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98 Ranger XLT: 351W conversion ?

Got a 98 Ranger XLT, std. cab 2wd in a trade. Has 2.5 auto, 3:73 open diff.
I know the 302 is the easy way to swap, but I've always been a sucker for a bigger engine. I've even thought about a 400M, these can be fun when the smog crap gets discarded and a head/cam swap.

But about the 351W (easier swap that is most likely to happen for me), any good headers or stock exhaust manifolds for these? And running AC too, could use a Sanden comp. to limit size. And a C4 trans, old Bronco 9" rearend with tamer ratio. Emissions not a concern.

Anything I need to think about that I'm missing? I know I'll need some mods on the heater box...

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A 3 inch body lift will give you the clearance you need at the heater box

A 351 W is a great choice.

Sounds like a cool build.
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No need for a 9". The Ranger 8.8" is still a stout rear axle. If you want discs and traction lock, then the Explorer rear is a cheap bolt in. little stronger ( 31 spline vs 28 iirc ) and it flips the axle over the leafs for a lower stance
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You'll likely get more info over at the Ranger Station forum, in the Engine conversions section.

Not trying to run you off here, just that they specialize in the Ranger topic

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