how hard is a v-8 swap into a 1997 2wd 4cyl ranger

Asked by Jan 12, 2015 at 12:29 AM about the Ford Ranger

Question type: Car Customization

I have a 97 ranger with a very weak 4 banger in it, thought it would be more
powerful because it has two plugs per cylinder, I was wrong. At my disposal
is a running 2000 Ford explorer 5.0,I do want to retain the 5-speed tranny in
the ranger. Even though it's a two wheel drive, someone already installed a
small lift kit, 2" I think. What all can I use from the explorer, I.e. coil packs,
worrying harness, rear disc brakes, etc.. Any info will be helpful

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Check your states emissions standards First you will have to change computers from the Explorer to the Ranger I know the 4.0 V6 5 speeds should bolt right up but the 4 banger 5 speed I would say no and because of the gear ratios get a 5 speed rear end from a 4.0 Ranger or Explorer the engine and sensor hookup may or may not be different You may have to take the wiring harness from the Explorer to replace the one in the Ranger You would be lucky if your explorer already was a 5 speed put engine and tranny in together It would also help if you or a friend has a 1997 Ranger and a 2000 Haynes repair manual also at your local Advance Auto and Auto Zone etc.

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you will need everything from the explorer. you probably will have to use the explorer transmission. if you have to pass emissions testing, you may not be able to pass once you do this no matter how clean it blows, because the v8 was never offered in the ranger. look on a ranger or ford specific forums for more detailed answer.

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Thanks for the reply, I know it's gonna be involved

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