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small-list-digest Wednesday, July 28 1999 Volume 03 : Number 189

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

FTE Small - Re: Control-Trak
RE:FTE Small - Explorer with engine 'ping' or 'knock'
Re: FTE Small - Rhino Exhaust
FTE Small - Audio: Rear Speakers (88 EB Bii 4x4 Auto)



Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 07:06:53 EDT
From: BFunk33
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Control-Trak

Not in my '99 Expedition, or in any of the '98 or '99 Expeditions I've ever
been in.
They all have A4WD, 4HI, and 4LO only, no 2WD (unless they are 2WD only, of

Bill Funk


Subject: Re: FTE Small - Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 18:21:10 GMT
For some reason, the version of the Control-Trak system used
in the Expeditions gives you the option of 4 driving modes. You
can switch between 2WD, AUTO, 4X4 HIGH, & 4X4 LOW.
Don't know why Ford decided to do this in the Expeditions and
not in the Explorers. I have both a 1995 and a 1997 Explorer
( both V6 powered with Control-Trak ). The 1995 Explorer
operating in 2WD mode gets about 1.5 to 2 MPG better mileage
than the 1997 operating in AUTO mode. Over time I'm sure that
difference has to add up ( with the extra gas I end up buying ),
maybe that's why they still offer 2WD mode in the Expeditions
( since any increase in MPG they can give the Expedition would
help ).
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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 11:55:30 EDT
Subject: RE:FTE Small - Explorer with engine 'ping' or 'knock'

Ron, Marge & Ted:
Regarding your post about "pinging" uphill under load, I had the same problem
in my '94 E.B. Explorer. I found some helpful suggestions at Read the missives under pinging.
What worked for me was to reset the computer by disconnecting a battery
terminal and waiting about 10 min. then reconnect. Then drive it under the
conditions that caused the pinging before. The computer apparently "learns"
how to run properly under those conditions.

PS. Be careful about unplugging the "spark advance connector" behind the fuse
box, although it will certainly stop the pinging, it will seriously reduce
your MPG.

Good luck, Steve S.
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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 17:28:35 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rhino Exhaust

I have dual RINO exhaust on my ranger sounds good, and a good gain.

160 HP 4 cylinder
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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 23:13:45 -0400
From: "Stephen Bozzone"
Subject: FTE Small - Audio: Rear Speakers (88 EB Bii 4x4 Auto)

I just took the front door stock speakers from a 95 4door Ford Explorer XLT,
which are 5x7's. They sound a bit better than the my stock speakers.

I have a few questions:

1) The speakers don't quite fit, I can only fit two screw in the top. This
leaves the speaker angled upwards, and I can't put the grille back on (the
speakers I put in have them anyway, but it is ugly. Is there an easy way to
get these speakers in there? Any tips?

2) Is there an easy way to tell which wire goes to which part of the
speaker? It seems that it doesn't matter, but I read that if you put them
backwards, the speaker vibrates in the wrong direction. The adapter used on
my stock speakers did not work with the `95 ones, so I pulled the wires out
and stuck them in the slots in the new adapter.

3) On the speakers I took out, one of them had a sticker on the back that
said "Premium Sound". Does this mean my BII had the premium sound option?
I know the system still sucks, but I know the premium sound option had an
amp seperate from the receiver.. how do I figure out if I have this amp and
where can I find it?

4) How do remove the stock stereo from my BII? I know the new ones have a U
shaped tool, but mine doesn't look so easy.

5) What are the largest dimensions for speakers I can fit in my truck?


Steve Bozzone
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