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Old 07-10-2007
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Icon5 3.0 Off road

How does a 3.0 fair off road? Does it have enough power to actually pull if off stock, or will i need to add a few mods?

My friend found a place around here to go, im just making sure my 3.0 wont spend all day being towed out by his 4.0.

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Umm, that's a dumb question. The 3.0 has more than enough power to do anything, especially in 4 low. You think ford would make a vehicle that will actually bog down in some condition? No.


Whatever you throw at it, the 3.0 will handle. Getting stuck is a whole 'nother matter, and some people may say a bigger engine helps you get unstuck, but that is just ****ty wheeling.
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Seeing as you're a 4x4... If you have decent offroad tires, you're pretty much set. Even if you have stock tires, you can still offroad (air 'em down a little bit). Don't try any mudholes that appear too deep. A L/S or locker would be nice too. Also, don't forget the recovery gear.

Having different motors doesn't mean a thing. Unless you plan on offroading with 40's, the 3.0 is absolutely fine.
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Thanks guys! I had heard some bad things about 3.0s and that was one of em...Cant wait till this weekend =)
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Thanks guys! I had heard some bad things about 3.0s and that was one of em...Cant wait till this weekend =)
The bad thing about the 3.0 is it runs and runs and runs.
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4.0 has bigger *****, but you'll be fine if you've got 4x4.
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Thanks guys! I had heard some bad things about 3.0s and that was one of em...Cant wait till this weekend =)
ooo take the camera man! lol
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haha... Unless you have a 80hp engine it dosent matter what size engine you are running during normal offroading.

Nick's (Oasis) STOCK '96 4 banger pushing a camburg lift and 31" BFGs does just as well as a 4.0 SOHC on the trail...
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heck even a Geo metro can do SOME light wheeling, lol, just needs a lil lift and tires... J/K I dunno it might but I doubt it, lol
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heck even a Geo metro can do SOME light wheeling, lol, just needs a lil lift and tires... J/K I dunno it might but I doubt it, lol
i wanna see that! get it tuckin 33's lol
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poor thing prolly only has 3 cylinders... lol
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hey the 3.0L lives in the upper rpms so when you get in the mud you can sit there at 5.000 rpms flinging' mud all over the place.
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^ What a great way to break parts.
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hey the 3.0L lives in the upper rpms so when you get in the mud you can sit there at 5.000 rpms flinging' mud all over the place.
yea the engine can do that but the tranny wont like it
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even my 2wd does pretty good offroad... lol though ive stayed on sand and clay roads after it rains never taken it in the mud... (just throw it in 1 or 2 and chugg threw)
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the 3.0 is just fine off-road
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I really like to idle through stuff in 4Lo, 2nd or 3rd. Then give it a good goose and splatter the mudflaps so bad there's big mud chunks droppin' in the driveway for days.
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Kool....just has some doubts....soon as i get my trans fixed (it made it 178 k be4 dieing) hopefully it will be fixed sat..if not ill have to wait a week =(
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after converting my truck from 2wd to 4wd and trying it out for the first time this weekend i can say that the 3.0 performed ok. nothing to brag about, there was a few places where i could have benifited from 80 or more HP.


so i say it is a tad underpowered in hard off-road condetions.
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after converting my truck from 2wd to 4wd and trying it out for the first time this weekend i can say that the 3.0 performed ok. nothing to brag about, there was a few places where i could have benifited from 80 or more HP.
how much did it cost to get it converted? and your truck might get threw stuff a lil easier if you got sum nice tires, whats your tire size?
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to sum it up...

IT GETS IT DONE
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well hey so far my truck isn't comlaining. The only thats wrong with it is something that someone else drove it.
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how much did it cost to get it converted? and your truck might get threw stuff a lil easier if you got sum nice tires, whats your tire size?
i'd say i have maybe 600 in parts
i'm running 32x11.5x15 mastercraft courser MT's, getting stuck was not the problem, it pulled its self through everything, its the large hills that were the problem.
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Big tires, big gears. Make it easy on the engine and trans.
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is it an auto or manual?
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