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small-list Digest Sun, 17 Dec 2000 Volume: 2000  Issue: 211

In This Issue:
Hosed!
Re: strange noises
Re: strange noises
Re: strange noises
Re: Shocks

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From: "N. R. Armstrong" <sundvl76 hotmail.com>
Subject: Hosed!
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 11:33:12 -0700


If any subscribers would like a blow-by-blow account of rad and heater hose
change tips for Explorer V-8 w/towing package from someone who's just done
it (and has the cuts, scrapes, and extended vocabulary to prove it), please
email me off-list. There are some things I can now prepare you for that will
make the process less traumatic!

Neal
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From: "David Cooley" <n5xmt triad.rr.com>
Subject: Re: strange noises
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2000 12:06:25 -0500


Take a look underneath...  May have picked up something from the road, or
possibly exhaust rubbing on something.


> I have a 99 supercab 4L automatic Ranger.  Sometimes I hear
> a scraping sound while driving.  Sounds like I am dragging
> something on the road at the rear of the truck.  I ruled out
> the brakes as it has made noises at the stop light.  It is
> rare but it lasted for ten miles one time. I feel nothing,
> everything runs fine. I shift up or down, no difference.
> Apply the brakes, no change.  It hasn't done it for several
> days. But it sure sounds terrible when it does.  Any help
> please?


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Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2000 12:57:16 -0500 (EST)
From: Lynn Stucky <lstucky engineer.com>
Subject: Re: strange noises


------Original Message------
From: "David Cooley" <n5xmt triad.rr.com>
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Sent: December 17, 2000 5:06:25 PM GMT
Subject: [small-list] Re: strange noises



Take a look underneath...  May have picked up something from
the road, or
possibly exhaust rubbing on something.


> I have a 99 supercab 4L automatic 2wd Ranger.  Sometimes I
hear
> a scraping sound while driving.  Sounds like I am dragging
> something on the road at the rear of the truck.  I ruled
out
> the brakes as it has made noises at the stop light.  It is
> rare but it lasted for ten miles one time. I feel nothing,
> everything runs fine. I shift up or down, no difference.
> Apply the brakes, no change.  It hasn't done it for
several
> days. But it sure sounds terrible when it does.  Any help
> please?

I already did that.  I even jacked up the rear wheels and
ran it through the gears with no unusal sounds.  I beat on
the exhaust pipes, checked the plastic flaps.  I see
nothing!


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From: "David Cooley" <n5xmt triad.rr.com>
Subject: Re: strange noises
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2000 13:02:25 -0500


Could be a heat shield on the muffler/exhaust that has a rusted thru weld
etc that is vibrating against the pipe/muffler/floorboard...  Might want to
crawl underneath and wiggle/tap on all the heat shields and see if one is
loose...


> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Lynn Stucky
> Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2000 12:57 PM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: [small-list] Re: strange noises
>
>
>
> ------Original Message------
> From: "David Cooley" <n5xmt triad.rr.com>
> To: <small-list ford-trucks.com>
> Sent: December 17, 2000 5:06:25 PM GMT
> Subject: [small-list] Re: strange noises
>
>
>
> Take a look underneath...  May have picked up something from
> the road, or
> possibly exhaust rubbing on something.
>
>
> > I have a 99 supercab 4L automatic 2wd Ranger.  Sometimes I
> hear
> > a scraping sound while driving.  Sounds like I am dragging
> > something on the road at the rear of the truck.  I ruled
> out
> > the brakes as it has made noises at the stop light.  It is
> > rare but it lasted for ten miles one time. I feel nothing,
> > everything runs fine. I shift up or down, no difference.
> > Apply the brakes, no change.  It hasn't done it for
> several
> > days. But it sure sounds terrible when it does.  Any help
> > please?
>
> I already did that.  I even jacked up the rear wheels and
> ran it through the gears with no unusal sounds.  I beat on
> the exhaust pipes, checked the plastic flaps.  I see
> nothing!
>
>
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Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 12:29:00 -0800
From: kevin daxon <kdaxon nocccd.cc.ca.us>
Subject: Re: Shocks


Last July I installed a set of Rancho RS5000's on our '99 Ranger 4x2 and noticed
a dramatic improvement in the way the truck rode (not as "bouncy") and especially
in the way it handled off-road.  With the stock shocks, the tail-end of the truck
would try to swing around, with the RS5000's that tail swapping is almost
completely gone (can still do it if your heavy on the gas coming around a corner
with the bed empty).

FWIW The RS5000's We're running on the Ranger actually have ~50,000 miles on them
and came off of my Toyota when I upgraded to larger springs (or torsion bars) and
decided to go with Bilstein shocks up front and Rancho RS9000's in the back.  If
we end-up keeping this

Just as a matter of personal opinion for a truck which gets driven off-road I
would go with either Rancho RS5000's or preferably RS9000's for the adjustabllity
(although these cost almost as much as a Bilstien shock).  For a mostly street
driven truck I'd go with Bilstiens first or another good quality aftermarket
shock (we put almost 100,000 miles on a set of Monroe's we had on an F-150 before
we sold it).  I've heard that the Edelbrocks or the Monroe Reflex shocks
(basically the ones with that Inertia-Active valve) have tendency to do poorly
off-road on account of that valve opening and thus allowing the truck to start
bouncing much the way it would with the stock shocks.  I haven't personally
experienced this, just passing along what others have said.

BTW www.shox.com is supposed to have some good prices, although I've never
personally dealt with them.

       --Kevin    kdaxon nocccd.cc.ca.us
       '99 Ranger 4x2 - RS5000's


>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: "N. R. Armstrong" <sundvl76 hotmail.com>
> Subject: Shocks
> Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 11:43:17 -0700
>
> My "shocking" opinion is that Bilsteins are a great shock absorber - for off
> road use. I put a set on a '95 Explorer I used to own, and thought they were
> very harsh for street use, but really improved the handling. I haven't
> replaced the ones on my '96 yet, but I'm leaning toward Edelbrocks. I put a
> set of those on my company truck ('99 C***y extended cab) and they really
> improved the ride, after a thousand miles or so of break-in time. (Don't
> know why that is, but at first they didn't seem any better than the
> stockers, and now the ride is alot better.)
>
> Neal
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