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cheap performance upgrades

i want to put a lift kit on my ranger but i do not have nearly enough power. If i did it right now i would get terrible gas mileage and i would be driving very slow. What are some easy horsepower upgrades that will make my engine more powerful that are not to expensive?
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change your gears to match the size of the tires you are going to use.
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efan, pulleys, CAI, Exhaust, programmer, Coil pack
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must 4 cylinder intakes flow more then enough for the head to deal with....so jus do a basic tune up on everything...everything...then programmer, efan, pullies if u can find em, and gears to match the tires
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with all the money you would waste on bolt on "performance parts" that will claim to give you one million horsepower with a simple 15 minute install just let us know what size tires you have now, what your gear ratio is now, what size tires you are planning to go, and then we will let you know what gears you should go to and the easiest cheapest way to get there. Also let us know a little information about your truck like what type of transmission is in it and if its 4x4 or 4x2 and what year it is.
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1995 ford ranger 4cyl, 2wd, 5-speed manual, ext cab, everything is stock. I am not sure what the gearing is. I want a three inch body lift and i want to keep the stock rims and put bigger tires but not to big just enough to make it ride a little higher. I don't know how to change the gearing i am new to all this stuff. I just want to change the gearing to make it go faster so it wont be all bogged down. And i want to put a few performance parts on for the same reason. Also i don't really want to spend a lot of money. the cheaper the better. So what do you recommend?
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cheap and performance upgrades don't go into the same sentence together....
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so it sounds like you want to run around a 31x10.5 on the stock rims (might possibly want to go to a 15x8 rim with a 3.75 backspacing if you encounter rubbing on the swaybar in the front) and you will want 4.10 gears. The EASIEST and CHEAPEST way to get 4.10 gears is to get a 7.5 or 8.8 axle out of ANY 93 and up ranger with 4.10 gears already in it from a junkyard. I got mine for 240 bucks and just bolted the entire axle in place of my old axle. The one I got for my '94 was out of an '02 and it even had practically new brakes on it.
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so your axle came out of another ford ranger? how can i tell what the gearing is for it? and where do i find out the gearing for mine?
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there is a Sticky in the Drivetrain section that I created to tell you what gears an axle has in it...
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it looks like i have a 3.08.....is there another way to change the gearing to a 4.11 besides buying a new rear axle with the right gearing? I am looking for the cheapest possible solution
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it would be cheaper to swap axles.......rear gears alone will cost you around $200, then another $80 for the master install kit, and finally roughly $200 for someone to install them (unless you have the ability; if you don't know how to install gears, then don't try it)...

so lets see, $250 for a complete axle that will direct swap, or $500 to install the gears.......see where i am going with this?
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ok first you cant run the 14 inch rims on your truck and get bigger tires there really crapy tire for the 14s and only 29inchs high go get on craigslist and look for the closest area to find wheels tires and even axles i got my tires there not the best but it moves my truck for now and was $100 and rims off another ford 16s $100. and the front of your truck is still lower its ugly the body lift will help but you should get the sups lift first for your truck go on e-bay and for $430 for 4 inchs of lift and still change it later if you like. the body lift for the ranger like yours is about $165 and 1 to 3 inchs of lift as for power gears, muffler, efan, and you can get the pullys from racer walsh and a long tube header
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look at this its in your area too http://orlando.craigslist.org/pts/561524343.html and not bad looking just look around and it will come to you
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