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Old 08-08-2010, 05:53 PM
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Okay, so throttle body spacers?
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:09 PM
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Are throttle body spacers a good idea for added power?
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:27 PM
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I think thats going to be another no. from what ive read and heard. these rangers just arnt made to be tweaked with simple things like cold air, throttle body spacers, and exhaust. you have to go a bit more extreme. granted if you do the TBS and cold air and exhaust and tuner performance chips and all that stuff you will get a performance gain just if its really enough to care about because it get expencive quick or if you should just do the supercharger or NOS... and be done
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:59 AM
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But a 5.0 swap should do it to right?
I mean it might be cheaper and i still get power out of it.
Whats the bottom dollar supercharger that still works well?
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:05 AM
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The 5.0 swap might require another transmission. Check out the V-8 forums on that.

A throttle body spacer insulates the TB from the intake runner to allow the air to be cooler in theory, some also have twisted grooves in them to swirl the air for better air/fuel mixture (in theory). Like the CAI, headers, and the coil pack, you would need to do some heavy modifications to the engine before you would see any benefit.

Turbos and superchargers typically start at somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,000 if I remember correctly. It might be possible to go a little cheaper but quality and reliability suffers.

More horsepower is not cheap no matter what angle you try to take.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:47 AM
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V8 swap needs a V8 transmission (some exceptions - I am using an AOD from a '90 T-Bird S/C). I wouldn't recommend this route if you have never swapped an engine before.

Might check out your gearing if you utilize larger tires, there can be improvements made there to make it easier for the engine to turn the wheels, but the engine will have to spin more to do so. Should have good power from a 4.0L, what are your goals?
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:19 AM
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To be honest with you. I'm still in high school and I'm wanting to shut out those kids with big mouths. I love the fact that I am faster than a Dodge Neon. But like I said I really want to be faster not only for the experience of working on the vehicle but also to take those kids mouth and shut it for good
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:23 AM
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More horsepower is not cheap no matter what angle you try to take.
I know this for a fact. My dad has the fastest boat on most lakes. And the engine alone costs 15,000 i wanna say. I live in horsepower it's just I dont know where to start to make things faster. Just need a step in the right direction.

Would a Turbo be better for the truck rather a supercharger?
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:43 AM
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Don't worry about what other kids have to say. Some will say anything to get a rise out of you.

A turbo and a supercharger will do pretty much the same thing. The turbo tends to be a more high rpm power generator and the supercharger tends to be a more low end power generator.

Each has their problems and their benefits depending on what you are looking for.

If you are looking to use your truck to race your buddies, you can set it up to do so but you picked the wrong platform for anything other than a straight run. What you may gain in speed, you will lose as soon as you have to turn.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:02 PM
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Of course. I want to run it at the High School Drags. Every Wednesday at Sacramento Raceway.

I know I shouldn't care about what they say but it jus bugs and I would love to see their jaw drop as soon as I pass em in Ol' Blue. Idk I guess it's the competitive side getting to me.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:55 PM
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I have a chip, headers, and exhast. Those are pretty low budget things that don't take away from reliablitity. Hmm.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:42 AM
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I suggest in your case, to get a as decent of a job as you can, and start saving.... buy yourself a nice used fox body and mod that, Rangers are not designed with performance in mind, realistically even with a turbo/supercharger, there is a limit with your engine internals so you're going to be running 5-7 psi max. Your 4.0 has about 200~210 HP. With a supercharger/turbo, upgraded spark plugs, exhaust, and a good tune, you're looking at around 260~280 depending on your location and more importantly your tuner. You wanna throw a little meth injection or nitrous, you can possibly be pushing 300+ hp, but your block or transmission will not thank you for it.

Like someone already stated you are looking to spend about $3000 on a supercharger (parts only), couple other things to think about... will you install it, or will a shop? Do you have the extra cash to pay for the install? Spark plugs will need to be done, again by yourself or a shop? Your tuner will most likely charge you for the dyno time, and tune, and if you want your own a handheld tuner that allows you to switch between multiple tunes. Gas will become more expensive, and there will be extra wear on your engine, so have some money set aside in case your headgasket blows, or something just happens.

Now I'm not saying this is a waste of time or money, because everyone thinks of this differently and I'm not one to say how or where you spend your money. There is a few people that run just the supercharger with no tune or anything else on 5 psi and are just fine, but is that $3000-$5000 investment really worth extra HP?

Again, that is why I suggested buying an older mustang. Parts are cheap, it's a fun car, etc.

Just my 2 cents for what it's for. Rangers are great the way they are, very good daily drivers, and the 4.0 delivers plenty of power to play off road. You want a fast car, buy something in that direction.

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Old 08-21-2010, 08:13 PM
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I'm sorry I'm a little uninformed on terms and parts. What is a fox body?
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:46 PM
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I'm sorry I'm a little uninformed on terms and parts. What is a fox body?
He is talking about the Fox body mustang. For less than 3k, you can get yourself into a decent late 80's early 90's fox mustang, and if you just want to go fast, i would recommend you think pretty hard about that option.

*Here is my personal opinion on this situation, take this the way you want to, its just an opinion.*

I assume you still have the stock 0hv 4.0L in your truck (1991)? if so (as you probably already know) your putting out about 144-160hp stock and about 220-225 ft/lbs torque, so you are going to be spending alot of money to get it into the quick motor arena of 240+ horsepower.

(cheaper option)

If you are just looking to feel a bit more push in the petal (not trying to race someone, but for your own gratification) then i would find out what gears you are running (by checking your door code) and step them up to the next step higher (numerically) gear ratio. So if, say your truck has 3.55 gear ratio, step it up to 3.73's. this will make your truck a bunch quicker out of the hole and more enjoyable to drive, but again, not a race car.

(not so cheap, +fair amount of work)


Next option (i would think of) is that if you are in love with the ranger body, and absolutely love having something different than every other car on the road, yank your 4.0, and drop in an explorer 5.0. this is going to be a cheaper operation than a supercharger, and the sound track you get from a v-8 (in my opinion) is much better than any supercharger will make a ranger v-6 sound. this will get your truck up into the 215hp range with a 280+ft lb torque number.


(not so cheap, no work)
And like pointed out earlier, you could just run two vehicles, keep your ranger as a dd, and buy a fox body mustang or something to keep your go fast bug under control.
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:36 PM
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Now with gearing could I put a posi in it and pick up hole time? And what about mustang engine? I mean 5.3 right? or would that be a waste of time?

Thanx again EVERYONE that has helped me out with this "bump" it's truly and education to me thanx a lot
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