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Original Version:

This section replaced the old Tech Library of the original website that can still be found HERE. (No new articles added here after 2018)

2019-Present Ford Ranger Tech:

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Other Info:

Ford Ranger Engine Specs:

1983-1987 Ford Ranger 2.2 & 2.3 Diesels

Ford Ranger 4-Cylinder Engines (1983-2011)

Ford Ranger 2.8L V6 Engines

Ford Ranger 2.9L V-6 Engines

Ford Ranger 3.0L V-6

Ford Ranger 4.0L V6

Ford Ranger Engine Ratings

Ford Ranger Fluids & Capacities

Ford Ranger Fuel Mileage Ratings

Ford Ranger Engine Tips:

Kunz Korner 2.9 Performance Tips

2.3L EFI Power

4.0 OHV Modifications & Tuning Tricks

Engine Rebuild:

Basic Engine Troubleshooting

4-Cylinder Timing Belt Replacement

3.0L Rebuild

4.0L Rebuild

Rebuilding And Improving A Ford 4.0

How To Build A 4.0L OHV For Power

How To Build And Modify Ford V-6 Engines (.pdf)

Ford Ranger V6 Engine Swaps:

3.8L Swaps

4.0L Conversion FAQ’s

Ford 4.0L V-6 Conversion

4.0L Conversion On Older V-6 Fords

4.0 Conversion Wiring (From Explorer to Bronco II)

4.0L Conversion (1994 Explorer to 1989 Bronco II)

Wiring a 4.0L to a 1983-1988 Dash 

Ford Ranger V8 Swaps:

4.6L Modular Engine

Ford 302 / 5.0 History & Specifications

1996-2001 Ford Explorer 5.0L Specifications 

Explorer 5.0L Swap In To 1998-2011 Ford Ranger

1986 2.9L To 5.0L Engine Wiring

Install a 1996 Explorer 5.0L into a 1995-1997 Ranger

Explorer 5.0 Swap In A 2000 Ford Ranger

Install – 2000 Ford Explorer 5.0 Into 1998 Ford Ranger

V8 Swaps: 1983-1997 Ford Ranger (and all Bronco II’s)

Advance Adapters Engine Swap Information

Ford 5.0 Wiring

Turbo 4-Cylinder Swaps (Non-EcoBoost):

2.3 Turbo Swap

2.3 Turbo Install

2.3L Turbo Motor Swap Wiring Diagrams

Ecoboost Engine Swaps:

2002 EcoBoost Swap In To A Ford Ranger 


Vortec 4.0L Supercharger Installation Instructions

Supercharging A Ford Ranger 4.0 OHV V6

Vacuum & Exhaust:

Ford Vacuum Line Abbreviations & Descriptions

Dealing With Engine Vacuum

Vacuum Hose Diagrams

Ford Ranger Exhaust Guide

Help With California Emissions

Evaporative Purge System Check Engine Code P1443


Nitrous Oxide – How It Works

Nitrous On A Daily Driver


Carbs & Fuel Injection:

Ford Fuel Injection Book (.pdf)

Flow Through A Throttle Body – Coefficient Study (.pdf)

How Fuel Injection Works

Disconnecting Fuel Lines

Fuel Injection For Early Ford V-8’s

Ford 5.0 Wiring

Ford Motorsports 5.0 EFI Wiring Harness

5.0L Throttle Body to 2.9L Intake

60mm Throttle Body on 3.0L

Fuel Injection For Ford 2.8’s

2.8L Chevy TBI on Ford 2.8L

Throttle Cable Mod

Throttle Position Sensor Test

Idle Air Control – IAC – Clean / Replace

Fuel Inertia Switch

Motorcraft 2150/2100 Carb Rebuild

Throttle Body Half Shaft Mod

Cylinder Heads:

Ford 2.8L Valve Seal Replacement

Ford 2.9L Cylinder Head Replacement

Ford 3.0L Head Gasket Replacement

Cylinder Head Porting


2.9 MAF Conversion

Cleaning The MAF

Idle Air Control – IAC – Clean / Replace

2.3 Ram Air

2.9 K&N Filter Set-Up

3.0 Custom Intake

3.8 MAF on 4.0

4.0 Loose Intake Bolts

4.0 Ram Air

4.0 OHV Gasket (valve cover, fuel rail, intake) Replacement

ARB Snorkel (crbnunit’s Ranger)

Safari Snorkel (Mountain Mike) 

Safari Snorkel (–Nathan–)

Homemade Explorer 4.0 Snorkel

Make Your Own Snorkel

Cowl Induction Snorkel

PVC Snorkel For Gen I & II

Carburetor Snorkel

Modified Air Filter Adapter

Plenum Spacers


Ford Camshaft Position Sensor (CMP)

3.0L Camshaft Position Sensor – Synchronizer

4.0L Camshaft Position Sensor – Synchronizer


Ford Ranger Emission Test Driving Cycle 

Idler & Tensioner Pulley Replacement

Front Engine Accessory Drive

Ford 3.0L & 4.0L Engine Block Heater

Miles Per Gallon Calculator

Oil & Oil / Fuel Filters:

4-Cylinder Oil Filter Upgrade

Aftermarket Oil Sender & Gauge

Change Your Fuel Filter

Oil Filter Upgrade


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