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Old 05-19-2011, 03:49 PM
Little Blue Little Blue is offline
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Or do what I'm doing, and have it deemed "experimental vehicle". DEQ exempt.
2004 Ford Ranger, 4.0L, 5 Speed Manual
Leveled, 32/10.5/16 (Metric) BFG All-Terrains
Fab-Tech Light Bar w/ KC Daylighters
'06 Taillights, Clear Corners

Future Mods:
5.0 Swap (Handbuilding motor)
SAS or 6" IFS Lift
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:40 PM
knightmare1015 knightmare1015 is offline
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Default Re: V8 swap and Emissions testing?

Originally Posted by Bwad View Post
I've been thinking quite passively about doing a V8 swap for quite some time now and have always had the question that since Rangers never came with a V8 option, how would one pass smog in the great state of CA? Would the truck have to pass the emissions test of the car that the engine came out of? Help please.


Brad, I've done an S10 V8 swap and it would be alot easier if you went with the same year as your ranger and upgraded the emissions equipment made specifically for that engine you plan on using. The S10 V8 would flat out scream and was fun as hell. I've never got to do a Ranger V8 swap, but if it's anything like the S10 it shouldn't be too difficult if you went with the same year.

Originally Posted by CADreamin View Post
I hear ya! But if you have a decent junkyard nearby, or a parts vehicle, and can do most of the wrenching yourself or with friends, it may be cheaper than you think.

I've never been in a 5.0 Ranger, but I did own a 350 S-10 for a brief while. Even a stock V8 in a small truck is enough power-to-weight to be a helluva lot of fun.
I have rode in 2 V8 rangers. The 5.0 seemed just right and he got the same mpgs with a carbed 5.0 as he did with the 4.0 EFI (unless he stomped on the gas that is). The other ranger I rode in just about caused me to have an orgasm. He stuck a 351 windsor in instead of the usual 5.0 and it was awesome. I tried to get him to come on this site, but he's a little shy and won't come on here.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:26 PM
01Rangergirl 01Rangergirl is offline
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Default Re: V8 swap and Emissions testing?

Say I lived in California, and I had a 4.6L 3v and 5r55s trans out of my '06 'Stang (The 'Stang now has a 5.3L big bore stroker) and I wanted to throw the 4.6 into my '01 3.0 v6 ranger, would I be able to get it through smog?
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