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small-list-digest Tuesday, August 31 1999 Volume 03 : Number 223



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Synthetic Gear Lube
FTE Small - Front End Noises
RE: FTE Small - Front End Noises
Re: FTE Small - Front End Noises
RE: FTE Small - Front End Noises
RE: FTE Small - Front End Noises
Re: FTE Small - 4wd auto
Re: FTE Small - 4wd auto
[none]
FTE Small - Re: Bronco II offroad tips.
Re: FTE Small - Front End Noises
Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: Official FTE press release
FTE Small - 2.9L engine

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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 08:02:06 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Synthetic Gear Lube

On Mon, 30 Aug 1999, you wrote:
> Does anyone know if the new Rangers come with synthetic gear lube in th=
e
> rear end. My son has a 97 F-150 and he has a tag on the rear end that s=
ays
> 75w-140 synthetic gear oil, my Ranger doesn't say whats in there. TIA

I believe only the rear limited slip diffs have the synth lube.
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 10:11:23 EDT
From: Jmgerhart aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Front End Noises

I have a 1998 Ranger 2.5 4-cylinder and I am experiencing a "grinding" noise
when going over speed bumps and small dips in the road. There are only
29,000 miles on the truck, could the shocks or springs be worn out already?

John Gerhart
Bear, Delaware
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 07:32:13 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front End Noises

Factory shocks should be one of the first things to go, even on a newer
vehicle. I don't know if this is the cause of your problem, but you might
check each shock for leaks or any kind of damage. I remember hearing
somewhere that Ford pays something like $2 per shock that they install on
new vehicles - talk about cheap!
It may be a bushing that's gone bad that may be causing your noise, too.

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> From: Jmgerhart aol.com[SMTP:Jmgerhart aol.com]
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> Subject: FTE Small - Front End Noises
>
> I have a 1998 Ranger 2.5 4-cylinder and I am experiencing a "grinding"
> noise
> when going over speed bumps and small dips in the road. There are only
> 29,000 miles on the truck, could the shocks or springs be worn out
> already?
>
> John Gerhart
> Bear, Delaware
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 10:51:54 -0400
From: "Kenneth J. Nagy"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front End Noises

Speaking of shocks.....can anyone recommend replacements for a '96 4 door
Explorer? Don't do much off road, maybe the occasional fishing trip or
Christmas tree hunt. Any comments welcome.

Thanks,
Ken

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From: Ray Scheidnes
To:
Sent: Monday, August 30, 1999 10:32
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front End Noises


> Factory shocks should be one of the first things to go, even on a newer
> vehicle. I don't know if this is the cause of your problem, but you might
> check each shock for leaks or any kind of damage. I remember hearing
> somewhere that Ford pays something like $2 per shock that they install on
> new vehicles - talk about cheap!
> It may be a bushing that's gone bad that may be causing your noise, too.
>
> > ----------
> > From: Jmgerhart aol.com[SMTP:Jmgerhart aol.com]
> > Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> > Sent: Monday, August 30, 1999 7:11 AM
> > To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> > Subject: FTE Small - Front End Noises
> >
> > I have a 1998 Ranger 2.5 4-cylinder and I am experiencing a "grinding"
> > noise
> > when going over speed bumps and small dips in the road. There are only
> > 29,000 miles on the truck, could the shocks or springs be worn out
> > already?
> >
> > John Gerhart
> > Bear, Delaware
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 09:51:13 -0500
From: "Tony Rio (Chicago)"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front End Noises

I just had Gabriel gas shocks put on my 95. They ride really, really nice.


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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 07:54:26 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front End Noises

I love my Bilsteins!
I've heard good things about Monroe and Gabriel gas shocks, too. A lot less
expensive than Bilsteins, as well. My personal opinion is that you go with
a gas-charged shock, regardless of what brand you choose.

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> From: Kenneth J. Nagy[SMTP:knagy ixtelecom.com]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Monday, August 30, 1999 7:51 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front End Noises
>
> Speaking of shocks.....can anyone recommend replacements for a '96 4 door
> Explorer? Don't do much off road, maybe the occasional fishing trip or
> Christmas tree hunt. Any comments welcome.
>
> Thanks,
> Ken
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ray Scheidnes
> To:
> Sent: Monday, August 30, 1999 10:32
> Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front End Noises
>
>
> > Factory shocks should be one of the first things to go, even on a newer
> > vehicle. I don't know if this is the cause of your problem, but you
> might
> > check each shock for leaks or any kind of damage. I remember hearing
> > somewhere that Ford pays something like $2 per shock that they install
> on
> > new vehicles - talk about cheap!
> > It may be a bushing that's gone bad that may be causing your noise, too.
> >
> > > ----------
> > > From: Jmgerhart aol.com[SMTP:Jmgerhart aol.com]
> > > Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> > > Sent: Monday, August 30, 1999 7:11 AM
> > > To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> > > Subject: FTE Small - Front End Noises
> > >
> > > I have a 1998 Ranger 2.5 4-cylinder and I am experiencing a "grinding"
> > > noise
> > > when going over speed bumps and small dips in the road. There are
> only
> > > 29,000 miles on the truck, could the shocks or springs be worn out
> > > already?
> > >
> > > John Gerhart
> > > Bear, Delaware
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 12:43:30 -0500
From: Mike Harms
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4wd auto

And thus the myth continues... Rather than continue the discussion, I'll
leave it as the physical reality of traction, and the "common sense"
expectation of traction rarely meet. In the end it usually is just a
disagreement based only in semantics.

