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Has anyone had any success relocating TFI Module on 1988 for Ranger. I'm tired of breaking down!

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Belt sand the wall of a deepwell 7/32 socket til it fits in the holes of the module, you dont need a special driver. next look at www.howardsupply.com and it discusses this relocation solution. It is something I just found at 9 p.m. and has good direction and pics to boot. I have a 86 Bronco 2 with a 2.9 litre and I WILL fix it. good luck!!!!!!!!!! Keep in touch at bgpbone@bellsouth.net. My name is Bryan

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The TFi Module Is Located On The Distributor It Mounted To The Side of It.Its The Grey Module Mounted On The Side With Two Scews It Usually Requires A Special Driver To Get In The Small Holes To Remove The Screws You Can Buy The Tool At Most Auto Part Stores One Is Auto Zone At Least They Used To Carry it That Is Where I Got Mine Hope This Helped

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