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Old 05-02-2006
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Kept this mod under wraps till I had everything dialed

Well, after watching the vids of nickster's rig, I got a set of heads and cams for my ranger. Went with the stage 3's. I took the truck to work where I needed to do some front end work anyways. Pulled the engine on Saturday, did the heads, new timing chains and tensioners, installed the heads, put engine back in on Sunday. I am going to be having it tuned after I get some new plugs, wires, and I have headers on the way.


All I can say is, I know why I don't work on little cars and trucks for a living.

Talk about a PITA! Nickster, did you do your own work or did a shop do it. If you did it, I have a whole new respect for auto mechanics lol
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Will you have an opportunity to dyno it or put it on the track to measure the difference? I can't remember if Nickster had numbers or not.
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awesome man, but i think you should have put the headers on while the engine was out. lol

nick did all the work himself as far as pulling the motor and disassemble and reassemble and installing the engine.

nick doesnt have numbers yet but he told me he was going to the dyno soon. he has been pretty busy latly with work so i doubt he will be on RF for a while.
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it definitely would have been easier to put the headers on with the engine out, but it can still be done. itll just be a HUGE pita. Gl with it. but it will definitely be worth it.
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Yeah, I know, but after the cost of the heads, I just plain didn't have the money left over to get the headers at the same time.

I won't be on the dyno very soon, just going to have a tune made for it to get in the ball park. As far as track time, I will probably run it at Lowes around the track in November.
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Sounds good, I am interested in seeing some numbers.
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I can say this, I have alot more pickup off the line and alot better response in the throttle at speed.
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Do you have pics of the install? Or any pics of it...?

Sounds good though, i wonder what your gains were.
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Well, after watching the vids of nickster's rig, I got a set of heads and cams for my ranger. Went with the stage 3's. I took the truck to work where I needed to do some front end work anyways. Pulled the engine on Saturday, did the heads, new timing chains and tensioners, installed the heads, put engine back in on Sunday. I am going to be having it tuned after I get some new plugs, wires, and I have headers on the way.


All I can say is, I know why I don't work on little cars and trucks for a living.

Talk about a PITA! Nickster, did you do your own work or did a shop do it. If you did it, I have a whole new respect for auto mechanics lol

Hey, I prolly wont be on here much during the summer, but I will be on some... So I have a few questions if you care to share... How did you shim the valvetrain for the ground cams? I had to make some shims for my setup... I would like to talk to you about it more..... Email me sometime and I can set you up with the best tuner on the east coast!!!! I will be getting two vehicles tuned by him this coming monday night. My personal email address is [email protected]. I would like to see some pix of your truck as well. Sounds interesting.

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i just wish i had the $$ for them parts.. maybe one of these days
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You should have mail Nick. But with the way my hotmail is working, it is kinda spotty.

With the way that the truck is running, I am thinking of ditching the diesel concept and seriously beefing the heck out of the little 6 :)
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You should have mail Nick. But with the way my hotmail is working, it is kinda spotty.

With the way that the truck is running, I am thinking of ditching the diesel concept and seriously beefing the heck out of the little 6 :)

I got no mail sir... Make sure you put some good pistons in her!!!
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I had planned on getting supersix's new wiseco forged ones.

I smoked what was left of a set of dueler at's off tonight. Too dark to get pics, but I will get pics of the aftermath tomorrow :)
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Cool man. I can't wait to see the dyno numbers. Do you have to run 91 octane now ? I assume you have the SSM heads right ?
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Yes, I have the stage 3 heads. I am running 93 octane in it mostly because of the tune that I have in it.
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Yes, I have the stage 3 heads. I am running 93 octane in it mostly because of the tune that I have in it.

You need to get up with me about a dyno tune!!!
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I plan to as soon as I figure out what I am going to be doing to the engine. I am looking into more mods or even pulling the engine and going big time.
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I plan to as soon as I figure out what I am going to be doing to the engine. I am looking into more mods or even pulling the engine and going big time.
You can always go the route I went... I know someone who can do all the work for you too!!! www.pdpracing.com
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God would I like to go that route. But the thought of a 750HP 358 rumbling away sound good too. But going the 6 route would be a challenge and an accomplishment when it is done.
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nick you got a auto or a stick? thats a sick truck....
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Talk about a PITA! Nickster, did you do your own work or did a shop do it. If you did it, I have a whole new respect for auto mechanics lol
Hah yeah its a hard job sometimes, especially when you have a tight deadline of when a person MUST have their car back by. Awesome stuff though man!
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Yeah, you wanna talk deadlines. I work on big rigs for a living. This is how people make their money. I routinely work 12-18 hour days and get back up and do it again the next day. The money is good, but it takes work.

I am looking into piecing together a nice SOHC. I am also going to look at a Super Duty on Monday to drive which would let me really get busy with the Ranger since I wouldn't have to have it up and running the next day :)
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Oh yeah, I think that Nick's truck is an auto, but don't quote me on that lol
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