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superduty-list Digest Mon, 22 Jan 2001 Volume: 2001  Issue: 016

In This Issue:
Re: Trans. Case Shifting Problems
Re: air lift suspension??
Re: Transfer Case
5.4 engine woes
ADMIN: Important FTE list survey

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From: "Bill McCall" <wldwilliam earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Trans. Case Shifting Problems
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 09:08:19 -0800


Thank you VERY much! I have had a little bit better luck lately shifting in
and out but it still just ain't right. In the back of my mind, I have been
thinking maybe bent linkage or something along those lines. Your problem
sounds very much like it might be my problem to. Do you know where your
truck was built? Mine's from Mexico. Thanks for the reply.

Bill McCall
Simi Valley, CA USA

> This message is for  "wldwilliam" with the transfer case shifting problem.
I
> have a 99.5 F350 PSD 4X4 CC LB 6spd. At 4,000 miles my transfer case
failed
> while driving down the road in 2 wheel drive. The transfer case just went
to
> neutral without any warning or noise. I had complained to my dealer about
> the t-case shifting very hard when I first picked the truck up. He told me
> they are all "stiff" when new, but "loosen" up after they arte broken in.
> Typical dealer story. What actualluy happened was the shift fork must have
> been bent when the transfer case was originally assembled. The mechanic
that
> ended up rebuilding the t-case said the shift fork was manually holding
the
> t-case in gear until the fork wore off allowing the shift collar to slide
> back to neutral. Once the fork wore off and it went to neutral I was "dead
> in the water". After the t-case was rebuilt it shifted very easily with or
> without the hubs locked in.
> Dan Brotzman
> Wisconsin



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From: "Jeff Keahey" <Jeff AirboatFanatics.com>
Subject: Re: air lift suspension??
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 13:51:53 -0600


Dave did you get the air lift suspension done?

I have yet to order mine as I am still waiting to hear weather or not it is
worth the money. I would hate to add leafs but if that is a long term
reliable solution that would be my only option.

Thanks,

Jeff
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Santo" <dhsanto home.com>
To: <superduty-list ford-trucks.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2001 8:02 PM
Subject: [superduty-list] Re: air lift suspension??


>
> On this date and at this time (1/5/01 10:37 AM), Jeff Keahey has managed
to
> string together a selection of syllables into the text quoted below!
>
> > I am about to order the Airlift Company's overload system and was
wondering
> > if anyone else on the list had any experience with the kit and
installation.
> > I am ordering Load Controller II (PN 25812) and the Air Lift super duty
> > system (PN 57215). I tow a 13K fiver (wet) and and am tired of bouncing
over
> > every bump (2250lbs on hitch). When I ordered the truck I did not yet
have
> > the trailer and did not opt for the overload springs and now I am having
to
> > fix with the airlift kit. I am going to do the intallation my self and
would
> > like all the details if anyone else has done this. The techs don't know
if I
> > will have to drill in the frame or not. My truck is a 00 f250 CC with
the
> > 6.5 short bed.
> >
> > Jeff
> > Jeff airboatfanatics.com
>
> Next Tuesday, the 9th, National Spring in El Cajon, CA is gonna replace
ALL
> 4 spring-packs, on my 2000 F250 SD/SC 4x4, seen at webpage
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://homepage.mac.com/dhsanto/PhotoAlbum.html, with THEIR spring-packs.
> Gonna also have upgraded bushings installed, front & rear, 4 Bilstein
shocks
> (to replace the Edelbrocks currently installed < E's are good, but...),
> Air-Lift Air Bags on the rear, Super-Duty version, and the dual-gauge
in-cab
> controller. Will let you know anything special afterwards, if you would
> like.
>
> Dave Santo
>
>
>


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Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 17:09:34 -0500
From: Neil Stahl <nstahl worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Re: Transfer Case


At 10:37 AM 1/22/01 -0500, Dan Brotzman wrote:
>. At 4,000 miles my transfer case failed while driving down the road in 2
>wheel drive. The transfer case just went to
>neutral without any warning or noise.

  Something very similar happened to my '99 F/450.  We'd just pulled our
fifth wheel trailer down an off ramp and totally lost power.  Darned lucky
it didn't happen up on the freeway.  My auto tranny became smoother after
the transfer case was replaced, as did using the four wheel shifter.
  Since then we've lost the fuel pump and the tranny.  I hope we've gone
through all the bad parts!

Neil Stahl

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From: Nite4x aol.com
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 22:26:35 EST
Subject: 5.4 engine woes


   Hi, my name is Joe, and this post is actually for my uncle.  He has a 99
250 SD XLT 4x4 RC LB, 5.4, 5spd, with 30k on it.  After bring it to the
dealer for an oil consumption problem, he was told that the engine needed to
be replaced, and would be under warranty.  There was no explanation other
than the engine is "Bad".  Anyone else run into a similar problem?  My
concern is for the three other 99 Expeditions in the family, with the 5.4
motor.

