U-Haul says "No" to Ford Explorer owners

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  1. SycoPhant

    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    Just heard on ABC Radio News that U-Haul has made a decision to deny rentals to those who would tow them with Ford Explorers. They site lawsuit costs involving Explorer owners.

    http://money.cnn.com/2004/01/08/news/companies/uhaul_explorer/index.htm

     
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    mikdavi84 OT Supporter

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    They are going to lose a LOT of business....
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    Nope, just Ford Explorers. You can roll in there with a Mountaineer, Aviator, or Navajo and be fine.

    And yes, they're going to lose a ton of business, and eventually will renig on this.
    Ford doesn't have to care - U-Haul doesn't make them any money.
     
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    Thats a shame, considering the reason for the rollovers weren't a poorly manufactured vehicle but rather poor tires and extremely eneducated drivers. I drive an explorer, so i was pretty upset when I heard about this...
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    Car and Driver did a blowout test, intentionally blowing tires out to see if it's the tire, the truck or the driver. Using Explorers, there was no increase in problems whatsoever. In fact, even under hard braking, they didn't have any trouble outside of what you would have with a flat tire. Only under heavy braking and sharp turning would you roll over.
    And if you have an Explorer, drop by my site, www.fordexplorer.net !
     
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    I have a question for you SycoPhant. Would it be possible to drop a V8 into a 94 Sport and still keep the manual transmission? I've never even seen anyone do the swap, and when I get my new car I want to turn the Sport into a off-roader, and I think I will need a little more power than the stock V6. My friends dad told me it could be done with a 302, but I wanted larger and he also said I wouldnt be able to keep the 4WD. I know absolutely shit about engine swaps, so is this possible and is there any info one your site?
     
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    Otto Who the hell do you think I am!?!?!?!

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    an the fact the tires were told to be kept at 29psi, which is waaay to underinflated for that vehicle and could have led to tire failures
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    Yes it would - but you'll do a decent amount of fabbing. Also, you won't be able to use the same transmission. The tranny in a 94 is a Mazda A4LD (I believe that's the tranny code), and the V8 wasn't an option in an Explorer until 95. However, all you would have to do is swap in a tranny from a 95-99 V8 Explorer and fab the mounts.
    There's lots of people you can ask on my site, feel free to drop by, it's free.
     
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    Thanks! :bigthumb: I was really hoping to keep the manual tranny though...
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    You'll be able to still use a manual, you'll just have to get a different manual. You could even hook a T-5 tranny up to it if you like.
     
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    Great. Now all I have to do is figure out who in my area know how to do all that stuff, then do it...
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    Start by checking w/ your local junk yards to see who's got the motor and tranny you'll need, then once you have those, get the motor acid cleaned, and if you want to make it a performance motor go ahead and port and polish if you've got the money. It seems overwhelming when you're starting out, but just take your time and do it right and you won' thave any problems.
     
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    Thanks for all your help, I appreciate it
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    Again you can refer to uneducated drivers - to anyone who knows their ass from a hole in the ground, light truck tires are kept from 30-35psi.
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    I saw that segment. They started blowing it out at like 10mph, then 15, 20, etc up to like 75mph. In one of the higher speed tests, the driver didn't even touch the steering wheel when they blew out the tire and the Explorer kept going straight.

    The rollovers were caused by inexperienced drivers panicking and swerving, then blaming it on the vehicle/tires. If they'd just kept calm, they wouldn't have had any problems.
     
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    SycoPhant Get out my way

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    Well, that and wanting a reason to sue for a whole shitload of money.
     

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