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Old 03-01-2010, 07:11 PM
jsawyer1181 jsawyer1181 is offline
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I also have a 97 with the 5 speed and well its not a powerful engine by any means. I would say if you were going to use it for a project truck, find the engine that would work for what you want (power vs economy) and go with that. The 2.3 is a good engine, just not a powerful one.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:31 AM
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j.... the 2.3 can be made to be a very strong engine, My DD is basicly a stock 2.3 turbo engine.
I commonly haul over 1500-2200 lbs of scrap in the bed or drag my TC on a dual axl car hauler to the drag strip,
in stock NA form they need help I will agree, but slamming a turbo on one is simple and commonly done.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:58 AM
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I was unaware until recently that there was even a turbo for the 2.3
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:47 AM
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:22 PM
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Thats a very good option also. I also have been thinking about doing that myself. I think the 2.3 is a very good engine.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:02 PM
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Hmm wonder how hard it would be to put a turbo on the stock 97 engine? Changing the engine isnt something I would want to do as its a good running truck.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:19 PM
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you could always throw an intake on it and change out the coil packs
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:23 AM
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Hmm wonder how hard it would be to put a turbo on the stock 97 engine? Changing the engine isnt something I would want to do as its a good running truck.
I have told you in a few post what will be needed to make you a turbo ranger...

but if you like ... just get the turbo mani and turbo . bolt it on... and fry your engine.......
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:33 PM
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Default Re: 2.3 4cy to 3.0 6 cy?

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I have told you in a few post what will be needed to make you a turbo ranger...

but if you like ... just get the turbo mani and turbo . bolt it on... and fry your engine.......
Exactly why I won't put a turbo on the stock engine. If I wanted real power I'd just drop in a 5.0 but Im good with it the way it is.
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