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Old 09-03-2009, 08:31 PM
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I think I'm gonna go for a medium. Is that possible?
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:31 PM
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Like a medium between the two
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:49 PM
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I follow you, Here's the honest truth, I would build up the motor starting with the air and then move though the engine then out to the exhaust. Headers are $$$, you do not want cheap headers PERIOD, accept that for that, or google why. Main reason being truck programmed to operate within specific parameters, and putting headers on a stock truck you will lose power elsewhere and Ford did not program truck for performance, programmed for reliability and being so it relies on backpressure. These trucks operate under 4kmls. and honestly look at the dyno charts on headers it all hits well above where you probably use your truck. But that is your call if you have a stiffy fer sum shynee pipes, then I would go with something like JBA's shorty S.S. headers.
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Plugs, Wires, Intake, Jet Chip OR Headers
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:03 PM
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I can't afford headers.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:04 PM
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I should just get a whippie
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:07 PM
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I should just get a whippie
With all the upgrades you have planned I would just find a good 4.0 truck and sell your 3.0 motor as from what I have read it is a pretty bland motor.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:08 PM
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Yeah, but idk. The 3.0 is proven to
last a long long time if taken care of.
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:33 AM
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I can, and will atest that the 3.0 is a trash motor. They have slightly more pick-up than a 4 banger, they are much louder, and only ok for wheeling (much like a 4 banger Jeep is). I have owned a 3.0 for roughly 3 years and after dumping that ranger and picking up my FX4, I must say I am amazed at what I was missing. You should really look into saving up for a 4.0 Ranger than dump money into a truck that would only get you to slightly on par for wheeling. And also, if you are looking into wheeling, get a 4x4. 2wds just can't do what 4x4s can. Unless you want to take up Prerunning but then again, you'll need the power and torque of the 4.0.
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:42 AM
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Yeah.
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the 3.0L is a good motor, you cant kill it. with a few mods im now getting 2.3 L mpg, its great for towing, and 2wd is fine for offroading if you know how to drive it. it depends on the area of course. id say just put your money into air intake, pulleys and electric fan, then maybe exhaust and you'll have a great truck that could outlive most other vehicles
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:57 PM
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Hmm, it seems there is a little debate to the 3.0 but if you believe it will last you can easily get some more power out of it. Just stick to the upgrade pattern and you'll know when it gets where you want it.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:06 AM
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the 3.0 can make great power with a tune and bolt ons over 200 the the ground alot of the 5.0 don't have that stock
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:02 PM
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The distributor 3.0Ls were bullet proof. Some of the 2000ish Rangers were plagued with oil pan gasket problems working themselves out of the front. Also that pesky cam syncro problem seizing engines, sometimes w/o much warning.

Horsepower figures don't show the whole picture as far as drive ability and purpose. Early low performance 5.0Ls like in Marquis I believe were 190hp, but they put down much more torque. Not a lot of people seem to use these motors as is, but they are good blocks and are roller from the factory. Depends what you want, only so far you can go before you're spending tons of money to compete what can be done with a bigger displacement engine for less money and with greater reliability. Depends I suppose what you want in the end, I spent a couple thousand on that 2.9L in my avatar, only to drop a 5.0L in 6 years later.

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