small-list-digest Friday, April 23 1999 Volume 03 : Number 094



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In this issue:

FTE Small - power steering box
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Fluid
RE: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?
RE: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?
RE: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?
FTE Small - K&N Air Filter
Re: FTE Small - power steering box
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Fluid

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:36:16 -0400
From: Walt
Subject: FTE Small - power steering box

Off to the
> parts store and bought a remanufactured unit ( $180.00 ). Fought the thing
> for 4 hours by myself. Finally a friend stopped by and in 10 minutes it was
> back where it belonged. It's a tortuous solo job, but easy as can be with
> another set of hands. The result was well worth the effort.

What's the difficulty in doing it alone?

- - -- Don

Well Don, if you are serious, let me tell you why I said " tortuous solo job
" . The unit weighs 30 - 40 lbs.
which makes it unwieldly working on your back underneath the vehicle. A
vehicle on a rack would make this a much simpler task. To remove the unit,
after unbolting and unhooking lines, the unit must be twisted and turned to
remove from cramped location. When reinstalling in reverse order, the
difficulty increases exponentially. While on your back, lift the unit to its
location, clear the obstructions, and attempt to align the steering shaft
with the input on the box ( this is not a straight line ). While doing this
the flexible steering shaft coupling is walking away from the unit. This is
where the other set of hands comes in to play. If you have someone to work
on the top end while another person works underneath, life is much easier.
Once everything is lined up, i.e. shaft, hoses, shaft shield, etc, then
slide the mounting bolts through the frame and box and you're almost home.
Oh yeah the input shaft is splined, so your buddy will have to help you here
or the shaft wont hook up with the box. Two is better than one. The job is
worth doing. Major improvement.


Walt DiDomenico

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:27:54 -0500
From: Brian_Mitchell notes.amdahl.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Fluid

I have heard that if you have over 100,000 miles and you are having a problem
with the trans it's not recommended to change the fluid unless you are willing
to have the trans rebuilt. It usually causes the trans to slip more than before.


- ---------------------- Forwarded by Brian Mitchell/useast/amdahl on 04/22/99
09:24 AM ---------------------------


"Charles (Rick) Blanchard" on 04/21/99 09:37:54 PM

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Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Fluid





I want to change the auto trans fluid on my 88 Ranger. It has 95k miles (2k
me, 93k previous owner). I dont know if it has ever been changed. It is
still redish, so I am assuming it was changed somewhere along the way. I
have been told that if you go too long between fluid changes you can do more
harm than good by changing the fluid. That sounds a litle funny to me, but
I wasnt sure.

Can anyone either verify or dispute this claim as it relates to these
trucks?

Thanks

Rick

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:55:31 -0500
From: "Bradley A. Trefz"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?

hey, how exactly do I get to your web page, I looked on the page from the
mail and it was a search thing. Sorry Typo! The correct address is : (I
forgot the "n")

www.concentric.net/~Trats

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 11:18:51 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?

At 10:11 AM -0500 4/21/99, Bradley A. Trefz wrote:
>James Duff makes good lift kits for Bronco II's, I think there are a couple
>of other folks out there that do as well, but that's the first one that
>popped into my head. I've got links to a bunch of Bronco II specific sites
>from my website at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.concetric.net/~Trats (just go to the Bronco II
>page)
>As for me I contemplated a lift kit, but in the end I decided not to lift
>mine. You can put up to 30 inch tires on a Bronco II without modifications.
>Which ended up being good enough for me.
>Brad T.

When I click on this URL, I get redirected to a different website:


What's going on?

- -Dave Slotter
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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 11:25:34 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?

