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Antihero Reader
4/13/18 4:04 p.m.

My 91 ranger was hard going into 1st too, i bet its the slave cylinder. On my year it means you have to drop the transmission, might as well put a new clutch in too at that point.


I am not a fan of the SOHC 4.0 my mother had a 97 explorer with it and i have a 00 explorer with the OHV. Mine always seemed to have more power and got way better gas mileage (18mpg overall for her 23mpg for me). The rear timing chain requires you to pull the engine too, and there is 3 total. 


Overall the engine has very little torque so you end up revving it higher (max torque is 2200 rpm in the OHV, 3000 in sohc) to get it to do anything, giving worse mpg. For the record my 91 ranger supercab manual tranny 4.0 OHV gets just under 24mpg all highway miles and 19.7 mpg mostly city, neither driven super carefully and usually loaded with some tools

Saturnguy New Reader
4/14/18 6:55 a.m.
RevRico said:

13.2 mpg. I should have just bought a full-size. 

I'm currently getting 20 out of a 99 f150 fx4 w 4.6 and manual transmission but I've done some work to it...

RevRico UltraDork
4/15/18 1:37 p.m.

In reply to Saturnguy :

My automatic Vic with the 4.6 averaged 25 highway, better even than my miata.


Just got home from the trucks first rally cross. I ran 2 laps. 

I need new shocks on all 4 corners. Both front wheel bearings. And tires. More than anything I need better tires. And a tune up. I had to downshift to third to maintain 60 going up to the 2600ft summit on the way, and I haven't had to do that since I took my brg to Vegas and passed 4500ft elevation. 

20 seconds off pace. The big time killer for me was the S bend transition from dirt to asphalt. I think the only way I can really do that well is to lower the truck, and that's not happening.  Very understeery which turned to snap oversteer. 

I'm going to say the driver is responsible for 8 of those 20 seconds, tires and suspension for the other 8, and the last 4 because I'm competing against cars. But I wasn't trying to be competitive today, just figure out what else needs fixed than what I already planned on fixing. 

RevRico UberDork
5/12/18 4:07 p.m.

Just ordered in hubs and shocks, should solve my wheel bearing issues and replacing the 4 blown shocks should help the ride. Should also be able to get it all installed in time for the next rally cross and 4 wheeling trip. 

I went with KYB Gas A Justs front and rear, I hope this wasn't a bad idea. 

15 mpg on this tank, that included about half highway driving. I need to get on a tune up, that should help a bit more. 

I've also started coming to the conclusion that I'm not the fabricator I think I am, and easy jobs on paper don't translate into execution that well. So I'm probably going to start begging someone going to the challenge to bring a bed back from florida for me. I already have someone in florida who can find one and get it to the challenge. 

IF that works out, then I just spray bedliner all over the inside and out and slap it on my truck. Much easier than cutting and stitching together a bed with patch panels. 

RevRico UberDork
8/18/18 6:57 p.m.

After months of collecting parts and avoiding rain, I finally began some work today. Was only going to do a corner but wound up doing the whole front. New hubs, pads, socks, and rotors. 

Obligatory comparison shot.


Meanwhile, the exhaust, rear shocks, and wheel cylinders are sitting for another day.

Disturbingly easy. The first side too some hammer work to get the wheel and rotor off, little light snaking for the hub. The passenger side was like butter, just slid smooth. I've never had a vehicle so easy in my 15 years of driving in PA. 

The goal is to get everything done before our last rally cross on the 9th.

akamcfly Dork
8/19/18 6:22 a.m.
RevRico said:


I feel like the clutch releases at a different point depending on the gear. Maybe in still not used to the pedal feel, but it's strange. Like if i let the pedal halfway up going into second and it drives fine, just feels like the pedal is kicking back or staying down further. I'm not really sure how to describe it. 


Clutch master cylinders are notorious on these for getting bled correctly. I would start there before buying parts. That being said, it's a process to do correctly without throwing money at it. Many yootoob videos on the procedure - which involves removing it and bleeding it on the bench. 

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