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Old 04-14-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 Explorer 4.0L SOHC I am considering putting in a 2000 Ranger (current engine 3.0L 296K miles) . The 4.0 is high mileage 243K. I'm gonna do a compression check on the engine, then I'm gonna do some serious marking of wires and picture taking as I remove everything and take parts off the vehicle. Now after that. I am gonna replace the timing chains and all that stuff in there. Depending on compression, I may go further. Initially, I was gonna just rebuild the engine completely.

We'll see. I might do a lil port matching, give the exhaust a lil breathing room....maybe. This is basically my Yard truck but I want to be able to just hop in and go where I want. Sorta...."Drive that ole Chrysler to Mexico boy !! Uhhh...Keep your hands on the wheel there !! Now ya got it !! ZZ TOP !!
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How much of a pain are the perpherials going to be ?? I'm thinking I gotta change it all but I have a complete vehicle for swapping out parts. I'm gonna refresh the transmission as well.


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Well, you need wiring, all accessories, the computer, and the transmission from the donor.
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Well, you need wiring, all accessories, the computer, and the transmission from the donor.
I read something about a rear end swap. I have not checked my gearing but I'm wondering if that will be necessary as well. This had me looking around for a Ranger with a 4.0L to purchase. Now....I'm to the point where I have time, and I'm not spending $7K for a decent Ranger that might just need what I'm doing anyway.
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Plenty of used 4.0 SOHC's out there. Not worth the effort to swap a bunch of stuff over and make it work just to lose 50 hp.
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If I'm gonna spend money to rebuild and engine, I'd just as soon rebuild one that has better performance. I don't see a whole lot of work involved swapping the components. That was my question. What kind of can of worms am I opening by doing the swap? I read about people swapping 5.0l and they seem to be successful so... at least this engine came in the vehicles.

FWIW, I haven't come across a cheap Ranger with a 4.0L. $6K is a low price for a 4.0 Ranger with 125K miles on it (10 years old). I can't believe the price as a matter of fact. For the truck I would want, it would cost $8k to $12K and even that is about a 5 year old truck mileage up to 175K. I can spend $2K or $3K on this one, not even that much and get what I want. Plus, I get to upgrade stuff in the process if I want to. I'm all about keeping everything stock though. Getting it to breath a lil better is cool.

I thought about buying a newer model with everything I want but where do you stop. I don't want something I'm gonna have to work on to get in shape. This one will be when I am done. No rush, gonna be fun....or errr...interesting.
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