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Looking for some HP gain on a 3.0 engine

So I´ve had my 3.0 (automatic) Ranger with me for 3 years now, and even though it runs pretty decent, as guys we always like the idea of more power, better acceleration etc. I thought about selling the truck and get a 4.0 Ranger (manual if possible) and start adding performance parts but the thing is, this truck has already a sentimental value and if I could I would rather keep it for a long time and make it some sort of project. So I wanted to inquire if there is room for improvement with a 3.0 engine? i mean I don't want to have a beast of a truck, I am only looking for a decent gain in horsepower through performance plugs and cables, air intake, crank pulley and that sort of things, probably rebuilt the tranny (transgo kit) or even a turbo maybe? I wouldn't want to go through an engine swap either i believe is too much of a hassle. Fortunately I have enough money to start buying parts and since my intention is to keep this truck for many years it does not really matter how much I invest in it. Any thoughts or suggestions on how to fairly increase HP or if the turbo idea is just silly, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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So I´ve had my 3.0 (automatic) Ranger with me for 3 years now, and even though it runs pretty decent, as guys we always like the idea of more power, better acceleration etc. I thought about selling the truck and get a 4.0 Ranger (manual if possible) and start adding performance parts but the thing is, this truck has already a sentimental value and if I could I would rather keep it for a long time and make it some sort of project. So I wanted to inquire if there is room for improvement with a 3.0 engine? i mean I don't want to have a beast of a truck, I am only looking for a decent gain in horsepower through performance plugs and cables, air intake, crank pulley and that sort of things, probably rebuilt the tranny (transgo kit) or even a turbo maybe? I wouldn't want to go through an engine swap either i believe is too much of a hassle. Fortunately I have enough money to start buying parts and since my intention is to keep this truck for many years it does not really matter how much I invest in it. Any thoughts or suggestions on how to fairly increase HP or if the turbo idea is just silly, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
There aren't a lot of bolt-on options. You can build up the engine if you want, but you're still going to have a built 3.0.. it's really not worth it. You can do stuff like underdrive pulleys and an e-fan, but you'll see minimal gains, if any. Most people with a 3.0 swap in a 5.0 for power.

To start.. I would just get a tuner with a performance tune, and maybe re-gear to get some ***** in the acceleration department.

EDIT: Don't waste your money on stuff like CAI (cold air intake) or throttle body spacers... they don't do anything.
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