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San Diego Ranger Checking in

Yeah, I know the name is HawaiiRanger, but I'm born and raised in California. Joined back in... 2014 when I was stationed in Hawaii, but ended up back here in 2015. I'm in the USMC, and spent 2015-2016 in Afghanistan, and I'm getting ready to head back in the next couple of months.

I've owned my ranger since 2013, and I haven't done any mods beyond routine maintenance. Its a 2004 4.0L Edge, automatic, sitting on 28"s in back, 31"s in front, sitting at 180K miles and going strong. I've dropped a Pioneer FH-X730BS double Din radio a couple weeks ago, and am about to drop the coilover conversion up front. I'll be building a camper build as well in the back once I finish the coils and find a decent shell for a decent price.

Still looking into the V8 swap and whether it would be worth it in terms of practicality or if I should do it... ya know... just because (Cost is the biggest factor there, so I might just wait until the motor is about to die for that mountain).
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Welcome back

Thanks for the service


No on the swap to V8, 2004 and up Rangers used digital dash and Smart Junction Box(SJB) which adds a BIG layer of complications to the swap.
Pretty much all cab wiring needs to be changed, because you need to change the Engine computer when you change the engine, and body computer(SJB), dash and engine computer all need to "talk", all the time.

2003 and older use analog dash and GEM module which could be used with V8 computers
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I'm doing smog research right now (**** California) and I may not be able to do it. The engine needs to be from the same year or newer vehicle, and come from the same classification (i.e. light truck). Now, the 2015 F-150 has the 302 engine, but the F-150 and the ranger are not in the same class, so the more I'm looking into this, the more its looking like I wont be able to... and stay in this communist shithole state.
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The 302(5.0l) engine you are referring to is not the same 302 OHV Ford made from 1961 to 2000
Newer Version is Modular engine design, with Dual Overhead Cams

An earlier 302 was 19" wide and fit into a Rangers engine bay but a tight squeeze
The Modular 302 is 28" wide...........heater fan/box would have to be removed and steering shaft offset
And exhaust would have to run outside of the frame rail.

Height would also be an issue, earlier 302 was 21" tall, modular 27", so would also need a body lift of quite a few inches


I grew up in So Cal, but back then Smog was just something you had to breath, they didn't test vehicles for it, lol.

I get why they had to do it, I remember watching the smog roll in in the afternoon, a sharp line coming across the mountains and up the valley with the on shore breeze.
Grew up in Reeferside as we called it then, in early 1970's, Riverside now, lol.
Was all orange groves when I was growing up, ain't that any more, lots more people, AND cars now

You can find already swapped and registered V8 Rangers in Calif. probably cheaper to go that route, lol.
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RonD,

Thanks for the 302 clarifiation. The more I'm looking into it, and taking into acct. the smog limitations, I might just have my 4.0L rebuilt and get the eaton M90 SC and associated kit for it. That might be easier/more reliable than anything else.

How do you like B.C. compared to California/Riverside? I grew up in Ventura, so we had Meth Valley (simi Valley) just down the 126. San Diego isn't as bad, but the homeless problem down here is wicked bad.
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I like it fine up here, wife's Canadian.
Taxes are high but heath care is cheap, and I am older now(60+) so that matters, lol.

Yes, any place its not cold you will get more "street people", we get that in the summer up here, but by fall they migrate south, to so cal, lol.

While "there is no replacement for displacement", super charger would get you more "get up and go"
Added on Super chargers are also much easier to drive than turbo chargers in pickups.
Turbos don't have a stable power curve so can launch you sideways on a corner if they spool up at the wrong time
Super chargers have a consistent power curve, no surprises

Turbos are easier to design in on factory vehicles and cheaper for that reason, so more popular.
Turbos also have a higher boost potential, but for street use and semi-stock engines that doesn't come into play

How much boost can a 4.0l SOHC take?
.5 psi less than before it blowsup...........lol
Any engine is designed for its rated hosepower and torque, so anything above that is guessing

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