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Old 09-03-2009, 10:41 AM
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I know that JBA headers are good for the ranger but are there any good off brands out there? I dont care if it comes with a ceramic or chrome finish on them since I know of a good place where i am that does that kind of work. Thanks for input!
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:44 AM
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I am personally aiming to get the silverceramic JBA headers myself but I would love to see other options if even for just price checking.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:32 PM
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Any ideas or personal preference?
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:35 PM
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There are a good deal of good quality companies out there. I'll just say this, avoid eBay, there is a ton of knock off garbage on there, cracking, incomplete welds, boogers in the welds, piss poor welds where the flange falls off and I am not that big a fan of Pacesetter, they are not what they used to be. Banks, Headman, Hooker, I know some people who run Summit headers and have for years. You may want to search for some 4x4 specific headers like Torque Monster but disregard all 1/4mile hooey they as well as anyone claims. One that not too many people have heard of but are popular amongst the circuits is Sanderson, I'll include a link that will help any who read the info there.
Sanderson Headers - Let's Get Technical!

I have made mention to some here to hold off on the headers and build up to them in contradiction to Sanderson and many other's opinions. So to all who I hope check this info out and learn it. Headers can unlock a wealth of power especially on a built up motor and you will see the need for knowing the details about buying headers it is alot more in-depth than newbie's realize and they most often make a large investment in a counter-productive part. Don't be one of those guys, or gals. Live, Learn, and Push harder in everything!

P.S. JBA aren't bad either.

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Old 09-08-2009, 05:52 PM
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I have made mention to some here to hold off on the headers and build up to them in contradiction to Sanderson and many other's opinions. So to all who I hope check this info out and learn it. Headers can unlock a wealth of power especially on a built up motor and you will see the need for knowing the details about buying headers it is alot more in-depth than newbie's realize and they most often make a large investment in a counter-productive part. Don't be one of those guys, or gals. Live, Learn, and Push harder in everything!

P.S. JBA aren't bad either.
02' 4x4, i am interested in what you are saying here. I am looking to give my 2.3L a little more power, and thought headers would be a good bet. I am thinking about replacing the air intake, but to be honest if i started replacing parts for better performance, I would just be taking guesses as to what would give me the best performance for the money. I'm not trying to race, just a little better acceleration is really all i want, and any improvement in gas mileage will of course be welcome. I would love to hear your thoughts on what i can do to increase performance in my stock 01 ranger with 110k miles. Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:54 AM
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Mods I would first recommend and they'd only be around $60-$75, K&N Drop-in air filter. Thrush glasspack exhaust. You can get the Turbo for a little more. Thrush has a 2 1/2 in/out for $20 bucks at Pep boys, you'll also find a drop in intake for about $40-$50. The glass pack should be welded in place. If you are after sound, dump directly after muffler to make the noise bellow in the truck bed. This sounded swell on a 3.0L I had a few years back. Bought Hella lights, Thrush Glasspack, and the filter and the total came up to $100+/-. Though if you are after trailing or performance first course of action should be a 4.0L, imho.
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:46 PM
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02' 4x4, i am interested in what you are saying here. I am looking to give my 2.3L a little more power, and thought headers would be a good bet. I am thinking about replacing the air intake, but to be honest if i started replacing parts for better performance, I would just be taking guesses as to what would give me the best performance for the money. I'm not trying to race, just a little better acceleration is really all i want, and any improvement in gas mileage will of course be welcome. I would love to hear your thoughts on what i can do to increase performance in my stock 01 ranger with 110k miles. Thanks!
Hi, it seems you are off to a good start. Learning all you can about what you want to do is always the best bet and asking others who are in the know is good too.

I would say for your tech level.
Get a short CAI, and scrap the factory intake box.
Do some reading and learn what are the best brands of plug wires, get'em.
Also read into the newer plugs on the market and get a set you feel are great.
Look into a good catback system, maybe do a search here.?.
Then maybe look into a lightweight set of pulleys that will help with low end power.
Always run 89oct. gas
If you are just going to drive your truck then read about tire compounds and find good riding tires with low rolling resistance. (I know, you gotta work too)
It is always good to make sure your vehicle is in good condition to get the most out of it. Making sure alignment is true, fuel system is clean, Using the proper weight oil, I use and recommend Lucas oil additive for better protection and reduced friction.

The only reason I recommend scrapping the factory intake is that it does infact limit the air intake. Figure if idle is 800 rpm's then your intake needs to be able to move 920 liters of air per minute, sure it can do it, but take that at 3krpm's and it will become stifled. The K&N drop in is a good enough thing at lower rpm's, but if you want to get the most throttle response a short CAI will give you much better breathing. IMHO

I personally retained the air box but that is because I built a ram air set-up for my truck. Takes a bit of skill.
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