perf-list-digest Wednesday, September 16 1998 Volume 01 : Number 090

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FTE Perf - Springs
Re: FTE Perf - 6.8 -- 5.4



Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 09:24:38 -0400
Subject: FTE Perf - Springs

Andrew writes: >>I know the Explorer has leaf springs in the back, is
there a simple way to change the rears to use real springs instead? Do you
normally have to get a different axle and then the springs on top of that?
I'm taking a pot shot in the dark on this one.

I hope you aren't trying to "pull our legs" here. Leaf springs are real
springs. Been around as long as the horse and buggy for sure, and I have
no idea how much longer. You are speaking of M A J O R design engineering
to replace the leafs with coils. I know it can be done, but I wouldn't
want to tackle it with no more engineering/fabrication knowledge than I
have. Now if the Navigator were to have coils - it might be a bolt in, but
AFAIK these are also leaf springs. The Lincoln Town car might be adaptable,
but it will take quite a bit of engineering and fabrication.

Good luck.

Ardmore, Al.

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Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 21:55:15 -0500
From: "Sven Setterdahl"
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - 6.8 -- 5.4

>Can anyone tell me if the 6.8 l is simply the 5.4 with two extra cylinders?
>Is the front of the block identical? Can brackets designed for the
>5.4 l be used on the 6.8?

The 6.8 has the same bore and stroke as the 5.4L. As far as the brackets
go, I don't know. One would assume that by the definition of "modular" that
would mean, yes the brackets are the same, but it could be different due to
the extra length of the engine.

Not much help, but...


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