How Could i Increase HP in my 2.3 L4 engine


Asked by Aug 04, 2008 at 03:44 PM about the 1987 Ford Ranger

Question type: Car Customization

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Remove, replace with small block V8. It's a naturally aspirated four cylinder that doesn't have a high compression ratio. Unless you put a blower or turbo on it, you won't be making much more power doing anything else.

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Put a turbo on it

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the cheapest way is a turbo or supercharger but thay both lead u to other problems such as coolin and work that may need to be done to the moter so u dont blow it up the v8 ider is a good one but can the gearbox ,dif handle it i had a 1984 model hilux 4x4 that i put a 3.8 v6 commadoor moter and gearbox in it and power to weight out put was cool i could smoke 35'' tyers it all depands how much u want to spend

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It's the same engine that they used in the Mustangs with a Turbo so if you can find a mustang turbo and all the stuff that goes with it it's not too hard to do

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will it fit though?


Yes, easily. Chevy S10s at the drag strip will have small blocks in them all the time. The older square body style could fit a big block, and so could thee square body style Dodge Dakota.


pull the 2.3 and throw the 4.0 6cyl in it...moves a ranger damn quick and you get a lot more torque...if you don't want to spend the money to do that then go for a turbo, exhaust manifolds, and a k+n filtercharger cold air intake kit

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do they make one for a 1987 2.3 ?


Don't forget to tell him about the turbo lag, it really slows down the revs


Hey, i would throw a V8 in it there really cheap and easy to come by your local junk yard will have one


Cheapest route... Buy a 2.3 turbo motor out of the Mustang SVO, the Thunderbird turbo coupe, or the Merkur XR4Ti. The motor is a direct bolt in, you need the wiring harness, and computer, or you can do a standalone with the megasquirt. There are very subtle differences b/w the 2.3t and the n/a 2.3 internally. A friend of mine and I got a mustang LX that had the swap done and was making 400rwhp @ 20psi + for $175....cheapest parts I have ever seen, and most of the work was done in a home garage. There is information on this swap all over the place for the ranger, you will spend way more for a V8 swap, to make the power of the turbo motor.


lol dude ur from gardner nice, lol i no a guy there who recently did a 302 swap on his 89 ranger. he said that he had no troubles and it really was pretty simple. if you ever really need any questions on where to find a 302 add me on facebook man, i know all of the salvage yards and probably know of a few people willing to sell 302's if u ever get really interested. if you know travis jones or isaac adcock they'll both tell you i know my stuff when it comes to cars. so if u ever do need help i'll do what i can.


Would putting dual exhausts on my 1992 2.3L help hp any?

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