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so I traded my honduh today for a 98 cougar XR7 with a 4.6L v8 with 106k.
now Im trying to decide if I want to swap engines with my 99 XLT

think I should do it ?
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YES! i cant believe you had to ask
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Right meow. Go do it.
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Im already looking into it, from what Ive been able to find so far, its a pretty easy swap.

Im going to talk with my mechanic tomorrow and see what we can setup, but I do think Im going to go through with it, just might have to wait a couple weeks first to get some cash together in case of a problem.
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damn...
so I found some good info last night about this and it isnt a straight swap.

the only way this engine will actually fit is if I have a coil suspension (which I dont know if I do or not) but it will cost way more than I can afford at the moment with at least 5-6 things specially modified for fitment/relocation.
plus my trans couldnt handle the v8, so Id need to use the trans from the cougar, which I didnt really want to do.

oh well, maybe this could happen down the road, but I cant afford to sink about $2k into my truck right now.
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ya good luck fitting the 4.6 engine in a ranger. it can and has been done but it takes a hell of a lot of work cause those modular motors are so wide
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i would love to do a 4.6 in my 05
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ya good luck fitting the 4.6 engine in a ranger. it can and has been done but it takes a hell of a lot of work cause those modular motors are so wide
wide and tall, the 4.6 DOHC is 9" taller and 11" wider than a 302.
here is a link to engine differences:
v8 engine size

if my truck has a coiled suspension (98 -> 2wd models) it has more than 4" extra clearance in the bay that allows the wider engine plenty of room.
the 2 main problem areas are the exhaust and steering shaft, neither of which fit very well with one another and needs to serious modification to re-route them around one another.
the 2nd problem is the AC system will not fit at all, and being in SFL in a black truck, losing the AC isnt going to happen
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