Engine Swap 1995 Ranger from 2.3 to 3.0 - Will it work?


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My little 2.3 is making a cross between clicking and knocking sound. It is not in the top end. It almost sounds like a piston pin, probably cylinder 1.

So, since I'll have to pull the engine to repair, I decided to do an engine upgrade. I have found a 3.0 out of a 1997 Ranger Auto. I know I'll have to replace the computer. What I don't know is whether or not I can use the same engine wiring harness, possibly with a little modification, or do I need the engine wiring harness for the 3.0.

I also found a 3.0 out of a 2000 Ranger Auto. How different is the wiring harness from the 1995 to 2000? If it's not much different, would that be a suitable replacement for my dying 2.3?

I searched through the forums but haven't found what I am looking for yet. If I've missed something, please let me know and I will go read it.
 


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You need computer, wiring, exhaust, and transmission.
 

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Can I use the same Cat? Also, transmission? I thought the 3.0 and 2.3 used the same transmission/same bolt pattern. Is that only for the 2000 3.0?
Use a parts site like Rock Auto to cross reference the cat numbers. You probably can, but cross it to be sure.

The 2.3 and the 3.0 did share a bolt pattern for a single year. 199-NEVER. You need a transmission.
 

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In my opinion, if you're pulling the engine and swapping motors you are really wasting your time if you dont do a explorer V8 swap. You'll need all the same stuff but the rewards are better. No substitute for cubes!!
 


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