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Old 07-15-2012
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Engine swap ideas

My 02 XLT 4.0 SOHC is comming real close to 200,000 miles, and i am itching to get a new powerplant in her.
I am torn between a 5.0 or a 4bt
I dont really know what im getting into when it comes to labor extent, cost, and headaches for either and was hoping that i could get some opinions on which would be the smarter route.
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Old 07-16-2012
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5.0 will be easier and cheaper but its still going to be expensive if your not doing it yourself.
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Is smog a concern?
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5.0 will be easier and cheaper but its still going to be expensive if your not doing it yourself.
I will be doing the work, this is my project not someone elses!

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Is smog a concern?
It is not.
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I will be doing the work, this is my project not someone elses!


It is not.
Wrong! You wont pass inspection here if you go to a 5.0.
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Either way with explorers already set up with 5 Liters plus all the support they have I'm sure the 5.0 would be much cheaper. Plus a lot cheaper to get factory/aftermarket parts for? Although the little diesel would turn a lot of heads and be pretty sweet when it was complete.

I don't know about there but here you would be able to BAR it and make it smog legal if you use an explorer 5.0 since it comes out of a truck also. Not sure if it would have to come out of the newer ones or not?
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The rule seems to be same year or newer for the swap. So the last 5.0 was 01, to be legal a 4.6 would need to be used.

The 4bt died in the late 90's and went computer controlled as the ISB which is 170hp little expensive monster.
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The rule seems to be same year or newer for the swap. So the last 5.0 was 01, to be legal a 4.6 would need to be used.
True for cars. Not for trucks. At least over here.
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State by state things are way different, figured commyfornia would be no.
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Is there anybody on this forum that has done a 4bt swap in a 02+?
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check out 4btswaps.com... there are a few ranger builds on there. ive only seen one 4bt ranger on here and i believe it was ttb, so 97 or older.
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Is there anybody on this forum that has done a 4bt swap in a 02+?
I haven't seen any anywhere that are 02+. Seen a few pre 00's though.
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