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Old 05-19-2011, 01:27 PM
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Default Re: How reliable is the SOHC 4.0L V6?

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my decision on buying the ranger was from a couple friends who have them and never have any issues with them other than brakes and tires and other maintainence things.

my question is how stoudt are the 4.0L and the 5 speed automatic behind them?

i know this engine/tranny has been around at least 10 years so it has to be refined by now...
I have had mine for over a year and knock on wood, its been great
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:38 PM
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Ya, like my freekin 4.10s? I'm just sayin, pushrods are better at low-end torque. I still prefer OHC for all the other benefits.
i hear people say that alot but compared to my old OHV 4.0 rangers (93 5 speed with 3:73's and 96 auto with 4:10's) my SOHC (5 speed auto, used to have 4:10's stock) beats them both hands down in every way, including low end.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:46 PM
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i hear people say that alot but compared to my old OHV 4.0 rangers (93 5 speed with 3:73's and 96 auto with 4:10's) my SOHC (5 speed auto, used to have 4:10's stock) beats them both hands down in every way, including low end.
Well the numbers on SOHC are quite higher as well. It's simply an inherent trait of OHC vs OHV. The 4.0 SOHC is definitely a better motor though.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:48 PM
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Well the numbers on SOHC are quite higher as well. It's simply an inherent trait of OHC vs OHV. The 4.0 SOHC is definitely a better motor though.
yeah im not knocking the OHV at all, they are great motors, but yeah i personally think the SOHC is better.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:48 PM
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Well the numbers on SOHC are quite higher as well. It's simply an inherent trait of OHC vs OHV. The 4.0 SOHC is definitely a better motor though.
I like how smooth the power band is in the SOHC, it beats my brothers 2003 3.9 Magnum he had in his dakota.
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:49 PM
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^ Ya, that reminded me of the only problem with the SOHC. It's a screamer. I was disappointed as the lack of low end grunt relative to OHV motors, but all in all they're cammed like a truck motor so that helps.
Thats with a 9" and a 6.0 gear.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:05 PM
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ive also noticed on my tach there isn't a redline,

what do these things redline at?
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:25 PM
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Default Re: How reliable is the SOHC 4.0L V6?

6250 RPM is redline

Peak hp is at 5250
Peak torque is at 4000
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:36 PM
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ive also noticed on my tach there isn't a redline,

what do these things redline at?
i noticed that too. not sure ive got it up to 6,000rpm on the highway once or twice with the octane boost
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:44 PM
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6250 RPM is redline

Peak hp is at 5250
Peak torque is at 4000
thanks man!

i gotta say i also love the powerband of the 4.0
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:57 PM
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Default Re: How reliable is the SOHC 4.0L V6?

No problem.

The only thing I dislike is where peak torque comes in; its awfully high up for a truck. If it made peak torque between 2500-3000 it would be MUCH better in just about all aspects, as rarely do I ever get up to 4k RPM's,
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:02 PM
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Default Re: How reliable is the SOHC 4.0L V6?

now that you mention it, you're right...

maybe a tune might solve this?
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:22 PM
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i love my sohc....no problems knock on wood and im happy i gotta a manual tranny though, but sometimes i wish i had an auto i havent had any issues with the low end torque it tows out jetboats on shitty sand banks pretty solidly
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:32 PM
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Default Re: How reliable is the SOHC 4.0L V6?

A tune won't be able to affect an engine's powerband. A lot of things go into making an egine function the way it does and where and how much power it puts down. Only thing that would be helpful would be higher gears, such as 4.10's which will help you get into your powerband earlier by accelerating quicker, but even with my 4.10's under normal or hard acceleration I usually shift under 3000 RPM
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:33 AM
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Default Re: How reliable is the SOHC 4.0L V6?

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6250 RPM is redline

Peak hp is at 5250
Peak torque is at 4000
The SOHC Actually makes it peak torque at 3000 RPM and the OHV makes its peak at 2750 RPM
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