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92 2.3 into a 96?

ok i have a 96 with a 2.3 and i have a 2.3 out of a 92 and wiring is different......any help on re wiring? ASAP.............................................. .can this be done?
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just swap the wiring harnness,that's the best thing to do
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just swap the wiring harnness,that's the best thing to do
will all the sensors work? will it run right?
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ok......i still have the 96 intake and all bolt ons will they swap over and use the 96 wires or am i screwed??????
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Everything should swap over just fine.
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96 block has the crank sensor needed for the OBDII to work (for 95+ vehicles).
The 92 block does not have this. You'll need a differnet computer to run te 92 enigne in the 96 truck.

The 96 intake will not bolt to the 92 head. But the heads can swap over.
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96 block has the crank sensor needed for the OBDII to work (for 95+ vehicles).
The 92 block does not have this. You'll need a differnet computer to run te 92 enigne in the 96 truck.

The 96 intake will not bolt to the 92 head. But the heads can swap over.
ok???????????intake is bolted on????? did it this afternoon???? it says on the timing cover 10/27/92 maybe im wrong.......
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ok???????????intake is bolted on????? did it this afternoon???? it says on the timing cover 10/27/92 maybe im wrong.......
i just swaped the inake and exhaust man. over to this engine and was going to try that......maybe not now???????
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I meant intake manifolds. did you just swap over the intake tubes?
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I meant intake manifolds. did you just swap over the intake tubes?
yes......i put the intake and exhaust man. off of the "96" onto this block i quess its a 92???? now i am wondering........ i was told it came out of a 96 but the intakes and egr setups and wiring were all different......but on the timing cover it says 10/27/92 is it possible they made two different types of the 2.3 in 96??? oh yeah......this "92" does have a crank sensor?????????
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Is the intake off the 96 all 4 runners in a line? or a 2x2 square

Crank sensors only came on 95-up. Post a picture of the complete engine....

Those timing covers are interchangeable...

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This is a 95-2001 engine. note the intake is 4 in-line
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And this here is an older style, 2x2 runners:
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the intake i swapped over was 4 tube.......off a 96 i know that is right . but the engine i bought was fuel injected, has coil packs but intake looks like the one in the second picture...it does have a crank sensor heads are the same exhaust man. and intake manifold were different than what was on the engine in my 96...thats why i just took everything off the 96 and i am putting on the "other one"...... i havent cranked it yet a few more things to do...i wil take a picture but now it looks just like the one in the first picture.
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You know, they could have swapped the head over. the heads swap over no matter the year (it was an 8 plug though, right?).
Mine, idk, if it had a crank sensor, the block at least is definitely a 95-up, as they didn't have it earlier on.
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You know, they could have swapped the head over. the heads swap over no matter the year (it was an 8 plug though, right?).
Mine, idk, if it had a crank sensor, the block at least is definitely a 95-up, as they didn't have it earlier on.
yeah its an 8 plug. and it does have a crank sensor....just had me all messed up didnt know what was what but i just got back from the shop and i sat the engine right in place and bolted tranny up so tomorrow i will hook the rest up and see if it fires......dont see why it shouldnt everything is now the same as it was (far as electronics) ill post more as soon as i finish it up...but thanks for all the input!
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You should be fine then. That is weird though, but let us know how it goes.
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You should be fine then. That is weird though, but let us know how it goes.
ok everything is in and wired up...but.....the crank sensor plugs are different? the one one the engine i bought has a round 4 pin with four wires going to it and a single plug with one wire.,.....but my truck has a 4pin round with only 2 wires going to it and nothing else and both plugs are female.........so im at a stop for the moment....again...
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Another thing, the 92 engine will have a distributor, and the 96 engine will not. It is a DIS system. I totally forgot about that. You can get convertors to plug the 92 distributor hole and gives it an extra sensor.
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Another thing, the 92 engine will have a distributor, and the 96 engine will not. It is a DIS system. I totally forgot about that. You can get convertors to plug the 92 distributor hole and gives it an extra sensor.
it has coil packs...
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Yeah, The 1992 2.3 came with coil packs from the factory. I had a 1990 with a 2.3 and it had coil packs on it.
The 2.3 got coil packs in 1989 for the Gen 2 Ranger.
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