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Old 07-05-2010, 12:11 PM
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I "inherited" a 2003 Ranger XLT from my pops about a year ago. This is my third Ranger , had a 1990 XLT back in high school, a 1993 4x4 in college and now this one. Anyways, I've been pretty happy with the truck (what can I say, I like Rangers), but was wondering what some simple upgrades are I could do. Looking mainly to replace some stock stuff and get a boost in performance, hp maybe, but not kill gas mileage completely.

Things I'm considering:
K&N Oil and Air filters (very simple)
Cold air intake?
some kind of exhaust upgrade
maybe one of these:
http://www.jcwhitney.com/tornado-per...p2005683.jcwx#

I'm don't have a lot of experience with engine work, but know how to turn a ratchet and could learn some stuff if it's simple...
Any advice on some good upgrades, especially ones you've used yourself and know are quality.
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:45 PM
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full exhaust is a good start
Cold air intake wont help much without a tuner set up for it.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:24 AM
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Things I'm considering:
K&N Oil and Air filters (very simple)--------> good over all upgrade
Cold air intake?---------------> I wouldn't waste your money
some kind of exhaust upgrade--------->if you want it louder then I would get a muffler/cat back, but you are not really going to see high gains from an exhaust
maybe one of these:---------->please don't (another waste of your cash)
http://www.jcwhitney.com/tornado-per...p2005683.jcwx#

post up some pics! lol, you might want to spend the money on maintenance and such, tires etc. and this is all just my personal opinion:
When I fist bought my truck, I looked into performance options for it... looked at CAI, exhausts, pulleys (just bolt on stuff), but came to realization that in order to get actual/visible 10-15hp I would need to spend about $3,000. Instead I spent the money on wheels/tires, screamin demon ignition coil, spark plug wires, plugs, air filter, changed/flushed all fluids, ran sea foam through the block, big 3 wire upgrade, extra ground from battery... basically maintenance stuff that would help the truck in long run.

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Old 07-06-2010, 10:01 AM
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Default Re: Simple upgrades

also, that tornado thing is like snake oil, it does not do a thing!! might as well pick up some blinker fluid and muffler bearings while you are at it.

popst pics of the beast!
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:39 PM
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you might want to spend the money on maintenance and such, tires etc. and this is all just my personal opinion
Yeah I've been doing all the maintenance stuff the past year... catching up on everything my dad neglected. Just got new tires, brake rotors and pads, rear differential service. I'll just start with the better air filter and oil filter for now cause it's time to change those anyways. Looking at new wheels cause one of mine is a little bent. I will probably do the exhaust and a small lift eventually (cause I wish it sat a little higher up). Or I might just leave it alone and buy a 4x4 one with the 4.0...

So CAI not worth it?
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:36 AM
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Yeah I've been doing all the maintenance stuff the past year... catching up on everything my dad neglected. Just got new tires, brake rotors and pads, rear differential service. I'll just start with the better air filter and oil filter for now cause it's time to change those anyways. Looking at new wheels cause one of mine is a little bent. I will probably do the exhaust and a small lift eventually (cause I wish it sat a little higher up). Or I might just leave it alone and buy a 4x4 one with the 4.0...

So CAI not worth it?
not worth it at all.... personally CAI don't do really anything unless you have a v8, diesel, or higher HP motor. Reason being is that naturally aspired vehicles will gain maybe about 10 hp from a good CAI (one that is sealed off from engine heat and has a direct air flow into it from outside) and a tune, with most of the HP coming from the tune itself. By that point you will probably be spending about $700+ (at least $200 for the CAI, $375 for a tuner, and depending on your local prices $150-$300 for a custom dyno tune). All for an extra 10 hp and a cool noise in your engine compartment.

The problem with 90% of cold air intakes is that it's just piping leading to a cone filter... that cone filter sits in the corner of your engine compartment absorbing all of the heat from the engine. This really defeats the purpose of a CAI...

A sealed CAI, will show minimal gains at best without a tune for it, as your computer is not properly calibrated for the extra air coming into your engine.

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