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In this issue:

FTE Small - 94 Ranger custom exhaust
Re: FTE Small - 94 Ranger custom exhaust
RE: FTE Small - 94 Ranger custom exhaust
FTE Small - Ranger airbox
Re: FTE Small - Ranger airbox
RE: FTE Small - Ranger airbox
RE: FTE Small - Ranger airbox
Re: [FTE Small - CB question]
Re: [FTE Small - CB question]
Re: [Re: [FTE Small - CB question]]
RE: FTE Small - 94 Ranger custom exhaust

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Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 09:06:01 -0800
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: FTE Small - 94 Ranger custom exhaust

My 94 Ranger 4x4 supercab currently has the exhaust pipe exiting in front of
the rear passenger-side wheel. Sounds and looks great, and performs great,
too. Problem is that I have polished aluminum wheels and that rear wheel by
the exhaust get hazed from the chemical reaction of the aluminum reacting to
the exhaust gases. It's bad enough that I am having the exhaust pipe
changed in some way. Haven't decided where to move it to, but I'd like to
keep it as short as possible. My shop said that longer or shorter, if it's
exiting in front of the rear wheel, there will be hazing on my formerly
super-shiny wheel. I've seen some Rangers with the pipe just turned down
immediately behind the muffler, but, does this toast the lower rear shock
bushings or anything?? Anybody else do anything trick-looking that works
well?
Any ideas would be appreciated!

Ray Scheidnes
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Date: Tue, 07 Dec 1999 12:22:33 -0500
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 94 Ranger custom exhaust

At 09:06 AM 12/7/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>My 94 Ranger 4x4 supercab currently has the exhaust pipe exiting in front of
>the rear passenger-side wheel. Sounds and looks great, and performs great,
>too. Problem is that I have polished aluminum wheels and that rear wheel by
>the exhaust get hazed from the chemical reaction of the aluminum reacting to
>the exhaust gases. It's bad enough that I am having the exhaust pipe
>changed in some way. Haven't decided where to move it to, but I'd like to
>keep it as short as possible. My shop said that longer or shorter, if it's
>exiting in front of the rear wheel, there will be hazing on my formerly
>super-shiny wheel. I've seen some Rangers with the pipe just turned down
>immediately behind the muffler, but, does this toast the lower rear shock
>bushings or anything?? Anybody else do anything trick-looking that works
>well?


A GOOD muffler shop can run the exhaust out the back where it belongs and
it won't be any more restrictive than if it exited in front of the axle. A
turn down right at the muffler outlet won't hurt anything under the truck,
but it will give you a VERY annoying rumble/drone in the cab that will not
go away (even with a stock "quiet" muffler!)

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Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 09:35:58 -0800
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 94 Ranger custom exhaust

Thanks, David.
I've also heard that with the pipe turned down right after the muffler, you
will get exhaust coming in through the rear sliding window (which I have) if
it's open. Do you know this to be true? Most of my driving is freeway
speed, and I usually have the tailgate off, so I think that exhaust should
not blow back at me. What do you think?
What is the advantage of turning the pipe down? Is it primarily for folks
who like the noise while they drive? Is there any performance advantage?
I'm also curious to know if this would cause a lot of soot to develop on the
rear axle or anything...

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>
>
> A GOOD muffler shop can run the exhaust out the back where it belongs and
> it won't be any more restrictive than if it exited in front of the axle.
> A
> turn down right at the muffler outlet won't hurt anything under the truck,
>
> but it will give you a VERY annoying rumble/drone in the cab that will not
>
> go away (even with a stock "quiet" muffler!)
>
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Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 10:32:00 -0800
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger airbox

Does anyone know if drilling holes in the factory airbox (for increased
airflow) violates emissions requirements in California (ie, will my truck
pass inspection if I drill the holes?)?

Ray Scheidnes
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Date: Tue, 07 Dec 1999 16:19:22 -0500
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger airbox

At 10:32 AM 12/7/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>Does anyone know if drilling holes in the factory airbox (for increased
>airflow) violates emissions requirements in California (ie, will my truck
>pass inspection if I drill the holes?)?


Unless the airbox has a heat riser on it, then no, they won't fail you...
However, drilling holes in the airbox allows it to suck in HOT underhood
aiir, not cool, fresh air and will hurt performance, not help it.
Best bet is increase the size of the "snorkle". I went to 4" dia PVC pipe
and it made a world of difference!

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Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 13:40:01 -0800
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger airbox

Is the snorkel the piping that comes off the back of the front wall of the
engine bay, or are you referring to the tube between the MAF and the motor?

How can you tell if the airbox has a heat riser? Not sure what that is...

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>
> At 10:32 AM 12/7/1999 -0800, you wrote:
> >Does anyone know if drilling holes in the factory airbox (for increased
> >airflow) violates emissions requirements in California (ie, will my truck
> >pass inspection if I drill the holes?)?
>
>
> Unless the airbox has a heat riser on it, then no, they won't fail you...
> However, drilling holes in the airbox allows it to suck in HOT underhood
> aiir, not cool, fresh air and will hurt performance, not help it.
> Best bet is increase the size of the "snorkle". I went to 4" dia PVC pipe
>
> and it made a world of difference!
>
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Date: Tue, 07 Dec 1999 18:06:52 -0500
From: David Cooley
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger airbox

At 01:40 PM 12/7/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>Is the snorkel the piping that comes off the back of the front wall of the
>engine bay, or are you referring to the tube between the MAF and the motor?

