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What year motor will swap?

I'm currently searching for a new motor and my question is what years 4.0 can be switched without changing a whole lot. I found a 2010 motor out of a ranger and I hear all the accessories can just be swapped? The injectors as well? can I keep the intake off the new motor and still use my throttle body? I see a few people have done the mustang swaps so I think this would be similar. Any insight would help.

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2001 and up Rangers used the 4.0l SOHC engine, 2000 and older Rangers used 4.0l OHV engines, these engines are not related at all.

1998 to 2002 4.0l SOHC engines from any Ford had timing chain issues.

If you just swap block and heads(long block) then bolt on your current oil pan, intake, and accessories you will be fine.
If you want to use lower intake and fuel system from newer engine that should be fine as well, you just need to see if there are differences in injector size(lbs) and sensor placement for your wiring.
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Thanks for the info RonD. I have searched a few forums trying to find a new motor in an older ranger but no luck. I found a few people that swapped out a mustang motor but I think even that is different from swapping in a newer ranger motor. I think the newer ranger motor already should have the correct oil pan on it for clearing the axle. Anyone know the difference between years with the injectors? The less I have to take off, the better. Anyone can point me to a related swap? I've been searching for hours. I would have thought it would be more more common.
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same deal

I am about to do the same thing in my 2002 ranger I am building for my son it is a 4.0 4x4 xlt I am no mechanic my brother in law is although I am very capable. I just want it to be as easy as possible. The bottom line is what years will work with the least swopping out a bunch of stuff? looks like 03- to?
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I am about to do the same thing in my 2002 ranger I am building for my son it is a 4.0 4x4 xlt I am no mechanic my brother in law is although I am very capable. I just want it to be as easy as possible. The bottom line is what years will work with the least swopping out a bunch of stuff? looks like 03- to?
A used engine is always a crap shoot.
If possible find one you can hear running, if not just do the long block swap and redo the timing chains, even if it's '03 or newer.

Sensors and other wiring connections and connectors can be moved around and changed from year to year, since 95% of these engine connections are on the intake manifold it is just better to swap your current intake to the new engine so all the wire lengths and connector types will match up
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Just had to do this swap from my truck an I wouldn't have done it any other way. Went to car-parts.com, found a close 4.0l engine with low miles out of a 2010 wrecked ranger and put it in my truck. Took me only 4 days and a handful of tools that are used throughout the truck. Hardest part I thought were the engine nuts on the engine mount to the frame. Just rusted good and not much room to work but I was able to do it. As far as the engine goes mine came with everything on it but all I swapped from my old engine were the fuel rails and injectors and maybe two plugs. It was a simple job and I couldn't be happier.
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