At 11:18 AM -0400 4/22/99, Dave Slotter wrote:
>At 10:11 AM -0500 4/21/99, Bradley A. Trefz wrote:
>>James Duff makes good lift kits for Bronco II's, I think there are a couple
>>of other folks out there that do as well, but that's the first one that
>>popped into my head. I've got links to a bunch of Bronco II specific sites
>>from my website at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.concetric.net/~Trats (just go to the Bronco II
>>page)
>>As for me I contemplated a lift kit, but in the end I decided not to lift
>>mine. You can put up to 30 inch tires on a Bronco II without modifications.
>>Which ended up being good enough for me.
>>Brad T.
>
>When I click on this URL, I get redirected to a different website:
>
>
>What's going on?
>
>-Dave Slotter

Funny that I'm replying to myself.

Looking in a past message to the list, I saw that the following URL
does actually work: .

- -Dave Slotter
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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 10:54:39 -0600
From: "David Herron"
Subject: FTE Small - K&N Air Filter

Hey all -

I've heard many of you talk about changing out the stock air filter with a
K&N. Is this an easy project for a beginnerintermediate DIY'er? What
is the estimated improvement in HP (an off-the-wall guess would work
here.... hehe)? Do you all recommend changing out the stock components for
this solution? I've got a '86 Ford Ranger 2.3 Auto, and have been looking
for places to improve performance (although I am beginning to believe that a
good old-fashioned engine overhaul would be best). I am just finding that
this engine doesn't have enough 'oomph' to maintain a 75-80 MPH highway
speed without kicking in and out of overdrive (even without a hill).

--David Herron

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 99 15:26:49 PDT
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - power steering box

> Off to the
> > parts store and bought a remanufactured unit ( $180.00 ). Fought the thing
> > for 4 hours by myself. Finally a friend stopped by and in 10 minutes it was
> > back where it belonged. It's a tortuous solo job, but easy as can be with
> > another set of hands. The result was well worth the effort.
>
> What's the difficulty in doing it alone?
>
> - -- Don
>
> Well Don, if you are serious, let me tell you why I said " tortuous solo job
> " . The unit weighs 30 - 40 lbs.
> which makes it unwieldly working on your back underneath the vehicle. A
> vehicle on a rack would make this a much simpler task. To remove the unit,
> after unbolting and unhooking lines, the unit must be twisted and turned to
> remove from cramped location. When reinstalling in reverse order, the
> difficulty increases exponentially. While on your back, lift the unit to its
> location, clear the obstructions, and attempt to align the steering shaft
> with the input on the box ( this is not a straight line ). While doing this
> the flexible steering shaft coupling is walking away from the unit. This is
> where the other set of hands comes in to play. If you have someone to work
> on the top end while another person works underneath, life is much easier.
> Once everything is lined up, i.e. shaft, hoses, shaft shield, etc, then
> slide the mounting bolts through the frame and box and you're almost home.
> Oh yeah the input shaft is splined, so your buddy will have to help you here
> or the shaft wont hook up with the box. Two is better than one. The job is
> worth doing. Major improvement.
>
>
Actually, I'll be doing an engine swap and this will be done with the engine out,
but it still sounds like a 2 man job.

- -- Don
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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 22:11:20 -0400
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Fluid

"Charles (Rick) Blanchard" wrote:
>
> I want to change the auto trans fluid on my 88 Ranger. It has 95k miles (2k
> me, 93k previous owner). I dont know if it has ever been changed. It is
> still redish,

Any 'burnt' odor to it? Check it's color against some new fluid also.

> so I am assuming it was changed somewhere along the way.

Hopefully.

> have been told that if you go too long between fluid changes you can do more
> harm than good by changing the fluid. That sounds a litle funny to me, but
> I wasnt sure.

The theory (with good examples) is that varnish builds up and isn't
removed during just the dumping of the 25-30% of the fluid that's in the
pan (rest is in the converter) and the new fluid with it's renewed
detergents cleans out the varnish and boom. Sort of like using
detergent oil in an old beater that always used NON detergent oil. It's
always a roll of the dice, but I'd suggest if you want it done to find a
shop using one of the systems that does a cleaning and *TOTAL* fluid
change. I like the system made by BG products, but any of the other
systems working on the same principle should work well.

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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