Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 03:50:21 -0600 (MDT)
From: (fordtrucks80up-digest)
Subject: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #134

fordtrucks80up-digest Saturday, September 27 1997 Volume 01 : Number 134

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In this issue:

Shocks ["Harden, Paul" ]
FW: Re: web site -- links or other lists ["Payne, Kenneth"
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #133 []
Re: web site -- links or other lists []
Re: We have our domain now and who sent the 1998 photos? [BigDogF250aol.]
1999 F-350s [Scott MacButch ]
Re: BANKS []
RE:1999 F-350s [ (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
Re:Ford F350 PowerStroke [Jan Campbell ]
Re: '86 Bronco II []
'94 Ranger Brake Drum Problem ["Lare/Eric" ]



Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 09:04:02 -0400
From: "Harden, Paul"
Subject: Shocks

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 01:38:28 -0500 (CDT)
From: Al Spangler
Subject: F150 shocks

I have a '97 F150 extracab longbed. This configuration gives me a very
wheelbase and I expected the ride to be rough, but on uneven freeway
pavement I was surprised at how rough it really is, esp. at speeds over
mph. Question: can I improve the ride by installing good shocks, say
gas shocks. Any advice welcome. Thanks.

I've found that replacing shocks can improve a truck's ride but usually
only moderately. Springs and the type of tires on the vehicle can be a
big factor in the ride. Also tire pressure is very important. If you
often run empty, you may want to try lower pressure in the rear tires.
I've had a couple of sets on the Monroe Sensa-Trac Shocks on two
vehicles, on the Explorer there was no improvement in ride, but a Chevy
Tahoe they did improve the ride.

I would also look at Tokico shocks, I've heard good things about their
ride qualities. Many of the truck manufacturers are going to P type
tires vs. LT tires in an effort to improve ride on the larger trucks.
The sidewalls on P tires is less stiff than on a LT Tire.


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 10:34:30 -0400
From: "Payne, Kenneth"
Subject: FW: Re: web site -- links or other lists

> >Ken
> >you might wanna add
> >
> >to the links or other lists
> >this site, which also has a bulliton board
> >is similar to yours-- but it is only for
> >the new style pickups-- 1997 & up
> >ed
> >85 f-150
> >
> On the links page under "Other Ford trucks sites." Its
> been there for about 2 months.
> Ken


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 10:58:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #133

why is it when i get the digest on winmail.dat, it nevers comes out? i always
get thes weird symbols that i dont get when it's under fordtrucks. if anyone
can help me understand, that would be greatly appreciated.


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 15:28:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: web site -- links or other lists

I personally have been to this site many times and i think it is a great web
page. I would strongly recomend putting in your links.
Matt 92 F250 5.8L 4x4 6" lift


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 15:35:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: We have our domain now and who sent the 1998 photos?

98 photos, huh. i only have one thing to say about that: WHERE WHERE WHERE!?!


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 14:58:04 -0600
From: Scott MacButch
Subject: 1999 F-350s

Reply to DitzyAOL.COM - I have been looking for info. on the '99
F-350s also. What I found out was that the front is somewhat rounded
but not as rad as the new F-150s and that the bed will be just like the
old models. Check out (Jason's Power Stroke
Page), under "Photos", he has a "Spy" picture of a white F-350 Crew
Cab. I kinda like the looks of it. Also I was told they will be out
starting in March of '99. Let me know if anybody has any more "scoops"
on the new F-350 & 250 HD.

Scott MacButch - Pocatello, ID


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 17:45:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BANKS

Just installed Banks Transcommand as part of their Stage I package (I have
a new F350 Powerstroke). There was definitely a change in the shifting
patterns (seemed to hang onto a gear longer before shifting to a higher
gear). Acceleration
and all other characteristics did not appear to change under no-load

Yesterday I picked up my new camper (Lance 3000, wet weight about 2700lbs
options) and for the first time drove the truck under load - there was no
noticeable difference in acceleration to freeway speeds! The truck was as
fast as ever, and the ride effortless. Temperatures did not change.

I have no doubt that Banks' claims regarding power increases are true - for
my part
I simply have the satisfaction of knowing that the Powerstroke is delivering
about all it is inherently capable of.

Let me know if I can help further.


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 18:45:52, -0500
Subject: RE:1999 F-350s

Hi all, a little more info and 99 F350s

I saw one last Feb. I am NOT lying. I work at a Ford Heavy Truck
dealership in MN and they brought 2 prototypes by for some brake
repair. They were testing the brake capabilities under heavy loads.
There were 2 Ford engineers and 2 engineers from a quality test or
something like that. The F-350 was a dually 4x2. One side of the
box was sqaure like 97's and the other side was a prototype. The
other truck was a F-Super Duty 4x4...YES 4x4 with a flatbed body on
it. I was really excited to see this F-Super with 4x4 as an option.
Of course I asked to take pitcures, by they said no because they were
just "prototypes". Being in the business, I just allowed for their

The front ends looked like a cross between a 96 and 97 F-150, but the
cab was from the 97's.

I did get some info about these trucks, but only for the F-Super Duty

7.3L Diesel or 6.8L V10
5 or 6 speed manual
*new* auto tranny with a PTO opening
4x4 or 4x2
reg cab wheelbases 141", 165", or 201"
crew cab wheelbase 201"
F-450 at 15,000# GVWR
F-550 at 17500 # GVWR
F-550 at 19000 # GVWR (4x2 only) and 201" wb only

I hope this info helps. Sorry I can't help with anything lighter
than F-450, but that is all the info that I got. Any questions,
write me:



Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 19:26:13 -0400
From: Jan Campbell
Subject: Re:Ford F350 PowerStroke

We've got four questions:

1. What's with the WINMAIL.DAT? Were we supposed to be able to get
something from that? If we were, we couldn't.

2. What would be recommended as an oil fillter for a PowerStroke

3. Any pros and/or cons about WIX filters (we've asked this quesetion
before--no answers).

4. Anyone know of a Web site where we can order things like mud flaps?


Jan and Matt Campbell


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 19:58:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: '86 Bronco II

Check the pressure regulator, the emergency shutoff valve, and the fuel pump.
You may want to pull the codes. There's no engine light on the B2.


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 20:42:43 -0400
From: "Lare/Eric"
Subject: '94 Ranger Brake Drum Problem

I recently noticed a pretty bad vibration while under moderate braking
conditions in my '94 Splash Ext. Cab. Monro (since I was 140 miles from
home - would have looked at it myself otherwise - I just love to tinker)
said that the brake drums were 'out of round' due to overheating and that
the drum's diameter measured 10.125", which was beyond the factory
replacement limit of 10.060".


1) With 54,000 miles on this truck, is this normal?

2) What would overheat the brakes to the point of warping out of round?
and, What is the remedy, if any?

3) What kind of weight/seriousness should be given to the factory limit of
10.060" (is this a conservative estimate, or should I go ahead and get new
brake drums?) ?

All comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Eric S. - '94 Splash Ext. Cab


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