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2002 2.0 ecoboost swap ranger build thread

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2002 2.0 ecoboost swap ranger build thread

First off you have to consider what you are starting with. Any ranger that has a 2.3 duratec (2001 1/2+) and is 2wd and 5 speed (mazda m5od-r1 tranny) will be a perfect candidate for this swap. I am not familiar with the auto transmission and same goes for the 4x4. You would have to do your own research for that if thats what you have.

Where are you getting your 2.0/2.3 ecoboost motor?

ebay has a fair share of them and one can easily be had for under $1000. Mine was from a 2013 escape. anything 2012+ with an eb will work. Also take into consideration if your motor comes with a wiring harness and all the sensors. (below I will have part numbers for the motor harness and sensors that are in the intake and intercooler)

Sensors and misc parts you will need
(keep in mind part numbers may differ from vehicle to vehicle, but majority of plugs and electronics should be nearly identical. I.E. a map sensor on a focus st and a map sensor on an escape have a completely different part number, but they are interchangeable and function the same)

Main motor harness: CU5T-12C508

MAF/IAT sensor: CV2A 9F479 AA

Intercooler (MAP?) sensor: should come with whatever intercooler you order

Exhuast v-band clamp (this part varies between different vehicles and years, but if your turbo doesnt have bolt holes and uses a v-band clamp this will be the one, its a very odd size) : CV6Z-5A231-C

Aside from those, everything else should come with your controls pack


The stock 2.3 duratec radiator will not flow enough to keep the ecoboost cool. You will want to get a radiator from a 4.0 ranger that flows much more. It is a direct fit and your coolant overflow from the 2.3 radiator will no longer be needed.


I went with the stock intercooler that ecoboosts come with. Ebay is your best friend!

(when looking for an intercooler try to find one with the map sensor in it included, I'm writing this at 2 am and do not feel like going to pop my hood to get the part number for that sensor)

PCM and engine orientation kit
Ford 2.0 ecoboost controls pack part number: m-6007-20t

2.0 eco Engine orientation kit: M-6006-20

Motor Fitment
oh, you thought it would bolt right up? wrong, kinda... and heres why

Firewall modification (sawzalls are your best friend)

Your first struggle will be the cam driven vacuum pump and fuel pump on the pack of the motor. These are why the firewall needs to be cut and reshaped. The area you have to cut into is right in the ducting for the heater core, so unless you love carbon monoxide poisoning I would highly suggest you make sure you reseal your cut out sections in the firewall. My truck at the moment doesn't have heat. all the ducting is blocked off. Here are some pics to get an idea for how much had to be chopped up.

I used sheet metal and sprayable insulation foam to reseal after the cutting. I would suggest not welding in this area unless you want to catch you whole cab on fire and have a bad day.

Motor mounts

The stock 2.3 duratec driver side motor mount bolts right up and fits fine. The passenger side is a different story.

You will want to bolt your motor to the transmission and bolt up the driver side motor mount to be able to mock up the passenger side mount. Here is some pics of the passenger side mount and the spacers we made for both sides to lift the motor up by around an inch

(oil pan clearance issues!)

basically for the mount you're going to want to unbolt the factory frame mount and make a triangle around it, make a new plate shifted forward on the frame, and drill out holes to bolt it up. You will have to weld for this if that is not already obvious. Then the little 1 inch motor lift spacers just simply slide under the mount to raids the motor.

After all the mounts are made and what not You should be able to fully bolt in the motor and figure out your alternator next

Power steering
delete it.

Alternator setup
This one is fairly simple. I ordered a 70 amp denso 1 wire alternator for $100 off ebay and began mocking it up. Heres what the brackets and alternator look like once in place. Keep in mind you will need to get a new 4 spline pulley for this alternator. The serpentine belt should be 1325mm in length and 4 spline. Go to an auto shop and ask them for that, they should be able to help you. Alternator pics!

I dont know what to title this part.
So, your new ecoboost motor is bolted up and in the truck. Awesome! Now its time to rip open that 2.0 ecoboost controls pack and read the 18 page document they include for setting everything up. They tell you the majority of everything you need to know, but I'll touch on one topic - the fuel system. Ford states that this motor requires 55 psi of fuel and a return line back to the tank with a regulator. In our case you really dont need a regulator or return line. The stock ranger fuel pump has a regulator right in the tank that is right around 60 psi. Run a plastic 5/16 (I think) fuel line from the little nub that comes up right under the intake manifold to the high pressure fuel pump on the motor and make sure to have an inline fuel pressure gauge. From what I've experienced so far, the stock pump is enough. But if it does end up not flowing enough at some point I will make a mention here about it that you need a new pump.

The rest of the swap
everything else you have to do for this swap is fairly simple, and I would encourage you to be unique with your build. For example my beautiful front mount intercooler that replaces the grille.

I hope this post has encouraged you to do this swap. It's fast as hell, makes turbo noises, and hurts other peoples egos very badly. Mustang owners will envy you and the sound of it will break necks. If you have any questions feel free to DM me on reddit (u/c4_on_the_floor), but I highly encourage you to comment on this thread so information can be shared through the community. I most likely missed a few little bits of info on this swap. Its 2:30 am right now so I'm almost positive I did. Enjoy spending all your hard earned money on making a ranger as fast as a mustang. Its worth it, trust me.

A rough cost estimate: $4000
A little vid of this thing making some boost and ripping
(sorry about the shaky footage!)
There was also a nasty boost leak when I filmed this, since then its been fixed (or atleast I hope!)
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