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"Broken" orange wire.....

Reply #15
Quote from: ThunderbirdSport302;416465
Tom, every '88 Tbird and COugar I've seen has had this orange wire unfastened. There was a thread about it a year or so ago. People hook 'em up, there's no difference. Non issue, IMO.

Ford hooked it there not me. Every one i have worked on has it hooked UP. Take a look at ALL DATA what can i say!!!
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Reply #17
Correct...I seem to recall it IS connected on '87 5.0 cars, but not the '88. This applies only to the V8 cars....3.8 and 2.3 are separate from this ;)
'84 Mustang
'98 Explorer 5.0
'03 Focus, dropped a valve seat. yay. freakin' split port engines...
'06 Explorer EB 4.6

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Reply #18
OK WHY!!!!!!! Is it not needed in those cars???? Ford shows it.

All data shows it in several V8 cars including Crowns. Now i grant you it makes no sense to me other than it is a clean ground through the ECM. But i have ran across many that were disconnected on the 2.3 ENGINES and it matters take my word for it. I just jumped mine at the ECM on my 87 TC  BRUISER. Just because i hate ugly wiring. But it is needed why i cant figure that out. It is like the fire truck we service. Why does it have a COMPLETELY separate battery for the electronic allison tranny!!!. A Gel Cell battery  batterys. But it is charged by the same alternator. Figure that one OUT!!!
I spend money I don't have, To build  cars I don't need, To impress people I don't know

HAVE YOU DRIVEN A FORD LATELY!!

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Reply #19
Beats me. It's even there and unhooked on my '89 Stang vert parts car...odd, yes.
'84 Mustang
'98 Explorer 5.0
'03 Focus, dropped a valve seat. yay. freakin' split port engines...
'06 Explorer EB 4.6

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Reply #20
I found a picture of this on my last '88 Tbird. Same orange wire cut short at the same place. Crazy stuff.
'88 Sport--T-5,MGW shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

"Broken" orange wire.....

Reply #21
Quote from: ThunderbirdSport302;416465
Tom, every '88 Tbird and COugar I've seen has had this orange wire unfastened. There was a thread about it a year or so ago. People hook 'em up, there's no difference. Non issue, IMO.

i agree, i think V8Demon started the thread ,, got us all wondering and even back then i think it was solved as a useless dead end wire,, however, iirc, i think it was thunderchicken who expanded the info to point to a series of options that never came to pass on our wire harness(s),,  but yes i remember the same thread...not sure its worth digging up or not but it is in here somewhere.

i think for some reason it had to do with a V8Demon thread about the salt and pepper connectors.

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Reply #22
It did, he noticed the wire, and wondered where it went.

Basically it comes down to this: on the '88 5.o cars ONLY, that wire is not connected to anything, and it was factory. Connecting it to a ground will not harm anything, either. Do as you wish :)
'84 Mustang
'98 Explorer 5.0
'03 Focus, dropped a valve seat. yay. freakin' split port engines...
'06 Explorer EB 4.6

"Broken" orange wire.....

Reply #23
I was involved in that post also, I couldn't find the post either. But pretty much its not used, It actually just loops around in the salt and pepper shaker to nowhere.
Old Grey Cat to this.88 Cat, 5.0 HO, CW mounts, mass air, CI custom cam, afr165's, Tmoss worked cobra intake, BBK shorty's,off road h pipe, magnaflow ex. T-5,spec stage 2 clutch, 8.8 373 TC trac loc, che ajustables with bullits on the rear. 11" brakes up front. +

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Reply #24
maybe it was some sort of placebo effect, but when I had my 88 Sport, i found this wire unhooked and grounded it and it seemed as though it ran better...
Currently Birdless but never Foxless

86 Mustang GT