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Old 02-28-2010, 12:31 AM
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Default 2.3 4cy to 3.0 6 cy?

I have a 1997 2.3 liter xlt extended cab and I was just wondering to the feasibility and cost effectivness of putting a 3.0 6 cylinder into it to get more power or would it just be cheaper to go out and buy a 6cy?
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:19 AM
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Yes very simple swap but why a 3.0...? You need to look into a pushrod 4.0 if you want some real power
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:48 AM
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i say a 4.0 sohc not a ohv. big diff in power and torque from the 2
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:39 AM
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3.0's are sometimes slower than the 4 bangers. You could just throw in a 5.0
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:56 AM
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Ive never had anything other than the 2.3L and was just thinking of turning it into a project, dont really know that much about the other engines, I just know that my last ranger an '04 2.3L was a decent truck but when i sold that and got the 97 extended cab, it has a/c and has conisderably less power than the '04 w/out the a/c just wondering what I can do to add more power. I just figured the 3.0 would be a cheaper easier mod, also wasnt sure if the larger engines would fit in there.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:58 AM
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I may be wrong, but I think I read somewhere that if you put a V6 or bigger engine in the truck you have to get the transmission that will match up with the V6 due to the 4 cylinder having a different bell housing. I personally would also go for the 4.0 if you were looking for power. The 3.0 is a good engine, but the 4.0 is the one for power. Again, the 5.0 would give you loads of power too if you wanted that.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:50 PM
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isnt the 5.0 8cy though? Im not in the carpentry business anymore so not towing a whole bunch hence the reason I no longer have my F150, but i do still haul, I am exploring a new engine but would like to maintain some fuel economy also, besides changing the engine/tranmission is there any type of engine mod etc. for the 2.3L that could do the same thing, even a 15-20 HP increase would be sufficient.
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:18 PM
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Yeah the 5.0 is a 8 cylinder. They arent too bad on gas, but not a 4 cylinder by any means. They say you can drop in a turbo, but from my experience, I havn't found any performance parts for the 2.3. I could be wrong though. The only thing I could think of would be to open up the exhaust some with a performance exhaust system, but that would be noisy and may not be practical for what you personally want.
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:28 PM
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well my last truck was an '04 ranger 2.3L i put a flowmaster on that, it wasnt too noisy, im picking this one up from a friend who is moving and cant take it with him so Im getting it cheap, going to use it as a project truck, I want to make it look nice and drive well, the only reason I picked it up is because its hard to find a 5 speed truck now days.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:47 AM
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if you have a 2.3 OHC engine, I would say do the turbo swap, it will bolt right to your trans and engine mounts.

since you have the 2.3 already, get a set of the factory 2.3T pistons and pop them in your block and get a tuner for your OBDII eletronics package, the 2.3T ranger header and ta Garrett style turbo and you will be fine...

look here on more info....
http://turborangerforums.com/

and heres what you need for a 300hp 2.3T
http://turborangerforums.com/showthread.php?t=20

should be simple and easy, and less work than tryin to shove a v6 or v8 into one
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:49 AM
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dogs? is that a good thing or a bad thing? not really sure if you are saying the 97 is better or the 04 was?
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:03 AM
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if you have a 2.3 OHC engine, I would say do the turbo swap, it will bolt right to your trans and engine mounts.

since you have the 2.3 already, get a set of the factory 2.3T pistons and pop them in your block and get a tuner for your OBDII eletronics package, the 2.3T ranger header and ta Garrett style turbo and you will be fine...

look here on more info....
http://turborangerforums.com/

and heres what you need for a 300hp 2.3T
http://turborangerforums.com/showthread.php?t=20

should be simple and easy, and less work than tryin to shove a v6 or v8 into one
That is fantastic, I didnt even know they made a 300hp 2.3 seems like this will also be alot cheaper then 6 or8 cy swap.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:13 AM
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Try looking on TRS for detailed engine swaps.

http://www.therangerstation.com/foru...splay.php?f=12
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:17 PM
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That is fantastic, I didnt even know they made a 300hp 2.3 seems like this will also be alot cheaper then 6 or8 cy swap.
well ford never made the 300hp 2.3T the link I posted is the parts list for YOU to build a 300hp 2.3t
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:59 PM
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yeah I figured it out after i read it, looks like i get to bust out the tool kit.
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