small-list-digest Thursday, February 18 1999 Volume 03 : Number 044



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Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

FTE Small - Driveshaft
FTE Small - re Aerostar bumpers, transmissions, and noises
Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?
FTE Small - More tire tips!
FTE Small - Stereo
FTE Small - External Gas Can
FTE Small - Re: Mufflers
RE: FTE Small - Stereo
Re: FTE Small - Re: Exploder tires
Re: FTE Small - re Aerostar bumpers, transmissions, and noises
Re: FTE Small - Off road
FTE Small - Re: Off road
Re: FTE Small -supercharging questions for my explorer
FTE Small - Ranger question
FTE Small - AC Cost and Intake Manifold Gasket

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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 09:22:34 -0500
From: "Jason"
Subject: FTE Small - Driveshaft

I have an 88 Bronco II. I had to replace the driveshaft 2 weeks ago. I
suggest going to a machine shop and getting a regular non CV style one. They
are stronger, and will last longer. I can't see spending almost $300 for
one. It cost me $145. You have to measure the distance from the back of
the Transfer case to the rear axle. Then bring the old driveshaft to them
for a core exchange. Oh... Be prepared to but some elbow grease into the 8
nuts that hold the driveshaft on. They were a b**ch to get off. I broke 2
ratchets doing it. Good luck


I have a 90 Bronco II, 2.9, auto trans, 4X4, with 162,000 miles. My
vehicle has a vibration in it. I have narrowed it down to the drive
shaft. My vehicle has the CV joint style driveshaft. I found a unit at
the James Duff website for $270. Other dealers and parts distributors
want $300 to $600 for the same part. My question is, can I have a
machine shop make a one-piece drive shaft? Will it alter the
handling/performance of the vehicle? I have heard both good and bad
about doing this. What do you all think about having the machine shop
making the driveshaft? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks



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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 09:06:39 -0600
From: Wayne Haley
Subject: FTE Small - re Aerostar bumpers, transmissions, and noises

To Victor, Richard and all the others looking to replace aerostar bumpers -
I noticed that james duff has steel tube bumpers for Rangers. Okay you
experts out there, will they work on an aerostar? For that matter, can the
stock Ranger bumper be fitted to the aerostar - these are probably pretty
reasonable at a salvage yard. Just a thought.

I frequently keep my 93 a-star in drive while I am in heavier traffic and
shift up into OD when the traffic thins out and it seems to cause no
problem. I do take my foot off the accelerator when I do it! The
hesitation on reverse you are experiencing is not unusual based on my
experience with aerostars, but the jerkiness might be. Transmissions that
shift hard tend to be telling you they have a problem. Also listen for the
engine reving for no apparent reason while you are driving, which is a good
sign that the high speed bands in your transmission are on their last legs.
Of course, it is always a good idea to check your transmission fluid to look
for any signs of burning or debris. Has the transmission been serviced
lately? Flushed, new fluid and filter?

I have a column shifter so I haven't a clue as to getting to the light for
your floor shifter. The design boys at Ford are kind of notorious for using
plastic tab attachments which make it difficult or impossible to get into
some places without planning on buying a replacement housing.

As for the ticking sound, has your wife or significant other been strongly
hinting lately that she really thinks you need a new car? Sorry I couldn't
resist! My mother's buick was making a clicking noise which she had
isolated in the dash area. She took it to the dealership, drove it around
with the service manager, they heard the noise, she left them the car for 2
days, they said they fixed it, next time I was up for a visit she said the
car was making the same noise again. We took it out for a drive and when I
isolated the mystery noise it was coming from - her key chain! Assuming you
haven't such a simple problem, you might check the ventilation fan. See if
the clicking speed varies with changing the fan speed. Hope this helps.
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 08:15:11 -0700
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?

