was thinking of turboing it, but with the turbo a full dressed 2.3T weighs in close to a fully dressed 5.0. Or thats what I found from looking around.I have the 2.3 in my Ranger. I think it runs fantastic out in the desert. It seems almost indestructible. Ever kick around the idea of turboing it? If you stick with it being n/a, 4.10 gears are a must, deck the head to bring up compression, get a cam and upgrade the valve springs. On my Ranger I ported the stock intake manifold, found a long tube header, 4.10 gears and it runs fantastic. I even thought about building another Ranger as a street truck with the 2.3 doing the same mods.
this. Stock parts can do 7500rpm+.I've worked on a few 2.3's built for circle track and the only way to really make any power with these motors is to rev it, use a big cam, and do some head work. The one's i worked on were never driven on the street so I can't really comment on that. For a street motor though you should be able to make decent power if you mill and lightly port the head, put a decent cam in it, and rev it. I've heard that you can run some stock 5.0 injectors also. I've never done that personally but it might be worth a try if you've done the other mods. These motors have been used as dedicated race motors in the dirt track world for many years so doing a little research will probably give you some more tips and tricks.
JW33 – Thanks for choosing Flowmaster for your car. Do you have pictures of your car? It sounds like fun!Our lemons car is dual plug 2.3 and even in a gutted out car it is very weak. The 2.3 is heavy gutless turd, but it is very reliable. It is a fun car though because you can really drive it as hard as you want and it will just keep on ticking. Spares are very cheap to almost free so no worries either if you pop a motor or trash the transmission. FYI on a 2.5 mile road course we are about 3-5 seconds slower than a V8 car with similair suspension/tires.
I really don't think that a 2.3T weighs the same as a 5.0. Its half the motor, and + ~40lbs of turbo gear. I've lifted a bare 302 block, and a bare 2.3 block into the back of my truck and the 2.3 is way lighter.was thinking of turboing it, but with the turbo a full dressed 2.3T weighs in close to a fully dressed 5.0. Or thats what I found from looking around.
How did you find the long tube effected your low end torque? Which long tube did you go with?