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  1. colinrmitchell

    Auto to Manual Swap, Engine Behaviour

    Hey, guys! Ignore my last post about the flywheel diameter. I got the correct one from Autozone. Anyways, I got my 4R44E to M5OD swap done. Everything went in like butter. I have a question about the computer, though. I left the automatic PCM in the truck, and fooled it into thinking that...
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    2.3L manual starter gear diameter

    Does anyone have a flywheel/starter ring gear laying around such that they can measure the diameter of the assembly? This is for a 2.3L M5OD-R1. I ordered a flywheel and clutch kit for a 1996 M5OD-R1 for my 2.3L Ranger and the flywheel does not fit in the bellhousing. Just wanted to see if I...
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    Hey guys and girls. Anybody like that Tarantula tequila/liqueur? I had a bit of it tonight (as you will see), and decided to post an appropriate picture. How's this for classy? Cheers mates! :beer:
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    Why are lift blocks bad news?

    So everybody agrees that lift blocks on a front axle are bad. What, then, is the cause of this? My first guess is that, since front driveshafts are generally shorter than rear driveshafts, axle wrap creates a harsher angle on the driveshaft, and hence the U-joints. Is there something that I'm...
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    Just out of curiosity, I was wondering if anyone else on this forum had any kind of interest in mathematics. I know that a LOT (technically ALL) of what we do to our trucks is driven by physics/mathematics. I was just looking to see who had an interest in mathematics. Which ever level you...
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    Subaru knock sensor-related problem.

    My girlfriend's 1999 Subaru Outback Legacy 2.5L threw P0325 - Knock Sensor Malfunction code. I put a new knock sensor in it. That didn't seem to help at all. I put new plugs in it, and it has new wires for about 8 months now. The plugs seemed to help some. I tried putting 93 in it and that...
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    Small Engine cuts out with throttle.

    Hey, everyone. I got a small-engine problem. I have a B&S 18HP twin-cylinder. It's got a new ignition, and I recently cleaned up the carburetor. My question is, after it runs for 10-15 minutes (gets to operating temp), it starts to die when you give any throttle past idle. It idles great...
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    Any LisP programmers?

    Hey, guys: I am trying to get started into Lisp. I have read about it it some mathematics books that I have bought, and I think it looks pretty powerful. I have just installed Ubuntu on a Compaq that I got from a yard sale for $5, and am trying to get Emacs to work with Steel Bank Common...
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    Akron, Ohio.

    Hey guys. I currently live in Randolph, Ohio. About to move to Copley, only about 25 minutes away. I.e., Akron area. Anyways, I don't have any good places to wheel around here, short of Yankee Lake and other public death traps. I am hoping that some of us in this area can team up to take...
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    Really Dumb Pictures.

    I'm sure that most of you have seen the couple of dumb pictures that I have done with people's trucks: I don't know if any of you out there get as bored as I do sometimes, but let's see if we can have some fun of all of those serious flexing and driveway shots out there. I'll be the...
  11. colinrmitchell

    3 SAS Questions

    Are you planning to run the leaves under-axle? If so, I don't think the steering would be a problem. I put in a D30 with leaves-over, and I ran a cross-over setup because I could really find no other suitable way to do it. I got my leaf spring mounts from Ballistic, and they worked pretty...
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    Skyjacker leaf springs.

    Has anybody else had problems with Skyjacker rear lift leaf springs, particularly 6"? I've had them on since last summer some time, and a couple of months ago, I used my truck to drag some logs around the yard (not even that big of ones), and afterwards, my driver-side spring was sagging...
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    2.3L options.

    Okay, here's a dumb question: I have a 1997 2.3L Ranger. It is 2WD. I am converting it to 4x4. I already have a D30 in the front, so I just need to solve the transmission issue. I need to find a 4x4 transmission for it. From what I've learned, I need to find a 4R44E from a 4x4 2.3L. I've heard...
  14. colinrmitchell

    Let's see what's out there....

    Haha, thanks dude! All I understood was the laying frame thing. I don't really like dropped sportscars and ricers and stuff, but the Rangers on here look SWEET.
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    2.3L running hotter than normal.

    The 2.3L in my truck has been running fine lately, but when I drive it for more than a few miles, it heats up pretty good. It's still in the operating range, but it's a little closer to that big red H than I'd like. It does it during the hot afternoon and at night. Fan works. Belt works...
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    Let's see what's out there....

    I don't know what any of that means, but it sounds cool. And Hazmat, I like the look of the all-white with the black eyebrow and bumper!
  17. colinrmitchell

    4R44E compatibility

    I'v got a 4R44E transmission on my 2.3L, 2WD. I'm converting to 4WD, so I need a different trans (obviously). I know the 3.0L has 4R44Es, and the 4.0L has 4R55Es, or something. Anyways, my question is, will a 4R44E from a 3.0L direct-swap to my 2.3L? I know the 2.3L 4x4s are a little hard to...
  18. colinrmitchell

    Minor steering box rebuild.

    So a little while ago, my steering box started leaking at the pitman arm. I looked at new and remanufactured steering boxes, but I was hoping for a solution for less than the prices of $180-$250. So I did some looking online and found a company that sells complete rebuild kits for Ranger...
  19. colinrmitchell

    Powertrax Lock-Rite in 7.5"

    I've seen that it said that the Lock-Rite can only be used in carriers with 4.10:1 and up. Why is this? Is it for clearing the crosspin past the ring gear, or other reasons? See, I got one in my 7.5" with 3.73:1s, and I'll be wanting to eventually regear to 4.56:1, so is this gonna be a...
  20. colinrmitchell

    Cheap Snorkel

    Hey, guys. I know Kelly88 wanted to see this, and I guess I'm a little late, but I had the truck apart today to replace the air filter and decided to post this up. This is how I made my snorkel on my 1997 2.3L. All the parts I got from Lowe's for about $20. I used black PVC drainage pipe. I also...

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