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biggest v8 in the ranger?

as the title reads, whats the biggest engine 1 could stick in a ranger? is a 6.0 liter possible or am i talking out of means?
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A 6.0L what, chevy?

I've heard that with major modification, and with a high-rise cowl hood, a 5.8L (351W) will fit. Any of the Ford Modular motors will not fit without modification to the front suspension, specifically the strut towers are very much in the way.

The venerable 5.0L V8 fits with little difficulty, usually only some modification to the tranny tunnel/firewall area is necessary.
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my dream is to get a 2ws ranger..strip it to metal drop a 5.4 supercharged...lightning motor..

i will say this one day ill attempt....
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You could also do a 347 stroker. Takes up just as much room as a 5.0
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I've seen a ranger with a 350 Chevy BB in it.
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I've seen a ranger with a 350 Chevy BB in it.
I take it by BB you mean big block?A Chevy 350 is a small block.Anyway,a small block Ford is really the only feasible V8 swap into a Ranger.Obviously anthing can be done with enough money.
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It was actually a Chevy 366. I had to look it up in the magazine to get the actual spec.
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You relize that after doing this v8 swap it won't be street legal anymore. It will be a tight fit if it is anything other than a older v8.
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depends where you are at tyler. I talked to smog shops around vegas here. If you get a 5.0 Computer and install it correctly. As long as there is no Check engine lights on he said it will pass and be street legal. That's here at least
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No accually not. It is illegal to put a motor in other than it come factory. In regards to clys.
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I know for a fact that's wrong, At least in the County of Clark it is. But I am gonna choose to not turn this into a public debate. If you wanna talk about it PM me.

Edit- And if you don't live in Clark County, Outside of Las Vegas, Down in Purump you can register any vehicle with Any motor as long as it passes emitions for smog.
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as the title reads, whats the biggest engine 1 could stick in a ranger? is a 6.0 liter possible or am i talking out of means?
The only 6.0 Ford makes right now is the diesel out of a Super Duty.Do you really plan on tearing up a 2004 truck to put a V8 in it?I highly doubt it.You even have a 4X4 which complicates things even more.
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ford currently has a 6.0L PowerStroke Ranger at their test facility in Indiana...my dad took me up with him earlier in the year and let me tell it is friggin bad...
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best and easest thing to put in is a form of a 5.0L




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ford currently has a 6.0L PowerStroke Ranger at their test facility in Indiana...my dad took me up with him earlier in the year and let me tell it is friggin bad...
my father is the dyno guy at ford....you should see what they do to that motor everyone is not imperesed with it compared to the 7.3L but tomato tomato. cant wait for the "big burtha" they have been working on to be released can we say twin turbo
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well, i know it is not illegal to change your motor to something else..

at least, not around here...

i think there is something about certain years not being able to have a motor that is older than the truck put in, or somehting...

just stick a built 5.0 in there... that would be plenty for a little ranger..
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from what I have been reading on other forums and from what my friend in Alaska did it is very easy to stick a ford exploder 5.0 motor in the ranger if you have a 98+ torsion bar ranger my friend had his done in 3 weeks. or so , You will need motor ,trans , wiring harness ,fan shroud ,radiator ,coolant lines ,trans mount and member ,motor mounts , ecu ,radiator hoses ,I know there is more I just remember off the top of my head, but I plane on doing mine here by the end of the year.
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No accually not. It is illegal to put a motor in other than it come factory. In regards to clys.
Thats crap.

You can swap a 5.0 in it, and be done.


Thing is, when your changing, lets say the engine from a 98 ranger to a 5.0, the engine your swapping in, has to meet emissions and must be 98+ motor.

Which is easily feasible.

1. v8 Exploders
2. Crate motors.


90+ mustangs ran Mass Air A9L computers which could be read by computers plugged in for tuning and what not..
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hell just make it simple move to a state that dose not require emitions like florida and you are set to roll and stick a 460 in your ranger and be different
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I think what year ranger are we talking about could also make a difference ? and older Gen 1 ranger I thought it was easier to get a V8 into, a new ranger I don't think there is much room, but people have done it.

Are you talking about a ford 6.0L turbo diesel ? Thats a big motor. I doubt it.

The easiest way to get a V8 in a ranger is find a ranger where the explorer and ranger were basicly the same, and the explorer had a V8 option. The couple years the explorer had a 5.0L is the best years to do a swap.

Now a reality check, how much money are you willing to spend ? It could be cheaper and way easier to put a supercharger on the ranger you have.
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yeah, cuz it will fit so easily...</sarcasm>

5.0 is plenty...

7.5l isnt gonna be any better for a little ranger...

you can build one killer 5.0, easily...
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hell just make it simple move to a state that dose not require emitions like florida and you are set to roll and stick a 460 in your ranger and be different

actualy the law in FL is the engine can't be older than the vehicle for emission purposes.
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It could be cheaper and way easier to put a supercharger on the ranger you have.
Whats my options with this, how much power would i be able to gain & what would be my advantages, more top end torque/accelerate quicker or what?

also how much would the final bill run for something along these lines?
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actualy the law in FL is the engine can't be older than the vehicle for emission purposes.
but where in florida is there emission test places if i am not mistaking they stoped it back in 1998 or 99
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Whats my options with this, how much power would i be able to gain & what would be my advantages, more top end torque/accelerate quicker or what?

also how much would the final bill run for something along these lines?
Ok,let me find my calculator so I can add up all of the totals.........that is a rediculous question to ask!There are so many different ways to go that it would be impossible for anyone on here to give you a final bill.Much less on something you probably aren't serious about doing anyways.I can give you a ball park of over $5000 to even start to think of doing it correctly.Your options are endless and power gain would be as much as you wanted if you have enough money.Do you really want to hack up a nearly new truck.I just don't understand where you are going with this.
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but where in florida is there emission test places if i am not mistaking they stoped it back in 1998 or 99

It mainly applies to selling the vehicle. How they'll know what year the engine is is beyond me.
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