3.0 to 4.0


Tyler Wolfanger

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i have a 98 3.0 ranger and its gonna need a motor soon and i have a donor 97 4.0 explorer both are manual trans. Can i swap the 4.0 from the explorer into the ranger i have everything for the explorer ecu harness etc but wasn't sure if the swap would work.
 


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RonD

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Welcome to TRS :)

Yes, you can do it its just not a good swap to do

Changing engine size requires the same work regardless of the engine you chose, engine/trans, computer and wiring harness
Using an explorer or ranger engine/trans makes it a bit easier since parts fit better

But you can go out and buy a factory 4.0l Ranger, and usually cheaper than cost of the swap, and better since its factory built
The V8 swap was popular because you can NOT buy a Factory V8 Ranger

IMO you would be better off selling 3.0l Ranger, as is or with repaired 3.0l engine, and then buying a 4.0l Ranger maybe with a bad engine, and swapping in the explorer 4.0l.

In 1997 Explorer there were TWO different 4.0l, OHV and SOHC
SOHC had timing chain issues so would need that repair to be used in any case
OHV has less power than SOHC but was a more reliable engine IMO
 


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