If I remember correctly, what brought about the column subject was an
accident that one of the staffers had in a Audi Quattro vehicle with ABS and
the analysis of how a so called driving "expert" could have such an accident
occur.

>Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 20:01:12 -0500
>From: Mike Fisher
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4wd auto
...
>The first advantage front-wheel drive has it that of having an increased
>amount of weight on the steering/propelling wheels. This happens, of
>course, because of the wheels being directly under (more or less) the
>whole drivetrain. This forces the tires to get a better bite because of
>being pressed onto the road surface with more force. It is rare on a
...
>The second advantage that front-wheel drive cars has is that the
>propelling wheels are always pointed in the direction the car wants to
>go, simply because they are also the steering wheels. On a rear-wheel
>drive car, the wheels are always pointed parallel to the long axis of
...
>It is true that if you add more power the driven wheels will have an
>increased tendency to spin. (Duh) However, that does not mean that tires
>cannot effectively split duty between steering and propulsion.
...
>> directional control of the vehicle. On a steering and powered wheel, the
>> tire has to allocate so much of it's work to steering, while also
>> maintaining grip for accelerating or braking.
>>
>> As this applies to this question, if you already have low traction at a
tire
>> due to any circumstance, adding power to that wheel will only decrease
the
>> available traction, not increase it.
...
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 12:50:40 -0500
From: Mike Harms
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4wd auto

Back before I even had a license, I used to live the driving experience
through those guys at C&D. At the time, that Magazine gave me the most of
what I wanted. Not only reviews of vehicles, but a good overview of
vehicles in general, including technical information on engines, suspensions
and just about anything else dealing with cars. I quit reading it after an
eventual format change that reminded me too much of Motor Trend and Top-40
music.

Is there a good 4x4 or Truck magazine out there that I should be reading?
Most I have seen are too preoccupied by either 12" lifts, or lowered
suspensions, and 350 V8's.

>Date: 26 Aug 99 20:05:49 EDT
>From: Tim Turner
>Subject: Re: [Re: FTE Small - 4wd auto]

>Mike Harms wrote:
>> I'll share a little way at looking at traction I got from an article I =
>> in an old Car and Driver magazine. The article was from Patrick Bedard=

>Correct spelling as I recall; odd that you cite him, a few days ago I
>reminiscing in my mind the old C&D gang that I used to read at about that=
> time
>(Late '70s and early-mid '80s).
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 15:54:52 -0400
From: "Brenneman, David A"
Subject: [none]

Hi everyone, I'm new to the list. I have a 1985 Bronco II. I don't really
have anything done to it, but I'm planning on it in the near future. I love
to take it off-road, and I can't wait to get the equipment to go farther
down the trails I take now and whole new trails. Anyone that has any
pointers on how to fix it up or just wants to talk about Broncos, I'm all
ears.
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 22:48:01 -0400
From: Michael Paul
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II offroad tips.

Your '85 B2 is fuel injected, is it not? If it is you'll have the power to turn
30X9.50/15 tires on your factory rims. Installing a diff. locker that replaces
your spider gears such as a power-trax locRight in your 7.5" rear axle will make
a huge, unbelievably huge difference offroad. You'll go places in 2WD that you
couldn't in 4WD!! A 2" body lift will make room for 31X10.50/15 tires, but then
you'll need an engine to pull it. Swap the 4.0 out of an explorer. It will bolt
right up to your existing tranny. If you're really hard core then swap in a dana
35 out of an explorer the 8.8" axle also out of an explorer. These axles should
be "bolt-in". Drop your ring&pinion down to 4.11:1, add 4" on the suspension,
throw a set of 33X12.50/15 tires wrapped around 15X8 rims, and put a limited
slip in the front pumpkin and you'll be unstoppable!
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 20:52:16 -0700
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front End Noises

Ray Scheidnes wrote:
>
> I love my Bilsteins!
> I've heard good things about Monroe and Gabriel gas shocks, too. A lot less
> expensive than Bilsteins, as well. My personal opinion is that you go with
> a gas-charged shock, regardless of what brand you choose.

I use to use a shock called a *Load Leveler* I think on
cars years ago that I liked the best but they might have
out classed by something these days.

Anyone know?

Michael
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Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 21:29:27 -0700
From: Kenny Paul
Subject: Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: Official FTE press release

kpayne ford-trucks.com wrote:
>
> FTE has expressed its opinion on the recent legal action of
> Ford Motor Company against BlueOvalNews.com on its web site.
> The release can be found at:
>
> http://www.ford-trucks.com/response.html
>

Nicely done.
Keep up the fine work!



Until Next Time, Party Safe!
Kenny Paul, Mini-Truck Mailing List Administrator
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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 00:45:37 EDT
From: "Joe Scott"
Subject: FTE Small - 2.9L engine

Hello to one and all,
The family Bronco II has a 2.9 L engine that is on its way out. I
understand that this engine is notorious for oil problems. I was told
by my brother(a mechanic in S.C.) that the 4.0L engine had the same mount
points and he believed the bellhousing patterns were the same.....


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