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Hello all!

I am new to the ranger community and I need some help! I want to turbo my 3.0 ranger. It is a 1999 and it is a 5 speed manual. I have googled it a million times and i can't get many answers. Can anyone tell me what I would need to turbo my truck? I want to add 50-100 hp without completely ruining my truck. I know I would probably only run like 10 lbs of boost. Im sure this has been talked about a million times on here so Im sorry in advance.

If you could include the size of the turbo with any additional things I would need, I would really appreciate it! Ive heard that the ranger community is super helpful so please help a brother out!
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I forgot to mention that my truck is RWD
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Morana racing has Ranger 3.0l supercharger adapter kits: Tom Morana Racing Engines

These require less room, which is at a premium in the Ranger engine compartment.
And much easier to install overall.

While turbo charging is more power efficient since it uses waste exhaust pressure, the point of either is to increase the amount of air that can flow into the cylinders and there by increasing the amount of fuel that can be burned, which results in more available power.

There are quite a few people that have done custom turbos for the 3.0l, but the key word is "custom" so you would need the ability to DIY all the parts yourself.
You would most likely start with a "universal turbo kit", google that
You would then need to "customize" that to fit into your engine bay.

You are pretty much gambling at anything above 6psi boost with a stock engine.

Super or turbo charging will run you $2,000 and up for the parts, new.
You can often find late '90s Explorers with 5.0l V8 engines for much less, and like the saying goes, "there is no replacement for displacement", so with this swap you get your horsepower(and torque) increase, plus there are ALOT more upgrades for the 302/5.0l engine than the 3.0l, if you chose to go farther.

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would the supercharger make my truck less reliable? Thats the only reason I was leaning toward a turbo. Because I have heard that they are more reliable. Is that true in the case of the ranger?
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No, it would be the exact opposite.

One of the easier to understand issues with turbo chargers is that they spin at much higher RPMs than the engine, and they are in the exhaust system, 750degF+, so their bearings do get hot.
When you shut off the engine the oil circulation stops, so...........oil cooks in that heat, usual issue with turbos is failed bearings.

Superchargers run at lower RPMs and are just running cooler not being in the exhaust stream.

And with custom turbo installation people don't usually have alot of "cool down room" for the turbos, so they tend to run on the hotter side even for a turbo.

Turbos use waste energy to spin up so are way better in that respect, efficiency, if you were designing and building an engine then you would go with a turbo in most cases.
Turbos are quieter
Because they can spin so much faster the maximum boost pressure for a turbo can go well above a supercharger, but this is usually a non-issue when on a budget, lol, as said earlier, stock engines will simply disintegrate if too much boost is added.

Superchargers draw power from the engine via the pulley drive so while they increase power they do use power as well, turbos use way less power from the engine, it isn't 0 but it isn't much either, which is why they are more "efficient".
Superchargers don't have "lag", it is instant boost, turbos have the "turbo lag"
Superchargers have steady predictable power curve
Turbos have a lag but also a surge when wastegate opens which can cause issues in traction if driver isn't expecting it at the time it happens.

Superchargers are a simpler add-on
Adding a turbo or super charger will cost about the same in Parts, installing a turbo takes 3 times the labor of a supercharger, maybe more.

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There isnt a supercharger kit just for it, but i heard somewhere that there is a way to adapt a supercharger from the 90's thunderbirds onto the older 3.0 and 4.0s. Try looking into that.
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Morana Racing has Ford 3.0l adapters to add Eaton M90 and M112 superchargers: Tom Morana Racing Engines
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