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The 3.0's don't have as many aftermarket parts for building them compared to what the 4.0's have plus the 4.0's have more torque and H.P. lower in the RPM range more like a truck should have. These 3.0's were originally designed as a car engine so they produce their max H.P. and torque at a higher RPM where as the 4.0 was built with the truck in mind. For simple-(ish) bolt in power a swap to the 4.0 would yield best bang for buck bolt in parts with the added feature of easier to find performance parts.

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The 3.0's don't have as many aftermarket parts for building them compared to what the 4.0's have plus the 4.0's have more torque and H.P. lower in the RPM range more like a truck should have. These 3.0's were originally designed as a car engine so they produce their max H.P. and torque at a higher RPM where as the 4.0 was built with the truck in mind. For simple-(ish) bolt in power a swap to the 4.0 would yield best bang for buck bolt in parts with the added feature of easier to find performance parts.

Just my 2 cents on that.
Found performance stuff for a 3.0 even though there isn't much and I can put a bigger throttle body.
 

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Some 3.0's can have the plenum changed also to a newer style, plastic plenum, IIRC my 94 can't have that swap but your 98 may or could already have it. It's been a long time since I was reading up on it.
 
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Some 3.0's can have the plenum changed also to a newer style, plastic plenum, IIRC my 94 can't have that swap but your 98 may or could already have it. It's been a long time since I was reading up on it.
I think mine has the fixed in place throttle body, 2003 and newer rangers had the bigger throttle body and improved intake manifold.....mines about a 53 mm opening and I'd like to install a 60mm or maybe bigger if possible, but always wanted to put a K & N cold air and pod filter set up... I probably will requote this tomorrow and pop in a pic of my current throttle body, poor girl needs a wash but I don't want to screw with her too much until I get the radio in and buttoned up...
 
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Got my new radio installed and working. Going to Walmart 7-26-19 (Today for me) and getting spacer plate so can get the dash back together...
 

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Good luck trying to get any real power from a 3.0 or 3.slow as most of us calls them. They are turn key and go motors and really reliable but have no power lol. So are you saying this is your grandpa's truck or your truck? I wouldn't go doing a bunch of stuff to it without talking to the actual owner of the truck lol. If it were my kid doing all this stuff to one of my vehicles I would have a problem. Your gramps may be different though. I like the wheels though. I don't know what a radio has to do with washing it (or not washing it in this case) either?
 
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Picture was older picture is to why I had cleaning products on the back, meaning to post newer pics soon, my honest opinion the 3.0l isn't that slow...I mean it's not snappy on gas peddle but it goes once you got your foot down, I do so much work to clean Old Green and maintenance that my grandpa agrees in a way it's my truck even though insurance and title are in his name...original radio got fried when rain from previous down pour came into cab from back window being open once we started driving and directly into the radio🙄. He is glad I work on the truck and fix stuff on it... Do you guy's think smoked headlights and taillights look good or bad? I like them but it takes away from the stock look though....also I'm wondering is Pacific green is a rather rare color because I don't see that many other rangers in that particular green as ford had many green color options and green trucks were very popular at time?....then it went to tan....but the color code is PS so definitely Pacific green...
 
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