small-list-digest Tuesday, July 7 1998 Volume 02 : Number 187

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

FTE Small - Jet chips?
FTE Small - '86 Ranger 29.l efi - still running rich
FTE Small - 3.0 Questions
Re: FTE Small - Amplifiers: The Second Consideration
FTE Small - Ranger nerf bars
Re: FTE Small - Ford parts
FTE Small - Honest power from 2.3L
FTE Small - ADMIN: Expanded products page, 100s of items
FTE Small - FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: Forgot the URL!



Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 10:15:27 -0400
From: Luke Wells
Subject: FTE Small - Jet chips?

Has anyone had any experience with the jet chips pkg offered by JET? We
are going to install this on my friends 96 4.0 Splash
next week. The kit includes a k&n type filter, new low temp thermostat
and a new chip. Well I guess i tell you how it goes next week.

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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 09:36:24 -0500 (CDT)
From: Bob Johnson
Subject: FTE Small - '86 Ranger 29.l efi - still running rich

Thanks to all who sent advice regarding my '86 Ranger. Symptoms: high and
low speed miss, black smoke out exhaust, will sometimes stall when coming to
a stop. I checked the O2 sensor, and found all 3 wires damaged, so I
replaced it - but no improvement in drivability. Have run several tanks with
injector cleaner - no effect. Mileage is relatively poor - about 15 mostly
highway mpg. Seat of the pants says it's getting worse.

Feels a lot like one of my motorcycles in the rain, when I could see the
spark leaking from a wet spark plug boot - misses, then runs ok, then misses
some more. I don't think this is moisture related - no rain here in north
Texas in a long time - hot and dry. I did clean the engine a few weeks ago,
however - degreaser and water. Should I look for moisture in the
distributor? Replace the ignition wires? Plugs? Will take it in to the shop
on Wednesday for diagnosis if no one has a better idea re: what to check
and/or replace next.

Any advice will be appreciated. TIA.

'86 Ranger SC XLT 2.9l efi
'80 F-250 Custom 300 I-6, 3 speed

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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 10:50:42 -0500
From: "David Steelman"
Subject: FTE Small - 3.0 Questions

Hey folks. I'm new to the list, but I have been reading the archives and
have seen quite a lot of discussion between the owners of 3.0s and the
owners of 4.0s and 5s. I have a 98 Supercab Ranger 4x4 with a 3.0 and I am
very happy with it. If I had done a little more research, I probably would
have bought a 4.0, but the 3.0 will be plenty for my current needs. My
previous truck was a '90 ranger with the 2.3.
My question ( the first of many) is this: Is there any point in buying
the Borla exhaust for my truck without having any headers available to
upgrade at the same time? I talked to the internet sales coordinator at
Borla and he said that there definitely would be an increase in HP.
However, are the current headers so restrictive that they would negate the
Borla upgrade? I know just enough about exhaust systems to be dangerous, so
any info or crash course (oops! not a good term for this list!) that any of
you can offer will be greatly appreciated. FYI: I have already installed
the KKM induction kit with the S&B filter.
Also, I want to improve the performance of my 3.0, but I do not want to
make it loud. Are performance enhancing exhaust upgrades noisy by nature?

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 08:05:38 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Amplifiers: The Second Consideration

Mike Fisher wrote:
> Sound competitions are for guys with
> small
> brains and small penises.

That's a little harsh Mike. I suppose some people say the same thing
about those of us that choose to increase the performance of our trucks
engines, handling or whatever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as
is customizing one's vehicle. I am not a proponent of unreasonably loud
audio systems, but I believe that I have heard (and smelt) just as many
lousy engine customizations at the stoplight. How about a little "live
and let live", instead of sounding like a cranky old man?

Now, the other side of the coin: We just celebrated a holiday that
underscores the basic principle of this country: freedom. We can do
lots of things in this country that other parts of the world only dream
of. Unfortunately, we mostly ignore the concepts of responsibility and
consideration. I believe that if I choose to install a 5000 watt
stereo, I have the burden of responsibility to use it where it won't
bother others. I also choose to be considerate and not bother them.
Just as if I lob a 300 hp engine into my truck I have the responsibility
of not using it's potential in a school zone or a crowded freeway. I
say, let's all be responsible & keep the lawyers out of work!!!!

penis length

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 14:53:00 -0400
From: Ed Yohe
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger nerf bars

Hey folks. I'm new to the list, just bought my Ranger XLT 4 door 4x4
So far, really happy. I've been out on the Internet all morning trying to find
some bolt on stainless nerf bars, finding out that a lot of Ranger stuff is
just thru 97. Anybody familiar with nerfs for 98's?

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 17:22:56 -0500
From: Mike Fisher
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford parts


Go to and go to their parts section, where you can enter the
brand of vehicle and part number. They advertise that they discount OEM parts,
so check it out. They used to sell SVO parts for the SHO at discount. They are a
multi-brand dealer out of St. Louis, MO.

