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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools
Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools
Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools
Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools
Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools
Re: FTE Small - Explorer w/ 4.10 gears
RE: FTE Small - MAF Sensor
re:FTE Small - Will problems never cease??
Re: FTE Small - MAF Sensor
Re: FTE Small - Explorer w/ 4.10 gears
FTE Small - Transmission swap
FTE Small - RE: Suspension Lift
FTE Small - High Octane
FTE Small - coupla questions (newbie content)
Re: FTE Small - coupla questions (newbie content)
Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools
Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools
Re: FTE Small - Bll/California smog advise
FTE Small - revisiting the door switch
Re: FTE Small - Re: Tires
Re: FTE Small - coupla questions (newbie content)
Re: FTE Small - Re: Tires

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 06:06:03 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools

At 10:36 AM 8/22/99 -0400, you wrote:

>Do you actually need a scanner, or can you hook up to the system using a
>jumper wire and a 12V test lamp just like you can with the EEC-IV system?

With the EEC-V and OBD_II you can't get the check engine light to flash
codes. They have to be read with a scan tool. The simple interface is gone.
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 07:09:27 -0400
From: "Billy Moore"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools

Are you sure about the simple interface being gone? I don't have a Ranger
with OBD-II, but my wife's Mercury Villager has it and I can get the codes
from it with a jumper wire. I followed the directions in my Haynes manual
and it worked fine. Since the Villager is nearly the same vehicle as the
Nissan Quest, I don't know if it is more Mercury or Nissan, but I would look
in a Haynes manual or something similar.


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From: David A. Cooley
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, August 23, 1999 6:06 AM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools


>At 10:36 AM 8/22/99 -0400, you wrote:
>
>>Do you actually need a scanner, or can you hook up to the system using a
>>jumper wire and a 12V test lamp just like you can with the EEC-IV system?
>
>With the EEC-V and OBD_II you can't get the check engine light to flash
>codes. They have to be read with a scan tool. The simple interface is
gone.
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 07:36:57 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools

At 07:09 AM 8/23/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>Are you sure about the simple interface being gone? I don't have a Ranger
>with OBD-II, but my wife's Mercury Villager has it and I can get the codes
>from it with a jumper wire. I followed the directions in my Haynes manual
>and it worked fine. Since the Villager is nearly the same vehicle as the
>Nissan Quest, I don't know if it is more Mercury or Nissan, but I would look
>in a Haynes manual or something similar.

Are you sure yours is OBD_II?
What year is it?
My 97 Explorer no longer even has the service connector under the hood,
only the OBD_II SAE-J-1962 connector under the steering column in the
truck. Haynes manual for my Explorer also states that codes must be read
with a scantool.
96 and older can be read with the service connector/jumper under the hood.
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 07:50:39 -0400
From: "Billy Moore"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools

Yes, I'm sure. '96 and newer Villagers have OBD-II. Ours is a '96. It
does not have the same service connector that our '92 Explorer had. The
connector you use on the Villager is not really a service connector, but a
cable/connector plugged into a cable/connector mounted to a panel. You
disconnect the connector, short one pin from the male side to a pin on the
female side for two seconds, remove the jumper and replace the connector.
The 'Check Engine' light will flash the codes. The code that our Villager
flashed out was a valid code for OBD-II, but not for OBD-I.


- -----Original Message-----
From: David Cooley
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Date: Monday, August 23, 1999 7:37 AM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools


>At 07:09 AM 8/23/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>>Are you sure about the simple interface being gone? I don't have a Ranger
>>with OBD-II, but my wife's Mercury Villager has it and I can get the codes
>>from it with a jumper wire. I followed the directions in my Haynes manual
>>and it worked fine. Since the Villager is nearly the same vehicle as the
>>Nissan Quest, I don't know if it is more Mercury or Nissan, but I would
look
>>in a Haynes manual or something similar.
>
>Are you sure yours is OBD_II?
>What year is it?
>My 97 Explorer no longer even has the service connector under the hood,
>only the OBD_II SAE-J-1962 connector under the steering column in the
>truck. Haynes manual for my Explorer also states that codes must be read
>with a scantool.
>96 and older can be read with the service connector/jumper under the hood.
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 08:09:22 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools

