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Old 07-16-2012, 01:02 PM
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New to the forum, new to the F150!
I just inherited a 97 F150 4x4 extra cab, it needs some work, I need some advice on what to get done in what order.
It has 150,000 mi on a 4.6l V8 w/ 5 speed manual trans. It looks like it has a 1 inch body lift in the front and the (stock?) suspension is worn to death. The engine feels like it has lost some power as it seems more sluggish than I would expect. I know little to nothing of it's history.

My plans for the truck are to use for camping and some trail driving, nothing too serious, but I want the truck to be solid off-road, and as bullet proof as can be.

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Old 07-16-2012, 01:58 PM
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Give it a full tune up and change all the fluids. Engine oil and oil filter, transmission oil, differential and transfer case oil and flush the radiator. The transmission, transfer case and differential probably take the same oil. 80w-90 gear oil. Bleed the brakes, replace the air filter and give it an ignition tune up. If you do all this yourself expect to pay about $300, maybe less. Buy good oils and parts. Ive never understood why someone would buy the cheapest oil they can possibly find and then expect the truck to go to the moon and back. After all that, that is about all you can do without doing anything major like rebuilding the engine.
 
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the trans should use automatic trans fluid, not 80-90W gear oil.
 
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:49 PM
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What about the gearing, wheels/tires and suspension after the work under the hood?
Again just looking to take it camping and to tool around on the trails, but still be able to get through some challenging terrain and have it as bullet proof as can be.
And as budget friendly as possible!
 
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4" lift and 35's 4.56 gears and it should be fine for trails
 
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:34 PM
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Its a manual trans, so it should use gear oil.
 
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Its a manual trans, so it should use gear oil.
Ford been using auto trans fluid in manual transmissions and transfer cases for several years
 
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Its a manual trans, so it should use gear oil.
the old 3 and 4 speed trans uses gear oil
the ZF and Mazda series of transmissions use ATF
 
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Its a manual trans, so it should use gear oil.
5 speeds and aluminum case transfer cases use ATF. Have since the 80s
 
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As far as the suspension, replacing major components like shocks and springs would be helpful whether you lift it or not, as well as smaller things like bushings.
 
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5 speeds and aluminum case transfer cases use ATF. Have since the 80s
By the way Dave, I finally put Royal Purple in my ZF and I should have done it the first time you told me to rather than wait 6 months!!
 
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I usually can't hear mine whining over the 7.3, but it does whine when I don't feel like shifting and the rpms get up a little bit.

Willl the RP fix this?
 
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More than likely yes.

Mine made noise n would shift hard even. Quieted it down n shifted smooth.
 
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I usually can't hear mine whining over the 7.3, but it does whine when I don't feel like shifting and the rpms get up a little bit.

Willl the RP fix this?
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More than likely yes.

Mine made noise n would shift hard even. Quieted it down n shifted smooth.

I also think the RP will help, mine made a fair amount of noise and shifted hard when cold. Now it does neither....
 

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