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Old 09-15-2008, 10:46 PM   #1
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Question 5.4 triton conversion

by best friend has a 1999 for ranger xlt 4dr. crew cab 2wd truck. she has a 4.0 and wants to swap in a 1999 5.4 triton v-8,the reason being she's tired of her boyfriends 2006 f150 being faster than her ranger, good enough excuse for her. what will i have to do to make this swap for her? or has anyone done it yet? to bad shes not cute cause that would be the best girl for a gear head like me
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:41 PM   #2
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check with 281 ranger. he might have some ideas for you and check out his web site
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:16 AM   #3
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just curious, but can she handle that much power in a truck that is light such as her ranger? I mean when my dad had an expy with the 5.4 that thing could move for its size. If i put that engine in my truck it would be sweet, but impossible to keep it straight....
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:46 AM   #4
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It's not the power she'll have to handle, it's the weight up front. Same thing as putting in a 460, only the engine is even wider. Not really worth the hassle, you can get the same power in a smaller package with a stroked small block.
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Since you're in California the first thing you'll want to do is to check if it would be a legal swap. No sense in going through all that work just to find out that it can't be driven on public roads.
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When my 460 block was at the machine shop, it was sitting right next to a 5.4 long block. It made my 460 block look small. They are humongous.
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I don't think they are that much heavier than a SBF, while massive the heads are aluminum.

It would be a neat swap, the things have tons of power... but the electronics are pretty complex on them. Not to mention they are huge... a widget wider than a 460 but not quite as long.

I got 18mpg with mine on a fishing trip in July, and that was in a 5500lb + a bed full of gear F-150.
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i saw a 4.6 in a ranger once, not sure how that compares to the 5.4 in external dimensions....but with all the mustang guys running the 4.6, aftermarket support for it is amazing. i work with a guy whos pushing around 450hp on a n/a 3v 4.6.
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ight well you guys made some good points so i told her to scratch that idea. now i want to know would it be easier to swap in a 5.0 or would it be better to throw some pistons in the 4.0 and some 5.0 injectors and install a turbo system? then i don't have to dick around with electronics and i finally got to make a custom turbo system(for my dads plane but its tighter fit than any car) so i wont be lost. what do u think? O yea i tried to talk her in to selling the ranger and buying a 1/2 ton truck but i think shes afraid of driving a full size truck
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