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Old 12-19-2011
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2004 2.3L Tires, Lift, Power Question...

I have a question about the 2.3L and if a lift and/or big tires will make the truck more sluggish than it already is ?

I know it has the open 7.5" 4.10 gears, Would bigger tires make much of a difference in power and acceleration ?

I ask because the Ranger I have, imho is fairly ugly atleast compared to some of the others I've seen and I'm close to paying it off and thinking about either doing some mods to it or getting rid of it and buying a v8 Ram.

If anyone that has a 4banger and has a lift and big tires could comment that would be great.

Also, Would parts like bumpers, valances, and trim from an Edge fit a regular XLT ?
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i have an 08 ranger 2.3L. 3inch Body lift with 31 inch tires. i swapped out the open 3.73 7.5 for an 8.8 4.10 with Limited Slip. it drives just like stock. what i needed was the 4.10 gears. being that you already have 4.10s you should be able to put some 31s on there no problem. 32s i think would be pushing it, but it can be done.


as far as for the bumpers and all....i think they should be all interchangeable. somebody will chime in on that to correct me if im wrong.
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I've got a 98 4 banger 2wd. I had 235/65/14s, put on 235/75/15s put on. Zapped my power a good amount and took about 30 miles off my tank as far as mpg goes.

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I appreciate the replies guys but you both kinda canceled each other out.. LoL
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i wouldnt really be concerned about what STLranger said...he has a different 4cyl than you...you have the 2.3 duratec and you should be fine with the 4.10s and 31s
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yeah. My truck is 10 yrs newer, so there's different technology. Im pretty sure we have the same engines.
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Thanks guys..
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all i know is the day i put my tires on my truck could no longer make it up hills on the highway without losing 5-10mph and pissing off all the hostile drivers behind me lol. definitly going to get a bigger engine on my next truck
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