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How to improve the 3.0?

I am doing a 5.5 fabtech and a 3' Bodylift and have heard from time to time that the 3.0 has a hard time with this i am looking to put anywhere from 32-35' tires. Is there anything i can do to improve my 3.0 to make it run the same with the lift??
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I never had a problem with my 3.0, but you are gonna wanna regear to 4.10's if you get 33's or 4.56's with the 35's. I had an intake, exhaust, programmer and the maf mod done and i was getting 18 mpg in city, but i seem to be the freak exception.
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Well, from my research, there isn't very much to do to the 3.0. I believe Bamachip's has a programmer out for it, which is awesome. If you want it to drive, accelerate, etc like stock, perhaps you could regear it? With 35" tires, I would suggest a 4.56 ratio. If you have the 7.5" axle, which I think all 3.0L Rangers have, thats the lowest gear you can put in them, I think.
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nope i got the 8.8 with 4.10's in my edge and its 3.0
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Regear and get a Whipple...expensive mods, but if your serious, go for it..
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start with intake and exhaust, then get the bamachip like they said. Regearing is a must!
whipples expensive yes but so worth it.

you should consider a locker too if you plan to do any kind of wheeling
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If you have the 7.5" axle, which I think all 3.0L Rangers have,

I also have 3.0 with an 8.8...as do many
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Yeah I have an 8.8 as well...
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Sounds good guys about how much am I looking forward to spending on a chip or programmer, just trying to get some info so i don't get ripped. I may consider a supercharger in the future but i just want to get my truck lifted and go muddin when i return. Thanks for the info.
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The amount of lift has NOTHING to do with the motor. It's the tire size that you run. Just regear to 4.56/35's and 4.10/33's.
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If you really wanna dive into the engine, Camcraft makes high performance cams for the 3.0, with different ratings depending on how much performance you want.
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intake and exhaust wont do much for the 3.0, i would get the tuner first, about $400, and definately a regear.
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do what jey said and re gear.
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a tuner would probably be your best bet, or a supercharger, but tuner is cheaper.
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For descent Perfarmance, An intake, MAF mod, dual/single exhaust and a tuner (Xcal 2). A Whipple is a must but so far i've heard problems on them. I'm sure that'll get solved.
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