Originally Posted by jrg24
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.