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Jnagy92

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Hey everybody,

My name is Jonathan, and I'm new here. My ride is a 1992 ford ranger 2.3L 5 speed, regular cab. I'm familiar with the ranger line, I used to have a 98 model a couple years back that was a slight pos, lol. I just have some basic questions.

Mileage:
What should I expect out of it? Is it really as bad as everybody says? Because my mileage doesn't seem to be as bad as everybody else's.

Fuel tank:
What size tank do I have? I don't have a manual for the truck, and everything online seems to not give me a fairly straight answer. Regular cab, base model XLT 5 speed.
Also my gas gage isn't accurate at all, I saw one post say something about putting some type of fuel cleaner in it to maybe take off some corrosion on the float or the slosh module? But I can't seem to find the post anymore.

Exhaust:
The redneck before me thought it would be cool to take off the cat and bolt the flanges together and then cut it off to stick a maybe 2 1/8 or 2 1/4 inch in and out, maybe 18-20" long, glass pack and have it open right behind the cab. Since then I've put two pieces of flex pipe on as a temporary fix so I don't get pulled over for noise. What size pipe should it be running to have the correct amount of back pressure? As of right now it sounds like a Honda civic, and personally it doesn't sound too bad, but its a little loud, I want sound, performance and it to not sound like a tractor at low rpms.

Intake:
I always get some sort of aftermarket intake on all of my vehicles, they sound good and it helps it breath. Question is, should I do a true cold air or leave it a short ram? People tell me 4 bangers do better with cold air instead of ram air, from experience, I wouldn't know.

The good Ole plug swap mod:
Look I did it, and I didn't notice much of anything different, other than my truck idles better.

Zip tie throttle cable mod:
This does work really good, but I believe I still have quite a bit of extra slack in it, but I can't seem to pull the cable out any farther to throw another cable on. The little nut and spring thing that is on there, can I tighten that some and then try?

Also, does anybody know if 2.5L intakes will bolt to the 2.3L and if it does, does it improve air flow? Or is it the same.

Thanks guys.
 


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Hi and welcome to TRS~!

Too many questions for me to answer effectively so I will choose a couple and hope others take on the tough ones...:)

fuel mileage should be between 18 and 24 mpg but I've seen as high as 31 (claimed by a few) and if it gets below 20 you have issues...either mechanical, electrical, or physical (too much weight in the bed...too big tires...or dirty air filter).

Fuel tank size I'm not sure 100% but there was only two or three options (including dual tanks)...standard cab I believe was 16 gallons...the larger 19.5 was typically on extended cabs...

The 2.5 intake will bolt up onto the 2.3 because my 1996 had a 2.5 transplant but used the 2.3 intake and exhaust...

No real improvements usually that are noticeable...unless you swap in the 2.5 itself and bolt eveything from the 2.3 onto it...there was a bit of a HP increase with the 2.5 because it was essentially a stroked 2.3 engine (longer piston travel)...

hope that helps~
 

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Tennessee?

Where at in TN? I am from Greeneville.
 

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WELCOME from SE TN!

My experience with stock Ranger's, 2.3L & 3.0L has been 14mpg at best via 5spd or auto.

I finished my 98 last July with 5.0L auto, 4x4 and don't see any difference in how quick a tank goes between it & the old 3.0L, but DEFINITELY a BIG POWER difference!:icon_twisted::yahoo:
 

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WELCOME from SE TN!

My experience with stock Ranger's, 2.3L & 3.0L has been 14mpg at best via 5spd or auto.

I finished my 98 last July with 5.0L auto, 4x4 and don't see any difference in how quick a tank goes between it & the old 3.0L, but DEFINITELY a BIG POWER difference!:icon_twisted::yahoo:
Hey! I live up near Greeneville. I like getting out and driving around and have passed Niota plenty of enough times to know where it's at. I would love to drive down sometime and check out your Ranger 5.0. I have been curious as to how they perform. YouTube only tells you so much. It would be cool if we could find enough people in East TN to have a "meet and greet" in Knoxville sometime.
 


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