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Ok, here's the deal
I have a nice 2004 Black 2x4 Ranger and I really like everything about the truck except the WEAK 3.0. I'm currently trying to sell it because it would be a lot easier to sell it and then buy a Ranger with a 4.0 but if for some reason I can't sell it. Is it possible to really boost the hosepower on this weak engine. I'm not here to offend any 3.0 owners because I'm one myself, but something has to change here. Would it be cheaper to drop a 4.0 in her or modify the existing engine. I really hope I can modify the 3.0, because I've heard a 4.0 won't bolt up to my transmission.

I would appreciate any suggestions,

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33 people viewed my thred but 0 responded ... that is so strange
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Most people put underdrive pulleys on the 3.0's, there's not a whole lot outside of that, at least nothing that will make a huge difference
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if your looking for a lot of speed and or power, i think that you are heading in the right direction by selling it
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Yes you can make it stronger. Will it be as strong as a 4L...no. I'm very happy with mine, it doesn't even feel like the same truck as when I bought it. There are plenty of threads on making the 3L faster.

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IMO, there are 3 stages of engine mods for the 3.0.

Stage 1: ( Simple bolt-ons, fairly inexpensive, will improve throttle response, slight increases in power, and can improve mileage)

underdrive pulleys
a decent cat-back exhaust
electric fan
Air intake kit
*an sct X-cal tuner

Stage 2: (More indepth install requirements, increased cost, work best in conjunction with Stage 1 mods)

porting/polishing heads and intakes
roller rockers
headers
*an sct X-cal tuner

Stage 3 : (Most advanced, will see largest power gains, highest cost, )

Tom Morana products
Forced induction
*an sct X-cal tuner

*The tuner can be done at any stage, but making the tuner the last mod you do will allow the tunes to account for other mods, and therefore have a larger net affect on performance. It also keeps you from spending money on additional tunes if you mod things after purchasing the tuner.
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Thanks for all the input guys ...
I really like the ideal of installing roller rockers and porting/polishing the heads and intake.(Is there already roller lifters in this engine?)
How many horses do you think I would gain by running a straight pipe off the exaust manifold and running a cold air intake? Would a performance chip keep the truck from shutting down at 91 MPH?
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Honestly with all that work you still will have less power than a 4.0. Go forced induction, engine swap or sell it.
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How many horses do you think I would gain by running a straight pipe off the exaust manifold and running a cold air intake? Would a performance chip keep the truck from shutting down at 91 MPH?
You'll likely lose bottom end torque with the straight pipe. Tuner will allow you to raise or remove the speed limiter, as well as raise the rev limiter.
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