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Son... What are you doing to those 2.9s?

Mine is at 285,000 miles and I have abused mine to the point where the last thing I can do to try to blow it up is cram a supercharger on it.

So. Yeah, what the hell are you doing to those 2.9s?

No comment... I'm gonna sit back and let someone else make the 2.9l jokes on this thread.
 


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...in all sincerity, I have three of them. All three ran till I used one as a parts engine.

Both of them (stock and modified) are tanks that I can't hurt. F*cks sake people, I have mine eating washer fluid and running max timing out to 42BTDC. Stock one gets fed gravel and Spiders and DGAF.

I cannot kill one.

This isn't a Chevy. Stop sharing the paste that you eat with your intake.
 

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Where is Bird... he was always willing to offer up a couple 2.9L insults.
 

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Where is Bird... he was always willing to offer up a couple 2.9L insults.
Haven't seen him. Probably still applying some salve from my terrible idea thread.
 

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Yeah… I kinda knew that.

I figured that would have blown over by now...
 

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The highest mileage RBV ive ever seen in my almost 20 yrs of TRS'in was an 86 (or maybe 87, either way a 1st gen) BII powered by a 2.9.

Last i seen of the guy it had 660,000 miles and never been apart and was still clickin off miles.

I personally put over 300k on a 2.9 with 0 issue.

@PetroleumJunkie412 is right. The 2.9 is a tough lil bastard.

The 2.9 is a very polarizing engine. Either you love it or hate it. Most who love it are rabjd supporters and those who hate it hate it because its not a 4.0.
 

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When the 2.9 replaced the carbureted, solid lifter 2.8 the customers loved them, as did the shop. Some of the first ones had weird running problems until Ford figured out that they'd reversed 2 wires on the TP sensors causing signal return voltage to be about 1 volt at WOT and 5 at idle- just backwards of what it should have been. The EEC IV system didn't see a problem because the voltage was in range, it couldn't see that the range was inverted. The 2.9 and 4.0 ohv had problems with oil leaks at the intake and valve cover gaskets until Ford finally gave up on cork, and both could have internal coolant leaks from cracked heads but that wasn't common. I like both of them better than the SOHC 4.0 and it's Rube Goldberg cam drive system.
 

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The highest mileage RBV ive ever seen in my almost 20 yrs of TRS'in was an 86 (or maybe 87, either way a 1st gen) BII powered by a 2.9.

Last i seen of the guy it had 660,000 miles and never been apart and was still clickin off miles.
There was a guy on here a few years back, @heptofite, who had 400K on the original engine and trans in his 86 B2 when the flexplate let loose on the highway and allowed to engine to float the valves. Bottom end came apart too.
 

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There was a guy on here a few years back, @heptofite, who had 400K on the original engine and trans in his 86 B2 when the flexplate let loose on the highway and allowed to engine to float the valves. Bottom end came apart too.
Ouch thats a rough end. Lol
 

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Ouch thats a rough end. Lol
It gets worse. He dropped it at a local garage to get both the engine and trans overhauled, the guy took payment for parts up front, labor to be paid at the end, and never even ordered the parts.
 

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It gets worse. He dropped it at a local garage to get both the engine and trans overhauled, the guy took payment for parts up front, labor to be paid at the end, and never even ordered the parts.
Id be whippin some ass over that.

A buddy of mine who knows 0 about cars took his focus wagon in for a fuel pump, it would still run but was hard to start like the check valve was bad...

1100 dollars later for a fuel pump and a valve cover gasket it still did the same shit. I crawled under it and it was clear the tank was never dropped.

He sold it and bout a 2010 4.0 ranger. Lol.
 

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Being completely non judgemental or anti 2.9 in this post...

As rusty said I see people love or hate them. The people who love them in my experience tend to be people who learn alot about them, know their issues and take care of them. Now to me a "reliable" engine doesn't need you to be a mechanic or learn anything about it... just do your maintenance.

The 2.9 doesn't fall in that category to me because it takes more than basic maintenance of an average know nothing car owner to keep it running. Rusty and PJ are the two biggest 2.9 guys on the site and you have both torn these motors apart and know every nut and bolt. Sure they can last a long long time when you have the experience and knowledge of them but do you really think Joe blow can get 300+ thousand miles from a 2.9?

I'm the same way with the 5r55e transmission now that I've torn them apart and know where the weak points are. I can keep one running now knowing what to do and all the tricks. But I'd never recommend them as a "good" transmission for an average person who will probably never even change the fluid. That's how I look at a 2.9, a good motor for the people who know its weak points and how to fix it but awful for someone who isn't mechanically inclined.
 

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Being completely non judgemental or anti 2.9 in this post...

As rusty said I see people love or hate them. The people who love them in my experience tend to be people who learn alot about them, know their issues and take care of them. Now to me a "reliable" engine doesn't need you to be a mechanic or learn anything about it... just do your maintenance.

The 2.9 doesn't fall in that category to me because it takes more than basic maintenance of an average know nothing car owner to keep it running. Rusty and PJ are the two biggest 2.9 guys on the site and you have both torn these motors apart and know every nut and bolt. Sure they can last a long long time when you have the experience and knowledge of them but do you really think Joe blow can get 300+ thousand miles from a 2.9?

I'm the same way with the 5r55e transmission now that I've torn them apart and know where the weak points are. I can keep one running now knowing what to do and all the tricks. But I'd never recommend them as a "good" transmission for an average person who will probably never even change the fluid. That's how I look at a 2.9, a good motor for the people who know its weak points and how to fix it but awful for someone who isn't mechanically inclined.
That's a really good way to put it.
 

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Damn we finally agreed on a 2.9


I'm still gonna make fun of it though...
 

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Damn we finally agreed on a 2.9


I'm still gonna make fun of it though...
Dude...

I never even put an alternator on rusty #1.

Rusty 2.0 was a pain because i couldnt diagnose it.

Ive never been deeper then the lower intake into a 2.9.

While i do agree that they are quirky, i wouldnt exactly call them unreliable.
 


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