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Old 01-01-2010, 05:26 PM
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Default Diesel Conversion, is it worth it?

Well, its been awhile since my last post. This one should seem like a walk in the park for some of you wrench turners.

I have a 92 Ranger w/2.3L 4cyl gas. I have acquired a 2.3L 4/cyl Isuzu Diesel w/5sp transmission. I am getting 20+ mpg with what I have. My only reason for the swap would be better economy and more torque. I had changed out the rear end from a 3.45 to 3.73 and did not notice any difference except with the speedometer. I have a small boat that I fish with and pulling it out of the lake just about smokes the clutch. So..............I was wondering??? and what kind of price do you think I would be looking at if I was to do the work myself? The diesel is not turbo charged.
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:41 AM
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First you would have to re do all your mounts and beef up your front suspension due to diesels weighing more than gas also your heating and ac will have to be changed as well as your steering and fuel lines and pump this is only feasable if you have a full shop a knowladge of diesels and alot of time, as for money I would probaly would say around a 1000 for parts and machieneing also what is the power rateing of the diesel because without a turbo it may not even be worth it.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:32 AM
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Thanks for the information...I did a little more research on this engine and found it came out of a 1983 Chevelle 1.8L. I would be spending way more time and money to try a conversion with this engine for something that would not be any better performance wise than what I have in there.

I appreciate the response and wish all a happy New Year!
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:30 AM
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If you are intrested in a good diesel conversion still I would recommend a cummins 4bt which is a inline 4cyl turbo diesel it is the same engine in the dodge ram except with two less cylnders it will fit rather easily and have a ton more power than either motor you have now these motors are fairly easy to find because they are used in fed ex and ups trucks as well as other simular delivery vehicled and alot of smaller construction and farm equiptment have this motor however the same cost and difficulty will be like the other diesel but it will have alot more power and torque than it.
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:43 AM
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I agree with the cummins 4bt, great engine and fits well in a a ranger!

This article in diesel power mag at least gives you some parts you could use and a good place to find the engine.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:48 PM
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Ya can't beat the sound of a deisel!!!
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:40 PM
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I am new in Ford Ranger Forum but I want to contribute a little with diesel engines in Ford Rangers

Here, in Brasil we use Diesels Ranger, engines made by International Engines.

I will put some information about our Rangers diesel and the following combinations:

HS2500 (called Maxion-Rover, now International - engine from Land Rover Defender - discontiued)
HS2500 - 115hps
Mazda M5R1 Gearbox
Dana 35 front axle and Ford 8.8 rear - 4,56:1 ratio
BW 1354 TCase

Note: It has a very slow performace, but good marks of comsumption
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HS2800 - An evolution of HS2500 made by International Engines (who own Maxion/Perkins in Brasil)called Powerstroke
HS2800 - 132cv (wg) or 135cv (VNT)
Eaton FSO2405B and FSO2405F gearbox
Dana 35 front axle and Dana 44/3 rear - 4,10:1 (2001/2002) and 3,73:1 ratios
BW 1354 T Case
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International NGD 3.0E common rail - This is an all-new engine, different from HS series.
NGD/PS 3.0 - 163cv (can be updated to 227cv by EPROM reprograming) and 380Nm
EATON FSO 2405A gearbox
Dana 35 front and Dana 44/3 rear axle. 3.54?1 ratio
BW 1354
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That is the Brazilian combination Ranger diesel

Do not make confusion with HS2800 engine and MWM Sprint 2.8L. Both has the same size (2,8L) but they came from too distinct conceptions.

All this engines are High speed diesel with maximum power in 3800 rpms.

HS 2.8L in my point of view is the best choise in Ranger diesel convertion because it is simple, reliable and light (+/-208kg). And it is quite simple to find because there is a lot of Land Rover defender convertion. And it lifetime is over 200 thousand miles.

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Old 02-27-2010, 12:02 PM
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I have read on other forums about putting 4bt's into a variety of vehicles to include the Rangers and Explorers. The main problem seem to be the transmissions that will bolt up and the weight being twice that of a V6.
The Ranger came out in the 80's with an under powered inline 4 diesel manufactured by Mitsubishi, it went into the truck with a stiffer set of front springs. It could be had then with a turbo.
This link is to an archive I ran across sometime back that will help some of those who are interested in doing the swap:
http://www.4btswaps.com/forum/archiv...hp/t-1838.html
There have been reports of people getting 35+ mpg from an automatic and a 4bt in smaller pickups.

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Old 04-26-2010, 05:50 PM
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I found this to be one of the best step by step/How to links yet. http://www.4btswaps.com/forum/showth...-pump-4BT-swap
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:06 PM
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I have a question as to value of a deisel conversion. I am a retired federal employee, I worked at the mclb depotlevel facility in barstow, not the EPA. Can the epa burn me if I do a deisel conversion using a dukota in my 1990 ranger. I know from working on deisels with the corps, there are a lot of really good engines available. I don't like it for the fed to tell anybody as to how to live their lives. your can contact me at 816-220-8800 Independence, MO
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I have a question as to value of a deisel conversion. I am a retired federal employee, I worked at the mclb depotlevel facility in barstow, not the EPA. Can the epa burn me if I do a deisel conversion using a dukota in my 1990 ranger. I know from working on deisels with the corps, there are a lot of really good engines available. I don't like it for the fed to tell anybody as to how to live their lives. your can contact me at 816-220-8800 Independence, MO
Since Missouri does not do emissions testing I dont see how they would ever know.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:45 PM
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Default Re: Diesel Conversion, is it worth it?

in some states the engine has to be certified as a on road engine.
just something to check b4 deciding on the engine...
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