At 07:50 AM 8/23/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>Yes, I'm sure. '96 and newer Villagers have OBD-II. Ours is a '96. It
>does not have the same service connector that our '92 Explorer had. The
>connector you use on the Villager is not really a service connector, but a
>cable/connector plugged into a cable/connector mounted to a panel. You
>disconnect the connector, short one pin from the male side to a pin on the
>female side for two seconds, remove the jumper and replace the connector.
>The 'Check Engine' light will flash the codes. The code that our Villager
>flashed out was a valid code for OBD-II, but not for OBD-I.

96 wasn't "true" OBD_II. It was a transitional version that was partial
OBD_I and partial OBD_II. It still used the EEC-IV which is not federal
OBD_II certified. In 97, Ford went to the EEC_V and true OBD_II. There is
no longer any way to get codes other than a scan tool.
Also, According to my CalData lookup, the mercury villager used Nissan
Electronics, not Ford.
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 17:01:17 +0300
From: Bolte Brent
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer w/ 4.10 gears

The 3500lb rating is the maximum trailer weight that can
be pulled by a hitch ball mounted in the rear bumper of
the Explorer ( remember this is the maximum weight of
the bumper mounted hitch, the actual towing capacity
of the Explorer may be less ). I believe this rear bumper
mounted hitch ball is also limited to a maximum tongue
weight of 500lbs ( you may want to verify this weight as it
may be lower than 500lbs ). Once you mount a Class II
or Class III frame mounted hitch, the towing capacity can
be much higher. The actual rated towing capacity of the
Explorer varies depending upon the engine, transmission,
4x2 or 4x4, and axle ratios that the vehicle has in it. The
piece of Explorer literature I have handy ( for a 1997 model )
has a Maximum Towing Weight Chart in the back that
shows trailer towing limits from as low as 1900lbs for an
OHV V6 4x2 w/manual transmission and 3.27 axle ratio
to a high of 6700lbs for a V8 w/automatic transmission
and 3.73 axle ratio ( these are for a 4 door model, the two
door towing limits are different as well ). Ford also
recommends that if you are towing a trailer over 3500lbs
that a load-equalizing hitch be used instead of a load
carrying hitch, as the bumper mounted hitch would be.
Any Ford dealer should have a trailer towing guide book
that will tell you what the maximum towing capacity
is for any given year of Explorer ( I would think that any
place that sells travel trailers would also be able to tell
you this information ). Your owners manual may have
this information as well.

Thanks, Brent Bolte


On Sun, 22 Aug 1999, David A. Cooley wrote:

>>At 11:55 PM 8/21/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>What is the towing capacity of the explorer anyway? I though
>>they were capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs without a problem!
>>(At least that's what the dealer told me. . . )

>I've seen 3500 Lbs as max... That may be because the only
>hitches are rated at 3500 (Class III)

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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 11:58:13 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: RE: FTE Small - MAF Sensor

>Nope, there is not a commercially packaged MAF management system for the 2.9
>Ford (and probably never will be)
>
>A guy over on the 2.9 board (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford ranger. com/boards.html) Kunz
>Korner is retrofitting a MAF system on his 2.9 ranger but is currently
>having a too lean condition on WOT that he has to work out. Seems to be an
>issue with the computer calibrated for a different injector than he is
>running and he has not been able to find anyone willing to reprogram the
>computer. There are tips on the board from him that tell ya how to do it if
>you want to try, but it isn't necessarily minor work.

I am a software engineer and I can tell you that reprogramming the
computer is non-trivial *even for me* since (on the EEC-IV at least -
don't know the type of computer he has) the computer is an
embedded-processor and doesn't have a "standard" interface type. Now,
the EEC-IV does have an interface, and I would bet the EEC-V and
newer computers do as well, but when you can't just plug in a serial
or parallel cable it becomes a major hassle (even for me). In the
case of the EEC-IV you need to wire up a decoder device and dump out
the ROM contents and then learn a new machine language to decipher
it... Non-trivial.