I went to the Sears on West Colfax in Lakewood. I think the address is
somewhere near 12000 or 13000 West Colfax, it's west of Kipling and east of
Simms. I don't remember the saleman's name off the top of my head, but I am
pretty sure I have his card still around. He was kind of short, seemed to
know his business. Contact me off list if you want at:



> -----Original Message-----
>
> Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 17:58:25 EST
> From: Bakend AOL.COM
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?
>
> In a message dated 99-02-16 10:06:17 EST, you write:
>
>
> I dunno, I just got a set of tires from Sears and had a pretty good
> salesman. I have a '97 4wd Ranger that came with the P235/70R15
> Firestones.
> I was looking to replace with about the same size, maybe 30" or 31" BFGs,
> etc. The guy let me go downstairs >>
> Hey Dave,
> What Sears store did you go to in Denver? I live out by DIA but would be
> willing to drive accross town just to see if it is policy or salesman.
> D Baken
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 10:43:12 -0500
From: Jeff Masse
Subject: FTE Small - More tire tips!

Hey everyone:

Just a little tip about buying tires for your Ranger/Explorer. When my last
Ranger ('90) needed new tires, I wanted to buy 3 and use the spare since it
had no miles on it. A friend suggested I try a certain salvage yard who
bought "spares" in truck loads. This place actually bought many spare tires
from wrecked vehicles. I bought 3 exact Firestones for $75, which had never
been used. This tire size was common to Rangers and Explorers, so they
were/are plentiful. I saved about $175. So check your local big salvage
yards!

Jeff
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 11:48:46 -0800
From: "J.S.H."
Subject: FTE Small - Stereo

Every time I leave my truck sitting for a couple of
days,I lose the presets on the stereo. Any ideas?
TIA
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 13:45:24 -0800
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: FTE Small - External Gas Can

Has anyone had any luck mounting an external gas can on the rear of their
Bronco 2? I have a 1988 that I would love to get an extra gas can on.

Adam
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 17:08:17 PST
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Mufflers

>From: Thom Cheney

>J Cope wrote:
>>
>>I was wondering if anyone knew
>> of anything I could get that would boost my performance at least a
little,
>> but not cost too much...
>
>according to my neighbor... Flowmaster is THE muffler to buy.

Well, I recently got a Flow for my 91 Ranger. I dont exactly how much
any other performance mufflers boost performance (since this is my
first), but the Flowmaster does make a noticable difference in power as
well as making it sound better. I'd defenitely recommend one...and it
was too expense either, around 40 or so (whole exhaust system for $110).
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 22:08:22 -0500
From: Burnett
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Stereo

J.S.H. [SMTP:F428 ford-trucks.com] wrote:
> Every time I leave my truck sitting for a couple of
> days,I lose the presets on the stereo. Any ideas?

Does your lighter work? I haven't check the manual, but I believe the
lighter and radio memory are on the same fuse. They are wired so that they
get juice even with the key off. If the lighter and fuse are OK, then you
need to check the wiring on the back of the radio. What you want to look
for is a lead that has +12VDC with the key off. If the voltage is not
present, you've got faulty wiring. If you find this voltage is present, you
probably have a fault in the radio.

Also, does your radio have a clock function? If so, check to see if it
loses the time whenever the presets lose the stations. If so you likely
have a fuse or wiring problem. If the clock is keeping time, you definitely
have an internal problem with the radio.

Hope this helps!!

Burnett

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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 22:42:26 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Exploder tires

Mike McNany wrote:
>
> SNIP
> Explorer in to get new tires and I was told I could not have the LT type
> tires. The tires on it now are P2358R15 Goodyear Wrangler RT\S. Anyone
> have any idea why the heavier duty tire would be a problem on this vehicle
> and not on a pickup?>
>

FWIW the LT tire will have a higher load capacity, but if you are the
'typical' SUV owner get whichever is cheaper. If you actually USE your
vehicle hard then look for LTs and get the tread design applicable for
your use. I'm partial to Bridgestone Dueler HTs or ATs depending on the
usage.

TT
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 22:52:39 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - re Aerostar bumpers, transmissions, and noises

Wayne Haley wrote:
>
>> I frequently keep my 93 a-star in drive while I am in heavier traffic and
> shift up into OD when the traffic thins out and it seems to cause no
> problem.

