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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 05:23 PM
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More Power For My 97 Ranger

Im new and I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on increasing my power for my ranger. I have a 97 with a 2.3 engine 4 cylinder and 5 speed tans. From what I have heard I can put in a jet jet chip, new exhaust and a cool air intake. I was wondering if you guys also knew how much more horsepower each would give me.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-19-2002, 12:27 PM
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Re: More Power For My 97 Ranger

A saying goes that "cubic inches eqquals cubic dollars" in the racing world. A 2.3 Litre engine doesnt have much potential to begin with, but to get more more power you need to analyze what the bottlenecks are. That engie wouldn't take in or put out very much air, so i wouldthink a new exahust would be very beneficial. Maybe a better flowing cat or muffler, but that would be the extent of my modifications as far as exhaust goes. You could put in a K&N filter to help the engine breathe a little better, maybe look into some upgraded ignition set-ups, possibly a new computer, but I really wouldn't expect very much. You're better off just dropping a different engine in or just getting another truck and using this one for your commuter because of the mileage.
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Re: More Power For My 97 Ranger

If you want to make the most out of your 2.3, there are a few places I would start. The first place to look at cheap bolt on performance is KKM Look at getting their Tru Rev Max kit. Another place would be Clifford Performance Most people have forgotten that the 2.3 used to be a decent small car race motor that has alot of potential. Summit Racing, Jegs and others offer quite a bit of performance goodies for the 2.3. However, the MAJOR issue with their performance parts is, that I do not know how many are still street legal.

There are alot of other things you can do with a 2.3 to help it out (exhaust, computer chip, larger injectors, bigger fuel pump, NOS, cam, crank, other engine internals, 180 degree thermostat, eletric fan, etc.). As well as other little tricks to make it work better. I would also goto The Ranger Station for these types of mods for the 2.3. There is a guy named Russ that MIGHT be around over @ Ford's offroad page He built a 2.3 into some sickly fast thing in a 2wd truck of his. I think it was in the 11's or 12's or worst case 13's, but I can't remember his E-Mail address. You might want to check the Main board over @ Ford's as well for him

Good luck with it
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-18-2002, 02:21 PM
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Re: More Power For My 97 Ranger

there is a site called The Ford Ranger Pages. it has a lot of good suggestions.check it out
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