But there are some EEC-IV hackers out there - a little searching on
the web will reveal some people who have undertaken these projects.

There are also companies such as SuperChips which specialize in
supplying custom EEC ROMs, so he may want to check them out - at $250
or so a pop, it's an investment, but easier than undertaking the
alternative.

The last alternative is to swap in an EEC-IV for a different vehicle
(with similar engine characteristics) but with this guy's
modifications, there may not be one that's right for him.

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 08:14:58 -0600
From: "Jeffery G. Conrad"
Subject: re:FTE Small - Will problems never cease??

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 21:00:56 PDT
From: "Michael Krause"
>
Subject: FTE Small - Will problems never cease??

... Of my list the latest is the fuel gauge is not responding anymore
to the capacity of fuel in the tank. Anyone want to take a crack at this???
While I have enjoyed my time with my Explorer and working on it these
problems are getting my frustrated. I realize the SUV is almost 10 years
old but once again the money factor comes into play.

Mike Krause
sharktooth_76 hotmail.com

Mike - do you have a tripmeter? If you've had the truck a while you should
know how far you can go on a tank of gas.
Easier to just reset every time you fill up and keep track that way.
Keep in mind, unless you have a real lemon and are having it fixed every
month for more than 300+ bucks it's generally cheaper in the long run to fix
than to take on a new truck payment.
Good luck!

Jeff Conrad
jconrad nxtrend.com

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 10:32:15 -0400
From: James Oxley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - MAF Sensor

Dave Slotter wrote:
>
> >Nope, there is not a commercially packaged MAF management system for the 2.9
> >Ford (and probably never will be)
> >
> >A guy over on the 2.9 board (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford ranger. com/boards.html) Kunz
> >Korner is retrofitting a MAF system on his 2.9 ranger but is currently
> >having a too lean condition on WOT that he has to work out. Seems to be an
> >issue with the computer calibrated for a different injector than he is
> >running and he has not been able to find anyone willing to reprogram the
> >computer. There are tips on the board from him that tell ya how to do it if
> >you want to try, but it isn't necessarily minor work.
>
> I am a software engineer and I can tell you that reprogramming the
> computer is non-trivial *even for me* since (on the EEC-IV at least -
> don't know the type of computer he has) the computer is an
> embedded-processor and doesn't have a "standard" interface type. Now,
> the EEC-IV does have an interface, and I would bet the EEC-V and
> newer computers do as well, but when you can't just plug in a serial
> or parallel cable it becomes a major hassle (even for me). In the
> case of the EEC-IV you need to wire up a decoder device and dump out
> the ROM contents and then learn a new machine language to decipher
> it... Non-trivial.
>
> But there are some EEC-IV hackers out there - a little searching on
> the web will reveal some people who have undertaken these projects.
>

Even after doing all that, trying to figure out what paramaters to
program and what values to use is not going to be easy. EEC-IV's have a
lot of stuff you can change.

OX
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 08:48:20 -0600
From: "Jeffery G. Conrad"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer w/ 4.10 gears

>What is the towing capacity of the explorer anyway? I though they
were
>capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs without a problem! (At least
that's
>what the dealer told me. . . )


>I've seen 3500 Lbs as max... That may be because the only hitches are rated
at 3500 (Class III)

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Christopher, there are two issues here.

First, towing capacity depends upon your engine/trans/gear combo. I don't
have the OM for the older Explorers, but a 3.0 (or 2.9) equipped with 4.10
gears probably came with a towing package. One easy way to tell is if the
spare is full size. If it is, then check for a transmission cooler. If
originally equipped with both, then it is a good bet that it has a tow
package. If that's the case 3000 pounds should be fine ( I think they are
rated to 5000 pounds.)

Second issue is the bumper - I think that's what David is referring to. The
bumpers on many (if not all) of the Explorers that are rated for towing are
rated up to 3500 lbs which is equal to the maximum of a Class II hitch
receiver. A class III hitch is rated to 5000 lbs for a weight-carrying
hitch and up to 10,000 lbs for a weight-distributing hitch.
Another issue is the tongue-weight, which is how much pressure (weight) the
trailer puts on the hitch. Typically a hitch or bumper can handle a tongue
weight up to 10% of it's total rating.