Wise decision.. A good look at most owners manuals will suggest same,
just like NOT using 5th of a manual under many conditions.

> isolated the mystery noise it was coming from - her key chain! Assuming you
> haven't such a simple problem, you might check the ventilation fan. See if
> the clicking speed varies with changing the fan speed. Hope this helps.

That's great! :-) Might want to make sure it's not an exhaust
leak/noise too. I could type pages about 'noises' heard that seemed to
be something else by the owner. (Quad 4 with a REALLY noisy timing chain
and the complaint was 'sounds like it's idling high'.. you get the
idea.)

TT
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 23:05:44 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Off road

Eric Davis wrote:
>
> Went off-road this weekend and busted off my plastic air dam, left fog
> light, and a plastic thing that covers the bottom of the radiator. Total
> cost to fix all this is coming to around $140. Just telling ever one out
> there that has a 98 or above to watch out when you go off road.


Hate it for Ya, but that's the way it is now.. A quick trip off-road can
be expensive. I'll stick to my old B-II that I can dent up and not
worry too much. $140 was pretty cheap too.. I've seen $500 for the
minor damage you describe on some makes. I'm not trying to make light
of your damage, just making people aware that going OFF the road can be
expensive or vehicle damaging and be aware of the possibility before it
happens.

TT
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 21:59:37 -0600
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Off road

eric:

aside from the busted parts, how'd the truck do? i've had my 98 on some
relatively minor climbs and river slu runs, but that's about it. the vacuum
pulse hubs seem to work fine.

also, anybody do any towing with their ranger? i have the 3.0l. the book
says i can pull somewhere around 4200 lbs w/the 410 gears. wife and i are
looking at a new camping trailer and would like some real world
testimonials.

another thing--last week i posted about pretty bad spring wrap. the dealer
looked at it and said "normal". no big surprise. my brother has 2 rangers,
one of which is exactly like mine (options) and he doesn't have as bad of a
problem as i do. looks like i'll be calling james duff for some traction
bars for a late v-day present! isn't that exciting!

ran

> Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 19:18:16 -0500
> From: "Eric Davis"
> Subject: FTE Small - Off road
>
> Went off-road this weekend and busted off my plastic air dam, left fog
> light, and a plastic thing that covers the bottom of the radiator. Total
> cost to fix all this is coming to around $140. Just telling ever one out
> there that has a 98 or above to watch out when you go off road.
>
> Eric Davis
> 98 4x4 Ranger,
> Edlebrock muffler, K&N.

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Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 00:19:13 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small -supercharging questions for my explorer

I'm looking to do some modifications and i've been interested in a
supercharger for sometime now and i think i might just purchase one my
question is does anyone have any experience with a add on supercharger..I use
the truck for normal daily use and also tow a boat with it so i'm not looking
for strip use just normal upgraded driveablity.. Do i need to worry about the
drive line and trans with the extra torque being squeezed threw it ......i
have the 1996 explorer with the 5.0 v8 an all wheel drive what other
modifications do i need to make to add a supercharger any info is greatly
appreciated.........thanks .........ding
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 23:01:34 -0700
From: "The Mayer's"
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger question

I just purchased a 1990 Ford Ranger with the 4sp auto and 2.9L motor. The
truck is like new with only 71000 km. My question is what kind of gas
milege are other Ranger owners getting. The mileage I seem to be getting
for city travel is only 17mpg. Is this normal, I was expecting at least in
the 20's.



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Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 02:26:59 -0500
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - AC Cost and Intake Manifold Gasket

I had posted late last year when my AC compressor decided to seize and
take a hole out of my wallet. I now have the time to get it fixed, so the
questions for the group are: Has anybody had a seized compressor replaced
and how much did it cost? What else had to be replaced along with the
compressor? I am specifically interested in those of you who have had this
done on an R134a system as I have a 94 Ranger 4.0L w/ R134a.

Also, My intake manifold seems to be leaking at the back, so I want to
take care of that myself while I don't have to worry about refrigerant
lines. It doesn't seem to be to difficult of a job (famous last words).
Has anybody had to do this or have any suggestions before I tear into it?....


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