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V-8 Swap Homework - HELP

So i have been reading up on some swaps for my 2003 Ranger.


Can i use the 4.6 L V-8 used in an 03 Ford Explorer?

If so its shown with a manual tranny option??

http://www.explorerforum.com/ntrprize/spec2003.htm


This is where my information is coming from on this.

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What engine?

What transmission?

What year Donor?

Can i use 5.0 or should i stay 4.6??
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I haven't heard of someone using the 4.6, not saying it hasn't happened its just not a popular swap. 5.0 is much easier.
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It kinda looks like what rwenzing has on his 5.0
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Yeah except its a turbo not an S/C...
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Oh I didn't look that hard, it sure is
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the 4.6 is a 90 V? and the 5.0 is less, than that there for the engine is narrower..

you CAN fit a 4.6 in there, hell the 6.0 PSD fits.. but you're going to have to do a lot more fabbing.. the 5.0 is more of a drop in and swap some wiring and plumb is.. (of course its not that easy, but it wont requite cutting and welding major stuff)
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Why not just turbocharge your current engine and have a more powerful more efficient engine.
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5.3L Trailblazer motor.
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dont you have a 4l thats pulling 23mpg hwy? Why anyone would want to give that up i dont know.
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dont you have a 4l thats pulling 23mpg hwy? Why anyone would want to give that up i dont know.
Yeah i run 21 - 23 mpg at 77mph.. and im not sure what mpg at 55mph.. i would guess more..

I am thinking power and offroading.

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Why not just turbocharge your current engine and have a more powerful more efficient engine.

Has anyone ever turbo'ed a 4.0L?? Alot of custom exhaust fabbing??


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the 4.6 is a 90 V? and the 5.0 is less, than that there for the engine is narrower..

Hmm I think you are correct.. i had just read the motor had to come out of a similiar year vehicle..

Do they even make the 5.0L EFI anymore??


you CAN fit a 4.6 in there, hell the 6.0 PSD fits.. but you're going to have to do a lot more fabbing.. the 5.0 is more of a drop in and swap some wiring and plumb is.. (of course its not that easy, but it wont requite cutting and welding major stuff)
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Hehe yeah that looks fun a 5.0l t/c.. my fear is weight ratios with the turbo... rx-7 vs ranger.. big weight change.
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Yeah i run 21 - 23 mpg at 77mph.. and im not sure what mpg at 55mph.. i would guess more..

I am thinking power and offroading.
talk to d im sure he has plenty of power and if i remember right you already said you werent thinknig lift cause of the twin stick
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He wasn't thinking of body lifting
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talk to d im sure he has plenty of power and if i remember right you already said you werent thinknig lift cause of the twin stick
Yeah, hmm ill try to PM him about it. I really rather not boost my 4.0L being 91k miles is pretty high to me...


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He wasn't thinking of body lifting
YES you are correct BL is not for me.. and neither is an excessive lift.

I want a modest lift that still rides smooth doesnt kill MPG and will allow 33's and some nice movement off-road.. I like the RCD-skyjacker-superlift hybrid hahah.
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How about giving you 4.0 a little juice (NOS)?
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How about giving you 4.0 a little juice (NOS)?
hmmm wear and tear though??? lots i assume??
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You want to go fast then get a fast car.
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Thank you.. I just think a 4.6 or a 5.0 would be a neat swap. I just also fear being at over 91k that i am bound to have issues with my 4.0 soon
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You want to go fast then get a fast car.
Haha well why not a fast truck


haha i know were gonna end up back at our GTO talk again here.
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haha i know were gonna end up back at our GTO talk again here.
A truck wont turn or stop as well as a car. Sure you can spend a crap load of cash but in the end it wont be as good. Also it's not worth trying to get the truck to pass emissions. I'd swap a V8 if I lived in another state but not here. Also I'm not sure what Utah's emissions laws are like.
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A truck wont turn or stop as well as a car. Sure you can spend a crap load of cash but in the end it wont be as good. Also it's not worth trying to get the truck to pass emissions. I'd swap a V8 if I lived in another state but not here. Also I'm not sure what Utah's emissions laws are like.

Lucky for utah... we have emission-less counties..

How would it be hard to pass emissions?? it would put out same emissions as if it were in an explorer would it not???

most say 5.0 is straight swap.. except minor things here and there.. and uhh im not sure on the tranny part yet.. i am hoping in spring to get another car.. then m y truck will be my toy.
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Well a 5.0 would not work in CA at all. It would have to be a 4.6 and you would need all the emissions stuff with it. I haven't really looked into it because I sort of gave up on a v8. Id rather spend the money on a full size with a v8 already.
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Yeah i would to but i hear that 5.0L really pushes alot of low end power for wheeling which would be fun. i would only consider it if i could keep a manual tranny though.
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i got 166,000 on my 4.0L and its still pulling hard and hasn't had any engine problems. i just don't trust the transmissions in them. the 4.0 is a good engine and will last a long time if you ask me.
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