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Old 04-10-2011, 08:16 PM
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Default Re: Improving MPG for a 2.3L Ranger

I tell everybody to go to a high flow air filter, K&N is good, but I use Autozone knockoffs for 20-25.00
Block your EGR valve. Do this by buying a EGR gasket to use as a template, cut out a piece of metal to match. Be sure to smooth edges to not get caught on down the line.
Of the two holes that you drill for the bolts, open one end in order to slip over the bottom EGR bolt. DO NOT REMOVE BOTTOM BOLT. As it is difficult to move, give slack on bottom. Remove TOP bolt. Slide in metal blank. Secure EGR valve in place. This will throw a code, which can be corrected using directions found on HotRodHigh.com>2.3 mods.
Blocking the EGR will remove the exhaust from your combustion chambers. I noticed an immediate improvement in starting. No data on MPG for me yet. Tranny on ground waiting rebuild.
IF you like them, I've been told that a topper shell will give a noteable improvement due to less wind resistance.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:08 AM
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I tell everybody to go to a high flow air filter, K&N is good, but I use Autozone knockoffs for 20-25.00
Block your EGR valve. Do this by buying a EGR gasket to use as a template, cut out a piece of metal to match. Be sure to smooth edges to not get caught on down the line.
Of the two holes that you drill for the bolts, open one end in order to slip over the bottom EGR bolt. DO NOT REMOVE BOTTOM BOLT. As it is difficult to move, give slack on bottom. Remove TOP bolt. Slide in metal blank. Secure EGR valve in place. This will throw a code, which can be corrected using directions found on HotRodHigh.com>2.3 mods.
Blocking the EGR will remove the exhaust from your combustion chambers. I noticed an immediate improvement in starting. No data on MPG for me yet. Tranny on ground waiting rebuild.
IF you like them, I've been told that a topper shell will give a noteable improvement due to less wind resistance.
I would not get a sticker in my State of MA..........
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:21 AM
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Im assuming huck that you are referring to the Lima 2.3? Judging by the site you suggested which only has parts and info for limas, as far as I know.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:46 AM
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Huck...what year is your truck?
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:39 AM
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thought I had my signature set. It is a '92. How do I ID a Lima engine as opposed to any other?
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:22 AM
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thought I had my signature set. It is a '92. How do I ID a Lima engine as opposed to any other?
the Lima(Ohio) 2.3/2.5 engines where used in the rangers until midway through 2001. They have 8 sparkplugs and a timing belt.........the Duratec 2.3 has 4 plugs and a timing chain and was introduced in Rangers in 2001

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Old 04-11-2011, 07:40 AM
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the Lima(Ohio) 2.3/2.5 engines where used in the rangers until midway through 2001. They have 8 sparkplugs and a timing belt.........the Duratec 2.3 has 4 plugs and a timing chain and was introduced in Rangers in 2001

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My '83 2.3L is a LIMA 4PLUG head (I have only seen a few of the 8plugs, tons of the 4 though).

my truck was an old army truck, and when purchased had no air pump (or belt for it, etc). It has an egr line and valve, and after a few 1000mi of driving I heard my engine growing louder every day, checked and the EGR line was pushing itself off the threads on the EGR valve end. I pulled the egr valve out to clean it and found the port into the intake manifold JB welded shut nice and smooth.

With both no air pump, and no EGR valve function, it DOES pass 50 stat emissions. Passed here in Denver not 30 days ago, which has same rules as CA.

As far as starting cold: I bought the truck for one reason and one reason only. When I showed up and it was -38* at 6am the truck fired right up and idled. And itwas effin cheap
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:46 AM
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My '83 2.3L is a LIMA 4PLUG head (I have only seen a few of the 8plugs, tons of the 4 though).

my truck was an old army truck, and when purchased had no air pump (or belt for it, etc). It has an egr line and valve, and after a few 1000mi of driving I heard my engine growing louder every day, checked and the EGR line was pushing itself off the threads on the EGR valve end. I pulled the egr valve out to clean it and found the port into the intake manifold JB welded shut nice and smooth.

With both no air pump, and no EGR valve function, it DOES pass 50 stat emissions. Passed here in Denver not 30 days ago, which has same rules as CA.

As far as starting cold: I bought the truck for one reason and one reason only. When I showed up and it was -38* at 6am the truck fired right up and idled. And itwas effin cheap
you are correct the 8 plug DIS setup was added in 1989....http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...ers.html.....I asked my guy that does inspections if I removed my EGR would the truck pass inspection......He said No.........he could be wrong I don't know a lot about it but went by what he said
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:26 PM
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you are correct the 8 plug DIS setup was added in 1989....http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...ers.html.....I asked my guy that does inspections if I removed my EGR would the truck pass inspection......He said No.........he could be wrong I don't know a lot about it but went by what he said
I think on anything newer where it would throw a code, it might effect emissions performance because the computer might tell it to run richer correspondingly ? Maybe?
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