Ford Ranger Forums banner

1 - 20 of 31 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I want to get some more power out of my little 2.5L on my 98 ranger 2wd reg cab. Set it up like a pre runner. Jack it up a couple inches and put some bigger tires on it, not too big, 32" max. I plan on making my own front bumper from scratch, made a bumper for a friend and it turned out pretty sick. My thoughts were: replace stock air box with a cone, underdrive pulley, throttle body spacer, and mess with the exhaust.

Any thoughts, comments, or constructive criticism?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,411 Posts
throttle body spacer will do nothing really. first is first for performance... intake, exhaust, U/D pullies, and then a tuner.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,321 Posts
Definitely go for the intake and exhaust first!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,411 Posts
yup... for exhaust he general consensus on this site is Flowmaster rocks, Magnaflow blows... so get a flowmaster 40 series for that 2.5! either replace the muffler of go catback... gibson is real good with 4 banger ranger exhaust kits.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,686 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,411 Posts
dont do exhaust first cuz it will do nothing... you cant push out the air you dont have yet so the intake must be first to get that air in there, theres still plenty of room in those pipes for the extra air to go. I reccomend the flowmaster super 44 for the two V6 engines but when it comes to the 4 banger i say the 40 series... the 40 series will make it much louder and the super 44 will enhance the true sound of the engine... so, since the 4 banger does not have much of a gurgle true sound like the 3.0 or the 4.0, you need the 40 series to create that gurgle...

would you agree BADINTEN?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,686 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,321 Posts
How's it running now?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,411 Posts
haha, me and InFiDeL were getting drunk together at my fiance's 21st b-day party talking bout his truck... little 4 banger has a ton of carbon buildup in it. needs a good seafoam job and tune up...

oh, his gf and my fiance were best friends growing up... thats how we were able to get wasted enough to get taped singing karoke together! lol... good times!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,411 Posts
haha, yeah man... jess has two of the videos on her cell. its so funny man!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,321 Posts
haha... clean up that carbon man!

drunk karaoke never ends well... LOL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,411 Posts
"God is great, beer is good, and WE are crazy!!!" lol

and just a note... drive with the seafoam in the truck for a day or two, then start all of the tune up stuff.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
Just a few questions before I go spending money..

-Does the engine have to be advanced in order to operate smoothly? -- I read the timing section in the haynes book and looked online and couldn't find anything on the subject.

-What could cause a backfire through the intake other than off timing or carbon build up? It rarely does it once I get up to temp. but I can't go anywhere while it's cold because it just backfires through the intake and dies when I apply throttle.

-I ran the diagnostic and it says ECT sensor and O2 sensor are bad. It says the coil packs are fucked too but I just bought new ones this summer. Whats up with that?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,686 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
Last night I readjusted the timing and got it set perfectly on 0 degrees. Runs wayy smoother now. No more backfire. I also found that a plug wire was melted and shorting out across another wire. Replaced that. Probably why the computer said the coil pack was fubar. I traced the rest of the plugs from coil packs to corresponding cylinders and they're in order. It runs great now just a pain to get started now. I'm going to replace the two sensors and see how it goes. Thanks guys!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,411 Posts
step by step it sounds like its coming together!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,686 Posts
1 - 20 of 31 Posts
Top