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Old 07-14-2014
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2000 3.0L V6 4x4 engine swap to 2.5 4cyl?

Hey all, quick question I have a 97 ranger manual trans with a brand new jasper 2.5L engine with 5,000 miles on it. I have the opportunity to purchase a 2000 xlt supercab automatic with a 3.0 v6 4x4 that is spotless but the engine is shot. My question is can I take my new 2.5L engine and swap it out for the 3.0L?
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Old 07-15-2014
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The 2.5l Lima and 3.0l Vulcan don't have the same transmission mounts on the block, so transmissions would need to be swapped, you would need to find a 2.3l or 2.5l 4x4 trans/transfer case.
Also computer and engine wiring need to be swapped.

The 2000 will have a "returnless" fuel system, '97 uses a return line, you would need to get fuel injectors and fuel rail from a '98-'00 2.5l for your 2.5l.
In '01 Ranger 2.5l was switched to Duratec model, so I don't think those injectors would work but don't know for sure.

Or swap the gas tank/fuel pump and fuel lines from the '97 to the '00
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Old 07-16-2014
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It can be done with above statements but it will be an absolute dog in that extended cab i had a 2wd with the 2.5 and it had no acceleration. Id imagine it would be worse with the 4x4 it can be done but with time/effort/money to do it you'd probably come out cheaper with a junkyard 3.0l they can be had cheap with low miles and some even come with a warranty you'd probably come out better selling the truck with new motor and just buying a new 3.0 to go in the truck.
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Old 07-25-2014
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I'd have to agree with pearlkid9988. Going from a 3.0 to a 2.5 is going to be a huge drop. You are already familiar with the performance (?) of your 3.0; the 2.5 is a good engine, but is going to disapoint you even more.

Folks who own the 4 bangers, this is in no way a shot at those engines. great in their own way.

To the OP, these 3.0's were/are used in many Ford vehicles, and are plentiful in the boneyards. You can get them with low mileage, or rebuilt. I have 214K on my original 3.0, and should it give up on me, I plan to keep the truck and dump in another 3.0.
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