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97up-list-digest Sunday, August 15 1999 Volume 02 : Number 217



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 97up - Tires on F-250 Super Duty
FTE 97up - Serpentine Belt
RE: FTE 97up - Serpentine Belt
RE: FTE 97up - radiator dimensions
FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?
Re: FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?
Re: FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?
RE: FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?
FTE 97up - Re: Superchip and PSD

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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 06:53:28 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Tires on F-250 Super Duty

The $35 sounds like a good deal to me. Does your truck have 4WABS and what
gears do you have? The F-350 we tried wouldn't go all the way to fit the
35" tires (4 mph off) but I think if it would have had 4.10 gears it might
have worked.

Nathan

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Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Tires on F-250 Super Duty


> I'm running 35 inch BFG's on my 99-250. I had the dealer recalibrate my
> speedo. It seems to be pretty accurate. When my wife was driving next to
me
> on the highway, side by side, both speedo's read 65 MPH. The dealer
charged
> me $35 to do it. Did I get ripped off on the price?
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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 08:35:30 -0400
From: "Mitchell"
Subject: FTE 97up - Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt on my 98 F150, 4.6L, V8, was replaced by the dealer at
12,000 miles and now at 25,000 miles. What prompted me to bring it in was
an intermittent loud squealing noise every morning. It started out a chirp
for a few weeks and then became a siren like wail as I drove a few miles
down the road. The service consultant said it was normal wear on the belt
from dust and road grime. Apparently the belt becomes shiny and squeals.
They checked the pulley aligments and sid there wasn't a problem there. The
service consultant told me that it is happening to all F150/F250s and if I
don't like it just change the belt once per year. Obviously that answer
wasn't what I wanted to hear. Anyone else had belt problems with there
F150?

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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 09:46:34 -0500
From: "pennhead"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Serpentine Belt

No problems here (yet!), but you shouldn't be having those kind of problems
this early on. I drove an Aerostar 4.0L with a serpentine belt for 105,000
miles before replacing, and that's only because I was noticing small cracks
across the ribs on the drive side of the belt. I never did experience any
V-belt squeal on the Aerostar, however it was very common on older Fords
I've owned (late 60's & 70's).

Perhaps some spray-on belt dressing? Years ago as teenagers, we would
address the problem by pressing a bar of Ivory soap to the flat side of the
V-belt as it ran. It actually worked! I guess it added
lubrication/moisture to the weathered belt.

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The serpentine belt on my 98 F150, 4.6L, V8, was replaced by the dealer at
12,000 miles and now at 25,000 miles. What prompted me to bring it in was
an intermittent loud squealing noise every morning. It started out a chirp
for a few weeks and then became a siren like wail as I drove a few miles
down the road. The service consultant said it was normal wear on the belt
from dust and road grime. Apparently the belt becomes shiny and squeals.
They checked the pulley aligments and sid there wasn't a problem there. The
service consultant told me that it is happening to all F150/F250s and if I
don't like it just change the belt once per year. Obviously that answer
wasn't what I wanted to hear. Anyone else had belt problems with there
F150?

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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 11:57:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dan Gaudenti
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - radiator dimensions

> Quick question: I know that you will reduce the drain on your engine by
> eliminating the crankshaft driven fan, but is it significant enough to
> switch to an electric fan?
>
> I also have the 4.2L, a '99 coupled with the 5-speed tranny. Have you any
> experience with a Superchip in this engine?
>
> Thanks,
> Mark

I think any gain is significant. I have read claims of up to a gain of 17
HP by removing the engine-driven fan. I don't know if I gained anywhere
near that much, but I'll take what I can get. I also don't like spinning
the fan when it's not needed, which is most of the time. Also, getting
that weight off the end of the water pump may even help the life of the
bearings.

I don't have a Superchip...yet. I've read from two others who have the
4.2L/5sp and a Superchip. Both said good things. One said he's seen
an improvement taking off from stop in 2nd and better drive-ability
with the A/C on. The other said extra torque is evident around town,
just need a light throttle to get up to speed and gets to 50 in a hurry.
More power on the highway, cruises easy at 80 with a lot left for passing.

I'm convinced, I just need to budget the $$$.

Danny
98 F-150 Std., RC, SB, 4x2, 4.2L, 5-sp, 3.08, A/C, speed control, rear slider.
mods: Syntec engine oil, MTL trans fluid, Edelbrock shocks, 50 Series
Flowmaster, K&N with airbox mod, electric radiator fan

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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 21:31:24 EDT
From: RSnoviaol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?

Well i was empressed today again, took on close to 3 ft of water in 2wd in
the PSD, a chevy stopped to think about it, i just chuged about 50 yds
thru,wave action in front of truck!
i also passed a stalled berreta( moron) i would have yanked off the street
but it was still raining and current was stiff down the street. i think i am
going to have to rename the F250 SD the "Gunboat".

RS
9sec93cobra
99F250SD PSD/SC/4x4
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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 21:42:35 -0400
From: CnC
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?

What's a PSD?

At 09:31 PM 8/14/99 -0400, RSnoviaol.com wrote:
>Well i was empressed today again, took on close to 3 ft of water in 2wd in
>the PSD, a chevy stopped to think about it, i just chuged about 50 yds
>thru,wave action in front of truck!
>i also passed a stalled berreta( moron) i would have yanked off the street
>but it was still raining and current was stiff down the street. i think i am
>going to have to rename the F250 SD the "Gunboat".
>
>RS
>9sec93cobra
>99F250SD PSD/SC/4x4
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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 22:20:51 -0400
From: "MStock56"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?

POWER STROKE DIESEL
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Subject: Re: FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?


> What's a PSD?
>
> At 09:31 PM 8/14/99 -0400, RSnoviaol.com wrote:
> >Well i was empressed today again, took on close to 3 ft of water in 2wd
in
> >the PSD, a chevy stopped to think about it, i just chuged about 50 yds
> >thru,wave action in front of truck!
> >i also passed a stalled berreta( moron) i would have yanked off the
street
> >but it was still raining and current was stiff down the street. i think i
am
> >going to have to rename the F250 SD the "Gunboat".
> >
> >RS
> >9sec93cobra
> >99F250SD PSD/SC/4x4
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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 21:35:26 -0500
From: "pennhead"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - F250SD boat/truck?

PSD = Power Stroke Diesel

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What's a PSD?

At 09:31 PM 8/14/99 -0400, RSnoviaol.com wrote:
>Well i was empressed today again, took on close to 3 ft of water in 2wd in
>the PSD, a chevy stopped to think about it, i just chuged about 50 yds
>thru,wave action in front of truck!
>i also passed a stalled berreta( moron) i would have yanked off the street
>but it was still raining and current was stiff down the street. i think i
am
>going to have to rename the F250 SD the "Gunboat".
>
>RS
>9sec93cobra
>99F250SD PSD/SC/4x4
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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 22:00:31 -0700
From: "Harald Stenger"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Superchip and PSD

Scot,

Check www.ford-diesel.com in the 1999 powerstroke forum. A guy with a chip
put his truck on a dyno with and without the chip and posted extensive
numbers. The chip makes a big difference.

Harald


"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Ben Franklin

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