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Properly tuned diesels shouldnt blow black smoke....
i agree with you to a point but they are gonna lug some and when they do they will smoke. higher performance diesels. i am not talking semi engines and large diesels with already a ton of power... i am talking pickups with added performance.
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^^Yes, but with the proper turbo/intake manifold craming air in there, it should clean up most of the black smoke. Look at Banks' 8 sec quarter mile truck, Twin turbos and a really great intake manifold = zoom zoom-the black cloud.
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ive always heard that the truck without intercoolers blow smoke
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ive always heard that the truck without intercoolers blow smoke
not always true.....the smoke comes from excessive amounts of fuel in the combustion chamber.....the fuel that isn't completely burnt is the black smoke...
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^^Yes, but with the proper turbo/intake manifold craming air in there, it should clean up most of the black smoke. Look at Banks' 8 sec quarter mile truck, Twin turbos and a really great intake manifold = zoom zoom-the black cloud.
no lug on the engine when it spools up. if what you say is true no pulling tractors would blow black smoke either.
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My engines (Cummins ISX 435hp/1460ft) only blow black smoke when there is an air or fuel imbalance.
Too much or little fuel; same with air flow.
A properly tuned pulling truck will not smoke except under extreme loads. A truck tuned for straight line performance will smoke.

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the way i get my truck to smoke like that is when i seafoam it...lol
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Properly tuned diesels shouldnt blow black smoke....
i knowwwwwww
but it was just my way of saying a diesel


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yea but sometimes the black smoke is cooler
exactly.. to an extent.. some of the damn diesel students here with they're hopped up trucks get pretty annoying just revving them and bombing down main street pissing everyone off.. and giving the rest of the tech students bad names.


mine would have different settings.. the play/haul mode and the normal driving mode where i would have it more balanced out



but the point remains.. if your dead set on using a ranger.. go ahead and pour endless amounts of money into it.. or just go ahead and get a full size and be able to do more work
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i .. or just go ahead and get a full size and be able to do more work
thats the realization I came to. I bought a 1979 f250 Flatbed with a 460 CI motor.
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thats the realization I came to. I bought a 1979 f250 Flatbed with a 460 CI motor.
whats that get about 5mpg? lol but I bet its a beast pulling.
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yea ill prolly end up doin that...my boss has a really old cab over truck with a retro fit bed in it and it use to have a 440 iron block in it but that blown to peices so i might build that up instead
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What are Rangers rated to carry payload wise? 1/4 ton? if u plan to exceed that then u need a bigger truck. if u want to carry at the maximiun or slightly over then u can try to mod it.
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I see a lot of talk of how to make the tow Ranger go but little about making it stop. The first thing you should consider is installing a trailer brake system. Improving the brakes in the Ranger is good but don't rely only on them.

The 4.0 SOHC engine tows very well in stock form and does not need a lot done to it too be able to tow the capability of a Ranger which is around 5,000 lbs.

You probably already know this but you will need a good receiver and tires that can stand up to the load also.

I tow my race car in an enclosed trailer with a combined weight of around 3,500 lbs plus another 800 lbs, sometimes more, of gear on the bed. I just run helper air springs in the rear and a trailer brakes system. I have done a few minor mods for engine power but the increase in performance is minimal.

My longest round trip is from So Cal to Ohio and my hardest trip was over the Rockies on I-70. My Ranger handled them with no problem at a cruising speed between 70 and 75. Only the steepest hills require shifting out of 4th into 3rd and I have to get slowed down in traffic to need to shift down to 2nd. I never use OD while towing.

The only thing you will get from installing a spool in a tow vehicle is a good chance of breaking an axle. With a lot of weight on the rear you will need a proper operating differential. A LSD is good but not needed.
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thats the realization I came to. I bought a 1979 f250 Flatbed with a 460 CI motor.

so when's the ranger gettin' SASd?

you can even use the axles from the new truck
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lol. First thing I want to do is put a manual back in my truck. Since I don't need it to tow anymore. That tranny still around?
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i think joel threw it away. sorry
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I agree with IN2 FX4.
I would get the trailer brakes . the best pads and shoes .
and a good fresh tune up .
I bought my ranger with 145K .
It now has 364K .
I have just installed it's first clutch .
I have put 3 sets of front brakes on it and one set of rotors .
1 set of rear shoes ,
Also replaced 2 of the u-joints in the rear drive shaft , still rollin on the original rear u-joint .
I tow a trailer that weighs 1500,empty.
My truck weighs 4400 empty , and I roll at about 6200 daily
I haul a yard of sand on the trailer .
Or load it with a couple thousand pounds of building materials ....I have been since I got it .
The 4.0 is a strong engine , I love the push rod motor .....no big deal .

I also have 4 wheel drive , as it allows me to get into places men fear in the w9inter ....lolit is a very doable thing if you use your head.
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just get a diesel..


end all your towing problems
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