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has anyone ever swaped a 2.3L with a 289c.i.? i've got a 97' 2wd 2.3L and need to know of any major obstacles!
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There is a lot of aftemarket part support for 97 and earlier Ranger V8 swaps. It would be a good idea to get an 8.8" Ranger rear axle to use behind your V8.

Recommended reading:

http://www.mre-books.com/ranger.html
http://www.rangerpowersports.com/tech/?cat=6
http://www.v8-ranger.com/
http://72.20.96.178/commerce/ccc1010...-bronco-ii.htm
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...nversions.html
http://www.jamesduff.com/broncoII/v8conversion.html
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do you think i would need to stiffin the frame a little?
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Most people don't but it wouldn't hurt. 98+ frames are boxed up front.
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Most people don't but it wouldn't hurt. 98+ frames are boxed up front.
Greetings Bob, Long time!

I've started to do my rear frame and have found misc entities that were a bit ' tweaked ' from ' flexing '.

With these frames being riveted and ( more or less ) designed to be ' flexable ', some of those rivets were sorta.. ' jingle-ing ' in their holes.
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i have heard that you have to dent/cut the inner fenders a little to be able sit a small block under the hood. is this true?
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nada. it aint that big lol
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