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Old 09-27-2010
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more power?

wat is the best way to get more powe out of 3.0 my truck lugs down really bad on hills and whe im pulling a trailer
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Honestly your best bet would be swap in a v8
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Sadly, while the 3.0 is 'okay' on its own, or hauling very minor flatbed metal grating style trailers.. anything bigger then a few lawnmowers really puts a strain on it - the only real fix is to either increase your gearing to a higher range (Puts more rotations to the wheels through the engine so it reduces the strain of the engine to haul that load) or to either swap in a 4.0 or bigger, or trade in for the 4.0..

The 3.0 was an interesting engine that they used.. and while they may be a bit bulletproof - its like having the older v8's in the big F150's, they just dont pull like they shoudl for a truck there size.. the only two options they shoudl have used were the DOHC's and the 4.0 OHV/SOHC's - the 3.0 jsut sort of slugs all the time compared to the other two engine types
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Sadly, while the 3.0 is 'okay' on its own, or hauling very minor flatbed metal grating style trailers.. anything bigger then a few lawnmowers really puts a strain on it - the only real fix is to either increase your gearing to a higher range (Puts more rotations to the wheels through the engine so it reduces the strain of the engine to haul that load) or to either swap in a 4.0 or bigger, or trade in for the 4.0..

The 3.0 was an interesting engine that they used.. and while they may be a bit bulletproof - its like having the older v8's in the big F150's, they just dont pull like they shoudl for a truck there size.. the only two options they shoudl have used were the DOHC's and the 4.0 OHV/SOHC's - the 3.0 jsut sort of slugs all the time compared to the other two engine types
Do you mean the Duratec 3.0 that they put in the higher end Taurses and Escapes?
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I put a cold air intake and a super chip programmer in mine and it pulls way harder! With the chip you can play around with it really easily as you just plug it in and go! My rpm go quite high in mine where I get alot more power!
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underdog pulleys , works wonders , and so does re gearing
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wat kind of chip n how much was it
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wat kind of chip n how much was it
$ about 400 and up
the crank pulley for mine was 80
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Pullies and rockers will really wake it up... other stuff like exhaust and intake are just like icing they taste sweet but only fill you up half way.... The biggest thing to net you more power other than boost/ gas is porting the heads and upgrading to larger valves.


Now if Noble would send their 3.0 Duratecs over here and put them in our rangers... lawd...Id rock the hell out of it, so what if it costs more than anything else.... how many times are you going to hear... "I just got beat by a Ranger.... EF MY LIFE"
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cold air intake along with exhaust boosts like 8-12 HP, then underdog pulleys also help. also less weight on the trailer would help also :x
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cold air intake along with exhaust boosts like 8-12 HP, then underdog pulleys also help. also less weight on the trailer would help also :x
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I put a cold air intake and a super chip programmer in mine and it pulls way harder! With the chip you can play around with it really easily as you just plug it in and go! My rpm go quite high in mine where I get alot more power!
Cold air intake will do nothing because the stock intake is already a cold air intake.

I slap you 50 times for not searching and knowing this already.

Exhaust is already optimized from the factory for the stock headflow. That won't help either.
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Jp7's reply is just plain ignorant! I have a cold air intake which rids the airbox, waking the truck up a little (around 7 hp). I also have a flowmaster super 44 on the exhaust easing the back pressure of the exhaust. Both gave it some more power and increased the fuel mileage to around 17-19 mpg around town.
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Jp7's reply is just plain ignorant! I have a cold air intake which rids the airbox, waking the truck up a little (around 7 hp). I also have a flowmaster super 44 on the exhaust easing the back pressure of the exhaust. Both gave it some more power and increased the fuel mileage to around 17-19 mpg around town.
No hes right. You get a cool sound from the intake. You wont gain any horsepower. Nowere near 7.
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Jp7's reply is just plain ignorant! I have a cold air intake which rids the airbox, waking the truck up a little (around 7 hp). I also have a flowmaster super 44 on the exhaust easing the back pressure of the exhaust. Both gave it some more power and increased the fuel mileage to around 17-19 mpg around town.
I'm sorry.
You must know more about it then I do.

I probably got my AEM tuning certification and operate a dyno 3 days a week because they like the way I dress.
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hey guys what your opinion, im looking at buying a K&N intake(used) for my 3L beacuse i want more power. Should i just do the airbox mod for a bit more flow, or do u think the cold air is much better($180 worth) still stock exhaust also. Can you tell a difference when you put it on at all?
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just gut the air box.... that way its sealed off from the heat produced form the motor. You wont see much numbers wise but your butt dyno will tell you different. Tops you will only net about 1-3 hp with a CAI and catback.... it will help out more in the mpg market.
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^^agree...i have a lot better throttle response in my truck and i saw a 1-3MPG increase over the stock intake
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Haha I've chipped it, got a high flow air filter (unfortunately they don't make any CAI's for 95's anymore), exhaust and it's alright on flat ground, still slow as dirt and hills are a joke! It's currently getting re-geared so I'm hoping that helps in the hill department.
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