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If you had the choice which engine would you choose?

If you were going to do an engine swap, which engine would you choose?

Ford 302 5.0L

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Chevy LS1 5.7L

I know people are going to crap themselves by me saying this, but I want to swap a LS1 into my ranger eventually down the road, whats everyone else think?
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Wont you have better transmission options with the LS1? If so I'm gonna vote LS1.
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LSx

its lighter and its not jus another boring 5.slo
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the ls1 is a great platform
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LS1

But one project at a time please.
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I chose 5.0 just to be different haha. Im happy with my 3.0 it does what I need it to do.
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LS1 buy my jeep and ill send you my 350 turbo 400 dana 300 twin sticked international scout locked axles with spare front driveshaft.
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LS1

But one project at a time please.
Dont worry, this wouldnt be for at least 6 years at my pace.
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LS engines > all.. well atleast all V8s
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LS1 for the simple purpose of cost-vs-performance. Can't beat a SBC for cheap power.
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5.0L... Ford engine goes in a Ford... i dont own a chevy....
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5.0L... Ford engine goes in a Ford... i dont own a chevy....
Im surprised it took so long for this responce.
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I'm also of the opinion that a Ford should stick with Ford, but that's just me. That would be pretty badass to see a LS1 in a Ranger though! -Mike-
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LS1 is a great engine. But Id take the 302-5.0 and bore it out to a 347. They have potential for HUGE power
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Money no object, I'd pick a 42x Ford Big block, just for a challenge and to be different.
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I'd do a LSx swap. I mean so many people do the 700r4 swap, so why not. plus dimension wise it will fit in a Ranger alot better than a 5.0 and they are monsters. Best of both worlds, Best small truck, best V8 on the market.

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LS1 for the simple purpose of cost-vs-performance. Can't beat a SBC for cheap power.

you can't build a motor any cheaper than a small block Chevy

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5.0L... Ford engine goes in a Ford... i dont own a chevy....
i agree 1,000%.....i HATE it when someone builds a Ford (doesn't matter year) and sticks a Chevy motor in....pisses me off....

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Money no object, I'd pick a 42x Ford Big block, just for a challenge and to be different.

that would be sweet and could be built to be a monster!

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LS1 is a great engine. But Id take the 302-5.0 and bore it out to a 347. They have potential for HUGE power
and people don't realize that.....302's are a great base platform...
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LS1 for the simple purpose of cost-vs-performance. Can't beat a SBC for cheap power.
Ditto...

I don't really like it when people put other manufacturers engines in a vehicle, but to keep on track with this post.... LSx would be the perfect motor for a ranger.
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everyone is also forgetting that in a '98+ Ranger, a v8 Explorer swap is almost a bolt in....
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Unless you a 2004+.... :(
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Unless you a 2004+.... :(
Rangers are still the same from '98+......granted you can't take a '02+ Explorer v8 and make work, but any Explorer v8 from '97-'01 will almost bolt into any '98+ Ranger......frame nor suspension hasn't changed since '98 (well except for the axle and hubs)....
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^^ Yep we just got screwed in the deal. Yeah you can bolt it in at 04+ but wiring would be a absolute nightmare.
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i bet it wouldn't be that hard......
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i bet it wouldn't be that hard......

it would be harder than you think
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Personally, I'd go with the 302. Simply because in my case it's much more well documented on how to do the swap. I'm too new at all this stuff to start tearing into a full blown swap that no one has ever done.

Now granted obviously your a bit different knowledge level then me... so take my vote for what it's worth.

On a side note... making a 347 Stroker would be sweet.
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