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I have a 1987 mustang 2.3 LX five speed that i converted from a 2.3 to a 5.0. Can i rebuild the five speed transmission from the four cylinder to handle the tork of the v8.
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I also have a 1993 LX 2.3L that has as cracked head and was wondering if a 1993 ford ranger head would be a good replacement and a performance upgrade.
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Ranger head would be basically the same thing so no you will not see a performance increase. If your still running stock cast iron exhaust manifold you could try gettina ahold of the Rangers tubular style exhaust manifold. Is a small boost.
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Thank you for your imput. I was wondering if you could recomend maybe a good cam upgrade that wouldnt cost to much. Would i hace to change anything else on the head if a changed the cam? Still wondering if the five speed trans a have is the same trans as the v8. The trans a have is out of a 1987 coupe 2.3L and if i can i would like to rebuild to put on my 5.0. What changes would I need to make if its possible?
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Also is the cam on a ford ranger the same?
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i from experience would recomend a newer throttle body. i replaced mine and it helped some. not alot but something. also get rid of the environmental pollution stuff. EX pipe running from manifold to plenium elbow. (Fuel Injected) this will help a little.

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all the 2.3L engines in the older mustangs and the ford rangers are the same exact thing.. with tiny minor thigs diff. but nothing too big. so you can swap back and forth from ranger to mustang if you want. me im getting ready to engine swap a ranger engine in my mustang.

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Thanks DBT4220 for the information. This is what a want to know. Why do some of the people on this thread say that some of there performance upgrades are a ranger roller cam. Like one guy was naming some modifications he had done on his 1988 LX and one of them was a 1989 ford ranger roller cam. If they are the same whats the point of the ranger roller cam switch?
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they are not the same, but your 93'lx alrady has that cam in it. and DBT4220 us with the 2.3l's do not have x pipes and a throttle body is not a good upgrade for a 2.3l also the ranger header wouldbe a good upgrade from a ranger 94-96. and no your 5 spd will not be able to hadle the torque, although 5.0's ad 2.3l's both had the t/5 there are diffrences.

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he is asking if he can rebuild it for the 5.0 i thought you could the trannys are the same except have different gear ratios so i thought you cold replace the 2.3l internals with 5.0 internals.
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they are not the same, but your 93'lx alrady has that cam in it. and DBT4220 us with the 2.3l's do not have x pipes and a throttle body is not a good upgrade for a 2.3l also the ranger header wouldbe a good upgrade from a ranger 94-96. and no your 5 spd will not be able to hadle the torque, although 5.0's ad 2.3l's both had the t/5 there are diffrences.

who said anything with X pipes? and im not saying i got a performance throttle body. im saying i replaced mine because mine was wore out. and by doing that i got more power back. and yes the "newer" rangers are different from the older ones. my mistake. the older ones (80's) were the same block and everything.

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All I am saying is that porting the intake on a non turbo car with no other mods is not going to be a noticable difference. A friend of mine added a trick flow track heat intake to his 5 OH. It had pulleys, K & N, march ram air, and a mild cam. Because the intake will out flow any normal street intake (cobra, gt40, edelbrock performer) he actually lost power. He went from a 14.9 to a 15.3 in the 1/4. Bigger is not always better. Look at my car. Basically stock. 13.9. Just ask the guy in the 2001 z28 that I roasted on calgary trail last night. LOL

My car is totally N/A and its doing 13,5 the 1/4 mile. It has to do 13 but I am a problem in the ¨hand¨. If I practice a couple of more time, will reach the 13 easily. (and my car hsa only 9,8 compression ratio)

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It seems its hard to get information about this engines, in particular the N/A ones.

Would be great to hear more about this. I was told that pro 4 cars are about 325 hp. Is this real? I am trying to inrease the power of my 8v, and in the future use the 16v volvo head to get more horsepower and would like to know how much I should expect from both engines, always N/A

I think that someguy here in the forum has to have a powerful N/A one....or its mine the powerful one?

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Depends on how much money you want to spend.
A friend of mine used to race circletrack with 2.3 ford it was a freak if you will it made 415HP @ 9400rpm it was a tall 2.3 block with a lightened 2.4 liter toyota steel crank 5.7in eagle Hbeam rods for a small block chevy block was bored .060 with 14:5.1 JE forged pistons a factory EFI lower intake that was extrude honed and a custom plate made for it to mount a worked over 500cfm Holley which was flowed at 615 cfm cylinder head was from esslinger engineering it had chevy 1.94 in 1.60 ex backcut stainless valves fully ported and polished and port matched to intake and flowed together 1 5/8 shoenfeild long stepped header camshaft was also huge not sure of exact dur buy i remember lift was .585/.585 the final displacment on the engine was i blieve a 2750cc 2.7 liter this was one wicked lil engine esslinger engineering and racer walsh has a slew of parts for these engines and trust me you can give some of the V8 guys a fit especially when you launch that little monster at almost 10,000 rpm
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Actually the difference in 2.3's as far as the LIMAs is the exhaust and I think intake ports. The D shaped exhauset is the best exhaust. If you have EFI one the the best mods especially if F-Ied is the Volvo head swap. Im gonna be pretty much building a midget car engine, just need to see if theres a bigger carb than 390 I can buy or if some one else like DeMon makes a carb.

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