fordtrucks97up-digest Saturday, April 11 1998 Volume 01 : Number 052

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In this issue:

towing vs fuel economy ["Harald" ]
Air Snorkel [Joseph/Rae Mead ]
RE: towing vs fuel economy ["Chad Royse" ]
Re: towing vs fuel economy [John941 ]
Auto Krafters [Ken Payne ]
Re: Tires question. I am stupid [Jay Bramble ]
ADMIN: List and web provider solution found. [Ken Payne



Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 08:18:47 -0700
From: "Harald"
Subject: towing vs fuel economy

Hi everyone!
This list is a great idea. I'll be buying a new 1999 F350 to haul a 2900lb
dry weight camper and was wondering if anyone has experience with various
gearing. For some unknown reason, Ford won't sell this truck with 4.11
rearend gearing if you order the V10. The only options are 3.73 or 4.30.
The 3.73 will get the best gas mileage, but the 4.30 will be best for low
speed power while towing. I'm wondering how much of a fuel economy hit I'll
take with the 4.30 gears. Any ideas? The V10 with 410 ft/lb. torque and
275 hp should still be able to pull with 3.73 gears, but I wonder how much
of a strain it will be. Thanks in advance for your help.

Harald Stenger

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


Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 11:40:33 -0500
From: Joseph/Rae Mead
Subject: Air Snorkel

I have a 97 F-250 4x4 Diesel and am thinking about putting a deep water fording
snorkel on her. Has anybody that has ever fabricated one of these type of setups
before, or is there someplace that makes a bolt on kit?

Any Ideas??




Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 15:11:49 -0400
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: RE: towing vs fuel economy

I have a 97 250HD with a 460 and 3.55 gears, and it is rated to tow upto
10,000lbs. If you like the 3.73, I don't think it will ever do you wrong.
Especially if you're only towing 2900lbs. I had a similar dilemma ordering
my 99 250SD. I wanted a limited slip rear end, but with the V-10, you can
only get it with the 4.30 gears. I think I could have been plenty happy
with a LS 3.73, or even a 4.10 or 4.11. But, oh well...



Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 15:22:40 EDT
From: John941
Subject: Re: towing vs fuel economy

Pulling 2900 lbs with a 350 V10 should be no problem with any gear. Yo0u ar


Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 15:28:30 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Auto Krafters

Dear Ford Truck Enthusiasts:

We have a new advertiser on our web site. Our practice with
web site advertisers has been to make a brief announcement for
2 days (this is day 1 of 2). Please show your appreciation to
them for helping to support the web site and the lists by
checking out their site:

Auto Krafters sells new parts for both new and old Ford/Mercury
trucks and cars. They carry parts for late model Explorers,
Expeditions, Rangers, and F-series. Additionally, they sell
parts to help restore 1953-1979 to original condition. They
carry 13 different catalogs of genuine and reproduction parts.

We would like to have them know that you heard about them via
the Ford Truck Enthusiasts group.

Now returning you to our regularly scheduled program...

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 15:50:45 -0400
From: Jay Bramble
Subject: Re: Tires question. I am stupid

Well I went and did it. I now have the tires that SHOULD have been on the truck.
Goodyears Wranglers AT/S 305/70R16. The fit great. There is 2" of room from any
protrutions no matter where I turn the wheel and with full suspension travel. 33"
tires WORK.

Thanks to all of you who helped me out.

Next question. How do I tell what the rearend grear ratio is. Now I have to
calculate how much my speedometer is off.

Jay Bramble wrote:

> I bought my first truck in May of 96. A new F-150 Supercab Stepside 4X4. It
> was the 2nd one in the area and the 2015th one off of the line. It has the 4.6L
> V8 and does not have the "Off Road" package
> since it was not offered yet but it is raised from the factory. It is higher
> than a 4X2.
> Right now I have the stock Goodyear RT/S P255/70/R16 tires. I want to replace
> them with something a little bigger since the 4X4 sits higher than the 4X2 and
> those 255's do not look right. I want to stay with the
> stock rims and do not want to put a lift kit on it. The truck sits high now (I
> like it, my wife does not but she loves the truck)
> What is the largest tire I can put on it?
> One place says I can put a 33" tire. One other place says the
> 33" tire is too big and the largest tire I can put on is a is a 31"
> I now know that a LT265/75R16 will fit but how about the LT305/70R16? I also
> have the factory ground effects, i.e. the black plastic bumper skirt and the
> black ridged mud flapes...I have a feeling that the 305's will fit but will have
> to cut the ground effects and I dont want to do that....
> I also want to stay with a Radial tire. I do go off road but not into the DEEP
> woods. Most of my driving is on paved roads, but sometimes with those RT/S's I
> would be sliding all over the place...
> Any help
> Also, I notice that alot of peaple are using the BFG's. Are they
> better. These Goodyears wore out after 24000 miles, but I found that I like the
> tread pattern on the Wrangler AT/S.
> Jay Bramble
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Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 16:26:26 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: ADMIN: List and web provider solution found.

We've found a new provider/host for the lists and web site. Since
we have a new advertiser and many list members have emailed me to
let me know they're getting a window sticker, the startup cost is
covered. This month is an expensive month for us, especially since
there will be a two week overlap for the web sites so I can set up
everything on the new service.

We did a ton of web searches and found a virtual server provider that
is reasonablity priced with many features. By switching over to a
"virtual server" (vs the "virtual host" we currently use) we gain the

1. We can add more lists and more list members without increasing our
2. Database support. This makes a full blown private party classified
page with adds, deletes and edits easy to support. People visiting
the page will be able to do intelligent ad searches. The Events page
will have the same features.
3. The ability to schedule jobs, such as a monthly email newsletter.
4. Growth. We can add extra web space at the rate of $1/meg/month.
5. Free web space for members will be supported. We have no reseller
or reuse restrictions.
6. Those using the free web space can purchase additional space at
the above $1/meg/month (we're simply going to pass-on our costs).
7. True FTP and telnet logins for web space users!
8. CGI script support for web space users! Add your own scripts such
as counters, guestbooks, etc.
9. Ford truck clubs will get additional free web space (size not yet
determined) over the current 300k.
10.Searchable archives.
11.Tons more!

No outage of list or web page service is anticipated and the transition
will be at the end of the month.

Ken and Peggy Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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