Mike Fisher

Barry Nestor wrote:

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> From: Barry Nestor
> Sent: Sunday, July 05, 1998 12:18 PM
> To: ''
> Subject: RE: small-list-digest V2 #184
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> Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 05:42:58 -0500
> From: Mike Krause
> Subject: FTE Small - Ford parts and numbers...
> I'm looking to replace some of the stock parts on my '91 Explorer(rear leaf
> springs, interior stuff) and was wondering if anyone knows a good place to
> get
> parts at a reasonable price. I'm not looking to upgrade anything just want
> a
> place to get certified Ford parts at a reasonable price. Also, where can I
> get
> the product codes to order this stuff. Thanks.
> Mike Krause
> Mike,
> There are some dealers who have ads for Ford parts in the back of some of
> the car mags although I have never called any of them. I might be interested
> though if you do find a reputable place that really does sell new parts at a
> discount. The local dealer here in town is under new mgmt and the last thing
> they care about is giving anyone a break in pricing.
> Have a great day,
> Barry
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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 16:52:43 -0700
From: "Tim J. Clevenger"
Subject: FTE Small - Honest power from 2.3L

I have a spare 2.3L engine that I'm about to start rebuilding for my '86 =
Ranger. But something that happened this weekend made me think twice:

Out on the San Joaquin Delta in northern California there's a boat ramp =
at Herman and Helen's Marina. The boat ramp is extremely steep because =
it's built down the side of the levee. Even worse, the surface was =
badly worn, pockmarked, covered with gravel and twigs and wet. We were =
waiting to put our 16' tri-hull fiberglass boat on the trailer. While =
we were waiting for our turn, we got to watch other vehicles pull their =
boats out of the water.

The first guy was in a Thunderbird, or something like it. (It was RWD.) =
He was trying to launch his boat, and got the trailer wedged against =
the dock. No matter what happened, he couldn't pull forward =
(wheelspin.) Finally, a guy in a Toyota pickup winched the trailer and =
helped him pull it back out. =20

The second guy was in a mid-80's Ram pickup (about the size of a Ranger) =
and trying to pull out a Sea-Doo. He too had wheelspin, but also =
stalled the engine several times and only managed to make it up the ramp =
by leaving 10,000 miles worth of rubber on the ramp.

The third guy was in an F-250 Diesel 4x4. His boat was at least 24' =
long, and he pulled it out without batting an eye or spinning any tires.

My dad was fourth. He has an F-150, 2 wheel drive, with the granny low. =
I'm guessing the boat and trailer weighed around 2,200 pounds together. =
The granny low was great for pulling, but he has an open rear diff, and =
only by having four guys stand on the rear bumper could he get the grip =
he needed to pull the boat out of there.

Now comes my problem. I'm looking at several smaller "runabout"-type =
boats. They weigh anywhere from 800 to 1,900 pounds with trailer. I'd =
like to rebuild and turbo or supercharge my 2.3L, but not unless I can =
do it reliably and still get enough power to match my dad's F-150 (4.9L =
six). I think a supercharger would be a better way to go, because the =
power would be available down low, and I wouldn't have to worry about =
the boost suddenly kicking in and breaking the back wheel(s) loose.

I currently have a 5-speed, but could swap it out for a heavier =
transmission. (I like the granny low, but without overdrive, mileage is =
atrocious.) Any suggestions? Is this possible with the 2.3L, or should =
I scrap the Ranger and go with a heavier truck? Do I need 4WD, or would =
a Posi or locker get the job done?


Tim Clevenger
'90 Nissan 240SX SE
'86 Ford Ranger
'86 Honda Helix

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Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 23:45:45 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Expanded products page, 100s of items

Many members of Ford Truck Enthusiasts have long asked about
discounts on products and its finally done. We don't have a
shopping cart or secure shopping yet, simply a products page
with prices. We're working on the cart, then the secure
on-line ordering.

Included are items for both old and new trucks:

- - Ford Truck Enthusiasts static cling window sticker.
- - Ford Truck And Ranchero Resources book, if you can't find
a part, this book will tell you where to get it. 100s of
sources listed with tons of information.
- - The Working Mat. The manufacturer is offering a 10%
discount to purchases made though our site. This is a
heavy-duty (long bed mat is 90lbs!) reinforced rubber bed
mat with lift up panels which are used to prevent cargo
slippage. Comes with a 3 year guarentee!
- - Several hundred (no kidding) Ford truck items from Jim
Osborn Reproductions. Items from 1996 all the way back to
the 1920s. Ford Sales Literature, Wiring Diagram Manuals,
Assembly Manuals, Service And Parts Manuals, Performance
Manuals, Air Cleaner Decals, Valve Cover Decals, Engine
Compartment Decals/Tags, Emission Decals, Interior Decals,
Jack Instructions, Chassis And Body Decals, Exterior Decals,
Miscellaneous Decals and Columbia Axle Decals! We offer
these items at a 10% discount off Jim Osborn's retail
prices. We only sell these through the web site. Jim Osborn
Reproductions is a licensed Ford products company.
- - Magazine subscriptions to several popular truck mags. We
actually sell these through the Newstand Network. They
guarentee the lowest subscription rates and it helps us.

All these items help to fund our web site and the mailing lists.
Our monthly costs are substantual and we put in a lot of time
with the site so your support is appreciated but not required.
As is our usual practice, we will increase our free services as
our budget allows.

In addition to getting a shopping cart and secure on-line ordering,
we hope to add more products in the near future.

Now returning you to our regular program....
Ken & Peggy Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 00:38:30 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: Forgot the URL!

I forgot to post the URL for the products page:

Its also a link off the menu bar at the top of
most pages.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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