• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

LS 400 LEXUS ENGINE (1UZ) IN A RANGER SWAP?

NIGERIAN RANGER

Active Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2020
Messages
144
Reaction score
26
Points
28
Location
Lagos, Nigeria
Vehicle Year
1998
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Transmission
Automatic
Hi everyone! I'm wondering, if anyone has ever done an Asian engine swapped into their ranger truck, or seen someone done something similar. I have checked the configuration of both Ford's 302 5.0l engine and ls400 1uz engine. They are all 90°. Does this means that the 1uz engine would also be an easy swap like the 302?
I am considering getting a whole ls400 vehicle, to swap everything in my ranger 3.0l 1995 model.
Any advice would be helpful here pls.
 


MikeG

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 15, 2020
Messages
1,353
Reaction score
751
Points
113
Location
central Texas
Vehicle Year
1997
Make / Model
B4000
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
2"
Tire Size
235/75r15
Is it an overhead cam, and a 4-valve per cylinder? Most if not all modern Toyota engines are. If so it may be a lot wider than the 302.
 

19Walt93

Well-Known Member
Ford Technician
V8 Engine Swap
Joined
Nov 13, 2018
Messages
3,858
Reaction score
3,532
Points
113
Location
Canaan,NH
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
351
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Drop
3"
Tire Size
235/55R16
My credo
If you don't have time to do it right will you have time to do it over?
A Lexus is just a conceited Toyota and I'll bet 302's are pretty rare in Nigeria. Do you have the dimensions on the Lexus engine? If it's OHC it's apt to be a lot wider than a 302.
 

85_Ranger4x4

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Article Contributor
V8 Engine Swap
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Aug 7, 2007
Messages
30,573
Reaction score
14,914
Points
113
Location
SW Iowa
Vehicle Year
1985
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
5.0
Transmission
Manual

DOHC, it will probably be pretty tight. I have never heard of anyone doing this swap.

It doesn't LOOK as wide as a Ford DOHC V8 so you do have that going for you... but it does look pretty tall.

 

holyford86

Well-Known Member
RBV's on Boost
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Aug 6, 2007
Messages
2,084
Reaction score
268
Points
83
Age
36
Location
Plattsburgh, NY
Vehicle Year
many
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
7
Tire Size
33x12.50R15
I've seen quite a few of these swapped into smaller cars on YouTube, they're apparently a tough engine that can handle a fair amount of boost
 

88xltranger

Active Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2020
Messages
102
Reaction score
31
Points
28
Location
NC
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
2.9 V6
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
I've been tossing around swapping my 2.9 for the 3.0 VG30E found various nissans. Its a strong 60° v6 and can fairly easily be modified. Not a giant aftermarket for it. But its a solid junkyard upgrade engine.
 

rubydist

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2016
Messages
597
Reaction score
408
Points
63
Location
Denver
Vehicle Year
2009
Make / Model
Ford Ranger FX4
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
A little research on the Toyota sites suggests the engine fits in a box of 700 x 700 x 700 mm or about a 27.5" cube

A 302 is about that long, but (depending on intake) about 21" wide and 24" tall.
 

Eddo Rogue

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 18, 2020
Messages
3,365
Reaction score
1,788
Points
113
Location
Burbank,CA
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ranger 4x4
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
OHV
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
skyjacker front leveling kit
Tire Size
31-10.50R15
My credo
Crossed threads are tight threads.
Have you considered converting to electric? The development and technology, and affordability has come a long way.
 

rusty ol ranger

Im a Jeep guy now.
Supporting Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2007
Messages
9,879
Reaction score
4,837
Points
113
Location
Michigan
Vehicle Year
1987
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
2.9 V6
Engine Size
177 CID
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
My credo
A legend to the old man, a hero to the child...
Have you considered converting to electric? The development and technology, and affordability has come a long way.
Thats even worse then using a bonsai engine.
 

NIGERIAN RANGER

Active Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2020
Messages
144
Reaction score
26
Points
28
Location
Lagos, Nigeria
Vehicle Year
1998
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Transmission
Automatic
I've been tossing around swapping my 2.9 for the 3.0 VG30E found various nissans. Its a strong 60° v6 and can fairly easily be modified. Not a giant aftermarket for it. But its a solid junkyard upgrade engine.
Any updates on your proposed swap with the VG? Aren't they some of the engines in Nissan Pathfinder a, and Nissan pickup frontier?
 

88xltranger

Active Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2020
Messages
102
Reaction score
31
Points
28
Location
NC
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
2.9 V6
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Any updates on your proposed swap with the VG? Aren't they some of the engines in Nissan Pathfinder a, and Nissan pickup frontier?
Yes, I'm in the process of buying a couple cars with them in them. And yes thats the SOHC version found in 80s 300zx, hardbody pickups, pathfinders and either maximas or altimas. Some were NA, some supercharged and some turbocharged. Most were 3.0L, pathfinders are 3.3L. Fairly easy to make good power with stock bottom end.
 

1.slow.pitt.ranger

New Member
Joined
Oct 23, 2020
Messages
27
Reaction score
8
Points
3
Location
15425
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford Ranger XLT
Engine Type
2.9 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
I was thinking about doing a k series like a k20 turbo or a 1uz in my ranger also there is a YouTube that goes by the name NIGHTRIDE they are doing a 1uz swap in a Miata so I’m sure that it’ll fit in a ranger;missingteeth;
 

88xltranger

Active Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2020
Messages
102
Reaction score
31
Points
28
Location
NC
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
2.9 V6
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
1uz sound so good with some ITBs
 

fastpakr

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
Article Contributor
U.S. Military - Veteran
V8 Engine Swap
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Aug 6, 2007
Messages
7,556
Reaction score
2,359
Points
113
Location
Roanoke, VA
Vehicle Year
1999
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
5.0
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Tire Size
285/75-16
Just to satisfy my curiosity - why a VG over a VQ series engine?
 

88xltranger

Active Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2020
Messages
102
Reaction score
31
Points
28
Location
NC
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
2.9 V6
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Just to satisfy my curiosity - why a VG over a VQ series engine?
Its just what I'm used to and know. Ive had many VG powered vehicles. The VQ isnt bad either from what I know. Its just unfamiliar territory.
 

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Top