Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 03:50:26 -0700 (MST)
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Subject: fordtrucks80up-digest V2 #17

fordtrucks80up-digest Saturday, January 10 1998 Volume 02 : Number 017

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In this issue:

Bug Deflectors [Tony Rio ]
RV: 221 6l on 1988 4*4 f150 made in argentina ["ROVATTI-VAYSSIER"
Max Tire Size for Ford Ranger? [Jayme Uldarico Newell
Axle codes for a Ranger [FastRngXLT ]
Re: Extended Warranty [Jim Orson ]
Re: Engine RPM [Dave Armbruster ]
Re: Bug Deflectors [Dave Armbruster ]
bug deflectors [David ]
Re: How do I boost engine performance in a 1996 351 ["Phil McCrory"
Re:Rims [Lou Guerriero ]
Re: Changing rear end ratio [Bill Funk ]
Clutch problems [jnovoski ]



Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 17:50:30 -0600
From: Tony Rio
Subject: Bug Deflectors

I have one on my F150 and it makes a huge difference. However, I have
the type that bolts to the underside of the hood, so I didn't have to drill
holes in the face of the hood-lip (don't know if all are like this). However,
I take it off during the winter months because my father had one on his
Suburban, and it started to rust the hood and do a number on the finish
when snow mixed with road-crap got in between the bug guard and the
hood. The front edge of the hood started to rust a litle, and although it
was no big deal, why not avoid it if possible. I paid about $60 for mine


Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 19:36:48 -0300
Subject: RV: 221 6l on 1988 4*4 f150 made in argentina

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> A:
> Asunto: 221 6l on 1988 4*4 f150 made in argentina
> Fecha: Mircoles 13 de Enero de 1999 7:48 PM
> I've got a 1988 F150 4*4 with an old style 6L 221cid. This engine looks
> like the old Falcon's 221 or 180, with the intake manifold molded with
> head.I think it was used on the older F series in the US.
> I've got a little suspension lift in front to clear 31*10.5 Sports Kings
> and obtain the same hight front and rear (rear comes with blocs from the
> fabric); other specificity: a 3 manual speed gear box, front and rear
> limited slip difs.
> This truck is made in Argentina, with transfert case and transmisions
> imported from the usa.
> I'm looking for a mister "Know it all" who can give me information about
> this engine, what can i do to improve perf and milage. In Argentina, the
> cost of a swap to something better is highter than in the US.
> I've got a free flowing glass pack silencer and a free flowing HD truck
> style doble air filter (Mann).
> This engine is done for 116hp in stock form.
> I've seen in an advice in a magazine than the Sport Kings are "from BFG".
> Someone can confirm?
> I'm french and I'm livig in Argentina. Sorry for my English, but i've
> in the FAQ and in the general rules: no problem with orthographics
and foreign accent.

Thanks to answer.



Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 17:19:18 -0800 (PST)
From: Jayme Uldarico Newell
Subject: Max Tire Size for Ford Ranger?

Does anyone know what the maximum tire size is that can be put on an '88
Ford Ranger, without interfering with driveability as well as without
modifying the suspension?
I'd like to do this to get some extra axle height, and bigger(in height)
tires seem to be the easiest way.




Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 20:53:59 EST
From: FastRngXLT
Subject: Axle codes for a Ranger

Does anyone know where I can obtain a list of axle codes. I need to know what
the gear ratio on axle code 84.


Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 20:14:38 -0600
From: Jim Orson
Subject: Re: Extended Warranty

Check out the Edmunds web site. They endorse an independent extended
warranty. You can print out a quote for the exact vehicle and
conditions you want.

I did this when I bought my 97 Ranger from the local Ford dealer. When
the salesman quoted a Ford extended warranty for $750, I showed him the
independent quote. He came down to about the same price (about $400)
for similiar coverage. To save his face, he told me he was giving me a
"fleet" discount.

Just another example of the games these people play. I do prefer the
Ford warranty since I only have to deal with any Ford dealer to use it
rather than going thru the independent warranty company. The point of my
comments here is that like most phases of the new car sales experience,
you can get a better deal if you try. I find it disgusting and
distasteful but I do play to win.

