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small-list-digest Thursday, October 15 1998 Volume 02 : Number 289



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Bronco II and 2.9L Performance
Re: FTE Small - Re: Aerostar Height
[none]
FTE Small - RE: production #s
FTE Small - RE: Uh??? No!
FTE Small - Bronco II V8 engine swap
FTE Small - C4 -C5 automatic trans parts interchangability
FTE Small - RE: Towing and Wheel ?'s
FTE Small - bronco 2.9 performance
FTE Small - camper
FTE Small - FTE - Explorer XLT 97 windshield wipers
Re:FTE Small - '91 Explorer 4 Wheel Drive Problem
Re: FTE Small - bronco 2.9 performance
Re: FTE Small - FTE - Explorer XLT 97 windshield wipers

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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 09:05:03 -0400
From: Jim Storch
Subject: FTE Small - Bronco II and 2.9L Performance

TJ,

You'll find that performance upgrade products are not as plentiful for
your 2.9L BII as they are for other vehicles like Mustangs, Camaro's
or even VW's. The best information you'll find is on the message board
call "KUNZ KORNER" at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford ranger. com/wwwboard3.html.
This is an "excellent" board dedicated to the performance and
maintanance
of the 2.9L V6 engine. There's some great info posted to this board
every
day by some very knowledgable people. The question you asked about the
K&N filter is covered here too. Several people have described in detail
how they've adapted the K&N cone type filter to their engines. Other
topics include exchanging throttle bodies, port matching intakes,
headers
and exhaust to name just a few.

Another excellent message board to visit is the "BRONCO II FORUM" at
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://4x44u.vmag.com/forum/b2-1097. This forum is dedicated to the
entire vehicle from bumper to bumper.

JimS
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 08:08:32 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Aerostar Height

>>I recently put a six inch lift on my Ranger. Can somebody tell me how
>tall my
>>garage door is?
>
>I found the formula while paging through my well-used copy of Murphy's Law.
>After running the numbers several times with the same result it seems
>there's a high probability that your garage door will measure out
>approximately 1" lower than your truck.
>
>Later.... Pete
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Or, about 3 feet short (on a stock 4wd Ranger) if some bonehead leaves his
bike on the roof rack!
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 09:16:59 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: [none]

Dan Funk wrote:
>I've been looking at Explorers for the past month or so. My budget-or
>lack there of - will only allow for a used truck. 93s & 94s abound, but
>95s seem to be in short supply. I live in southwest B.C. Also, what is a
>general rule of thumb on dealer prices - 10% 15% 20% off of the posted
>sticker?? Thanks, Dan

I've been looking at Explorers also. One note to consider is that the '95s
and newer are a different animal than the '94's and older as far as the
suspension goes. IFS on the former, TTB on the later. Depending on your
plans for the vehicle, '94 and older Explorers are supported much better by
the aftermarket with lifts, etc.

Where in BC? Anywhere near Osoyoos? I was born and raised just across the
border in Tonasket, WA. Beautiful country.

Later... Pete
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 09:21:38 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: production #s

Sorry if this shows up twice, but I accidently sent it the first time
without a subject and I think the server rejects those (?)

Dan Funk wrote:
>I've been looking at Explorers for the past month or so. My budget-or
>lack there of - will only allow for a used truck. 93s & 94s abound, but
>95s seem to be in short supply. I live in southwest B.C. Also, what is a
>general rule of thumb on dealer prices - 10% 15% 20% off of the posted
>sticker?? Thanks, Dan

I've been looking at Explorers also. One note to consider is that the '95s
and newer are a different animal than the '94's and older as far as the
suspension goes. IFS on the former, TTB on the later. Depending on your
plans for the vehicle, '94 and older Explorers are supported much better by
the aftermarket with lifts, etc.

Where in BC? Anywhere near Osoyoos? I was born and raised just across the
border in Tonasket, WA. Beautiful country.

> Later... Pete
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 09:33:44 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Uh??? No!

Andre wrote:

>No, actually you don't owe me
>a reply, and you obviously
>don't remember my post.
>Apology accepted.

You're right, but I do remember your reply and it was a good one. I was
actually responding to the same person/message that your original post was
intended for and accidentally inserted your name. Sorry 'bout that. I
totally agree with your view on performance chips. Hope that clears it up.

Later... Pete
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 09:43:17 -0700
From: John Adkins
Subject: FTE Small - Bronco II V8 engine swap

Hi all,
Has anyone on this list done a V8 engine swap on a Bronco II?
My '84 Bronco II is a nice truck but really lacks torque with the 2.8L
V6. I was wondering if anyone had any exeperiences with this swap they
could share.


Thanks,

John
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 09:46:40 -0700
From: John Adkins
Subject: FTE Small - C4 -C5 automatic trans parts interchangability

Hi all,

I have heard that some parts on the C5 trans will also work on a C4 and
vice-versa. I've heard that bellhousing could be changed on a C5 to a
C4 bellhousing so that a V8 could bolted onto the C5. Is this true?

Thanks,

John
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 10:15:15 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Towing and Wheel ?'s

Brad Allerheiligen wrote:
>I am planning on towing my 2wd Ranger XLT Supercab (The truck is
>lifted 5 inches and has 31 inch tires on it) behind our motorhome for an
>upcoming Glamis trip. What is the best way to tow a Ranger (short of a
>flat bed trailer)? Are there any pitfalls to be aware of?

