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Old 07-10-2010
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5.0 in 97

has anyone put a 5.0 in their 97, or evan any ranger.....hows it ride, i no gas is going to suck major ***. but how is it. i want to end up putting a 5.0 engin and rear end, and also......gear ratios? what do i look for. thanks.
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Icon3 FYI:

Go to the V8 section and you'll find quite a few............I've got a 5.9l in my green 94, and when ya V8 one, you generally aren't lookin for mpg.
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I put a 5.0 in my 96. Gas mileage would depend on the setup you go with...which I wasnt going for gas mileage..I wanted something fun and fast..but I actually logged 23 Mpg when I took it easy just to check out the gas mileage. But I generally get about 12-17 Mpg cause I like to drive it like I stole it!
https://www.ranger-forums.com/f34/19...-0-swap-93083/
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haha dont we all but yea, the gas milage i like cuz im used to my 2.3 but. miss my horses from my 4.0. did u do just an engine swop or u do the tranny and rear end so.......thats what im looking for. i wanna build it for racing though.
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I did everything from the ground up..check out the thread in the v8 section.
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You need to swap the transmission with the engine. Your current 2.3L trans will not bolt up to a 302, and even if you could it wouldn't last. What type of racing do you plan to do? As for the rear-end that preference, if you have a 2.3 there is a good chance you have a 7.5" rear diff, which will last for a while but upgrading to an 8.8 is normally suggested. You could put the F150's axle under the ranger but it will be wider that your current axle.
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yea i no i would have to swap everything out....i was saying that im used to the gas mileage. i dident say anything about useing it.
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