small-list-digest Saturday, June 5 1999 Volume 03 : Number 138



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Towing Trailers
[none]
FTE Small - Starting my Ranger
FTE Small - Re:
FTE Small - Towing Trailers
FTE Small - Towing
Re: FTE Small - Towing Trailers
FTE Small - Re: Towing Trailers

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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 07:58:55 -0600
From: "Jeffery G. Conrad"
Subject: FTE Small - Towing Trailers

Date:Fri, 04 Jun 1999 00:20:34 -0400
From:CnC >
Subject:FTE Small - Towing Trailers

you wrote:
>I have a 1995 Ford Ranger Supercab with a small v-6 and automatic
transmission. If I install a Class Three Hitch, may I use my Ranger to
pull >a Travel Trailer that weighs 2,200 pounds (loaded) with a 325 pound
hitch weight?
Chris, the first thing to do is determine the towing capacity for your
particular truck. You'll need the axle code (ratio) for your truck, which
can be found on a sticker on the drivers side door by the latch. Then look
in the owners guide for some charts that cross ref the engine size,
transmission type, body style and the axle ratio. That will tell you how
much you can tow safely.
If you have the towing package you should be fine up to 5000 pounds (maybe
more.)
If not, then there are a few things you need to do. 1) get a transmission
cooler installed. (about 150-200 installed.) They are cheap insurance and
an absolute necessity if you camp in the mountains (like here in Colorado.)
2) Get a full size spare. If you get a flat the temp spares aren't safe
with those loads and braking pressures. 3) Check the battery. If it's the
original then look at getting a new and more powerful one. If you are using
the 6 or 7 pin connectors then your truck will become the energy source for
the camper recharge system on long stays (greater than 2 days) and you don't
want to be in the wilderness w/o a charge.
As for the 325 lb hitch weight, you need to get a load distributing hitch.
>I would assume that I would have to drop out of overdrive when I encounter
any kind of hills or mountain roads.
I wouldn't even engage the OD while towing. I'm not sure but I believe the
OG bears that out as well. It's primarily a gas mileage tool, and while you
are towing your mileage will suffer anyway.

Jeff Conrad
Software Developer, NxTrend Technology Inc.
jconrad nxtrend.com
95 Ranger XL
79 Cougar XR7
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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 10:24:21 -0600
From: "Steinbrook, Steve/PHL"
Subject: [none]

I recently bought a 1996 Explorer Sport with a manual transmission. I have
begun to make improvements (i.e.- air filtercharger). My next step is to
improve on the stock wheels and tires, and probably the suspension. I want
to increase to 16" wheels from the stock 15" and increase the tires from
235/75 R15 to 245/75 R16. Is it recommended to change the gear ratio, and
what about a suspension lift? I have heard good things about the Edelbrock
shocks but I have had a difficult time finding any suspension lift kits for
the newer Explorers. What is the best thing to do to increase the off-road
capabilities of my truck? Any suggestions? As far as performance upgrades,
any recommendations on headers and exhaust systems? I heard that the Borla
exhaust is loud and troublesome, is this true? Thanks in advance for any
advice.

Stephen Steinbrook
215-563-4244 x322
ssteinbr ch2m.com

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Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 11:20:50 PDT
From: "R. Aton"
Subject: FTE Small - Starting my Ranger

I have a 86 Ranger with the 2.9L engine, four wheel drive
and an automatic transmision. The truck has 85,000 miles
on it and was purchased new by my grandpa. I have had
the truck for about 1,000 miles and for several thousand
befor that it has had a problem with not wanting to restart
after it has been running. In the morning when you start
it starts right up but the idle goes up and down until it
gets warm and then if you shut it off and let it sit for more than five
minutes, it will crank and crack and not restart until you have cranked it
3-5 times. Grandpa had
a mechanic look at it and they replaced the low pressure
fuel pump (the one in the tank), the fuel pressure regulater, and tried to
put an after market fuel pump relay on it, althought the truck would not
start at all with it so the original was put back in. Once the truck
restarts, its idle varies again until I drive off. I can only quess that
something like the high pressure pump, or even the fuel pump relay is bad.
I also suspect the computer may be bad, but I ran the codes on it and got a
throttle position sensor bad code, I replaced that and the computer checked
out fine.
That did not fix the problem and I do not want to have to replace things
that are not bad. I am desprate and am sure the starter will goe out if I
don't fix the problem.






