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I have been in touch with Auto Alliance in Sydney. They are importers of the Rancho shocks and steering dampers into Australia. After waiting six months for them to sort out model numbers and shaft lengths etc they have the full range for our F250s.

As most are aware there is a factory off road pack for F Trucks in the USA called FX4. Amongst other things it uses Rancho stuff all round. The rancho RS9000 shock is adjustable in its dampening by a knob on top of shock that has 9 positions. From position 1 to 9 there is 700% increase in dampening so you can tune the shock to the load onboard.
The rear of my truck seems fine to me but the front can be a bit bouncy with the BT on and needs more dampening. The shock can be run at say 4 or 5 normally and then with BT on turned up to 7 or 8 to increase dampening. They are about $200 each delivered.

Our trucks also have a bracket already on the front diff to accept a steering damper and these are available from them also for $198 delivered. These dampers will help control bump steer on dirt roads. It comes as a complete kit ready to install with pin for diff bracket and bracket for drag link. When I get mine I'll fit it and list any problem with installation not that there should be any ! I'll fit RS9000 shocks on front at a later date.
I have had Rancho shocks on Cindy's Defender for 4 years and they are great. I run them hardish on the highway and down on 1 or 2 in the sand or mud.

Their number is 02 98993989 or have a gander at www.rancho.com.au
Anthony
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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:56

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:56
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Yes Graham .... if I saw 110c trans temp on the gauge I'd be concerned about reducing it.
The optimum range is 79c -107c and as a rough guide for every 11degrees the trans runs above 107c trans life is reduced by half if using Dexron II as your oil. With the new synthetic oils this data would need reappraising but is still a good guide I feel.
Because the trans oil runs through a cooler in the bottom of the radiator as well at temps of above 121c you can boil your radiator under sustained driving at this temp.

The HIGHEST I've ever seen on the F250 trans under a heavy load (BTon) Toowoomba Range is 95c .... which proves how good the the system is in the F250. Hook up the BT drive away .....
The only thing I've found so far is that the trans should be fitted with an external trans filter these filters look like inline fuel filters and have magnets to trap ferrous metal particles and a filter paper to catch other particulate matter. Mine is a Mar02 delivery and I dont know why it doesn't have it .... I'm searching for kit at the moment. These filters will greatly extend the service life of the trans.
According to Ford ....
Caution ..... Install a new inline trans fluid filter (XC3Z-7B155-BA) every 48'000k If the vehicle is not fitted with an inline fluid filter install an inline fluid filter kit Part No (XC3Z-7B155-AA)

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:57

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:57
I was speaking to the owner of our local Ford dealer today and he informed me that soon the new F250 will be coming into the country with CD players as standard and new rounded headlight assembles that should give better lighting. They still have no plans to make extendable mirrors available as an option. He has imported some for his own vehicle as well as a sun visor. He also said that you can get a chip put in the will increase your horsepower by 120HP but it would not meet Australian emission controls if you fitted it. He also said that in America they have exhaust brakes available and by changing exhaust systems you can increase horsepower by 40HP. They would be a mean machine with all those changes, they are powerful enough now.
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Reply By: Turist - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:58

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:58
http://www.genuine-ford-parts.com/

This will take you to the site where i purchased my mirrors.
Complete kit, left & right mirrors plus wiring harness US$260.00 ex USA
Modifications by Vehicle Developements in Melbourne to correct the left drive problems cost me Au$260.00 and this included freight and GST.
Vehicle Developement are going to offer a price where they will import and convert. I will advise when it comes to hand.
It looks like the conversion could be done by a competant technician as no new parts were used.
Mirror arms etc were dissambled from casing and swapped from side to side.

Mirror assembly very simple to fit, took me around 15 mins per door.
Photos of mirror in album.
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:59

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:59
Brian, any idea when the new F250's will be hitting our shores? I don't think my husband needs a Viagara chip for our Effie when we get it, but I definitely need a CD player! Angie
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:00

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:00
He didn't give any dates, but it should be well before you are ready to pick up yours. We put a six stacker behind rear seat that works through an FM modulator, it allows you to keep the standard radio and just program one preset station to the correct frequency of the modulator and the CD player works a treat. You can drive a long way before you get through 6 CD's.
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Reply By: F Troop - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:01

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:01
Angie, If we catch up at BT on the 2nd you will have to hear Mother's sound system, Head unit/ amps/ subs/ and 4 set's of speakers. She Rocks!!!!!! Graham
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:02

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:02
hey Graham and Jan, is that a possibility? that you guys will be there on the 2nd. you would come all that way from Shoalhaven just to see Angie? I would love to hear "mothers" sound system. Will it be in by then? By the way, what time do BT open their doors? Angie (ignoring the fact that you are having a BT built and probably coming to see that)
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Reply By: Deleted User - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:03

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:03
As you guys are probably going via Gateway Motorway(Bris Northside) to BTi you'll pass within 1000m of our place .... you can do any of the following.

1. Scream as you go by in the morning.
2. Scream as you go by in the afternoon.
3. Call in on the way back for a warm reception and a hot coffee.

If time permits of course. I realise these are flying visits. If not Angie I might be lurking around the show on Wednesday.

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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:04

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:04
hi anthony, i know brian and margaret are going to the show on the wednesday too. isn't there some way we can all meet up? and what has happened to nomad? is he still alive. i think he was looking at the show on the wednesday too. angie
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Reply By: Deleted User - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:05

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:05
Angie,

I gave Nomad a call this arvo ...was engaged. I was wondering also ? Try again over weekend.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:06

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:06
Angie, you will be able to sleep in on Monday the 2nd, Bushtracker doesn't open until 0700 hours.
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:07

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:07
SLEEP?? WHO WILL BE SLEEPING?? NOT THIS LITTLE BLACK DUCK!! ANGIE
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:08

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:08
Somewhere I thought I saw where a Bushtracker owner with a F250 had fitted a snorkel fitted to his vehicle. Could you please tell me what company is now making a snorkel for the F250, price and does it help with cleaner air in the filter. Brian
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:09

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:09
Hi Brian, The Ford site advertises a snorkel as an accessory for the 2004 model Effie. We have put one into our specifications, so I would have thought that your Ford man would be able to tell you. Angie
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:10

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:10
Thanks Angie, They have added a lot more to the FORD F250 site since I last looked at it, I see the snorkel has a RRP of $695.00 fitted. I know that when I enquired last year they didn't have any available and the after market makers were having problems getting a big enough air intake for the 7.3Lt motor. Brian
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