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lookin for more power from my 2.3

I have a 97 xlt stick with 155k miles. I'm trying to find some add ons that will up the power. Looking to add about 50 HP I guess. I feel that would be a good amount of power for now. Thanks for the help
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ive been lookin for some more power with my 2.3 to. still cant find it ha. turbos bout your only option
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ya I'm gonna do that eventually when I rip it down and rebuild from the ground up but right now I'm in college so money is short haha
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Just no. Just no. Don't bother. Ever heard the phrase "polishing a turd"? You'd spend enough to get that extra 50 HP out of that motor that it really wouldn't be worth it.

If you want it to run smoother, do the air filter and plugs, and see how it runs. SeaFoam it, change the oil, and give the truck a good wash. Then go on Craigslist and start hunting for a engine. Haha...

Seriously though, with that many miles, you'd be better off getting a new block and building a fresh engine to swap in. Even if it was out of T-Bird or something with a Turbo.
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why not? Ya its just a little 2.3 but I still like it and I want to just make it better even if you say its not worth it...maybe it is to me
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ha i get the "polishing a turd" comment all the time. i say f' them its my truck and i love the old beater. i started my 2.3t build about 2 months ago. ive got a 2.3t out of an old coupe now im just lookin for a ranger long block and some actual time to get wrenchin' lol
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I figured it was about time for one of these threads again.
Someone even has this sigged i believe.
You want power, Drop in a V8.
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you'll be wasting money building that motor. buy something different to drop under the hood

there are lots of motors on NH craigslist

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why not? Ya its just a little 2.3 but I still like it and I want to just make it better even if you say its not worth it...maybe it is to me
Look. I'm not saying you can't make it better. I suggested doing the Filter, the plugs, hell you could throw in wires, etc... I'm just saying you can easily spend $500 and be no where near 50HP of gain.

Do I think 2.3T builds are cool? Damn right I do. They are different and fun. But 90% of the people out there don't have the know-how or the cash to finish a build like that.
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Performance Exhaust
K&N Intake mode
Plugs
Change Axle Ratio
Reducing tire diameter

Far from that... and considering cost / benefit..... I would also recommend to drop a bigger engine on that. !

By the way, I own a 4 banger too and I love it. Think never change it for an V8. maybe IŽll buy an additional big truck (with a V8) but think my Ranger is perfect with that inline 4.

Hope can help.
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how much would a turbo system be for a 2.3?
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how much would a turbo system be for a 2.3?
few hundo @ the junkyard.

but add in replacement parts, if you refresh your motor(rings,seals,whatnot) or not, add in tuning time it gets spendy.
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how much would a turbo system be for a 2.3?
Would that be for the '03 in your sig or the '96 in your s/n? If it's the '03 I don't think one has been completed in a Ranger yet unless it's a remote mount system. If it's the '96 I have about 3,000 in the build that went into my '99 and thats just the engine. That doesn't include the clutch, tuning, gauges, and anything else you may run into.
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its a 2003, 96 is my fire dept station number
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Ahh ok. Take a look at this thread then. It should give you the basics and an intro to what you're looking at.

http://turborangerforums.com/showthread.php?t=2613
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2.3t is the way to go!!! i love mine...15psi...keeps up with my bros 5.0 fox body and rapes on hondas. plus 5.0-15mpg...2.3t-17 when I'm boosting all the time 23 when i drive normal
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I also wish that there were some simple mods to increase power(maybe not by 50hp),but 15 to 20 would be cool.
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Re-gear to a numerically higher ratio (deeper gear set). That's about all you can do to make that motor make any HP other than putting a turbo on it.

There is no replacement for displacement.

If you re-gear, you will feel like you got your moneys worth, even though it won't actually make any more HP, all its doing is giving you fake torque (same torque as before just at a faster rate) = best bang for your buck.

Or do a good tune up, a CAT back exhaust and a K&N and be done with it. It is what it is and can't be anything else.
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I have a 97 xlt stick with 155k miles. I'm trying to find some add ons that will up the power. Looking to add about 50 HP I guess. I feel that would be a good amount of power for now. Thanks for the help
I dynoed my 2.4L about two years ago at 161hp with simple exhaust, intake, and ignition modifications. They do make high-performance race heads and other componates but I just can't justify spending the money on a tiny four banger, its a 2.4L four cylinder no matter what you do it'll never make any kind of real power.
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I dynoed my 2.4L about two years ago at 161hp with simple exhaust, intake, and ignition modifications. They do make high-performance race heads and other componates but I just can't justify spending the money on a tiny four banger, its a 2.4L four cylinder no matter what you do it'll never make any kind of real power.
2.4L? Its either a 2.3L or a 2.5L there were no 2.4L's in the rangers.
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ok so yall make it sound imposable 2 find go fast goodys4 bthe 2.3s get on the fone with jegs or summit if thay cant help you go 2 ur nearest dirt track races on poney stock night n talk 2 1 of the ford teams ask them where u can get a big cam heads stroker kits ect. maybe this will help
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ok so yall make it sound imposable 2 find go fast goodys4 bthe 2.3s get on the fone with jegs or summit if thay cant help you go 2 ur nearest dirt track races on poney stock night n talk 2 1 of the ford teams ask them where u can get a big cam heads stroker kits ect. maybe this will help
Its not impossible to make a 2.3 go fast.
Just very impractical.
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actuly i looked in 2 it after i posted n found a site called hot rod high and it seams prety simpel n mor pocket frendly tha i thought .. parts list n a good junk yard i seams u can do a lot ... n acording 2 this site with a lil fab. no how u can fit a volvo dohc head on our 2.3s or....... with the rite factory head cams and rockers u can get a lot more lift and dur. pocket frendly n prety simpel but just my 2 cents
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