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Old 10-08-2009
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Icon4 feels like i'm towing an anchor

so i know its a 3.0 ,but does anybody else have that feeling when driving that your towing anchor ???? like when i go to get on the interstate , getting up to speed takes awhile
my question what would help this
transmission bad?, new UD pulleys?, etc etc.... any ideas?

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tuner, headers, intake, under drive pulleys, junk the 3.slow ha ha
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tuner, headers, intake, under drive pulleys, junk the 3.slow ha ha
haha not junking it, only ride
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Tuner will be your best bang for your buck, also whats the milage like?
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Tuner will be your best bang for your buck, also whats the milage like?
truck has 38k
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Tuner will be your best bang for your buck, also whats the milage like?
custom tune? , or super chip or??
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Not cheap but one of the best.
If you do plan to do other modifications, I would wait on this. It wont be as effective with something added on after

3.0 : Bamachips, The Mustang Tuning Source
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How is your axel geared (3.55, 3.73, 4.10, or 4.56)?

I've got 4.10 gears in mine and haven't been too disappointed, even with 31" tires.
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How is your axel geared (3.55, 3.73, 4.10, or 4.56)?

I've got 4.10 gears in mine and haven't been too disappointed, even with 31" tires.
its 3.55 or 3.73
ive thought about re gearing but how much top end do you lose and i have stock rims and tires , thinking about bigger tires and rims but idk
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its 3.55 or 3.73
ive thought about re gearing but how much top end do you lose and i have stock rims and tires , thinking about bigger tires and rims but idk
Losing top end? I'm running 4.10 in the rear and I can still hit 94 mph in third gear. You don't need to worry about that with the level of what you're doing. Besides, as long as you keep the same final drive ratio (tire diameter)/(gearing), dive-train performance will not change.

Let's take the usual setup, 3.73s with 29" tire (many stock 3.0L rangers)

Let's say you want to go to 31" tires

(old ratio)/(old tire diameter)=(new gear)/(new tire diameter)

(3.73)/(29)=(???)/(31)
(3.73)(31)/(29)= 3.98
You need around 3.98 gearing (3.73 or 4.10) and the truck will accelerate/tow the same as before.

33" tires
(3.73)/(29)=(???)/31 => You need around 4.24 gearing (4.10 or 4.56)

You get the idea. Go with the higher number if you want more get-up-and-go and better towing, or go with the lower number if you want better economy. I wouldn't go anything past the equivalent of what the truck was available with stock though (i.e. 4.56 gears with 29" tires).

Definitely do a full tune up though regardless.

Does that help?
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The best bang for your buck IMO is a tuner and underdrive pullies.
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its 3.55 or 3.73
ive thought about re gearing but how much top end do you lose
Her we go again with the "top end " bit.

You bought a TRUCK .
Trucks are made for hauling things around at a reasonable speed.
They are made to WORK .
If you want to go fast , BUY A CAR , they are made to go faster and corner better.
Again , Trucks Are Made For A Purpose.
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Here's my question...what type of anchor are we talking about here? What size/weight?
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F150 mod is was the best bang for the buck for me....
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Trying to get performance from the 3.0L is like polishing a turd I think.
If you really want to polish the turd, maybe you could re-gear, get pullies and a tune. But it will still be a slow turd.
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Here's my question...what type of anchor are we talking about here? What size/weight?
From the amount of threads on this, I am gonna guess like a cruise ship anchor. Probably a couple of tons.
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Losing top end? I'm running 4.10 in the rear and I can still hit 94 mph in third gear.
so you're saying your speed governor is useless as well as your other two gears in terms of speed?



proof?

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and you expect us to beleive that?

94 MPH
4.10:1 gear ratio
31" tall tires
3rd gear = 1.50:1
6266 RPM

your 3.0 cant spin almost 6300 rpm....

you need to review your statements before you post
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so you're saying your speed governor is useless as well as your other two gears in terms of speed?



proof?
I can also hit 91MPH in third with my 4.0. RPM is at about 5200ish.

But in all seriousness the 3.0 sucks for speed.
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I can also hit 91MPH in third with my 4.0. RPM is at about 5200ish.

But in all seriousness the 3.0 sucks for speed.
yeah but your 4.0 has more ***** lol
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yeah but your 4.0 has more ***** lol
Meh. Its still a crappy engine.
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Losing top end? I'm running 4.10 in the rear and I can still hit 94 mph in third gear.
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so you're saying your speed governor is useless as well as your other two gears in terms of speed?



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and you expect us to beleive that?

94 MPH
4.10:1 gear ratio
31" tall tires
3rd gear = 1.50:1
6266 RPM

your 3.0 cant spin almost 6300 rpm....

you need to review your statements before you post



haha i would have to sat POWED
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haha i would have to sat POWED
powed?

you're an idiot.
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haha i would have to sat POWED
Another awesome quote from the smartest person on earth. Thank you for your wisdom.

^^^^Sarcasm if you couldn't tell.
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Here's a question that wasn't asked yet, despite all the BS that's being thrown around. Is it a manual or automatic tranny? The autos are crap and prone to issues.
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