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Old 08-21-2010, 07:50 AM
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got a my little 98 ranger xlt, love this truck to death i've been through so much with it, used to be light blue nothing on it at all leaky noisy exaust, now am starting to work on it already got paintjob exaust system and all sorts of other goodies. now i'm stuck on performance issues and am looking for advice and opinions... it's got a 2.5L in it, have had head problems in the past so here's the thing, should i keep the 2.5 and install a killer turbo setup, i mean running like 25-30psi which would make me rebuild the whole engine from the ground up or should i swap it completely for a stroked out 302 small block or something similar, both ways can be expensive but both could give me close to 400hp...so right now i'm lost and that's why looking for an opinion, but one thing's for sure, that little truck needs some go
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:39 PM
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I would personally go for the 347 stroker
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:59 PM
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I would personally go for the 347 stroker
yeah that was my idea at first, would love to have it fuel injection as well i ain't a carb guy, question would be wether to strip out an old mustang for the computer and wiring stuff or go with edelbrock and get a complete self-tune setup with the computer and everything, i guess it would be a better bet in the end it ain't maxed out yet, can still put turbos or blower on it and get some more power out, would love to see this truck on the track running around 9secs 1/4mile, thanks for opinion buddy i appreciate
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Old 08-21-2010, 05:36 PM
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yeah do an ecu swap because your ranger might have PATS, and the only way to get pass that is either disable it or get a different ecu and harness, although i heard those cheap remote starter kits will also by pass it too
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:32 PM
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yeah do an ecu swap because your ranger might have PATS, and the only way to get pass that is either disable it or get a different ecu and harness, although i heard those cheap remote starter kits will also by pass it too
ooh yeah no doubt if i go for the swap pretty much everything is going, engine-tranny with all the wiring, gonna start from scratch or strip something out from a mustang or explorer anything with a 302, probably gonna beef up the whole suspension and brakes, almost a necesity here right now as it is the little leaf-springs in the back are having a hard time planting the power they twist like shit with them wide tires i got, could maybe solve it with track-bars or something, swapping the centerpiece of the little 9inch diff in the back for a locker or limited slip, C5 for a tranny, gonna start working on it in the coming weeks first need to find what i'm looking for a another car or truck, right now i only got this one ooh well sucks we can't never have enough cash ayh?
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