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Old 01-29-2006
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A Site For V8 Swaps...

Just found this little site, while browsing Google...

http://members.aol.com/MREPRODUCT/ranger.htm
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nice.

so who is putting a 460 in their truck soon? lol
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thanks christian i lost that site and been looking for it
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i want a v8 conversion
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i want that power... and sound most of all .... but having a newer gen makes it chity
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id rather have a supercharged 4.0 than a 302, 351, 460 or any v8 in general.
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id rather have a supercharged 4.0 than a 302, 351, 460 or any v8 in general.
BWAHAHAHAHAH you say that now...just wait till i give you the keys to the splash when its done you will get out and wont stop smiling lol.....
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i didnt say i would like it. just said i wouldnt want it.
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id rather have a supercharged 4.0 than a 302, 351, 460 or any v8 in general.

ZABEARD, Why is that?? A mild 302 vs a supercharged 4.0L (with a 5R55E trans), who will still be running in 100K miles?


INT3RC3PTOR, why do you say a late model is "chity"??? That is the easiest swap of all, plus you get to drive a newer, more reliable truck!! I had mine running in 3 weeks, looked stock, and put 48K miles on it with ZERO issues, before I pulled the engine to put in a supercharged 351W!

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i am completely with todd on this one lol
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As for the website posted.....I origionally got the swap manual from that company. I was far from impressed with it and didn't use any of the info in it. I did buy the Harwood swap manual and that thing was worth it's weight in gold. Especially for wiring EFI.

Here is the Harwood site:
http://www.harwoodperformance.bizland.com/
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so who is putting a 460 in their truck soon? lol
Already been done
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Cass, is that your truck in the AVITAR? Where can I get some detail / more pictures? Looks very cool and I bet the ride is even better!
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Yeah, the truck in Cass' avatar is a tire humper all right!

Did anyone mention that the performance parts are more plentiful and readily available for the v8's as compared to the other ranger engines?

I would love to have a v8 ranger but I would get it in the 93-97 body style as I already have a 03. Plus the suspension lifts are cheaper for that generation :p
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Why not put a V8 in your 03? The newer the better in my mind!
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Ohhh 302 would be so nice..
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Ohhh 302 would be so nice..

Believe me, it is.

Then a Supercharged 302 becomes soooo much nicer!

Now a Supercharged / Intercooled 351W, will be even that much better

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ZABEARD, Why is that?? A mild 302 vs a supercharged 4.0L (with a 5R55E trans), who will still be running in 100K miles?


INT3RC3PTOR, why do you say a late model is "chity"??? That is the easiest swap of all, plus you get to drive a newer, more reliable truck!! I had mine running in 3 weeks, looked stock, and put 48K miles on it with ZERO issues, before I pulled the engine to put in a supercharged 351W!

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well, from the knoledge that i used to have on the 302 ranger swaps was it was much easier to do on the older gens.. but i guess i have new knowledge gained and id be more than happy to gain even more, cause i really do wanna do this at somepoint in its life
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Believe me, it is.

Then a Supercharged 302 becomes soooo much nicer!

Now a Supercharged / Intercooled 351W, will be even that much better

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Why are you going with a KB just wondering is there a lack of room for a centri blower or do you just prefer the roots style. I really don't care for KB I think the are a little pricy.
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He had a KB. He's upgrading I believe. I was thinking about 302 goodness, but to be honest, as someone said to me "why put a lot under your hood? It's not like people can see it". And more importantly, i might have a line on early bronco axles, in my town! TMSOKO is the man to ask about 302 v8s. Everyone says how hard they are, but its actually pretty easy.

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He had a KB. He's upgrading I believe. I was thinking about 302 goodness, but to be honest, as someone said to me "why put a lot under your hood? It's not like people can see it". And more importantly, i might have a line on early bronco axles, in my town! TMSOKO is the man to ask about 302 v8s. Everyone says how hard they are, but its actually pretty easy.

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Your right people can't see it and thats what makes even better. I like being able to feel it there is no replacement for displacemnet.
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I'll say it since no one else has, in regards to why not swap into a newer vehicle.

in states that have emissions testing still in place its illegal to swap an older engine into a newer vehicle, but not the other way around. Dumb law, but still law.

I wish I could be swapping in a 302 to a splash liuke Zach's oh what I'd do with just a little more money
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thats why i like MN, hardly any laws, or inforced ones
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Why are you going with a KB just wondering is there a lack of room for a centri blower or do you just prefer the roots style. I really don't care for KB I think the are a little pricy.

For a street driven / weekend track fun Ranger, the positive displacement compressor is the best choice. Of the two PD compressor types, twin screw is much more efficient than roots. Of the tow main suppliers of twin screw compressors, the autorotor compressor used by KB has the highest craftsmanship and build quality.

My Ranger tips the scales at 4520lbs with me in it and the old 302/KB. I will be closer to 4600-4650 with the 351W and my 20" Momo's. A centrifugal which is pretty ineffective and inefficient at low RPM does nothing for driving around town. The PD compressor on the other hand provides full boost by the time I stall my converter. On my old 302, I had full boost from 1800 - 5500rpm shift point. The torque curve looked like a table - nearly flat through the rpm range. Area under curve make fun!

For a mustang or something similar, where you will be lighter and going up 6000+ RPM, yes a centrifugal can work very well.

As for cost of the two, I did my original KB for ~$1500-1800 total. This one will be closer to ~$2000-2200. Sure, I pieced both together and am making a custom manifold set for the new one, but cost of this vs centri is not an issue.
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hey tod, quick question..

how hard do you think an HO swap would be?, cause i will do the etra work if i can get the stang motor in there. but if its unrealistic i can settle for the explorer 5.0
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