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Old 07-25-2003, 12:43 AM
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Question ranger w/ a 2.3 mustang motor

so i am going to try to put a 93 2.3 mustang motor and trany in a 85 ranger 2 wheel drive. does anyone know how to go about getting the wiring set up? is there any problems i would run into that i wouldn't expect.

im new at this board stuff is there anyother info i need to put in my post?? also does anyone know of any web sites that would help me do things right like some type of walk throughs or do's and don't's of the process!! thank you


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Old 07-25-2003, 12:31 PM
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The best way is to have a complete donor vehicle and swap all the parts from PCM to the motor mounts. Is the 93 engine the dual plug motor? Do you have the harness and the computer? The engine and trans should bolt up.... its just the rest of the stuff will be different, ignition, injection, manifolds, harness, etc.
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yeah i can get the computer and i think there's a harness but i don't know how good of shape the harness is. yeah the new engine has the dual spark plugs. so do you think the motor mounts or trany mounts will match up?? and then what about belts, fan and stuff like that?? what about the oil pan??
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As the 2.3L was used in both vehicles, the actual physical swap is not going to be that difficult. Things like drive belts (FEAD) will go with the donor engine.

The most difficult will be the host harness. It is dual plug so it will be coil pack so the complete donor vehicle's wiring harness is going to have to be saved. Is the RANGER fuel injected now or was it carbureted? If carb, then you will have to supply a high pressure fuel delivery. What type of trans? Is it PCM (Powertrain Control Module)?

You are going to have to sit down and write a series of questions to be answered before the swap.

At the least you are going to need the complete wiring schematics (FORD not CHILTON) of both vehicles to overlay the donor ECM/PCM harness into the pickup.

You also need to check emmission laws in your state regarding engine swaps (upgrades) so that it will pass the sniff test.
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As long as youre swapping motors and having to change wiring harness how about putting a turbo coupe motor in instead.
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:30 PM
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this should help you in your engine swapping needs

I was thinking of doing the same swap exept the 2.3L will have a turbo on it. The problem is the air conditioning will get in the way of the turbo but hey the 2.3L gets 28 miles per gallon and much more horse will come out of it compaired with my 2.9L
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screw a naturally aspirated 2.3L go to a 2.3 Turbo motor man. a few people over at www.turboford.org have done this and could help you with the swap if need be. later
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screw a naturally aspirated 2.3L go to a 2.3 Turbo motor man. a few people over at www.turboford.org have done this and could help you with the swap if need be. later
Ditto! That would be a cool setup.

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ya it would be a sweet ride but too bad he can't use a turbo as big as yours, it would never spool.....ok maybe at around 5 grand.
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ya it would be a sweet ride but too bad he can't use a turbo as big as yours, it would never spool.....ok maybe at around 5 grand.
Probably would not spool at all, but I have seen HX35W(Dodge Cummins Turbo) Holsets on the 2.3 engines. They will support around 500 HP. Pretty much full race when you start getting 500 ponies from 2.3 liters.

I do know where an almost complete 2.3 turbo T-bird is in my local yard. Only thing missing is the turbo......

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ya if you make your way over to turboford.org you will see some pretty hot cars every now and then. a 9 second svo and an 8 second focus come to mind. but i have heard of the holset turbo being used and i never did know what it was from, thanks! when do you think you will reach full boost with yours? and then what rpm will you be taking it too? go snag that tbird and put a turbo and some exhaust on it, turn up the boost just a tad and it would be really fun. ok im gonna go now. later
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Old 07-29-2003, 03:26 PM
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but i have heard of the holset turbo being used and i never did know what it was from, thanks! when do you think you will reach full boost with yours? and then what rpm will you be taking it too? go snag that tbird and put a turbo and some exhaust on it, turn up the boost just a tad and it would be really fun.
The bird is pretty complete, but I have no need for another project.

The Holsets also come on some other cummins engines, but the most popular is the Dodge 5.9.

I hope mine will spool completly by 4000 RPM. I will probably shift around 6500 RPM. 6500 will put me around 145 MPH through the traps. I will have to get it tuned before I can get the boost high enough to do that though.

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I didnt read all the post, so i dont know if anyone said this but the best site for ranger engine swaps is www.rangerpowersports.com
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