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Ford Ranger 2.3 help!


Busypees

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Hey guys,

I own a 2004 Ford ranger 2wd with the 2.3l engine. To say that its slow is an understatement so I was thinking of swaping in a 4.0 Sohc. Has anyone done this before? It would be my first engine swap and I would get a full donor vehicle to make sure I have all parts. Just want to know which years might be easiest or which I should stay away from.

Thanks!
 


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Before attempting a big project like that I'd suggest finding a 2wd SOHC Ranger and test driving it so you're sure the results will satisfy you. I bought 2 new 4.o Rangers and was never impressed with the power they had. If you find that the 4.0 is enough for you it's probably going to be cheaper to trade than to swap engines, transmissions, PCM's and enough other parts to make it work right. A less involved project would be changing the rear end gears, assuming you probably have 3.45"s or 3.73's, going to 4.10's would help some.
 


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