New Member Needs Advice - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource

SOHC - 2.3L & 2.5L Lima Engines Discussions and Topics specific to the Lima 4 cylinder engines

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-29-2005
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: breezewood,pa
Posts: 4
New Member Needs Advice

First off let me start by saying hello to all. I'm actually looking for advice. I bought my son a 1988 ford ranger for xmas. the truck is a 2.3L four banger with a 5 speed tranny. bad news now the truck has a three inch body lift with kelly safari msr 33x9.50 tires and of course is 4wd. the truck looks sweet and son wants to keep it this way. can anyone tell me if i can swap the 4 banger with a 2.9 or the indestructible 4.0? definatly dont want to do the V8 cuz son is only 15 and dont need him with all that for his first vehicle. any help would be greatly appreciated.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2005
LILBLUE04FX4L2's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Exit 105 New Jersey
Posts: 2,409
cost wise - start looking for a V6 equiped Ranger and sell the 4 banger
and if you are staying with a 4x4 stay away from the 3.0
Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2005
birdie2000's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Abilene,Texas
Posts: 528
welcome check this out it should come in handy
also check out rps's full tech section it might come in handy

oh yea...check out
they have a swap section on the left that may give you more info

and like lilblue said...stay away from the 3.0...i wish i would have know that.
and get some pictures up.we like to see
Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2005
logan03CO's Avatar

iTrader: (3)
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,235
***oops deleted***
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2006
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: MI, U.S.A.
Posts: 322
I know that you want to stay away from the v-8, but that is pretty much your choice if you want to do the upgrade and keep it somewhat inexpensive. The 4.0L sway is possibly, but costly. There are kit available for the 302 sway that come with everything you need for approx. $600, that includes headers, harness, all mounts, aluminum radiator. For the engine/trans, they are a dime a dozen. A stock 302 doesn't have that much more power than the 4.0L and it doesn't rev as quick(in stock form). The entire swap can be done for under $1700 not including any install fee if you do not do the job yourself. A mechanically sound 302 in a ranger still gets well over 20 mpg and once he gets older, the possibilities are endless!
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
finally got my ranger! it needs tires, i need advice quicksilver2001 Wheels & Tires Semi-Tech 14 11-14-2011 10:22 PM
new member needs help philb88 General Ford Ranger Discussion 0 06-15-2011 07:16 PM
Hey guys. New member needs help! Camaroz2887 General Technical & Electrical 8 01-27-2011 05:20 PM
Noob who already needs advice... noisenormajean General Ford Ranger Discussion 18 04-24-2007 09:04 AM
Newbie needs Bama advice RentonRanger General Ford Ranger Discussion 8 03-30-2007 05:22 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:56 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.