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Old 10-24-2010, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Turbo charging/supercharging a 1989 Ranger 2.9L?

I quickly skimmed through this forum and havent really seen anything to do with the 2.9l. Could i do this for my truck and would it be worth it? What needs to be done for it? How much would any of the ways cost? Basically, what are my options? lol I have a 1989 Ranger XLT 2.9L 4x4 standard.Thanks guys
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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Can it be done? Of course. Is it worth it? Not really.

Basically you've either got to plumb everything for a turbo or build a bracket and pulley system for a supercharger. Then you're got to come up with a way to tune it.

Looking at over $2000 realistically. I've got at least $2500 in the turbo setup on my Dakota and the turbo was only $300 of that. Stuff adds up.
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Can it be done? Of course. Is it worth it? Not really.

Basically you've either got to plumb everything for a turbo or build a bracket and pulley system for a supercharger. Then you're got to come up with a way to tune it.

Looking at over $2000 realistically. I've got at least $2500 in the turbo setup on my Dakota and the turbo was only $300 of that. Stuff adds up.
Damn...lol and theres not a way to do it for under a grand...? :P
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it can be done, but the usual consensus is that its not worth the time and money, most say just swap a 4.0, or a SB.

however, i am a big fan of boost. the plumbing and stuff can be done fairly cheaply, but like hahns said, the problem is learning how to tune it.
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it can be done, but the usual consensus is that its not worth the time and money, most say just swap a 4.0, or a SB.

however, i am a big fan of boost. the plumbing and stuff can be done fairly cheaply, but like hahns said, the problem is learning how to tune it.
I dont know the first thing or even where to start with the tuning. What all do you think i would need to do to do this? What would i need to make it show some bang for my buck?
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spray it!!! lol
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I can be done, and as others have stated if will cost some money.

The hard part and $$$ part is getting it more fuel.

But hey if you want to do it then don't listen to all the just go 4.0 or SB. If you are like me then you want to do something different. Who wants to have something like everyone else just because its easy to do. Hell my winter project is propane turbo for the 2.9 in my wheelin rig.
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I dont know the first thing or even where to start with the tuning. What all do you think i would need to do to do this? What would i need to make it show some bang for my buck?
Honestly, best bang for your buck would be a 4.0 OHV swap. Tuning of some kind definitely comes with a Turbo / Supercharging.
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So what would i be looking at doing if i went the way of turbocharging the current 2.9l? Price, parts, where i could get it done, what i could do myself maybe, etc? lol it would be sweet to put a turbo in it, but if its gonna be over a grand i could see me being able to do it. lol And what about "spraying" it? seems like that would be more of a waste if you are taking about Nitrous :P
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Honestly, best bang for your buck would be a 4.0 OHV swap. Tuning of some kind definitely comes with a Turbo / Supercharging.
And i see what you mean, but i am kind of leaning away from swaps. It would be sweet and do the job great, but i dont have any engines laying around. So i would have to find a good running one, that will fit, and find a place to do it for my since i dont have any of the stuff to do it. if you guys can help me to figure it out i would love to put a bigger engine in. But i live in a relitivly small city so my best bet would be SGI or a dealership
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