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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-26-2002, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Finished installing the TR upgrade today, it had been installed but was waiting on a coil bracket. I took a trip to the junkyard today and found a coil bracket from an early Ranger with the 2.9, the bracket was mounted to the driver's side fender with three bolts. I pulled the bracket and coil, paid $5 (oohh...spare coil!) and went back home to mount the bracket.

Since I had purchased spark plug wires for a 92 Cherokee with the 4.0, my mounting options were limited by the length of the coil wire. So, after a beer and a smoke I did a little "rearranging". If you remove the coil wire, and use it as a plug wire instead, you can swap the other wires around for length until you wind up with the longest wire in your hand - but not for long. Use the longest wire to reach the passenger fender where you can mount the coil bracket and have no problems with wire length.

Why do this??? Because around here in NH, the Ford wires for the upgrade are about $10 more expensive per set than the Cherokee wires. Also, if you pull a bracket with the old coil still in it, chances are you can keep the old one from the donor vehicle for a trail spare, just make sure to test the donor coil out BEFORE you leave home! You can also keep your original stock canister coil for a trail spare for a buddy who hasn't had the brains to perform this upgrade. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

Kind of a no-brainer, but hope it helps somebody!
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-26-2002, 08:15 PM
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Re: TR upgrade tip

Another tip is the same coils came in everything from Escorts to T'birds also (hundreds of the putred things dead in the yards around here).
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Yup, I pulled one out of an 80's LTD today. They are in everything. [img]images/icons/laugh.gif[/img] I previously had mine mounted to the fender with a home made bracket. Now the fenders are off, so I needed to mount it to the firewall.
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Good point. One more thing to point out is that the brackets are different depending on the donor vehicles. The first car I found in the junkyard was a Taurus wagon. The bracket was mounted to the the driver's side of the engine with three bolts, two of which were kind of hard to reach with the tools I had (wrenches and 1/4" sockets) The bracket was tall, and I wasn't sure that I could make it work where I wanted it to, so I left it and kept it as a "last resort".

The second vehicle I wandered across was the Ranger I wound up getting the parts from. It was 50 feet away from the Taurus, both vehicles were within 100 feet of the office! The bracket fits perfectly, and I didn't have to futz around with scrap materials at home to make something that would work.
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Re: TR upgrade tip

Please excuse my ignorance, but what is the TR upgrade and what does it give you?
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Search for TR upgrade. Well worth the time.

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http://www.shortwheelbase.com
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got mine from an 89 cougar :-)
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Got my TFI coil from a 93 Probe, it's bracket bolted into the stock coil mounting holes with just a slight enlarging of the bracket holes. The Cherokee coil wire fit perfectly.
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MSD... if its sposed to be $135 USD.... how come i can only find it for http://www.tellico4x4.com/engine/msd.htm $300 - $400 !

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