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Hi all,

When it comes to engines and related systems, I know very little. I have an 04 Ranger w/ the 4.0L engine, and I was wondering if anyone might have any ideas for fairly simple performance mods I could try my hand at. Replacing the air intake seems to be the most popular. Does anyone have any other suggestions? (Keep in mind I'm a newbie at this kind of stuff! Also a college student, so money is tight!)

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www.bamachips.com #1 in my book.

then air intake

then maybe an exhaust.

thats to start.

further down maybe some headers?
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If I were to just do a chip mod and nothing else, do you think I would be able to notice any difference?
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yes you would.
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I dunno that anyone makes an intake for the 04-05 4.0 Ranger. The MAF is one piece with the airbox.
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K&N makes one, I have installed it in LIL BLUE

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Sweet.........How much??
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around 300$

or you could just buy a K&N cone and get one of those adapters off ebay... only 50 bucks then
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I never even thought about K & N. DAMN IT!!!
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Bama Programmer.........Any brand air intake system.......then BORLA exhaust! wanna hear it? Right CLICK save as (see my signature) hehe, those mods should greaty help out your 4.0.
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MAC makes an Intake for half that, got mine for 140. and its nice and chrome, a n9ce lil touch to it.


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chrome don't get ya home!
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All im saying is its got good performance and you get some quality equipment, and looks good for a good price. every person in the shops ive gone to recommend gettin any intake other than K&N, I kno i thought it was a good brand myself, but the proof is in the product...
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Don't you find with those open air filters like the K&N intake that the filter takes in some water?

For those of you that have the bama chips do you notice better torque say you are on the hi-way and want to pass someone, and are you talking about the single program chip?
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Don't you find with those open air filters like the K&N intake that the filter takes in some water??
Not really. Below the filter is a metal plate the factory air box used to be supported on. The filter itself resides behind the headlight.. You would have to hit quite a pond to really soak the filter.

This is an older pic, but its the best one I have of the air-filter itself.



If you look between the Maf and the air-filter element itself, theres a metal plate that shields heat ( its a support ) as well.

I use a metal tube intake as I had some issues with plastic ones ( ssd/k&n ) in one of my setups I used to run. Mac Intakes can be found on Ebay for 50-140$ with a ' buy it now '.

"I have an 04 Ranger w/ the 4.0L engine"

WATCH which intake you buy. If you look at Neil's pic of LiLBlue and my truck, you'll see theres a HUGE difference in the ' MAF ' sensors. LiLBlue is an 04, Mine is an 03.

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the problem with metal tubes is it heats up faster and holds the heat longer, and every one knows that more heat to the intake less the hp. i installed a jet chip and i didn't fell much differents. if smog laws are a problem, you can install a chip, cold air intake, free flowing exhaust and if you can find the money install a s/c.
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Thanks for your input everyone - sounds like an intake + chip mod is the way to go. I just gotta learn more about the chip mod stuff - I can't afford to be voiding my warranty...
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go with a tunner that plugs into the OBD port
this way you do not break the seal on the computer (need to do that to install the chip)
This way you can return to stock programming if you need to take her in for warranty work
and for now I believe that K&N is the only manufacturer that has designed an intake for 2004+ Rangers
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Don't forget the catback too. Someone mentioned headers, but that's not really a beginner mod at all. It's about 1/2 to a full day of *****in in the driveway trying to get them installed from what I hear.
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What tuner would you recommend for a 4.0
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I would get a Bama tuner first, then intake, exhaust, headers, Y Pipe without the cats. And possibly a bigger Maf if you want. These are all my mods I have on my truck and its a big differenc and my truck is 02 FX4.
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Ways to make some power w/o going internal:

a. HELP IT BREATH BETTER (intake & exhaust).
b. CONFUSE THE COMPUTER LIKE A BIATCH (bamachip).
c. BURN MORE FUEL (injectors)

If you buy an exhaust kit (gibson) your can do it yourself with simple hand tools & sawzawl. But If you go out & buy a muffler & tip, you'll need it hung for ya...$150 for mine w/ 2.5" tubing. Intake you can do your self with a screwdriver & wd40 (I'm going with either K&N FIPK2 or 77-series). Tuner you can do yourself (from what I'm told, the instructions are good and Mr. Bama himself will help you out with any problems). New injectors you could do yourself, or find a shop to do it for you.

GOOD STUFF...Lots more plans for my truck.
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So i guess K&N or MAC is just preference.
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Notice that K&N has the nice rubber weather-stripping that seals off the engine bay heat abit, compared to the MAC
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