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ljones
10-07-2010, 04:44 PM
Hi new here, but not to rangers. I have a 87 ranger with a 4cyl and 5 speed manual trans it is way underpowered for me, is it possible to drop a v-8 into it like maby a 289 out of a mustang or a crate motor but crate notors are EXPENSIVE so i would like to stick to one out of a mustang or somthing.

More_Cowbell
10-08-2010, 11:15 AM
Easiest swap is an explorer 302 its basically bolt right in you can put any v8 you want for it but the 4.6l and 5.4l swaps are really hard to do and kinda expensive

ljones
10-08-2010, 05:26 PM
Will the trans handel a 302 out of an explorer ? What about a v-6 did rangers have them as an option in 87 ?

More_Cowbell
10-08-2010, 08:26 PM
87 Should of had the 2.8l v6 option and as far as the ranger transmission holding up to a 302 its not gonna happen i dont even think its possible to get it to fit to a 302 if you want a manual transmission youll need a t-5 out of a mustang for a 5 speed or try and find a 4 speed if you wanna go auto then just use the tranny out of the expo

ljones
10-09-2010, 05:28 AM
Thanks for this great info, I think I will just go for a v-6 since it will bolt right in, and I don't need a load of power.

More_Cowbell
10-09-2010, 12:38 PM
get a 2.9l with a 5 speed its what i have and you can granny shift and get like 23-25 mpg but it has the power there when yah need it

monkeymadd55
10-31-2010, 03:30 PM
i wana do the same thing . have a 99 ranger rwd 4cyl but got 8 plugs how hard could the swap be?

More_Cowbell
10-31-2010, 07:39 PM
well it will take time thats for sure and if you can find an pre-2001 expo with a v8 motor you should just be able to drop it in switch out the wiring harness and ECU and be good to go it will take awhile to do the swap tho most people say 2wks+

Psychopete
11-01-2010, 11:40 AM
Some of the non-beamed Rangers - 98+ 4cyls need special motor mount adapters to be machined. Just need to figure out if you have torsion bar or coil spring suspension.

monkeymadd55
11-01-2010, 11:53 PM
coil spring for sure just rebuilt the suspension tonight,. way easier than i thought it would be

monkeymadd55
01-27-2011, 06:43 PM
ok sorry i have an 88 thunderbird available to swap from but am confused on wiring

Psychopete
01-28-2011, 06:30 AM
Yes, swapping an OBD-I system into an OBD-II truck is not going to be easy! :)

monkeymadd55
01-29-2011, 09:11 AM
what about a mustang 302 wiring harness and computer change to the ranger?

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pre 2001 expo? does that plug right in? if so block to piston to head and cams to efi could be adjusted to influence the situation? only looking for 250-300 hp to play with. or i could just fix my 4 and just go buy a mustang but wheres the fun in that.

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expedition engines drop in easier? bout to get sum books on wiring .!!!

terryduanemiller
01-29-2011, 10:00 AM
I wld consider an alternate vehicle as a "toy" for V8 conversion as with the 4-clangers mpg is worth its weight in gold.. I get 29mpg in my '99 2.5L

monkeymadd55
01-30-2011, 04:41 PM
well the 4 bangers busted and i am obsessed with the idea already . your right thats a good thing to considder but this way seems way more fun.

RangerAMBIGUoUS
02-05-2011, 10:53 AM
Yes, swapping an OBD-I system into an OBD-II truck is not going to be easy! :)

Would a year 2000 4.0L 4x4 be capable of swapping out for a 89 and Up Mustang 5.0L Farly easily? What all Would You need to Change within the drivetrain?

wesvo
02-05-2011, 11:22 AM
1997 and up can be done with an explorer 5.0 if you have a 4x4 its all bolt in if you have a 2wd spring you have to mak moter mounts the older one are a little more difacult

RangerAMBIGUoUS
02-05-2011, 12:37 PM
How Much Power difference is there between the 4.0 ranger and 5.0 explorer engine? is it worth doing in other words?

More_Cowbell
02-06-2011, 08:23 AM
i would get a 4.0l SOHC to replace your OHV if i think they are the same block so they should just bolt up to the tranny i would think... im not sure tho but it has more HP and same MPG if not better

monkeymadd55
02-06-2011, 11:13 AM
omfg!!would someone please explain to me wtf the pcm has to do with the wiring harness on the engine. and i gotta brain wash my ranger make him think hes a freaking mustang , gotta cobra engine wana put in there

RangerAMBIGUoUS
02-11-2011, 04:20 PM
i would get a 4.0l SOHC to replace your OHV if i think they are the same block so they should just bolt up to the tranny i would think... im not sure tho but it has more HP and same MPG if not better

How much of an increase? like is it worth the money?