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Old 10-24-2009, 06:42 PM
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Hey guys, so my truck died. major knocking it's a POS.

Its an 86 2.3l 5spd

is it worth it to buy a used 2.3L engine and pay a shop to put it in? I just don't have the time or knowhow to do it myself.

what're your experiences?
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:50 PM
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Might be cheaper for you to find a replacement truck and maybe upgrade to a lower mile, newer one too. What's the shop gonna charge ya to do the swap for you?



For me, If I could afford it and if I were in your shoes, I'd get a newer, lower mileage truck...like a '95 or something like that. Then again, I also suggest if you can't afford that, maybe go ahead and do the motor swap. It all really depends on the vehicles worth to you, how much the swaps gonna cost ya, and how much money you got to play with. I swapped the engine in my '01 a few months back...it's a brand new truck. A whole hell of a lot cheaper than a new similar truck. But i'm talking '01's here, not '86's.
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:54 PM
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What Fx4wannabe01 said, minus I haven't changed my engine yet.

Another consideration is the condition of the truck, good straight body, no rust, running gear in good condition, miles on the transmission, what has been replaced recently, (in the last year), and what will the replacement cost (engine and installation).

You need to take these things into consideration, and then figure out which way to go.

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Old 11-30-2009, 12:14 AM
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i was thinking about doing a motor swap myself because i have really high miles. the body of the truck is in good condition. i have a 1999 2.3l auto. suggestions/concerns?
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:48 AM
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Your '99 has a 2.5. But that's not the point. I've seen reports of well taken care of 2.3/2.5's running til the 300k mark and beyond. do you really need a swap? Or is the only reason you're considering it is the high miles?


BTW...I WANT YOUR TRUCK!!! If I were in your shoes and owned that red steppie, I'd be building me a turbo 2.3 for it right now....then dropping it in the truck. Faaaaast little truck that'll scare the hell out of the ricer in the civic with big ass stickers and a wing. I'd do a manual swap to it though.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:31 PM
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My 1998 2.5 4cyl just hit 107k and it feels like its going to go at least another 100K. As long as you change the oil every 3K with decent oil (Castrol GTX high mileage) and take care of it, you should get a ton of miles out of it. Try cleaning the MAF, install a K&N and even consider buying one of the Accell coil packs for the intake plugs. You will be impressed with the results.

As for the 1986 motorswap...tough call. Like the previous poster said, it all depends on the condition of the truck and how much they are going to charge you for a motor swap. Keep in mind a lot of times you swap a motor out, there are a lot more things you might as well replace since you are doing as much work as you are. It can also bring out problems once the swap is done. Expect the unexpected!

If it were me, I would ditch the 86, get what I could for it, and start saving my ass off for something newer.
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:25 PM
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I didn't want to start a new thread on this since this one is so fresh... just trying to do some research for myself. I have an opportunity to pick up a 97 auto 2.3 ranger for really cheap, possibly free with a blown motor.... so I'm throwing around different options.

1. Obviously, the easiest thing for me to do is find another 2.3 to throw in it. Thinking bout dd'ing this thing and parking/selling my POS jeep and getting a good mpg increase.
1a. Can get a premium long block for $950 from an engine rebuilder here in town.
1b. Start searching pick-n-pulls for motors of unknown condition and throw one in there on a prayer.
1c. Find a motor and rebuild it myself

Now basically what I need to know is, if I go with option 1b or 1c, I'm wondering what year motors to look for to do this swap. I want the swap to be pretty much plug and play if i go this route. From reading the FAQ the 96-97 models put out the most HP, so I'm wondering is the difference in the 2.3's in the bottom end or is it in the tuning?
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:11 PM
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Dear Folks,
Looks like I have a very tallented pool of people to ask my question to so here goes....I have a 1988 2.0 Vin C engine that I would like to replace. Can I use a 2.3 or 2.5 block maybe keep the same Carb/manifold setup. Truck is in great shape just needs a new motor and the 2.0L seams rare/expensive than the others.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:43 PM
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Dear Folks,
Looks like I have a very tallented pool of people to ask my question to so here goes....I have a 1988 2.0 Vin C engine that I would like to replace. Can I use a 2.3 or 2.5 block maybe keep the same Carb/manifold setup. Truck is in great shape just needs a new motor and the 2.0L seams rare/expensive than the others.
Thanks

do what i did with my 2.0 / 2.3

keep the 2.0 block...have new rings and bearings installed, find a 2.3 hydraulic roller head, cam it, port the piss out of it and put it all back together.

easy 160-175 hp.....but it cost me about 2k and with that much money you could've turboed it
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:40 AM
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I just finished a motor swap in my 88 ranger. For me it was a no brainer to find a decent used motor (120K) and put it in. However, I tackled the job myself in my front yard. If that isn't an option for you, you may have to replace the old girl. No friends that would be willing to help and teach you how to swap the motor out?
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:58 AM
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I do have friends and plenty of tools. I have a 2.0 L and wanted to replace it with the common 2.3L. I just didn't know if they're compatable. I heard I would have to modify the engine harness but don't know exactly how or what to modify. Thanks
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:09 AM
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time for a visit to the local scrap yard. they should have a wiring harness available for you. My local scrap yard has 3 older Rangers sitting around. Makes getting parts easy.
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