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want to put a v6 in my 2.3 liter

anyone have any info on how i would do this what i would need to change anyhting?
i have a 95 ford ranger 4x4 4 banger regular cab
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You'd be better off with a 2.3T turbo. Putting a V6 will entail more work and you'll get less power and worse gas mileage.
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+1, dont bother with a 3.0L. Go with a 4.0 or Turbo the 2.3
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you can't put a v6 in a 2.3, it wouldn't fit, you can replace em though...

3.0 not worth it if your looking for more power like they said!
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2.3 turbo or 4.0, the 3.0 sucks.
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If you wanna do an engine swap, do a 5.0
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you can't put a v6 in a 2.3, it wouldn't fit, you can replace em though...

3.0 not worth it if your looking for more power like they said!
Are you serious? lol You can put a v6 in place of the 2.3....the engine compartments are the same size.


If you are going to go that way might as well go 5.0. It'll be the same amount of work.
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Are you serious? lol You can put a v6 in place of the 2.3....the engine compartments are the same size.


If you are going to go that way might as well go 5.0. It'll be the same amount of work.
A built 4 cylinder motor with decent turbo will be WAY more powerful than a 5.0, and get incredible mileage. Find yourself the right forged parts.

I have the V6 in my truck and I wish I had an L4 because it would be so much easier to add boost. V motors have a hell of a time adding turbo's because the plumbing is so complicated.
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Are you serious? lol You can put a v6 in place of the 2.3....the engine compartments are the same size.


If you are going to go that way might as well go 5.0. It'll be the same amount of work.
yeah 4 banger rangers are bout half the size as v6 rangers haha
everyone knows that
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A built 4 cylinder motor with decent turbo will be WAY more powerful than a 5.0, and get incredible mileage. Find yourself the right forged parts.

I have the V6 in my truck and I wish I had an L4 because it would be so much easier to add boost. V motors have a hell of a time adding turbo's because the plumbing is so complicated.
Oh I know, but if he didn't want the 4 and was going up..might as well go with the 5.0.
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you can't put a v6 in a 2.3, it wouldn't fit, you can replace em though...

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sell me the truck instead i love those 4cyl 4x4...
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You'd be better off with a 2.3T turbo. Putting a V6 will entail more work and you'll get less power and worse gas mileage.
Nope. I have to disagree with 2 things out of the 3 you stated. It is more work no doubt yes. That I agree with, but as far as worse gas mpg's and power I disagree due to one thing: GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING. The GVWR on a 4 banger Ranger is way less than the 3.0 or 4.0 V6 ranger. Plus the 3.0 will out last the 4.0 by a wide margin. If the 3.0 doesn't carry any weight the engine wont struggle or strain itself and consume less fuel due to the lack of weight. That is one of the secrets to obtaining fuel mpg's. Weight Reduction. But if you're willing to go from a 4 banger to a 6 banger just go ahead and do the 5.0 swap instead. It's cheaper to do that than to turbocharge the 2.3 liter. Not unless you got around $15,000 plus to throw around for the parts that you will need.

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My buddy has an SVO swapped Ranger, I think he's on here too. If it wasn't such a pile of wasted potential and my parts/blood/sweat...it would be a killer truck and a super sleeper.
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My buddy has an SVO swapped Ranger, I think he's on here too. If it wasn't such a pile of wasted potential and my parts/blood/sweat...it would be a killer truck and a super sleeper.
Sorry about your truck man that sux. I'm waiting on my profit sharing to do my V8 swap. The other thing is I've decided on a 4.6 liter due to the wiring issue. To put an 01 5.0 in my truck I'd have to rewire the whole damn thing because after 2001 they switched the wiring completely. I already looked into turbocharging and after adding up the cost of doing it using the best $45,000+ on a small block V8 I'd said hell no after that. Considering I can get the 4.6 liter out of a salvage yard for practically nothing and rebuilt for less at a local machine shop using stock parts is alot cheaper. I plan on using an 04 Mustang motor with GT-40 heads and the ford racing x300 camshaft.
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GT-40 heads came on a 5.0 fox body. It was OHV. The 4.6L is OHC. I never heard of X300 cams, but I am willing to bet they are for the 5.0 not the 4.6.


