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3.0's are very slow.

i used to have a 92 4.0 ranger and recently bought a 94 3.0 ranger stick shift.
i heard these things were slow and i totally agree, very slowwwwwwwwww.

why is this and is there anything to do to help it somewhat?

i am guessing the engines are too small and underpowered for the size truck?

94 3.0 supercab stick shift.
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Use all the rpms.

Shift at >/= 4500.

Taller tires will make it worse unless you regear your rear.

I put 235/70/15s in place of the stock 245/75/16s tires/wheels. Now I rarely use first gear to pull out.
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Taller tires will make it worse unless you regear your rear.

I second that. I'm running 33's without regearing and I have NO power whatsoever, lol.

-Levino
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the 3.0L powerband is funny.. most of its torque peaks at ~4000 rpms, but I can shift at 2000 rpms and get up and go just fine, it has good enough torque IMO. however it sucks around 3000 rpms, so thats why I shift early or go all the way!! haha
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ya know.. i have a newer 3.0, and yea it aint a fast thing, but its fine, i dont race people, an when i have er in 4low with the 35's i think it works awesome.. cause with my 32's it had almost too much torque in 4low

yes its slow.. get over bit :P
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I test drove one and then just had to get a 4.0. i cant imagine the 4 banger those must be awful.
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i dunno maybe i have a 4.0 in a 3.0 mask or im jsut shelterd but for the most part as long as im not going 60 when i put the gas down it goes pretty good... i passed some truck going maybe 50 yesterday and it took me less then 5 seconds to get infront of him w/o cutting him off, and i was right behind him going the same speed as him...


id love to see what a sohc is like though just to feel the diffrence..
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The 3.0 aint the best engine ever, but it gets the job done and is very reliable. I would imagine that I would have no problems hitting the 90mph speed gov on the highway, but how would I know, its not like i've ever done it...
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my 3.0 (with stick) and 31's has pleanty of power, i ain't no rice burner
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no the 3.0 is not fast but it will run for ever
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I have a 3.0L and its really not that much slower than my friends 2000 Blazer, he has a 4.3L 5 speed and with one other person in his truck and no one in my mine i can keep up and then in 3rd pull on him but then as soon as 4th hits hes gone lol.
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Yes i admit my 96 has a 3.0L and it is the biggest terd. However the thing still runs like a champ after all the beating i have put it through.
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Hey anyway you look at it, Rangers are trucks, most trucks arnt intended to be fast anyways!! hehe.


I got the 4.0 and my friend had a 3.0, i had 32x11 Thornbirds on my truck and he has 31x10.5 on his and i thought he was in reverse, i thought about hitting the brakes to see if his reverse lights were on lol, dont get me wrong, mines no race truck either, no rangers are unless u got a V8 in them!!
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this thread is ruined...beacause of you....

it even ryhmes...
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well not all of us 4 bangers are slow :) I wouidn't underestimate them

pretty soon mines gonna be nice
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no, every sub 01 4cyl is slow.... theyve got like 90rwhp
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The 3.0L isnt THAT bad..I whooped my friends '03 XLT w/ the 2.3L and 5-speed, his was a reg cab flareside too, compared to my fleetside 4dr. extended cab.. Just my .02
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no, every sub 01 4cyl is slow.... theyve got like 90rwhp
rated from ford at 100, lol your close tho...I think I'm gonna look for a 4.0 in a junkyard I think it be the easiest swap...I've hated it this summer the a/c makes it a dog...maybe gears would help
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rated from ford at 100, lol your close tho...I think I'm gonna look for a 4.0 in a junkyard I think it be the easiest swap...I've hated it this summer the a/c makes it a dog...maybe gears would help
Screw the 4.0L.. go for a V8, make it a sleeper
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Screw the 4.0L.. go for a V8, make it a sleeper
Well I still want resonable gas mileage as this is my DD
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eh actually the 5.0L isnt gonna get too terrible of gas mileage compared a 4.0L.. way more torque though!
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