Yep.. It's the one that comes out of the airbox and goes to the front core
support where it sucks in fresh air.


>How can you tell if the airbox has a heat riser? Not sure what that is...


I think just the 91 and before had the heat riser... It's the pipe that
comes from around the exhaust to heat air and goes to the air cleaner
assy. Usually has a temp controlled vacuum operated door on the airbox
that opens and closes to control heat.

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Date: 7 Dec 99 20:05:11 EST
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: [FTE Small - CB question]

Don Canavan wrote:
> I have been playing around with the idea of replacing my little hand he=
ld
> CB with a full size owe. =


Very good choice! A good antenna (such as a Wilson 1000) and a reliable =
unit
will make a drastic difference in your range.

> Is there any way to install these so that, I could
> move it from my vehicle to another every so often? What is the best way=
to
> install one of these in a 98 Ranger. =


If there's enough room on the transmission hump a 'hump mount' bracket wo=
uld
suit you well for the portability; bolt the radio to the mount and move i=
t
from vehicle to vehicle. Failing that, possibly a small unit and just so=
me
velcro for mounting. Radio Shack has an inexpensive package of various '=
L'
brackets that you can usually manage to adapt to existing underdash screw=
s to
avoid drilling etc.

> Also any advise on a good brand and
> model would be helpful as well. =


Cobra is a good brand, but for a few $$ less Uniden is quite satisfactory=

also. Check out http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.copper.com for reasonable prices and COD
capability. Depending on your view regarding the FCC there are also vide=
o
tapes available detailing the procedures for modifying most common radios=
for
more power etc. (Illegal to do so of course and meant only for knowledge=
's
sake...)


I primaraly use it for gathering trafic
> info, and when I am out on road trips with other friends. I don not hav=
e
> too much money to sink into it. Any help is greatly apreaciated =


I don't know the $ limit you're looking to spend, but a good source might=
be
the airwaves themselves. Most towns have a CB 'guru' that's always tinke=
ring
and repairing CB's and he/she usually has some pretty good used stuff for=
sale
reasonably priced and already 'modified'. If you want to go with all new=

equipment feel free to e-mail me off-list with your $ limit and I can mak=
e
some suggestions from there. $240+ shipping could make for a nice set up =
with
radio, antenna, power mike etc. but of course you could spend less (or lo=
ts
more)!

Tim
26.855 MHz evenings


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Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 19:38:40 -0600
From: "John Becker"
Subject: Re: [FTE Small - CB question]

>Tim
>26.855 MHz evenings


Tim, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you but, 26,855 is NOT one
of the CB channels..


John


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Date: 7 Dec 99 21:58:17 EST
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: [Re: [FTE Small - CB question]]

"John Becker" wrote:
> =

> =

> =

> >Tim
> >26.855 MHz evenings
> =

> =

> Tim, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you but, 26,855 is NOT one
> of the CB channels..

10 Channel spacings below Ch.1 to be exact. The frequency is allocated t=
o
land based business and all but unused for that purpose in most areas as =
is
most of the spectrum from 24-26.965. With a radio capable of recieving =

frequencies from 24-28 & 29-32 MHz you would be surprised to see how many=

people are using theese band segments illegally and with insane power lev=
els
(2-20KW). My primary purpose (on this freq) is talking to my fiancee if =
she
runs into problems while on deliveries at night. I can tell you it's alm=
ost
as clogged with skip and such as any of the normal 40 CB channels but at =
least
we're not having to dodge the LOCAL 500-2000 Watt stations that stink up =
the
11Meter band where I am.

Do I condone this out of band operation? No. But congestion from too few=

channels makes people turn to more power which makes bleed over etc.. CB=

needs more channels again; preferably with licensing and POLICING for any=
thing
beyond the normal 40 IMHO. Unlike most I keep my power and modulation le=
vels
in check and dont interfere with other people; living in a trailer park I=
'd
know real quick if I was causing interference on TV sets!

Tim

Try 27.285 for me late night, but communications over 120 miles are illeg=
al
also. ;-0




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Date: Tue, 07 Dec 1999 22:29:48 -0500
From: David Cooley
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 94 Ranger custom exhaust

At 09:35 AM 12/7/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>Thanks, David.
>I've also heard that with the pipe turned down right after the muffler, you
>will get exhaust coming in through the rear sliding window (which I have) if
>it's open. Do you know this to be true? Most of my driving is freeway
>speed, and I usually have the tailgate off, so I think that exhaust should
>not blow back at me. What do you think?


Well,
It definitely will... It'll be worse with the tailgate down. Surprisingly
enough, you have more wind resistance with the tailgate down or off than
you do with it up.


>What is the advantage of turning the pipe down? Is it primarily for folks
>who like the noise while they drive? Is there any performance advantage?


Cost saving... don't have to pay for a tailpipe! Performance? not
really... Unless you have to run a tiny tailpipe with kinked bends due to
lack of room...


>I'm also curious to know if this would cause a lot of soot to develop on the
>rear axle or anything...



Shouldn't. Just if you do go that route, make sure the exit is away from
hoses etc under the truck... Exhaust will be hot and melt things.
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