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Old 11-26-2010
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New Member With 2.5L Questions

Hello everyone, i'm a new member but i've been lurking / reading the forums for a while now. I recently purchased a 1999 Ford Ranger 2.5L
manual with the short bed, from my uncle who drove the truck back and forth to work. It has 65,000 miles and has had all its regularly scheduled maintenance. Purchasing it from him left me with a decent amount of cash to fix it up somewhat, and try to get a little more power out of the stock 2.5L engine. I was just wondering which performance mods would be the most cost efficient, and ideas for what to do later.
  • K&N Intake
  • Dynomax Ultra Flo Catback Exhaust (# 39315)
  • JET or Bama Performance Chip
  • Tune Up w/ Performance Plugs / Wires (Suggestions?), new coil packs (ACCEL Super EDIS), fluid changes (Suggestions?)
  • Any other suggestions


I'm currently having the transmission rebuilt, with a new clutch and etc... It originally belonged to my now deceased aunt, who learned to drive stick shift on it and needed it. Also replacing the tires / battery.

The only thing other than performance mods that I would like to do, is replace the stock side / rear speakers with something better, a small amp, and a new head unit. Possibly a small sub, but if I did it would likely be like a single 8" - 10". If there are any audio guru experts here that could help me in that field i'd be grateful, just looking for overall sound quality, and the only thing I need out of the CD player is something simple with a USB / 3.5mm hookup for a MP3 player.
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Old 11-28-2010
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Personally I wouldn't do the chip. It won't do much on a stock 2.5. I would do a stage 1 cam from Racer Walsh or BoPort. The main problem with these engines always has been the heads. They dont flow near enough in stock form.
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Personally I'd upgrade your speakers and deck. Its a slow truck and you might as well enjoy some good music taking an extra couple minutes to leisurely get to where you need to go. I've noticed i have much less road rage in my truck because i'm never in a hurry to get anywhere anymore.
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i also have a 98 ranger reg cab auto lol that i just got 3 months ago. i also wanted more pep out of my truck but instead i am going for over all look. eventuraly im gonna go 2.5 turbo ;D but thats later. if i was you i would do a tune up on it plugs wires drop in filter dont buy a k&n buy a spectrom off ebay same filter just 25-15 bucks cheaper look up what year your truck is and type air filter and it should pop up.fuel injector cleaner and oil change and. if you have any qustions ill be happy to anwser as much as i can lol im new to the whole ranger thing also but im learning as i go
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