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Old 07-30-2012, 09:08 PM
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I've been reading around about getting more horsepower out of a 3.0L and coming to a conclusion where that is nearly hardly worth it. However I have an engine that is like brand new and am not going to a swap or even tuning at that. My question is, how much more horsepower could I possibly get from getting catback exhaust, and maybe some other mods?
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:13 PM
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i just got a catback and it deff makes a differnence, inbetween 1st and 2nd it used to guzzle gas and take in too much air but now it breathes great, i would look into a cold air or short ram intake for the truck, and if u dont have big bucks get a cheap chip to help reg air/fuel ratio
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:28 PM
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Chips are a JOKE!!! Get a tuner if you decide on anything electronic
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:26 PM
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I'm no expert on cars (this Ranger is my first vehicle), but as far as I can see, the intake is in a pretty bad spot. What I am aiming to do is make some kind of duct or "scoop" that takes cool air from the outside, probably via the grille or undercarriage. The faster it goes, the more air flows through. If done correctly, it should increase hp. You might want to look into it also.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:49 PM
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You could do a number of mods that may promise hp gains but most have never been tested. Most people just weigh how the mod feels on the pedal or smoothness of the motor. I have a 3.0 and debated doing plenty of mods and I did a few. I have a super chips programmer, JBA headers and new third cat and flowmaster super 44, 10mm plug wires, and CAI. All together idk If those are mods that show measurable gains but those are the most common mods for the 3.0. You could also look into under drive pulleys
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:03 AM
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One thing for sure that will affect your acceleration is the throttle cable mod. However, the increase is only relative to how hard you press down the throttle. It requires less effort to go faster, but overall, it does not increase speed. Flooring it provides the same results as it does without the mod.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:41 PM
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Only reason why Im trying to get a little more power out of my 3.0L is because I'll be towing a trailer with at least 3000 lbs. up a 8% grade.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:48 PM
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What's your gear ratio and tire size?
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:54 PM
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I believe I have a 4:10 gear ratio and P235/75-15 Tires <--- Sadly enough stock.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:43 PM
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That seems like it would be good enough for towing then. I have 3.0 with 31" and 3.73 and I would tow with that
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:47 PM
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Thats plenty of gear for towing. Buddy of mine had 4.10's behind his 454 in a one ton. point being, a one ton is built for towing so if you have the same gears as that, you'll be fine.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:33 PM
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My 3.0 has an upside down whipple on top. It's cool but really more of a novelty item.
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Thats plenty of gear for towing. Buddy of mine had 4.10's behind his 454 in a one ton. point being, a one ton is built for towing so if you have the same gears as that, you'll be fine.
Thanks. I knew that having4:10 would help out a bit. Normally I wouldnt be concerned about my ranger towing a trailer but since Ill be towing on a mountainous hwy instead of an interstate, I'm a little concerned. Well I wont load it up so much and Ill put a little of 91 grade fuel in it. Ill take it easy. But seriously, 7% grade for 8+ miles straight and another hill climb of 8% and they make you slow down to 25mph right before you start to climb. Ill glad to do it in a Ford.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:42 PM
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Thanks. I knew that having4:10 would help out a bit. Normally I wouldnt be concerned about my ranger towing a trailer but since Ill be towing on a mountainous hwy instead of an interstate, I'm a little concerned. Well I wont load it up so much and Ill put a little of 91 grade fuel in it. Ill take it easy. But seriously, 7% grade for 8+ miles straight and another hill climb of 8% and they make you slow down to 25mph right before you start to climb. Ill glad to do it in a Ford.
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