3.0 plus turbo- Info Wanted


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I am a new member here and have read a lot of great posts here.
I have a 1999 Ranger 4x4 with the 3.0. I am going to turbo this engine lightly, 5-7 lbs. I have seen some unbelievably cheep turbos out there and am asking what brands are trustworthy and what to stay away from.
Also if you guys have a particular model turbo or size turbo that would work well and be a good value, that would be great know.
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Also look at Supercharging the 3.0l vulcan

Main benefit of turbos is they can generate more boost than a supercharger can, but if you are running under 15psi then thats not an issue

Plus side of supercharger is NO turbo lag, power is instant and consistent with RPM, and no waste gate
And no adding an Oil Feed to cool the turbo

You can get used superchargers fairly cheap, the expensive part is the intake manifold that matches the supercharger, which you can buy or have made.

Car makers use turbos because they are cheaper to add when designing the vehicle, the plumbing you need to add them after the fact can be, well, involved, lol
 

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OK. thanks for all the posts around this neighborhood on Forced Induction. I have decided the 3.0 is logistically (The turbo ends up under the truck, and a blower is a plumbing headache) a bad candidate to practically do this and have pretty much decided I bought the wrong truck. I need a 4.0. So I am going to go that direction.
 

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Good change of plan in my opinion

The 2001 to 2011 Rangers used the 4.0l SOHC engines, 207HP so close to 5.0l V8 power, 215HP

But the 2001 to 2003/4 4.0l SOHC engines did have timing chain issues, they could be repaired but engine needs to be pulled out to do it
If you find a 2001-2004 Ranger with 4.0l then ask if this has been done.
But in any case the 2001 to 2011 4.0l SOHC should have the 2 long chain tensioner replaced every 70-80k miles, IMO
They are not hard to change, can be a bit pricey, $100-$150 for the set Motorcraft brand, I wouldn't use 3rd party for this
Same engine was used from 1997 to 2011 in other Ford vehicles
The 1997 to 2003/4 had the older design parts
 

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Thanks for the info!
 


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