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Icon5 2.3T in a 4x4 application...thoughts?

Well my love for gen 3's has really gotten big since I got the 95. In a year I want to pick up another one just like it, but do a sas. Here's my thoughts and questions. I know a lot would say just go for a v8 and call it a day. Well I plan on doing that to the 95 so I want to do something different. My biggest concern would be reliability/safety for the motor. Is there any safe guards that can be taken to protect the turbo and any other vulnerable parts? I know wil a mild build i could have plenty of power and still get decent mpg's out of it which is why I am leaning towards it. However if it doesn't seem like a smart idea running that motor on a 4x4. I have another Idea I just dont know if it's doable or not. So for my second question.


If I go with a 95-97 obd2 truck is it possible to throw the 2.3 duratech into that year truck without any major modifications? I realize I would need the computer too. So any insight would be great, thanks.
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BUMP!!....anyone?
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Why would you want to throw the duratech motor in there? Seems smarter to run the obd 2 lima with Turbo coupe internals

theres a turbo site I'll link you on aim later tonight that you would be better asking this stuff on.!
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a 4x4 with a 4 banger turbo would be reliable depends what you want to do offroad with it if it would be the best choice. a duatech swap would be complex due to all the emissions and sensors needed for it to run
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there were gen 3 rangers 4wd with a 2.3 lima


just get one of those, and put a turbocoupe/mustang 2.3 in it, should "bolt right in"
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Why would you want to throw the duratech motor in there? Seems smarter to run the obd 2 lima with Turbo coupe internals

theres a turbo site I'll link you on aim later tonight that you would be better asking this stuff on.!
it was more or less a back up plan if the 2.3T wouldn't be a good application for it. The truck would see a variety of terrains, mud, rocks ect. I know a lot of people use PSD for offroading so i'm just wanting to be sure about it before I'd go through with it. Reason why I considered the duratech is due to better power/performance and also they are great on gas compared to the lima. Like I said just getting all the info I can before I even get started.
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