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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - STX/4WD Air dam w/ driving lights
RE: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?
Re: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?
FTE Small - Locker for Rangers
Re: FTE Small - power steering leak
Re: FTE Small - power steering leak
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Fluid
FTE Small - More on STX/4WD Air dam

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 06:50:16 -0600
From: Chuck DeSantis
Subject: Re: FTE Small - STX/4WD Air dam w/ driving lights

At 10:36 PM -0400 4/20/99, Tim Turner wrote:

>Anthony Rifici wrote:
>>
>> I posted this a few days ago, but list activity seems to have been low
>> and I got no responses, so I am re-posting in hopes that the weekend will
>> bring some interest.
>
>Probably nobody knows for sure! I'll speculate though. ;-)
>
>> I have decided with putting on the front air dam and light setup from
>> the STX/4WD Rangers.
>
>> I saw that I have the electrical connectors under the front bumper
>> already wired in from the factory, is this just a plug in installation? If
>> so, is there also a connector for the fog light switch and where is it
>> located? If it isn't just a plug in, what is involved?
>
>Generally speaking most vehicles have the same wiring harness and the
>accessories are plugged in as it's built; you probably do have the
>requisite wiring in place but will need to get the switch and relay from
>Ford. (Or use aftermarket equivalents.) I'd suggest doing a little
>research with a wiring diagram and DMM; if everything is in place then
>certainly do it 'OEM' style as the lights will work the way the DOT
>prefers (requires?) that way.


Just as an FYI:

Yesterday I picked up an OEM fog light kit from a Ford dealer for a '99
Explorer. The kit contained harnesses from the lights all the way back to
the relay and switch (also included in the kit). I haven't looked to see
if wiring might also be waiting in the bumper valance.

Chuck


Chuck DeSantis
Crystal Lake, IL


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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 10:11:41 -0500
From: "Bradley A. Trefz"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?

James Duff makes good lift kits for Bronco II's, I think there are a couple
of other folks out there that do as well, but that's the first one that
popped into my head. I've got links to a bunch of Bronco II specific sites
from my website at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.concetric.net/~Trats (just go to the Bronco II
page)
As for me I contemplated a lift kit, but in the end I decided not to lift
mine. You can put up to 30 inch tires on a Bronco II without modifications.
Which ended up being good enough for me.

Brad T.


I am looking for advice on what is a good lift kit for it. Also, what
parts I will have to replace, like driveshaft, tranny, etc......? If
anyone
know anything to do with this, please let me know. Thanks alot.

Daniel.




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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 15:44:40 EDT
From: GJFB20aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bronco II Lift Kit?

hey, how exactly do I get to your web page, I looked on the page from the
mail and it was a search thing.
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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 17:55:43 -0700
From: JJ Thomas
Subject: FTE Small - Locker for Rangers

Are there Air Lockers for the 98 and 99 Rangers with the new IFS
suspension? Can a locker be installed in the front axle?

Thanks.

- -Julian

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 99 19:01:59 PDT
From: donneomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - power steering leak

> Off to the
> parts store and bought a remanufactured unit ( $180.00 ). Fought the thing
> for 4 hours by myself. Finally a friend stopped by and in 10 minutes it was
> back where it belonged. It's a tortuous solo job, but easy as can be with
> another set of hands. The result was well worth the effort.

What's the difficulty in doing it alone?

- -- Don
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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 22:55:40 -0400
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - power steering leak

Donald Paauw wrote:
>
> > Off to the
> > parts store and bought a remanufactured unit ( $180.00 ). Fought the thing
> > for 4 hours by myself. Finally a friend stopped by and in 10 minutes it was
> > back where it belonged. It's a tortuous solo job, but easy as can be with
> > another set of hands. The result was well worth the effort.
>
> What's the difficulty in doing it alone?

Like a GM starter.. Heavy, awkward and a pain in the a$$ to hold while
lining everything up and get the bolts started. It's well worth buying
a buddy a 6-pack for the help to do it.

Tim
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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 21:37:54 -0500
From: "Charles (Rick) Blanchard"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Fluid

I want to change the auto trans fluid on my 88 Ranger. It has 95k miles (2k
me, 93k previous owner). I dont know if it has ever been changed. It is
still redish, so I am assuming it was changed somewhere along the way. I
have been told that if you go too long between fluid changes you can do more
harm than good by changing the fluid. That sounds a litle funny to me, but
I wasnt sure.

Can anyone either verify or dispute this claim as it relates to these
trucks?

Thanks

Rick

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 23:04:18 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - More on STX/4WD Air dam

Thanks for the responses so far. Soon after I posted, I took a back
road on the way back from a store to avoid traffic and I saw a 93 or 94 2wd
Ranger Supercab (like mine) parked on the street with the air dam I was
speaking of installed. It looked good. I was going to stop and try to talk
to the owner, but it was raining hard. And it's been raining almost
everyday since I spotted it over a week ago, so its been hard to get that
combination of time, no rain, daylight, and the truck being there. If I get
to talk to the owner and get some information, I'll post it for anyone
interested. Also, if anybody on the list still has some input, I would
appreciate hearing it.

Thanks,
Tony
94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed

>>Anthony Rifici wrote:
>>>
>>> I posted this a few days ago, but list activity seems to have been
low
>>> and I got no responses, so I am re-posting in hopes that the weekend
will
>>> bring some interest.
>>
>>Probably nobody knows for sure! I'll speculate though. ;-)
>>
>>> I have decided with putting on the front air dam and light setup from
>>> the STX/4WD Rangers.
>>
>>> I saw that I have the electrical connectors under the front bumper
>>> already wired in from the factory, is this just a plug in installation?
If
>>> so, is there also a connector for the fog light switch and where is it
>>> located? If it isn't just a plug in, what is involved?
>>
>>Generally speaking most vehicles have the same wiring harness and the
>>accessories are plugged in as it's built; you probably do have the
>>requisite wiring in place but will need to get the switch and relay from
>>Ford. (Or use aftermarket equivalents.) I'd suggest doing a little
>>research with a wiring diagram and DMM; if everything is in place then
>>certainly do it 'OEM' style as the lights will work the way the DOT
>>prefers (requires?) that way.
>
>
>Just as an FYI:
>
>Yesterday I picked up an OEM fog light kit from a Ford dealer for a '99
>Explorer. The kit contained harnesses from the lights all the way back to
>the relay and switch (also included in the kit). I haven't looked to see
>if wiring might also be waiting in the bumper valance.
>
>Chuck
>
>
>Chuck DeSantis
>Crystal Lake, IL
>
>
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