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Old 12-10-2010
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real story on the diff btwn 3.0 and 5.0. driving impressions/

Hey all,
got the 98 xlt off road sport package, flareside, 3.0 and I am curious to the type of increase in the performance level after the 5.0 swap!!!:smileford :
Appreciate any feedback,
thnx,,, Q
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Old 12-11-2010
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i've done the swap.

so far from driving it, i don't feel any sluggish with 33'' tires and 3.73 gears.

can't say much about how fast i've only gone 30 in it so far :P
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Old 12-11-2010
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ok lets say this a 5.0 has tons of after market support. the 3.0 is **** poor for aftermarket and it doesnt respond to mods. you can make a 5.0 as fast as you want. the 3.0 you cant.

if i was going to swap a 5.0 it would not be a stock motor i would do some work to it.
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Old 12-11-2010
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all depends what you want the truck to be able to do. you can build a 302 any way you want, theres no certain way to build a motor
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Old 12-13-2010
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Being the owner of a '97 5.0 Exploder and a '00 3.0 Ranger, I can say that the only thing you need to know is the throttle response is like night and day.
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Old 12-13-2010
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all i gotta say is the 4.0ohv and sohc was a huge difference. imagine a 3.0 6 to a 5.0 v8
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Old 12-13-2010
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you cant compare a 3L to a 302.
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