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Old 10-14-2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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1993 Ford Ranger, 2.3 liter 4 cylinder, 5 spd.

I was wondering what I could do to free up some horsepower, I'm gonna be getting a chip that showed gains of 10-12 hp and then a K&N intake. What else is there that I can do that will maybe free up some weight and give me some more ponies? Has to be less than 500
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Old 10-14-2006, 09:12 PM   #2
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cam? headers? nitrous?

but really though, I cant think of too many different ways
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Old 10-14-2006, 09:35 PM   #3
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You can get new exhaust. That shoud free up about 10 hp. A new throttle body. Im getting a new one for my car. Yjays would give you quicker throttle response and more air, which will free up some more hp's.Its about $530, little abouve your price range but I dont know it would be cheaper or more expensive for you vehicle. New exhaust, the K&N( like you said), hedders, camshaft, is about all I think of for under or a little bit abouve 500.
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:27 AM   #4
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Has to be less than 500
Horsies? Shouldn't be too difficult, lol....
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:35 AM   #5
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Don't get headers, wouldn't want to waste your money on something you wont be able to use. Just get one header.
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:38 AM   #6
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Header- mid pipe so no cats
throttle body
intake
intake manifold if possible.
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Old 10-15-2006, 03:43 AM   #7
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I've been talkin with my dad about one of the newer 2.3 liters that push out about 120-130hp I forgot and then I could modify from that platform so I really don't know but keep throwin out suggestions thanks guys!
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Old 10-15-2006, 03:45 AM   #8
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Header- mid pipe so no cats
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They don't make throttle bodies or the spacers for my engine, only the 4.0, same with the headers they only have them for the 3.0 and the 4.0 so uhh yea
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Old 10-15-2006, 04:08 AM   #9
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They don't make throttle bodies or the spacers for my engine, only the 4.0, same with the headers they only have them for the 3.0 and the 4.0 so uhh yea

...Then don't waste your time, stop spending money on useless sh*t, and either save up money and sell this truck for something more modifiable, or start looking into an engine swap, because pulling 10hp out of that truck would be a waste of time and money.

1993 Ford Ranger, 2.3 liter 4 cylinder, 5 spd.

I was wondering what I could do to free up some horsepower, I'm gonna be getting a chip that showed gains of 10-12 hp and then a K&N intake. What else is there that I can do that will maybe free up some weight and give me some more ponies? Has to be less than 500

Wrong, a chip for your nearly stock truck will give you next to no power, I will put both my Mustangs on it, and this is something I thought you would've known by now, advertised usually means divide that by 5.. As for a K&N, just get the filter, the intake is just a waste of money. As for the weight, not a ton of weight to free up. Stop wasting your time and money on this truck, and if nothing else the engine.
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They don't make throttle bodies or the spacers for my engine, only the 4.0, same with the headers they only have them for the 3.0 and the 4.0 so uhh yea


really they make headers for the 3.0 i have been lookin all over for then i cant find em if ya got a link shoot it to me
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Old 10-16-2006, 11:20 PM   #11
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1993 Ford Ranger, 2.3 liter 4 cylinder, 5 spd.

I was wondering what I could do to free up some horsepower, I'm gonna be getting a chip that showed gains of 10-12 hp and then a K&N intake. What else is there that I can do that will maybe free up some weight and give me some more ponies? Has to be less than 500

What do you currently get? Is this a Mazda engine or US genre?

I don't know much about any 2.3 litre, but I would expect if it is jap pedigree you would be looking at 90kW in sedan form and maybe 80kW in pickup (designed for more power at lower revs = more torque potential). So I guess you rarely use the vehicle for it's intended purpose and want to get some tailgate action? Cheap mods rarely result in much gain, unless you are doing the labour yourself.

Chances are the cam is relatively short duration short overlap. If the engine is OHC with rockers, you might get a quick gain simply by changing the rocker ratio up a decimal point.

The TBs on most run of the mill cars will strangle air flow and you should look at replacing, however you may need to employ a SAFC type controller to maintain fueling and/or timing. The snorkel, plenum spigot and filter box intakes need to have a greater cross sectional area than the TB (measured at the choke/throttle plate).

The exhaust side changes rarely result in significant gains, although the increased noise certainly provides the perception that there has been. Young blokes will swear by this mod as they change their driving habits to gear change by growl. They will even produce a dyno chart to prove it. Maybe a set of port balancing extractors is the go here, but expect to rev a little harder. Of course the intermediate and tail pipes will need to be looked at too.

Beware the Ebay resistor that changes the intake air temp sensor reading. When the engine gives up the ghost from either bore wash or burnt exhaust valves, the seller won't be there for you to repair under warranty.
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