One thing to keep in mind, the rating of the bumper on the truck does NOT
indicate the true towing capacity of the vehicle. For example my current
Ranger has a bumper rated for 2000 lbs, but the truck is rated to tow only
1600 lbs.

When you go to buy your next Explorer check out the build stickers (usually
on the Drivers side door buy the latch) to find out what axle ratio it has,
then decode everything using the tables in the OG to find out the true
towing capacity of the vehicle.

Hope this helps, and good luck Christopher!
Jeff Conrad
jconrad nxtrend.com

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 09:39:28 -0500
From: curtish webtechnology.com (Curtis Hartung)
Subject: FTE Small - Transmission swap

Hi guys,

I am looking for someone in the Dallas, TX area that will swap out my =
5sp transmissions. I believe a competent mechanic could do it in less =
than a couple of hours.=20

I have a 92 Ranger 4cyl and a 94 Mazda 6cyl. Both have 5spds and I've =
been told by someone on the list that they are the same unit.

Please help, I've called a couple of shops and they aren't interested.

TIA for any response or recommendation.

Curtis =20


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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 09:00:05 -0700
From: "Allerheiligen, Brad"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Suspension Lift

Actually there are a lot of lifts for the 4x2 Rangers. I have the ProComp
Stage II lift that comes with extended radius arms. But if I had it to do
all over again, I would have gone with a custom fabricated lift from Kreg
Donahoe (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.donahoeracing.com), but there are also "off the shelf"
lifts from ProComp, Superlift, Trail Master, and Fabtech. Most of these can
be found at 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers (http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.4wheelparts.com/). It just
depends on how hard you drive your truck off-road, and how much you want to
spend.

Be careful if you choose the ProComp lift cause I am now on my third set of
coil springs. Evidently when they first designed this lift, it was for all
2x4 Rangers, but they did not take into account the extra weight of the v6
w/Supercab, DOH! Result = bent, and or broken coils. They have since
supposedly resolved this but make sure before you buy. I had a 4 hour drive
home from Glamis with a broken coil, and severed brake line. Whoohoo what
fun!

- -Brad-
'94 4.0 XLT Supercab 4x2 (NSTYXLT)
5" suspension lift w/ 31" BFG AT's
Custom intake and exhaust
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Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 09:18:42 -0700
From: Robert Gilkey
Subject: FTE Small - Supspension Lift

Brad Allerheiligen wrote:

>'94 4.0 XLT Supercab 4x2 (NSTYXLT)
>5" suspension lift w/ 31" BFG AT's
>Custom intake and exhaust

I didn't think they made lift kits for the 4x2 Ranger.
Would you mind telling me where you went for your suspension lift?
I want to put a lift on my truck "'94 4.0 XLT Supercab 4x2" yet couldn't
seem to find any lift kits for it.
Thanks,
Robert Gilkey

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 17:36:44 GMT
From: 88biixlt fncool.com
Subject: FTE Small - High Octane

I've heard that my '88 BII has a knock sensor. Does this also mean
that the computer will adjust the timing if I use higher octane
gasoline? I seem to remember this conversation taking place a while
ago, but I can't find it in my old emails...

JC
'88 BII XLT
235/70R15s
40ch CB
(2)10k tow hooks
Removed Airbox
K&N
Light bar
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 19:58:48 -0400
From: "Will Brown"
Subject: FTE Small - coupla questions (newbie content)

Hi Gang, I'm new to the truck scene with a newly acquired 94 Ranger,
er um... B2300

a) Gas gauge is kaput. Reads empty when the key is ON, and about
1/4 tank when the key is OFF. Is this perhaps a common failure mode,
so I won't have to re-troubleshoot something that someone's already
figured out? Previous owner said it recently quit, and did work one
day for a while and then quit again. Have poked and prodded some
around the pump/sender (outside the tank) but haven't turned up
anything yet. The wiring section in the Haynes manual sucks worse
than I've usually come to expect :-( Thinking I may just refuel
every 300 miles and live with it being busted....

b) Common wisdom on decent shocks: Gabriel, Rancho, others? This
thing wallows like a beached whale... ((aside: My other car is a
Miata, and the prices you guys pay for shox are amazing... in that
they're about one-fourth what I gotta pay for decent parts...))

c) tires? mainly commuter miles, but they gotta pull snow duty
(Central VA, USA) occasionally in the winter, and I hope not to find
myself driving a pig when the white stuff starts to fall. A friend
is giving me the hard-sell on the Michelin LTX M/S I think it is....
anyone familiar with this tire in our application? He's running them
on a Chevy Subdivision

any off-list replies, please use wbrown miata.net

TIA!

