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What is the best way to up the power?

I have a 2009 2.3L 4 cylinder. I had a 4.0L in my 96 which was nice. I pulled a small trailer with 16 pallets up to my buddies house in Wisconsin, which was a 5 hour drive. I could pull it no problem except the RPMs were obviously higher than usual. I'm looking at a chip but I'm very new to this. I found one on this site http://www.gfchips.com/fordranger.aspx if anyone could tell me if they've heard anything about it or if you are a little more knowledgeable than I am. Or you could also leave me any other suggestions you may have (preferably ones that won't break the bank). Thanks
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I would just do a 302 swap.

By the time you got the little 2.3 to run half as well as a 4.0, you could've bought said 302 and swapped it in.

That's the next thing on my list after the bumpers, etc... a good old V8 swap... obviously I would go through the engine well and replace all seals and such while it's easy to do so...
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The 2.3L isn't going to make a ton of power. I would trade it in on another truck with a bigger motor if you need it.
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I would just do a 302 swap.

By the time you got the little 2.3 to run half as well as a 4.0, you could've bought said 302 and swapped it in.

That's the next thing on my list after the bumpers, etc... a good old V8 swap... obviously I would go through the engine well and replace all seals and such while it's easy to do so...
Don't you also have to swap out the transmission too ? Wouldn't it be easier to just buy another truck ?
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Don't you also have to swap out the transmission too ? Wouldn't it be easier to just buy another truck ?
Yes and yes.
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'09silverranger, Drop by mypowerblock.com and go to the groups to Ford Ranger 2.3, that's my site and there's alot of info on the 2.3 and upgrades. Your's being a '09 it'll be the Duratec, which is the best designed 2.3 as of yet.,.........
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get an SCT tuner and a couple tunes... not the cheapest, but good gains...
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I have a 2.3 and it's a dog. Slow *** crap. Do you know if it can be rebuilt for more performance or will a six cyl swap work? I have a 96 Ranger XLT. I'm building a rat rod of sorts but nothing outrageous. Still, I needs more power.
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