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|Was thinking on my '88/5.0L STX Ranger, luv'd that truck.
One problem I had was the motor running little hotter than I like on the Hi-way at 55-65, around 205 degrees or so.
I tried a lower degree thermostats but did nothing.
Around town, the motor temp was normal, no problems but get it up to 55+ and the temp went up.
I had a friend, a Ford Engineer, we talked about it and hi stated that when I lifted the truck, it created a wind block in the engine compartment, and reduced the air coming through the radiator.
Well... how do I fix it... right; his statement was I needed to release the pressure build up under the hood, again how !
To test his theory, I raised the rear of my hood 1", sort of poor mans Crowl induction but a reverse, not an intake. The temperature in town, slow driving below 45, was around 180-190, good and on the hi-way the temp was 180-190... WHAM-BAM, he got it right.
What happened, I lifted the truck 5", removed the Bumper / Air Dam to allow a Winch Bumper to be installed, and even with electric fans my temp went high.
So if you see your temp running a little higher than you wanted, especially on the hi-way, either raise the back of the hood or add a reversed hood scoop and open up the back of the hood allowing the air flow to be released.
Something to keep in mind.
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
Large Tube Rear Axle, 31 Spline - FX4, 4.56 Gears, OX Locked
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15" BFG ATs,
Hurst Shifter w/Longer Replacement Shift Handle with (Homemade) Mounting Adapter; 1.5" up x 1" back.
Backrack mod'd to fit Steppie, Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !