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New Generation of V8 Swappers

To me it seems like a lot of people with newer edges and rangers are looking into doing a V8 swap. Most likly that would be an explorer 303 swap from yrs 98-01. There is still not a lot of information on how to do this on the internet and I think this would be a good site to get going to be "the place to go" for newer ranger v8 swaps. Well that being said whos all planning this in our 98+ rangers?

I am doing the explorer 302 swap and AWD swap this summer. Looking for a wrecked explorer at the moment.
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I would love to but I dont see it happening for me!
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I wonder who might need to be concerned with emission testing issues if you try to swap in an older motor. In some locales (like here where I am) it could be problem.
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The main problem with the swap is emissions. The last 302 was put in Explorer's in 2001 or 2000. Most states won't let you put an older motor in a newer vehicle. You would need a crate motor to pass emissions.
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Not me my truck is an 00 so I can get a 2000 5.0 explorer motor and be emissions legal. HEHE!!!!!!!!
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You can, he can't.:)
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I am really not aware of how emission testing really works anywhere else. All I know is that in Florida you do not ever have to have your vehicle tested or anything. So maybe newer ranger v8 swaps will be limited to people who are in a state where no testing can take place. I think a good sticky to get started in this forum would be where there is testing and where there is not, and ways to get around it.

Pinecone yes I can, no testing in my state. ^^
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From what i have read you can't put an older engine into a newer vehicle. I believe it is a law to prevent people from piecing together salvaged/ broken down cars.
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From what i have read you can't put an older engine into a newer vehicle. I believe it is a law to prevent people from piecing together salvaged/ broken down cars.
I believe that law is almost in every state but doesn't matter if there is no testing.

Once again I believe this is a good place to start. We need to find information on the laws and if there is testing or not. Then we can distinguish who can do what
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no testing in michigan eather. thats why the 91 5.0L in my garage is so tempting...
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the problem is emmisions. i was gong to do it, but this is why i didn't. the last year for a 5.0L was in the 01' explorer. if i had an 01' i would have done it, but with my 02' i couldn't
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who cares about emissions
thats why im gonna runa carb setup in mine on like a 70s block

but yeah nc has that law too
thats why i will have a trailer
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Clark County only has a problem if you go in for a smog check and you have a check engine light on basically. You have to swap out the computer with the motor and it will pass emitions. If you leave clark county, go to nye county, Lincoln, whitepine, or down to lauphlin and stuff you can pretty much do what ever you want.
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Crate Motor..
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is expensive....


I want to doa 5.0 swap, maybe I should look at Junkyards in Anchorage for any crashed explorers. Doesn't it also improve gas mileage in some cases?

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So I could do it with my '01?
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is expensive....


I want to doa 5.0 swap, maybe I should look at Junkyards in Anchorage for any crashed explorers. Doesn't it also improve gas mileage in some cases?

Aaron
No. If you got a big *** motor your gonna be flogging it everywhere.
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flogging

n : beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment


Heh, wierd word to use. But if I got a 302, I'd just want it to push future 35s and 9 inches of lift. Altho you're definately right, stop signs would seem like a lot more reason to push it :)

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he didnt say anything about how much money he was wanting to spend.
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is expensive....


I want to doa 5.0 swap, maybe I should look at Junkyards in Anchorage for any crashed explorers. Doesn't it also improve gas mileage in some cases?

Aaron
good idea. but the bad part is you are going to be spending allot of money for a junk yard motor up there. good thing is allot of the junkyards up there only sell newer stuff. but in your case you can get a seasonal pass for the summer in Alaska. good from 1 apirl to 1 October i spent 3 years there just left I may i know must of the rules for anchorage i/m testing up there work for jiffy lube for about a year
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All i know is when i do my swap i will make a how too i am going to do it by the end of this year no later then 15 jan. Just so there is a how to for the newer rangers 98 and newer becouse i am still to see a how to one it. there are many for the 97 and older ranger.
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All i know is when i do my swap i will make a how too i am going to do it by the end of this year no later then 15 jan. Just so there is a how to for the newer rangers 98 and newer becouse i am still to see a how to one it. there are many for the 97 and older ranger.
Thats what i was thinkin when i started my SAS, but there is so much **** you have to cover that its not even worth it, it would take longer to do the "how-to" than it would the actual swap!
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true you have a point there but it would be nice for other people to benefit from my pain and suffering for once. and it will help a lot of people out tho. and the write up i know will take a long time to do.
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good idea. but the bad part is you are going to be spending allot of money for a junk yard motor up there. good thing is allot of the junkyards up there only sell newer stuff. but in your case you can get a seasonal pass for the summer in Alaska. good from 1 apirl to 1 October i spent 3 years there just left I may i know must of the rules for anchorage i/m testing up there work for jiffy lube for about a year
Yah and cause I'm a juneau guy they're gonna charge me double. Everything is so much more expensive up there, but I've been convincing my friends with explorers to crash theirs. Oh, and I didn't know you buy a junkyard pass, i'll be sure to get one!

As to I/Ms? **** that, in Juneau we don't have I/M. Since we're small and in all the trees, there is 0 pollution. So when I go up north I don't need I/M. I would since I'm at college, but I didn't get to bring it. Thanks for your info though.

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go over to www.rangerpowersports.com
check out the v8 section those guys know there sheeit when it comes to v8 rangers.
alot of good info over there even using xploder 302 in 98+ rangers
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