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Aug 17, 2000 (4:02 am)
MWS: I think the seats in the "Sun and Fun" zinc yellow Cougar are much better looking than the '99 and'00 model. I have yet to sit in them to check comfort. Now, if you'd just fix that tilt wheel...The 2002 Mountaineer looks like a winner too. Its too bad Mercury isn't getting a version of the Escape/Tribute though. How about a bigger coupe to complement the Cougar? Just a thought...
#596 of 1081 High revving engine
Aug 17, 2000 (4:14 am)
I consider the Duratec 2.5 to be a high revving engine because you have to spin it to get any power. The torque peak is something like 4500 RPM. This is fine in a manual transmission Cougar but I suspect it's a real dog in a minivan with an automatic. I had a Plymouth minivan with a 3 liter Mitsubishi that had the torque peak at 2500 RPM or so. This was a splendid engine in that application, and the van got up to speed very quickly even though it was all done once you were up to highway speed.
I would prefer a 3 liter in the Cougar but I understand that Ford ain't throwing much money our way.
#597 of 1081 Tire Size and Speedometer
Aug 17, 2000 (7:13 am)
Currently I have 215/50R16 tires. If I put on 225/50R16 tires the radius (and circumference) of the wheel will go up by 1.63%, if I understand the numbers correctly (the side wall gets 5mm higher). Since I assume the speedometer and odometer are tied to wheel revolutions, this suggests that something needs to be recalibrated.
Right? If so, what and how? Thanks for any help.
Aug 17, 2000 (1:45 pm)
OK I'm offended....this van topic...
I drive a 91 Astro RS.. And its more than capable...
It did come with the H.O. Vortec V6 w/ 4.10 gears..
But then again Astros aren't really minivans... as they are the only
mid-size van built on a truck chassis.
BTW I held off a lil Punk in a lowered VW yesturday on the highway
in the van....
But I still love the cat!
Aug 17, 2000 (2:41 pm)
I too am interested in changing over to a 225 series tire. I will do some investigation on this and let you know what I come up with.
Aug 17, 2000 (3:13 pm)
BTW, how many miles do you have on your tires, and which ones came OEM on your Cat? (BFG's or Firerocks?)
#601 of 1081 BFGoodrich
Aug 17, 2000 (7:29 pm)
Does the BF in BFGoodrich stand for Bridgeton/Firestone? If they do I'm throwing my tires away and getting michellin's.
Aug 17, 2000 (8:51 pm)
Correct me if i'm wrong, but B.F.G. is a totally separate company.
I personally have never owned a set of BFGs, but my best friend runs them on his Mustang and he swears by them.
Aug 18, 2000 (1:17 am)
The tires are almost new (5K+ miles; I don't drive all that much), but they are Firestone and I want to plan ahead just in case.
Thanks. I knew I could count on you.
Aug 18, 2000 (1:31 am)
Tire comments, I have the BFG KDW's absolutely love em
compared to my stock BFG VR4s
Overall normal driving, the ride is about the same,
But take a corner, and you'll forget what driving on the stock tires was like.
Take a corner harder, and you'll... well you just might... I dunno, but you'll like it.
....oh and they are on sale at tirerack too.. 93 a peice I think.
225s will fit BTW
Now I need to find me some AutoCrossing tires, i'm looking at 225s, just can't find a
price I want to bite at yet.