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Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 13:53:06 -0500
From: Jordan Dean
Subject: FTE Small - Re:

At 10:24 AM 6/4/99 -0600, you wrote:
>I recently bought a 1996 Explorer Sport with a manual transmission. I have
>begun to make improvements (i.e.- air filtercharger). My next step is to
>improve on the stock wheels and tires, and probably the suspension. I want
>to increase to 16" wheels from the stock 15" and increase the tires from
>235/75 R15 to 245/75 R16. Is it recommended to change the gear ratio, and
>what about a suspension lift? I have heard good things about the Edelbrock
>shocks but I have had a difficult time finding any suspension lift kits for
>the newer Explorers. What is the best thing to do to increase the off-road
>capabilities of my truck? Any suggestions? As far as performance upgrades,
>any recommendations on headers and exhaust systems? I heard that the Borla
>exhaust is loud and troublesome, is this true? Thanks in advance for any
>advice.

Just a suggestion, Cobra R rims look REALLY smooth on explorers. and no
Borla exhaust is great (I have it on my 93 exp. sport) and how exactly
could it be troublesome? it won't rust, it has a million mile warrenty and
it's not loud, it's louder, but definately not loud.
Jordan

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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 14:59:19 -0500
From: Brian_Mitchell notes.amdahl.com
Subject: FTE Small - Towing Trailers

>From the doc I have seen the v6 4.0l will tow 8000 lbs.

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CnC on 06/03/99 11:20:34 PM

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Subject: FTE Small - Towing Trailers




I have a 1995 Ford Ranger Supercab with a small v-6 and automatic transmission.
If I install a Class Three Hitch, may I use my Ranger to pull a Travel Trailer
that weighs 2,200 pounds (loaded) with a 325 pound hitch weight?

I would assume that I would have to drop out of overdrive when I encounter any
kind of hills or mountain roads.

Thank you.

Chris
dixieviking pbtcomm.net

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Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 17:44:48 -0700
From: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Andr=E9?= E. Benguerel"
Subject: FTE Small - Towing

dixieviking pbtcomm.net,

Never tow in overdrive! Check your owners manual. Ford says you should
never do it. You can burn up your tranny.

Andre E. Benguerel

1995 Ford Ranger 4 X4 SC
4.0L V6, OD Auto, Xlt

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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 19:42:18 -0700
From: "Keith Christensen"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Towing Trailers

(Sorry if this formats out strangely.. just started messing with IE5/OE5
settings..)

This is a SWAG (Scientific Wild-Assed Guess) but you *probably* will be
OK with that combo. A lot depends on the axle ratio/tire size . Too 'high'
(numerically lower) will cause problems with shifting, cooling, and
'stress'(both vehicle and driver!)

Weight is the prime stressor, but travel trailers also have wind resistance
to add stress.

Do you have a tachometer? If you can tell us what RPM you are running at 60
MPH in 3rd (direct) and the tire size; me or someone on this list will
probably have a better idea .

By 'small V6' ; is this the 3.0L or the 4.0L ?? That can make a difference.


Staying out of 'OD' while towing is not a bad idea.. no matter what load.
Ford's automatics on later Ranger/Bronco II/Explorers are not exactly
strong. ( but we have to go back a long way.. 83 had C5's behind some 2.8L
V6's..)



> Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 00:20:34 -0400
> From: CnC
> Subject: FTE Small - Towing Trailers
>
> I have a 1995 Ford Ranger Supercab with a small v-6 and automatic =
> transmission. If I install a Class Three Hitch, may I use my Ranger to =
> pull a Travel Trailer that weighs 2,200 pounds (loaded) with a 325 pound =
> hitch weight?
>
> I would assume that I would have to drop out of overdrive when I =
> encounter any kind of hills or mountain roads.





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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 22:00:05 -0500
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Towing Trailers

Easily. Just watch your guages and shift out of overdrive BEFORE you start
into significant grades. If the trailer feels like it is pulling the truck
all over the road, go to a weight distribution and/or sway control system.
I'm amazed at what some of these lighter vehicles are towing these days!

On another note, my '98 ranger was put into the shop this week for a
"thump" from the rear. I was always told it was due to the springs wrapping
up. Finally got fed up with it, and insisted the dealer did something about
it. Turns out the slip yoke for the drive shaft was sticking, causing the
noise when it released itself. A little lube and it's all good! Thought
other ranger owners should know.

ran


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>
> Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 00:20:34 -0400
> From: CnC
> Subject: FTE Small - Towing Trailers
>
> I have a 1995 Ford Ranger Supercab with a small v-6 and automatic =
> transmission. If I install a Class Three Hitch, may I use my Ranger to =
> pull a Travel Trailer that weighs 2,200 pounds (loaded) with a 325 pound
=
> hitch weight?
>
> I would assume that I would have to drop out of overdrive when I =
> encounter any kind of hills or mountain roads.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Chris
> dixieviking ....


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