Thanks,

Joe
Lost in jersey
92 F150 Nite 4x4 302 AOD 33's
Locked K&N Dynomax ACCEL
92 Mustang LX

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Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 20:55:55 -0800
Subject: Re: air lift suspension??
From: Dave Santo <dhsanto home.com>


On this date and at this time (1/22/01 11:51 AM), Jeff Keahey has managed to
string together a selection of syllables into the text quoted below!


> Dave did you get the air lift suspension done?
>
> I have yet to order mine as I am still waiting to hear weather or not it is
> worth the money. I would hate to add leafs but if that is a long term
> reliable solution that would be my only option.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jeff



Jeff... Neil Stahl also,

The "Air Lift Suspension" is NOT an actual air lift suspension. The Airlift
Co. produces, essentially, an
"air-lift/vehicle-leveling/load-assisting/ride-stabilizing" product.

If you load up your truck bed with up to the rated capacity of the Airlift
air-bags, you should be able to pump up the air pressure in the air-bags to
level-out your vehicle. With air/air-bags/air-bags made out of rubber(?),
you should be able to get a good ride, and good vehicle stability, while
carrying heavy loads.

National Spring did a bang-up job of installation of their spring-packs,
neoprene (red) bushings and Bilstein shocks. The install did take longer
than anticipated, though. But, it was NOT NS's fault. A customer, that had
just had his truck finished and had picked it up THAT MORNING, returned with
an unrealistic (complaint) expectation that the ride on his SuperDuty had
not been transformed into that of a Lincoln Navigator (or such)! NS removed
what they had installed and sent the chap on his way. Well, that was about a
3-hour delay for my truck. Since I spent the time (waiting for my truck to
be finished) by spending it with some friends of mine who live 3 miles away
from NS, when NS would actually finish was not a problem. However, when I
arrived to pick up my truck at 5PM, because of that OTHER customer, mine was
not ready and the prospect of it not being ready until the following morning
had jumped up and almost bit me on the... When I explained, to Marko, that I
had a doctor appointment the next morning and could not wait overnight, they
agreed to finish it up if I was still willing to wait for it. I was, and I
finally drove out of there about 8PM.

The ride was incredible! EVERYTHING FELT TIGHT! Taking ruts or bumps was
"almost" a delightful experience. I said ALMOST!!! The truck actually FELT
great to drive. It also felt VERRRRY stable. I had it lifted 4" (from stock
- removed the Rancho Leveling Kit, naturally, and the Velvet-Ride shackles;
driver-side one was broken anyway; removed the 1" blocks from the rear
springs also).

On the ride home that night, the only place where I noticed a "truck-type
rear-end-ride" was on some particularly massively noticeable concrete seams
along a particular stretch of North Interstate 5 in the San Clemente area.
That stretch of highway produced a bouncy ride of lesser proportions and
harshness, I believe, than the other mods that I had previously done before
NS's mod. Marko says that the ride will get a little smoother. Probably
within the next 2-3,000 miles. I can wait.

The Airlift SuperDuty Air Bags COULD NOT BE INSTALLED AT THIS TIME because
of the newly lifted height of my truck. A bracket will have to be fabricated
to compensate for the additional lift because installation of the air-bags
and their bracket, which attaches to the frame, requires a specific minimum
AND maximum range of travel.

In the final analysis, I am pretty pleased with what kind of ride I ended up
with. The Bilstein's come with a schrader-valve, just like a tire valve,
with which I can let out some of the 275 pounds of pressure (nitrogen gas)
to help soften the ride characteristics a bit further. Marko says that I can
take it down first to 225 pounds and try that setting, but, I am finding it
difficult to get the proper "tire" gauge to do the job. I posted a message
on this site a short few days ago, about this very subject, and I got no
response.

After the truck got raised, my tires appeared small?! (At least to ME, they
did!) So, I know YOU KNOW what I'm about to say. I replaced my Lariat rims
with some Ultra Wheels Baja's, 16x8's, and I got BIGGER BFG AT KO's
315/75R16's. Looks pretty good, I think. Total cost, including installation,
was about $2,830. I know it's pretty steep, but, ending up with what I did
end up with makes it all worthwhile. Oh, at 2:17 PM, today, here on the West
Coast, I got a call from the performance shop. My Superchips 1200 chip is
in. Appointment is tomorrow. (Help me please! I keep spending money on my
SuperDuty and I can't stop!) I also JUST FOUND OUT that Magnaflow
Performance Exhaust http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.magnaflow.com/01home.htm manufacturers of
high performance exhaust systems, has their manufacturing plant located
THREE MILES from my house. I stopped by there last Friday and they gave me a
tour of their facility. THEIR stainless steel mufflers & piping actually
LOOK like stainless steel AND THEY ARE!!! My Gale Banks Powerpack has
performed flawlessly and I have enjoyed horsepower and mileage gains from
it, however, the muffler and rearward piping, after less than a year on my
truck, LOOKS LIKE CRAP; looks like regular steel... RUSTED. Banks is going
to get a call tomorrow about this.

Dave




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Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 13:22:51 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: ADMIN: Important FTE list survey


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5.8 Liter gain:   27HP
V10 gain:         29HP
7.5 Liter (460 V8) gain:    31HP
1994-1998 Powerstroke gain: 40HP
1999+ Powerstroke gain:     50HP

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