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small-list-digest Monday, September 6 1999 Volume 03 : Number 229



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Attn: Dwight Varnes
FTE Small - re: rear shocks
FTE Small - 1990 2.3 Q's
Re: FTE Small - Tire Rack says "We are a bit new to trucks..."
Re: FTE Small - 1990 2.3 Q's

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Date: Sun, 05 Sep 1999 09:36:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ed Knight
Subject: FTE Small - Attn: Dwight Varnes

Dwight,

I've seen your postings on here a few times and I have an issue with your tag at the end:

"Your SUV is neither sporty or utilitarian"

First, sporty is a relative term. In SUV the Sport stands for the vehicles ability to go into the outdoors in a variety of scenarios. Outdoors exploration in misc. terrain is a different type of "Sport" than you refer to.

Secondly, the "U" in SUV stands for utility, not utilitarian. This means an SUV has the ability to do a variety of jobs well. Hauling cargo, hauling passengers, commuting, off-roading, etc.

Lastly, yes, the sporty and utilitarian monikers apply to the vehicles listed that you own. But, if leaky, creaky, skateboards that can carry two people on a well paved road and not much else are what you are into, maybe you're on the wrong board????

My .02

SUV's, Trucks, and Jeeps rule the world!


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Date: Sun, 05 Sep 1999 22:52:41 -0400
From: Dwight Varnes
Subject: FTE Small - re: rear shocks

> I am looking to replace the rear shocks on my 98 Ranger 2wd EXT cab. I wish
> to replace these becouse of wheel hopping on bumps in the road, and the lack
> of damping when loaded. I do not wish to make the ride harsher than it is
> now.

Then you do NOT want a stiffer shock. I think that would only aggravate
your wheel hop problem. It will be less compliant, and more unwilling to
follow the dips and bulges in the road. But a blown-out shock will not
control the wheel movement at all.
However, if you are getting a lot of wheel hop on nearly new stock
shocks, then I'm wondering if the shocks are really the problem. When
does this occur? On what type of pavement? Is it only under
acceleration? Does having a load in the back affect the condition? Is
there a cap on the truck?
A little wheel hop is to be expected. It is, after all, a truck and not
a car. But if it's excessive, perhaps your stock shocks are dead already
(?)
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"Your SUV is neither sporty nor utilitarian."

Dwight Varnes, insurance appraiser and car nut
Shopping for a Ranger
1970 124 Spider (restored, mostly)
1986 Audi Coupe GT (bigger engine STILL at machine shop)
1989 VW Jetta GLI 16v (the wife's ride, tired but loyal)
1984 Nissan 4x4 Pickup (SOLD, celebrate with me)
1965 Buick Skylark conv. (unrestored, for sale)
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Date: Sun, 05 Sep 1999 22:57:41 -0400
From: Dwight Varnes
Subject: FTE Small - 1990 2.3 Q's

One of the trucks I'm considering is a shortbed, 4x2 base model. Two
questions:
1) It has manual steering, which is so horrible words can't describe
it. Is changing over to power steering as easy as bolting everything on
from a donor truck? I did this to my dad's Mazda with great success.
Only new part I bought was the belt. Wondering if the Ranger is
different due to the serp belt. This one has a/c.
2) The "add oil" light is on constantly, even though it has oil and
runs fine with good pressure. What makes this come on, a level sender in
the sump?
This truck could be a good buy, owner is deceased and his son is anxious
to get rid of it. TIA
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"Your SUV is neither sporty nor utilitarian."

Dwight Varnes, insurance appraiser and car nut
1970 124 Spider (restored, mostly)
1986 Audi Coupe GT (bigger engine STILL at machine shop)
1989 VW Jetta GLI 16v (the wife's ride, tired but loyal)
1984 Nissan 4x4 Pickup (SOLD, celebrate with me)
1965 Buick Skylark conv. (unrestored, for sale)
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Date: Sun, 05 Sep 1999 20:24:48 -0700
From: Kenny Paul
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Tire Rack says "We are a bit new to trucks..."

boyrr wrote:
>
> Hello Dudes and Dudettes,
>
> This is just a short note to advise all that the Tire Rack is, to use
> their words "...not entirely perfect you know!" I purchased wheels and tires
> from the Tire Rack for my 1999 Ranger XLT, 2WD with assurances that all that
> I needed to do was "...jack it up and stick'em on!", and the wheels don't
> fit.

I'm pretty surprised (and sorry) to hear that...

The folks on my list have had generally good success with them and
they (mini-truckers) are always ordering odd-ball sizes and offsets.
Just that it proves like any vendor, you are right, They are "not
entirely perfect".

They are making good on it I hope.

Until Next Time, Party Safe!
Kenny Paul, Mini-Truck Mailing List Administrator
kenny employees.org http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.employees.org/~kenny
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Date: Sun, 05 Sep 1999 23:28:57 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 1990 2.3 Q's

At 10:57 PM 9/5/99 -0400, you wrote:
>2) The "add oil" light is on constantly, even though it has oil and
>runs fine with good pressure. What makes this come on, a level sender in
>the sump?


Yep.. Sensor screws into the side of the oil pan.

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