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Coming up in the next year, I plan on doing an engine swap on my truck. However, my friend recomended to me that I should swap out my 3.0 v6 with a 4.6 v8 cobra instead of a 302. what are the pros and cons to either? Also, MPG and horse power if you can. Any info at this point is helpful. Thanks.
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I wanna do the same thing but ppl keep telling me a 5.0L 302 because the 4.6 is wider lol
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I wanna do the same thing but ppl keep telling me a 5.0L 302 because the 4.6 is wider lol
Swapping on a 04+ is going to be a royal pain, none of the wiring is the same.
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Swapping on a 04+ is going to be a royal pain, none of the wiring is the same.
what about my 97?
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All depends what engine you go with. 5.0 out of a Expo of the same year should go in without much problem.
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what about the 4.6?
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IMO if you are worried about fuel economy, dont get a V8. You will be Way Way to pedal happy lol. The 4.6 is a different beast. Look on RPS, I think there is a few that have done it over there.
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RPS?
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oh, gotcha.
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Two things come to mind about swapping a 4.6 into your '97.

One, your steering box will be in the way. The '98-up Rangers got rack-n-pinion steering which makes it easier.

Two, you live in California and a Ranger with a 4.6 will not be allowed on the street because of emissions.
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Doesnt the engine have to come in the same model catagory (in an f150), and be the same year or newer?
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Two, you live in California and a Ranger with a 4.6 will not be allowed on the street because of emissions.
wut? if a cobra can have the engine why cant a ranger?
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Exploder runs a 4.6. It should be fine to run it. Ask a ref.
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The 4.6 Explorers are not the same as a Ranger, it's a completely different vehicle. They're not even the same as the '01-earlier Explorers. Ford did a complete redesign of the Explorer in '02 putting it on a larger chassis. It shares nothing with the Rangers or earlier Explorers.

A Cobra can have a 4.6 because it came from the factory with one and passes all of Cali's emissions. A Ranger won't pass because it was never offered with a 4.6 and won't pass emissions or the visual inspection for it's class of vehicle.

Besides, with a '97 Ranger he would have to move the steering box to the outside of the frame or convert it to rack-n-pinion. Plus he would have to have smog legal headers built for it because there are no oem exhaust manifolds that will fit this swap.
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how about if i get a 93 exploder? will that help with the swap? and what about emishions.
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