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Any reason why Ford has never offered a V8 in the ranger. Seems to me that would be a hot selling truck!
 

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I agree, I know I have heard of a lot of people doing v8 swaps but none offered from the factory. There is one for the Explorer! Look at how well the v8 Dakota does, which I almost bought instead...
 
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I have a friend at work who knows a ford engineer, he said they have built several prototypes of a 4.6 Ranger. I think it's just a matter of time. Took them what, 3 years to move the SOHC engine over to the Ranger? Probably around 2004 we will see the V8 if the pattern follows.

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Be glad you got the Ranger instead of the V8 Dakota, they're bigger and heavier, worse gas mileage, and your Ranger will outrun the 5.2 and at least keep up with the 5.9. I tried them both out before buying my 99 Ranger, and got it for that reason. My SOHC will outrun the 99, so no doubt about it vs. the 5.2. I think what sells them is the V8 emblem on the fender. What embarasses them is a good Ranger.
 

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Thanks for the pep talk. I really enjoy my Ranger. I hope what you say about the 4.6 isnt true cause I will have mine paid for by 2004. Then I will want the 4.6 Ranger. Of course wanting and affording are two different things...
 
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What are you running against 4x4 Exteneded cabs? besides the 5.2l isn't even offered anymore and I doubt you could run with the 4.7l they are faster then the RT's. I've said this once and i'll say it again here, The only reason the RT is the dog that it is, is because of the intake and dodge engineers have even admitted this. When I used to have my 3.0l I got sick of getting my @$$ handed to me by Dakota's and S10's, shoot my pops used to regulate with his old 4 banger work truck on me. The only reason I think Ford hasn't come with a V8 yet is the fact that the ranger is used to meet epa regulations, just like why chrysler got he pt qualified as a truck.

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RGONOT,
Be glad you got the Ranger instead of the V8 Dakota, they're bigger and heavier, worse gas mileage, and your Ranger will outrun the 5.2 and at least keep up with the 5.9. I tried them both out before buying my 99 Ranger, and got it for that reason. My SOHC will outrun the 99, so no doubt about it vs. the 5.2. I think what sells them is the V8 emblem on the fender. What embarasses them is a good Ranger.
 
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CobraSplash,
Look at my sig, I'VE got the 4x4 extended cab. The guy I ran had a 5.2 RT 4x2. I've never raced a 5.9 side by side, just behind them from stop light to stop light where they can't pull me. And you can't compare the 3.0 with 150 hp to the OHC engine with 207. And I'm not too sure about the EPA stuff when it comes to Rangers. The Explorer with the V8 gets the same or better gas mileage than the Ranger with the 4.0

Cheers, and have a good day!

Mike
 
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I've tried the 5.9

I have a 4x4 Extended cab and I tried to run w/ a 5.9l RT. I wouldn't say he handed it to me, but I don't think I will ever get him w/ it naturally aspirated. He slowly pulled away from after about 40 mph. I would say in a quarter mile he would've beaten by about 1/2 to a full car length. Well I'll find a blower, and I'll beat his A**. Haven't found any others that are a problem. The supercharged frontier can't run w/ me, I don't know why, but that truck is NOT fast. There's not tacoma out there that's beaten me, S10's ain't S***, and I ran w/ an Eclipse the other day, for a truck this bad boys got some serious balls. If I wanted something to race on pavement I would've bought a car, but I don't know of an RT that will go where my truck has been. I have buddy's w/ jeeps that had to turn around and go back while I kept going on some trails, I'll post pics later.
 
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Well actually my Pops 4banging Dakota handed the 3.0 its @$$ on a silver platter, anyway they don't make a 5.2 RT, all RT's have the 360 so if you raced one thats what it had. but anyway I was just wondering because one of my good friends has a 5.2l sport regular cab with 3.91 gears and that thing is pretty quick. Its amazing what a set of gears can do.

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CobraSplash,
Look at my sig, I'VE got the 4x4 extended cab. The guy I ran had a 5.2 RT 4x2. I've never raced a 5.9 side by side, just behind them from stop light to stop light where they can't pull me. And you can't compare the 3.0 with 150 hp to the OHC engine with 207. And I'm not too sure about the EPA stuff when it comes to Rangers. The Explorer with the V8 gets the same or better gas mileage than the Ranger with the 4.0

Cheers, and have a good day!

Mike
 
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Well call me stupid. All I saw was the RT badges on the truck, I assumed it was the 5.2. I've been behind RT's with the 5.9 badges on them, thought they offered both. I agree on the gears, the 4.10's in mine make a world of difference over the 3.73's that were in my 99 4.0 Ranger. I only beat him by half a car or so, he lost a lot of time taking off. I've got limited slip, don't think he did.
 
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My take on why Ford hasn;t droped a 5.0 in a ranger is that if it ain;t broke don;t fix it, meaning that they have had the best selling compact truck for the last god knows how many years. i would love to see a SVT Ranger, like the prototype they made a coupla years ago. I think somethings in the works though!!!
 

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Why should ford put the v-8s in the ranger,if they did that when i buoght my 88 S,I would not had as much fun doing it myself in 88.
 
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I wish they did becuase wiring was a biznotch. Other then that the swap wasn't hard.
 
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