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Old 01-14-2009, 07:44 PM   #41
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that shifter looks goofy.......but DAMN if that isn't a nice location.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:04 PM   #42
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but DAMN if that isn't a nice location.
Damn straight. It's in the perfect place.....the junkyard.

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Old 01-14-2009, 09:50 PM   #43
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Just slap a shifter boot on and tell your boooooooyes its a civic SI, then they will think its cool.

thats the 2.3 with a ranger transmission it looks like. Probably a good miata motor, but in a ranger that drivetrain was a fricken dog.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:29 PM   #44
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if it's a 2.3, there is a chance the turbo setup from the 2.3 turbo Ford engines will bolt on.
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if it's a 2.3, there is a chance the turbo setup from the 2.3 turbo Ford engines will bolt on.
Other than displacement they're completely different engines.
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I've got a 98 ranger with the 2.5 which is very similar to the 2.3L if I'm not mistaken. Got a volvo T3 laying around and I've been thinking about it. Heater-core is right where the downpipe would go so it might need a crazy manifold or something.

It's a total pig on the interstate.
The ranger 2.5 is a stroked 2.3 lima engine...not the same as the 2.3 duratec.


Turboing would still be awesome though
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...Dude go back and grab that steering wheel, its nicer then mine. Wait, thats bad isnt it?
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:27 AM   #48
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heck, bad was me wondering why he didn't atleast pull the pioneers out of the door
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Gentlemen,

That is a Duratec motor from either the Ranger or a Focus with a different tranny.

In other words, an 06+ MX5 motor bolts straight in, as does the 300 hp Cosworth version.
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Thats a pretty cool setup. I ran across a post where someone is installing a duratec in place of a lima 2.3 in an old mustang svo. Pretty good engine.
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Gentlemen,

That is a Duratec motor from either the Ranger or a Focus with a different tranny.

In other words, an 06+ MX5 motor bolts straight in, as does the 300 hp Cosworth version.
And so does the 2.3 DISI MZR from the Mazdaspeed 3/6, giving you 275 OEM horses.

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But the biggest advantage is the instant removal of nearly 150 lbs directly above the front axle, because that engine is all-aluminum unlike the B6/BP. That would give you a much more favorable weight distribution (closer to 45/55 than the existing 50/50) specially if coupled with a heavier rear diff.

I'd say, if nothing, get the powertrain, wiring, and motor mounts from that vehicle in the yard. And then sell the mounts to me. I have a Duratec lying around.
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