Also, what turbo kit costs $45,000+

I am convinced you have no idea what you're talking about. Just like 90% of the Civic kids rolling the mean streets of Cleveland.

Also also I said my buddys truck...not mine.
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I can turbo your small block for under 3 grand and have you a great kit with about 10-12psi...NO kit will cost 45 grand. It can be supercharged and twin turbo and still be alot cheaper then that.
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Sorry about your truck man that sux. I'm waiting on my profit sharing to do my V8 swap. The other thing is I've decided on a 4.6 liter due to the wiring issue. To put an 01 5.0 in my truck I'd have to rewire the whole damn thing because after 2001 they switched the wiring completely. I already looked into turbocharging and after adding up the cost of doing it using the best $45,000+ on a small block V8 I'd said hell no after that. Considering I can get the 4.6 liter out of a salvage yard for practically nothing and rebuilt for less at a local machine shop using stock parts is alot cheaper. I plan on using an 04 Mustang motor with GT-40 heads and the ford racing x300 camshaft.
Eh how about a carbed 5.0 .
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Nope. I have to disagree with 2 things out of the 3 you stated. It is more work no doubt yes. That I agree with, but as far as worse gas mpg's and power I disagree due to one thing: GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING. The GVWR on a 4 banger Ranger is way less than the 3.0 or 4.0 V6 ranger. Plus the 3.0 will out last the 4.0 by a wide margin. If the 3.0 doesn't carry any weight the engine wont struggle or strain itself and consume less fuel due to the lack of weight. That is one of the secrets to obtaining fuel mpg's. Weight Reduction. But if you're willing to go from a 4 banger to a 6 banger just go ahead and do the 5.0 swap instead. It's cheaper to do that than to turbocharge the 2.3 liter. Not unless you got around $15,000 plus to throw around for the parts that you will need.
I hope your talking about the 4.0OHV motor complared to the 3.0L. The 4.0L SOHC engine is so far superior to the 3.0L in every manner, its got more power gets better gas mileage and hauls a lot more ***.

As for the swap costing $15,000 grand I'd really like to know where this figure came out from. I doubt it would cost as much as a 5.0L swap.
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how about considering a 4.6 dohc? lol
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GT-40 heads came on a 5.0 fox body. It was OHV. The 4.6L is OHC. I never heard of X300 cams, but I am willing to bet they are for the 5.0 not the 4.6.


Also, what turbo kit costs $45,000+

I am convinced you have no idea what you're talking about. Just like 90% of the Civic kids rolling the mean streets of Cleveland.

Also also I said my buddys truck...not mine.
That was for the entire engine turbos and all. You're right about the Ford Racing cam I mentioned. Plus if anyone doesn't know about turbocharging it's you. You Don't just bolt on a turbo. You have to retard the timing, have forged internals that can handle the boost levels, lower the C. Ratio, The Valvetrain has to be able to handle the turbo(s), The intake manifold also just as well needs to be up to par. Now add all of those items up. Before you knock someone better know whom your knocking. If you want to know more about that cam I mentioned go to this site: www.dssracing.com and click the camshafts link. I'm also convinced you don't know what you're talking about.
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I hope your talking about the 4.0OHV motor complared to the 3.0L. The 4.0L SOHC engine is so far superior to the 3.0L in every manner, its got more power gets better gas mileage and hauls a lot more ***.

As for the swap costing $15,000 grand I'd really like to know where this figure came out from. I doubt it would cost as much as a 5.0L swap.
That was the turbocharging. The 5.0 or the 4.6 swap itself aint that much. The 4.0 is better when it comes to power. I've had 2 of them and both never came close to the 50k mileage mark. This engine that I have now aint been bad considering it feels slow to me but has alot of torque though, it must be the 4.10 gears.

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I can turbo your small block for under 3 grand and have you a great kit with about 10-12psi...NO kit will cost 45 grand. It can be supercharged and twin turbo and still be alot cheaper then that.
That was for the entire engine dude. What turbos do you use? and about how long does it take you?
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