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Old 02-03-2017, 11:05 PM
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Default Ls swap 1997 Ranger 2wd

So about two years ago I bought this 1997 Ranger 2wd with 2.3l and 5spd. Paid $1600 for it and drove it as a daily driver. Put about 100 miles a day on it for 2 years and never had any problems or issues.


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I took the truck to a local radar run to see how slow it was and ended up wrecking the trans. But still got a trophy for slowest vehicle at the track. The truck burned the tires thru 1st gear and when I grabbed 2nd there was a loud bang and then nothing. So like anybody else I just rammed it back into 1st and held it to the boards, 43mph in 1st gear and like 30 seconds in the 1/4mi.


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So I went to local Junk yard and picked these up a Lm7 5.3l and 4l60e from a 2002 Silverado with 100,000 miles. $700 Total came with two sets of coils maf sensor and trailblazer SS torque converter.


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Now the fun part.




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Had some issues with clearance, had to cut the heater box and fab a steering shaft with 3 joints in order to clear the headers. I tried all of the gm production manifolds and block hugger headers and nothing fit without taking big chunks of frame out. So I committed to the turbo headers. I used 78-79 Datsun 280z LS Swap mounts from Dirty Dingo and they bolted right in.




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Had to get a radiator support mine was rusted out, but on the plus side it was easy to work on with it gone.



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Here's how I solved the exhaust problem true duals, Magnaflow Magnapak Mufflers 14'' all welded or v-banded together. The exhaust will exit out the bed sides once the truck is up and running. It kills me to cut this box up seeing as it has no rust so I'm waiting till then.






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For the fuel system I bought a 20 gallon fuel cell from Summit and mounted it in the bed (not a fan of cutting a 7''x11'' hole in the bed). Also mounted a tubular 30'' trans cooler + battery in the bed. The kill switch/200amp circuit breaker is now mounted just under passenger side bed rail. I used all -6an line and a Walbro 255 fuel pump along with a corvette filter/regulator.





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I got most of the big stuff done, I ordered a PSI Conversion Harness & PCM, TCI Fastgate shifter and set of Caltrac bars to go on the 8.8'' rear end that I have sitting at the shop. I am at a standstill till spring since I cant get to the truck during the winter. But Once the snow melts this things gonna get done fast.



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Old 02-03-2017, 11:25 PM
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Badass, and clean work man.

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Old 02-04-2017, 06:33 AM
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Whoa

that's probably the best V8 swap Ranger I've ever seen. You're smart! I would have never thought to reverse the headers like that. Clever!
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:18 AM
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Very nice and clean... Thank you for sharing, can't wait till spring - Gett'er Done!
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:24 AM
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Whoa

that's probably the best V8 swap Ranger I've ever seen. You're smart! I would have never thought to reverse the headers like that. Clever!
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Old 02-04-2017, 05:30 PM
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NICE!

Lil' more high tech than mine, but looks GOOD!

IMO only problems I see are the heat the headers produce causin issues with the master cylinder (boilin the fluid) & you overflow jug/windshield washer jug meltin & possibly causin a fire. That would SUK!
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:43 PM
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NICE!

Lil' more high tech than mine, but looks GOOD!

IMO only problems I see are the heat the headers produce causin issues with the master cylinder (boilin the fluid) & you overflow jug/windshield washer jug meltin & possibly causin a fire. That would SUK!
When it's done the washer jug and coolant jug will have a heat shield and the master cylinder is about 8" away from the headers so it should be ok if not I'll make a shield.
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:53 PM
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You're a dick. Come do mine next.

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Old 02-04-2017, 09:24 PM
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When it's done the washer jug and coolant jug will have a heat shield and the master cylinder is about 8" away from the headers so it should be ok if not I'll make a shield.
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Wasn't meanin to dig at ya, just was voicing a concern.

Good idea with the heat shield(s)!
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:22 AM
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Very sweet, The only thing that worrys me is how close the pass. header is to the antifreeze & washer tanks, Could be a melt down. I You
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:08 AM
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Very nice work!
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:04 PM
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Pcm will be mounted behind airbag cover panel and wiring will go behind glove box and go through passenger floor/ firewall. Tci fastgate shifter should be here tomorrow.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:07 AM
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Got the shifter installed and adjusted, all the plumbing is buttoned up. Throttle cable off the Silverado fit with zero modification.
Intake is all done and Dirty Dingo idler relocation bracket installed I had to get a 72'' belt since I'm not running power steering.
Installed 8.8 rear end with 4.10 gear ratio and 10'' drums.
New shoes, drums, hardware, adjusters and wheel cylinders.
I temporarily installed a mini spool until I get some extra cash or it explodes and breaks an axle.

Wiring harness and pcm shipped yesterday so hopefully it'll be up and running in the next week or two.

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Old 04-18-2017, 09:20 PM
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Harness came in and I got it installed. The truck fired right up and ran smooth. Now I've just got to go through and clean up the wiring and run battery cables, fix one leaky v-band and put the new driveshaft in. Pics are coming soon.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:03 PM
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Love this thread been thinking about ls swap on my b2300 this winter def has me interested.
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