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Old 07-29-2011, 10:31 AM
laxbro laxbro is offline
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Default 1997 4 cylinder ranger Questions

I recently picked up a 4 cylinder 97 5 speed ranger as my first car. I love it and want to trick it out a little bit. What are some cheap performance parts that will add some hp??? I dont want to break the bank but would you guys reccomend air filters and air intakes. What else could I do? Also I need a new tailgate because mine is a bit rusty. Where is the best place to find these (other than junkyards because I already checked)? Thanks for any help



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Old 07-29-2011, 10:55 AM
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Default Re: 1997 4 cylinder ranger Questions

Air intakes add very little hp and are mainly for looks I would look at exhaust systems for the most bang for your buck
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:00 AM
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Performance kinda doesnt come cheap or easy with these motors. You best bet may be do what i did. Realize that its not fast so it should atleast handle and look good. Hahaha. Look for some cheap mustang rims you like on craigslist maybe, clear corners, tail lights, tint the windows, just do some searching on here and you will see whats popoular and what to pass on. I also have a 97 so if you have any questions feel free to ask me and ill do my best to help you out.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:13 AM
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thanks guys and what exhausts do you guys reccomend
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:16 AM
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I still have my stock exhaust because ive heard alot of aftermarket makes it sound ricey. Im ok with some buzz but i want more of a tuned sound than a loud ricey scream.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:21 AM
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yeah I hear you on that but what are some good websites for upgrades like the clear corners and will any 17" mustang rim fit?
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:28 AM
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Ebay for the clear corners. I think i got mine for like 12 bucks if i remember right. And just about any mustang rims will bolt on. But rubbing becomes an issue once they get to be about 8 inches wide. Mine are from ~00 mustang GT. I got them from my buddy for 50$, i prolly coulda made money by scrapping them. But i love them. Just find a set you like on craigslist, i wouldnt pay much more than maybe 200 unless they are really nice. Then you may need spacers to clear the fron swaybar and spindle dust caps. There is alot of trial and error, research, and forum searching in this game.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:08 PM
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Ebay for the clear corners. I think i got mine for like 12 bucks if i remember right. And just about any mustang rims will bolt on. But rubbing becomes an issue once they get to be about 8 inches wide. Mine are from ~00 mustang GT. I got them from my buddy for 50$, i prolly coulda made money by scrapping them. But i love them. Just find a set you like on craigslist, i wouldnt pay much more than maybe 200 unless they are really nice. Then you may need spacers to clear the fron swaybar and spindle dust caps. There is alot of trial and error, research, and forum searching in this game.
I don't like spacers at all. I used them when I had 18" Cobra wheels and I had nothing but problems. There wasn't enough threads on the studs to keep a good grip. Then again my wheels were 9 inches wide. Kept grinding the control arms without the spacers. I think with the DJM 4/5 Drop kit the control arms are narrower and can accommodate larger wheels without grinding.
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:45 PM
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I only got 8 inch wide GT rims. So far i like my spacers, tho ive only had them for a week or 2. No more rubbing like without them. Im happy with spacers, but delt with rubbing for 3 months (and ruined front tires)
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:10 PM
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I recently picked up a 4 cylinder 97 5 speed ranger as my first car. I love it and want to trick it out a little bit. What are some cheap performance parts that will add some hp???
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If you wanna go fast, find a cliff and push it off. You bought the wrong truck to do anything with the word speed involved. The 4cyl in the truck is already underpowered compared to most other 4 bangers out there, even in 1997. By the time you do everything you can short of forced induction you have just made the engine almost as powerful as the rest of the 4 banger trucks already are stock, which is still not impressive in any way.

Add to that you have 6 digit mileage on that engine and driveline and you are in the double digits for HP, not triple digits..... and that's at the crank to make it all worse.

Stick your money in bodywork and make it look nice and enjoy it. IMO the 1997 was the best year...... that's why I sold a '99 for one. It came with a few cool things only the 97 had (and not even the 98+ have had) such as a third power outlet by the ashtray to keep you from having to "hang" the cell phone charge cord from the dash and other little things.

It's your truck and you can do anything you please, but if you want to listen to a 15 years and counting ranger driver (bought my first one in 1996), use clear corners that look like stock, but are just white... not the crystal clear ones. Don't put those effin altezza lights on the rear. The best rear brake light upgrade for the 97 is a set of 98 lights IMO (JMO), but I have seen a few aftermarket that look good as long as they are not the see through kind with round lights altezza style. It's just horrible on a 3rd gen ranger IMO. Another one I see a lot of...... painting your interior vents to match your truck doesn't look good, it makes them stand out like a sore thumb. There is a thing called "flow" and if things don't flow, they look like crap and stand out. This is all JMO, but it's good advice. Do whatever you like, that's all that matters.

OH and until you find a tailgate, get one of those gator nets from the auto parts store that replace the tailgate. It'll look a lot better than a rusty tailgate.

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Old 07-30-2011, 11:16 PM
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Double digit HP after 100k miles? Thats sounds a little off. Maybe without a tuneup.

Wait what was the HP rating from factory like 110?

If you actually want to build a fast 4 banger. Your gonna have to turbo it. Theres a guy off of turborangerforums that is running 12s in the quarter! About 3-4k in parts but damn thats fast.
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