I work for a distributor of Marine & RV parts and accessories (wholesaler
to dealers) which includes all the towing products. You asked "what is the
best way" my suggestion if you plan to tow often would be one of the
folding tow bars like the StowMaster 5000 from Roadmaster, the Excali-Bar
tow bar by Demco (the Kar Kaddy people) or the tow bar from Blue Ox.... all
good products that will control the Ranger. With each you can either choose
to use the bar that attaches to the vehicle via brakets and then hooks-up
to the motorhome via its receiver hitch or, visa~versa, if you have a
front mounted receiver hitch on your Ranger, the bar can be mounted to the
rear of motorhome. With a 5" lift you may need to use a ball mount with a
5" drop and then flip-it depending on which way you go. Check in at your
local RV dealer for expert advice.... the new tow bars are the way all the
motorhomers are towing these days.

Later... Pete
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 12:44:03 PDT
From: "Bryan Snyder"
Subject: FTE Small - bronco 2.9 performance

Get a set of JBA headers (about $350-$400), a 160 degree thermo ($5),
K+N ($35-$55 depending if stock or custom cone, good coil and wires
($100 or so), a ported upper and lower intake (Cost varies on how cheap
you get a set of manifolds and if you port them or if someone else
does), and a 86-87 Throttle body from another 2.9 ($15-$40). Also make
sure you have a good rotor, plugs, etc etc.

Bryan

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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 14:48:17 -0600
From: "Don Lewoniuk"
Subject: FTE Small - camper

Has anyone had any experience carrying a camper on a Ranger? I personally
don't think it's possible as most full size users go to a 3/4 ton for the
extra suspension needed for the weight and the engine needed to overcome the
air resistance. A fiberglass trailer manufacturer makes campers that are
advertised for imports (compact) trucks but I'm wondering how feasible this
actually is.

Don

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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 23:05:32 +0100
From: Nick G Moulsdale
Subject: FTE Small - FTE - Explorer XLT 97 windshield wipers

My windshield wipers are wimpy, they are small and lift off in the
wind, especially on freeway driving here in Europe. Anybody
successfully replaced theirs with a different size,make,type to
Ford'd standard?

Nick Moulsdale

nick.moul zetnet.co.uk

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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 23:02:45 +0100
From: Nick G Moulsdale
Subject: Re:FTE Small - '91 Explorer 4 Wheel Drive Problem

Hi Karl,

Well yes I did get roughly your problem, ie everything flashing,
struck in low. I'm into computers and I knew that it was 60/40 a
computer problem as opposed to a mechanical one. So we computer guys
have one solution we always try first. Turn it off, count to 10 and
turn it on again. If that doesn't fix it, call in an engineer!

Seriously, we probably both did something, like not giving LOW long
enough to engage/disengage before shifting or switching the 4x4
switch. Who knows? If it doesn't happen again, great, if it does, try
my solution! Only if that doesn't work, then worry!

Good Luck.

Nick

Karl Noah wrote:-

Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 09:22:16 -0400
From: "Karl Noah"
Subject: FTE Small - '91 Explorer 4 Wheel Drive Problem

Hello FTE,

I've gotta a problem that I'm sure is going to cost me some bucks, but I'd
like to know a little more about my problem before I bring it to the
shop.....

To make a long story short, I placed my Explorer in 4X4 Low and everything
seemed to run okay one minute and then next thing I know, all the 4X4
indicator lights are out (i.e., the "4X4" and "Low Range" on the dash and
the two indicator lights on the switches) and I'm stuck in low range. I
pushed all the button several time---nothing, no click, nothing, read the
owners manual (thought I might be doing something stupid), checked the 40A
fuse in the Power Distribution Box, tore the dash apart and removed the
switch and looked at the pc board and I found absolutely nothing wrong.
Not having the manuals with me the only thing that I could think of doing
next was to disconnect the battery and reset the computer and
nothing---still in low range. I have no idea if the computer does anything
but is sure looked as if the electronics, thus indicator lights, weren't
getting signals.

Anyway...I basically gave up and started to work on a game plan of getting
this thing towed and finding somebody to work on it when I ask my Dad to
get him and verify that it was in Low. As soon as I turned the key all the
indicator lights came on and everything was back to normal!!!!! I was able
to engage and disengage the 4X4 several time! Go figure-----

Okay guys/gals, any ideas? Has this happened to anybody else? Any
insights would be much appreciated.

Karl M. Noah
'91 Explorer XLT
Gaithersburg, MD

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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 18:54:19 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - bronco 2.9 performance

Bryan Snyder wrote:
>
> Get a set of JBA headers (about $350-$400), a 160 degree thermo ($5),
> K+N ($35-$55 depending if stock or custom cone, good coil and wires
> ($100 or so), a ported upper and lower intake (Cost varies on how cheap
> you get a set of manifolds and if you port them or if someone else
> does), and a 86-87 Throttle body from another 2.9 ($15-$40). Also make
> sure you have a good rotor, plugs, etc etc.
>
> Bryan

160degree thermostat is not good! It increases engine wear as the oil
never gets to operating temperature and the computer won't come out of
cold loop! Try 180! I know some guys are still going to try to tell you
to run 160...its your choice!
Chris
94 Lightning #381
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 22:35:57 EDT
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