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 21:06:16 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - coupla questions (newbie content)

i just acquired a new 99 ranger which is my first small truck. If and when i
need shocks I swear by Gabriels
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 21:42:05 EDT
From: SpyderLv81 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools

I have a 95 ranger that has a check engine light on it. Is there away to
pull codes off of it? What computer is it? The code scanners don't work on
95 rangers with the 2.3 for some reason.

Spyder2
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 22:10:12 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools

At 09:42 PM 8/23/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I have a 95 ranger that has a check engine light on it. Is there away to
>pull codes off of it? What computer is it? The code scanners don't work on
>95 rangers with the 2.3 for some reason.


According to my list, it's an EEC-IV and uses standard ford cal info...
Should be able to hook a scan tool under the hood to the diag connector and
read out anything available on the EEC-V systems

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 19:41:34 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bll/California smog advise

25 MPG! What?! I am running a 2.9 that burns no synthetic oil, uses a MSD Ignition,
Flowmasters, K&N Intake, runs on only 93 Octane gas, drips nothing, etc, and I get
MAYBE 16 MPG! The timing here is 14 BTDC. My computer reports 1's too! I have a new
MAP, O2, TPS and MAF sensors!

31 x 10.50s BFG A/Ts....

What is your secret?!

Adam

Dave Slotter wrote:

> >I am looking into getting a Bll in the '87-'90 range. V6, 5 spd etc. I
> >have an '85 2.8 Ranger and the thing is almost impossible to get through
> >Cal smog tests. I've put around $400. into it and still no-go. Anyway, I
> >want to hear any stories, pro or con, about the FI engines or any other
> >problems/fixed with the Bll's in California.
> >
> >TIA
> >
> >John
>
> Hi John.
>
> What's the last time you ran the computer diagnostics on your BII?
>
> We have a 1986 BII with 2.9 V6 which reports back 1's (all good) on
> the computer test and we get 30 mpg (yes, 30) with my wife driving on
> the highway at 70-75 mph. If I'm driving, it drops down to 25 mpg (my
> driving style).
>
> The BII failed emissions last year, but I believe that the reason is
> that happened because the timing was 5 degrees ATDC! When adjusting
> timing you have to disconnect the SPOUT, otherwise the computer will
> adjust the timing on you and in turn foul up your manual adjustment.
> The mechanic whom worked on this before me wasn't aware of this.
> (He's more used to carbureted engines and not the newer EFI and
> electronic ignition systems.)
>
> If our BII fails emissions again this year, I know that we will have
> to replace the CAT, because if the computer is giving us 1's, then
> the exhaust before the CAT is as good as it's going to get. Even if
> it failed *again* we would be able to get an exemption sticker if we
> pay more than a certain amount to fix the problem *or* travel less
> than 6,000 miles a year. But I feel confident about passing...
>
> PA's emissions tests are just as difficult as CA's to pass from what I hear.
>
> Good luck!
>
> -Dave
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>
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> 1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 123K Pittsburgh PA
>
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 22:47:21 EDT
From: KLESNANSKY aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - revisiting the door switch

I know this has been over and over again, but how do I remove or replace the
door switch. I would be not even touching this issue except it preveted me
from going home after work today, dead battery and all. For the record the
truck is a 95 ranger stx 4.0, 5 speed locked, lifted, and loaded

Ken
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 23:41:06 -0400
From: Michael Paul
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Tires

88biixlt fncool.com wrote:

> BFG has a new tire line
> out. It's called the BFG AT T/A KO. I guess it's a new and improved
> version of the original AT T/A.

