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small-list-digest Thursday, September 23 1999 Volume 03 : Number 246



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In this issue:

FTE Small - re: Safety seat AND four-banger
Re: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT)
Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance
Re: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT)
RE: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT)
Re: AW: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?
Re: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT)

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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 06:22:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ed Knight
Subject: FTE Small - re: Safety seat AND four-banger

My input on a couple of postings:

1. A FF/EMT is a Fire-Fighter/Emergency Medical Technician. I would agree with the FF/EMT on the placement of the seat in the rear if it's on one of the sides. However, if it's in the middle between the jump-seats, I believe that's probably the safest place in the truck for it. This would give some protection all around.

2. Four-bangers can be awesome. I've also dealt with Racer Walsh though it's been a while. With the right parts, a 4 cylinder can be made to scream. A lot of Porches, etc. can prove that. Also, what about the SVO Mustang made a few years ago? It was a turbo-charged, intercooled 4 cylinder, and it's still considered on of the 10 fastest production cars ever made!

My .02
Ed


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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 09:11:16 -0700
From: "Robert Eberhardt"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT)

Ford must have really changed the transmission gear ratios since I had my
2.3L '86 Ranger! Mine came stock with a 3.08 axle. I bought it used with
26,000 miles and a slipping clutch in '89. I replaced the clutch with a
Centerforce clutch. I also put a Ford Motorsports Header, Flowmaster
muffler, Crane Cam, Wolverine Racing valve springs, K&N filter, and
splitfire plugs. The mods made a pretty noticeable increase in power. I also
swapped the 3.08 axle for a 3.73. I was originally looking for a 3.45 axle.
I went out to a salvage yard after they called me to tell me they had one.
After I got there I discovered it was a 3.73. They assured me it wouldn't
matter much. It made a big difference in my off-the-line acceleration but my
highway power and mileage suffered big time. My highway mileage dropped from
26 MPG to 21 MPG. After all of the changes, the best 1/4 mile ET I ever
recorded with it was 19.2 70MPH. I never ran it before the changes. Around
town it was fun to drive. I couldn't stand to drive it on the highway
though. I ended up selling it in '93 and buying a '94 4.0L Ranger. That was
the biggest jump in acceleration I ever made. It got 16.4 seconds in the 1/4
mile 83 MPH. By the way, the 99 4 cylinder is a 2.5L. The 3.0L is the
smaller V6.

Robert

> Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 21:47:22 -0700
> From: "Tom Ewing"
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT
>
> Nate. I've got a 2.3L 92 2wd 5spd. I'm guessing your motor is a 3.0L? Is
> that the size of the 99 four cylinder? I've done a few of the regular
things
> to try and speed mine up, but as a Calif car we're limited by air resource
> board pretty significantly. I don't know about your state. But there are
> many
> things available to you. I've gotten the biggest help from lower gears.
It
> of
> course won't help your highway mileage, if you do a lot of highway driving
> that is. I went from 3:45 to 4:11 gears and the truck is totally more
> driveable, and with the 5th gear--I rarely ever used it with the 3:45
> gears--
> I just use that more often now. I just put the 4:11 positraction rear end
> in last weekend. I plan to race it at Sears Point 1/4 mile drags tomorrow
> night. I'm a regular in the Sport Street Class(a new class around here
> for four cyclinders--Hondas, Mitsu-whatevers, etc and my Ranger too).
> I don't expect the 1/4 speed to change any, but its the elapsed time that
> counts in drag racing, and I expect to reach the end of the track sooner.
> Best time to date is about 18.6sec. Ford Racing has some cam shafts
> and other things-get their catalog, also Racer Walsh in Jacksonville, Fl
> www.racerwalsh.com or800-334-01511, also Kurtz Kustomz Motorsports
> in Kansas City at www.kustomz.com or 816-891-0998 . Also check
> in with the www.ford ranger. com site for their tech boards--you can learn
> a ton about some wild 4cylinders at this site.
> Goodluck Tom


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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 13:24:34 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust, my experiance

>One more question for Tony, does the Gibson come one piece from the flange
>back or is it in three pieces. TIA Hans


5 pieces:
-Cat to muffler
-Muffler
-Over-axle (muffler to near the spare tire)
-Tail-section (over-axle to exit)
-Polished Tip

>could have taken it to a muffler shop and had the joint welded... Most of
>your "drone" was probably because of the leak at the joint.

Possibly, but that would have ruined any chance I had of returning it if
that was wrong.

Let me know if you need any more info,
Tony
'94
Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed


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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 15:43:04 EDT
From: DJ250r aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT)

ok now whats LEGAL in ca. and for smog i want more power out of my 2.3
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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 13:26:06 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT)

Well, some headers are. I have JBA headers, and they're legal. Larger
diameter exhaust is okay, as far as I know. I added a 2.5" diameter pipe
and a free flowing muffler to mine. I don't think that the shop would have
done it if they knew that it could get them in trouble. I think chips are
legal. I added an air induction system from KKM to my 4.0, but that is not
emissions legal as far as I know. What is okay is to add a K&N (or similar)
filter to the factory airbox. Change your gears for the biggest
improvement. I went from the 3.73s that the truck came with to 4.56.

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> ok now whats LEGAL in ca. and for smog i want more power out of my 2.3
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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 17:14:28 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: AW: FTE Small - Baby Seat for Ranger SuperCab?

Fire Fighter/ Emergency Medical Technician
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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 23:15:28 -0700
From: "Tom Ewing"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT)

Could you please tell me about the JBA headers. I know nothing
about them. You mention that they are legal? You're saying then
that they're certified for use in Calif by the CARB? That's great to hear.
Where might one find such an item?
Tom
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From: Ray Scheidnes
To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 1:47 PM
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 2.3L Rangers (changed from FTE Small - 99 Range 5
spd AT)


>Well, some headers are. I have JBA headers, and they're legal.

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