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Old 06-20-2006
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see it fits no problem.
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Old 06-21-2006
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man these are pretty cool st ups...If I had a money tree I go all out...Dump a FORD GT40 racing engine in rear and find some way to make front heavier....It be one heck of a truck

but in your case if it was me I'd go with the 302 so you'll have some room for a/c and stuff
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Old 06-21-2006
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Originally Posted by fordtechguru
go with the 285 horse exploder setup that drops in ..... or struggle to swap a 260 horse 4.6 in.... plus the mod motors have no torque, and you won't find many parts for a 4.6 at your local back woods just off the trail parts house either..... lets not get into tranny options... i'll take the

Actually the explorer 5.0L only had like 215-225(in '01)hp stock. The 4.6L has good torque, but they FLY when you get those RPM's up there.. and the 96-98 4.6L (220ish hp) had the non-PI head setup while the 99-04 4.6L (260hp) had the PI setup which gave it the extra 40hp.
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Old 06-22-2006
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Originally Posted by Trevelyn1015

Hey, I know that engine!

The 4.6 actually fits in a '98-up 2WD coil spring Ranger alot better than most people think it would. There's plenty of room around the engine to work on it. In fact, it's easier than working on my V8 Explorer.

I removed the AC for two reasons, weight savings and the fact I never used it. If I had wanted to keep it there was a couple of different routes I could have taken.

Was it worth it? Definitely! It runs good, sounds good, and has a little bit of wow factor when you lift the hood. I'm trying to get everything together for a trip to the dragstrip on July 1st. I'll post up some performance numbers when I get them.

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Old 06-22-2006
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wow that 4.6 is wide!
its possible.
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Old 09-21-2006
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Originally Posted by 034x4
I think this is why most people don't try it. a 302 can be a tight fit...

4.6 on left and 302 on right...

the engine on the left is a dubble overhead cam engine. the heads are much wider then a single overhead cam 4.6.

i've got 3 SOHC engines laying around at my work out of cop cars. one has less then 5K on it but has a bent rod.
it could work BUT in my eyes you'd be better off getting a power adder such as a supercharger.
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Old 09-21-2006
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As for that price on the 4.6 you can get a 302 for less than that and there is ALOT of mods and upgrades that are cheap. 302 upgrade is the way I am going .
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