The new T/A (traction advantage) has a different rubber compound, tractions
sipes, and a rim guard. Pretty cool, but is given to chronic vibrations on a
narrow rim. The sidewinder AP is a great tire. Expect a more aggressive,
self-cleaning tread pattern, 40,000k tread life (with 6-8k rotations), and
about $80 less on the wallet. Pretty good bang for the buck. As a tire tech.
at Discount Tire, I reccomend this tire for anyone who does a lot of on-road
travel, but wants the ability to hit the trails with some teeth on their
tires. I run a 30X9.50/15 on my Bronco II and have been REALLY impressed
with what they do offroad, and how the behave on road as well.

>
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Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 00:25:41 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE Small - coupla questions (newbie content)

Will Brown wrote:
>
> Hi Gang, I'm new to the truck scene with a newly acquired 94 Ranger,
> er um... B2300
>
> a) Gas gauge is kaput. Reads empty when the key is ON, and about
> 1/4 tank when the key is OFF. Is this perhaps a common failure mode,
> so I won't have to re-troubleshoot something that someone's already
> figured out? Previous owner said it recently quit, and did work one
> day for a while and then quit again. Have poked and prodded some
> around the pump/sender (outside the tank) but haven't turned up
> anything yet. The wiring section in the Haynes manual sucks worse
> than I've usually come to expect :-( Thinking I may just refuel
> every 300 miles and live with it being busted....
>
> b) Common wisdom on decent shocks: Gabriel, Rancho, others? This
> thing wallows like a beached whale... ((aside: My other car is a
> Miata, and the prices you guys pay for shox are amazing... in that
> they're about one-fourth what I gotta pay for decent parts...))
>
> c) tires? mainly commuter miles, but they gotta pull snow duty
> (Central VA, USA) occasionally in the winter, and I hope not to find
> myself driving a pig when the white stuff starts to fall. A friend
> is giving me the hard-sell on the Michelin LTX M/S I think it is....
> anyone familiar with this tire in our application? He's running them
> on a Chevy Subdivision
>
> any off-list replies, please use wbrown miata.net
>
> TIA!
>
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Will,

The fuel gauge problem could be the sender, the gauge or
the wiring in between. As for the shocks my wife's 99
Explorer needs some at 22,000 kilometres. I had rancho on
my 97 F-150, they were better than stock. They were free as
part of a test so the price was right. Tires, I would go
with BFG AT's. I had them on my F-150 and they were great.
Ice, slush, snow wet and powder. They hummed a little at
hwy. speed but made up for it off road.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 04:59:45 -0400
From: "Jesse A. Edwards"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Tires

Morning Michael,

Read your e-mail and would like to ask your input. My '94 Ranger Splash, extend
cab, 4x4, auto, 4.0, 55,500 miles will need tires in the near future. The
tires on the truck are Firestone Wilderness ATX. I don't use the truck off road
but do haul items, i.e.: plants, mulch, furniture. What I like in a tire is
quietness, smooth ride, traction (we don't have extreme snow/ice in this area
but I would like as maximum as possible on wet roads), decent mileage (both tire
wear and gas) and won't break the bank!

Any suggestions you have will be appreciated - thanks.

Jesse Edwards
Asheville, NC
Phubby bellsouth.net



Michael Paul wrote:

> 88biixlt fncool.com wrote:
>
> > BFG has a new tire line
> > out. It's called the BFG AT T/A KO. I guess it's a new and improved
> > version of the original AT T/A.
>
> The new T/A (traction advantage) has a different rubber compound, tractions
> sipes, and a rim guard. Pretty cool, but is given to chronic vibrations on a
> narrow rim. The sidewinder AP is a great tire. Expect a more aggressive,
> self-cleaning tread pattern, 40,000k tread life (with 6-8k rotations), and
> about $80 less on the wallet. Pretty good bang for the buck. As a tire tech.
> at Discount Tire, I reccomend this tire for anyone who does a lot of on-road
> travel, but wants the ability to hit the trails with some teeth on their
> tires. I run a 30X9.50/15 on my Bronco II and have been REALLY impressed....


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