Jim Orson
97 Ranger XLT 4.0

> ------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 13:57:37 -0600
> From: John Bartin
> Subject: Extended Warranty
> Has anyone shopped recently for extended warranty deals with dealer or
> aftermarket? If so, where did you find your best deal and what type of
> coverage (drive train, bumper to bumper as original, or something
> in-between) and what price did you find? Which Ford truck was it for?
> Thanks
> John
> ------------------------------


Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 20:53:29 -0700
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: Engine RPM

>What type of transmission do you have? I have a 95 SHO ATX with over drive and
>it's supper touchy and down shifts if you press you toe a tad too hard.
>Amosil wrote:
>> I am having an intermittent problem with the engine rpm suddenly
>>increasing to
>> between 2500-3000 rpm while driving down the road. This has happened twice
>> last month. The problem disappears soon after it happens (within 15-20
>> Anyone ever experience this problem?
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Mine does this sometimes, too. I have a '97 with the 5R55, 5 speed auto.
It seems to do it mostly on the highway, betwen 70 and 75, it can't seem to
hold itself in OD, and will unlock the torque converter, causing the RPMs
to jump to about 3,000. Otherwise, taking the OD off will elimate the
transmission hunting when driving around town or in commuter traffic (it
mentioned this in my manual). A lot of time it depends on things like
headwind, etc.

I am not sure, but I'll bet this has something to do with how the truck is
programmed from the factory. I know that the 5R55 is controlled
electronically, so a Superchip or similiar upgrade *could* change the shift
patterns and torque converter lock-up.


Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 21:15:14 -0700
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: Bug Deflectors

I have a DeflectaShield on my '97 Ranger. I didn't even try the tape, just
drilled the holes and mounted it the old fashioned way. I am impressed
with how stable it is, it takes a non-touchless car wash to make it touch
the hood, and that is only slightly in the middle. One thing that seems to
be good it that is one of the ones that wraps around the from of the
fenders, which protects them and gives the whole deflector more strength.
The contour fit the hood very well.

It is one of the more low profile ones, so I too get the bugs about 2
inches below the tinted part on the top of the windshield, and it does very
little for a rock bigger than a piece of rock salt.



Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 23:50:52 -0500
From: David
Subject: bug deflectors

I have a Bug deflector on my Ranger. Last year down here in Florida I think
I could have counted all the Love Bugs that hit my wind shield on one hand.
Other trucks and cars get covered with them during the summer. My shield
was made by Ventshade, my friend who owns a Toyota 4 Runner has one that
was made by GTO and his wind shield still gets covered with them.


Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 22:11:47 -0800
From: "Phil McCrory"
Subject: Re: How do I boost engine performance in a 1996 351

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> From: Phil McCrory
> To:
> Subject: How do I boost engine performance in a 1996 351
> Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1997 5:07 PM
> Hi have a Ford F-150 with a 351ci engine. After adding a lift kit (6
> inches) and 35 inch tires, I am in need of more power out of the engine.
> am looking for opinons regarding
> Adding a turbo charger
> Adding a super charger
> Changing an EPROM
> I am looking for feedback from anyone who has successfully performed any
> the modifications listed above.
> Thanks,
> Phil
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Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 02:50:39 -0500
From: Lou Guerriero
Subject: Re:Rims


I have aluminum rims.. and noticed they were getting dirty (brake
dust, I suspect).. so I went to clean em up.. and noticed the coating
was corroded and "bubbling" off..... peeling a little..

Is there a way to get this fixed/replaced? Can it be chromed?


- --
Lou Guerriero
ICQ UIN: 1235438
Kali NN: Loucifur


Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 01:16:10 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: Changing rear end ratio

A little while ago I asked about changing the rear end ratio in my
I did get a few responses, and I thank you for them.
I checked my regular shop,but they don't do that work, and the owner
recommended a few 4X4 shops to try.
The quotes I got are all in the $800-900 range ('91 F-250 HD, 4.10:1,
Ford (Sterling) differential, open), higher than I really want to spend
(all quotes were using genuine Ford parts; this seems to be a universal
Except one shop, Desert Fox here in the Phoenix area. I was told they
just did this same job on a 4X4 for $1200 (both ends, mind you), and the
guy proceeded to check prices, and then quoted me a $250 labor/$1150
parts price! It seems that either he was overcharging me $800, or he
lost $1600 on the last job, I don't know which. He told me it needed new
carriers, while all the other shops said it didn't (which agrees with
the shop manual I have).
Too much; would take too long to recoup the costs. I think I'll put on
Velvet Ride shackles, instead.

Bill Funk


Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 05:46:34 -0500
From: jnovoski
Subject: Clutch problems

I have a 91 F150 with 5 speed trans and about 90k on the clock. Shifting
is normally fine but when pulling my new trailer (3500 lbs)clutch heats
up and burns. Is there some king of heavy duty clutch for this trans ( I
think its mazda trans) or will a F250 five speed bolt on to the 300
engine. I don't think clutch is worn yet because all the miles on this
truck are "highway miles" spent cruising in overdrive. Rear end is 3:55
traction lok. Maybe I should look for a 4:10??


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