing body work...My work is done with
special spring steel rods and lots and lots of time in training...I used to
work for a leasing company and i saw how they rape you at the door for all
those minor damages that weren't there when they gave you the car...Well now
before you turn it in have us take out the dings and it'll save you big when
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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 22:42:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (tommy oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Removing Ranger Jump Seats

did you know that on the 1999 rangers that the fog lights now come on
with the parking lights!!!!!!!!! what a great idea

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Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 22:39:20 EDT
From: RReed44450 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trailer wiring harness

Robert,

What you said appears to be the situation I encountered. I called the Customer
Satisfaction Center in Detroit, and they said that the harness only comes with
the optional "trailer tow package" with the limited slip axles. My truck has
the standard "trailer prep package" regular axle marked "NC" on the invoice.

Thanks to everyone that responded. I guess I won't be able to blow a gasket on
this one.

Russell
98 Explorer Sport
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Date: Wed, 07 Oct 1998 22:53:51 -0600
From: Eddie Torres
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '97 XLT Ranger Audio System

I'm thinking 2 10" amps behind each seat.

FrdRngrLvr aol.com wrote:
>
> First of all the door speaker are 6X8's dump the optimus amp they do not
> hit..and how many 10's are you talkin about?
>
> Jim
> 90' ranger
> regular cab
>
> Alpine 7831 35x4
> Mtx rtx01a crossover
> Alpine T-501 amp 400 watts RMS
> Pioneer ts-w26C 10' Sub in a q-logic box
> Bad Boys fuse block and crankin' cables wiring
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Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 01:56:10 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '97 XLT Ranger Audio System

In a message dated 10/7/98 12:54:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time, carz zianet.com
writes:

>


Two 10" amps...interesting comcept. But anyway, i assume you are talking
about subs. Two 10" will sound fine. Another option that works excellent in
small pickup trucks due to their small air space requirements is the Kicker
Solobaric. I had 2 12" Solobarics in my Ranger at one time and they sounded
great. They only require a sealed box of .66 cubic feet, you can easily fit 2
in a Ranger. If you still wanted to go with a 10" the box would be even
smaller, if I am not mistaken .44 cubic feet, but i may be wrong. Another tip
too, dont buy a prebuilt box. They are built fine as far as quality goes, but
every sub requires a very specific volume to preform at peak performence, that
specific volume is something you are very unlikely to find with a pre-built
box. Another thing to keep in mind with different types of box contruction,
sealed boxes are normally the smallest, and preform the best with more power,
and are less sensative to mistakes in air volume. Ported enclosures are a
little bigger, are hard to contruct because the port has to be tuned to the
sub (ie. a very specific length and diameter) and therefore are very sensative
to mistakes in construction. They also preform well with less power then a
sealed box, and generally will produce 3dB more then a sealed box with the
same amount of power. The third most common box you see is the bandpass. In
this enclosure the sub is completly enclosed inside the box, there is several
different types of bandpasses so i am not going to get into too much detail.
Bandpass enclosures are definetly the last thing a do-it-yourselfer would want
to tackle, they are very difficult to design and contruct properly. As far as
musical accuracy goes, sealed box are the most musicly accurate enclosure,
ported a close second, last bandpass. Bandpass are the most efficient at a
specific freq. and just tent to reproduce a 'booming' bass, good for rap music
or techno or whatnot, but not much else...they are also the largest.

As far as in my Range supercab, this is whats in it..

Sony MiniDisc Headunit w/ 10 disc CD changer
4 Boston Acoustics 5 1/4" Rally Series speakers
2 Boston Acoustics Tweaters with Boston Acoustics X-overs
Percision Power PC650 Amp - 50w X 6 4 ohms with built in crossovers and 2
dedicated sub channels
1 12" JL Audio 12W4-D4 With dual voice coils run in series to show a 2 ohm
load, then I run the amp sub channels in bridged mode to the sub to increase
power output from the amp to aprox. 200 watts.....


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