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Old 07-29-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I joined this forum because I'm really interested in the 2.3 Turbo engine.
I have a lot of knowledge about non-turbochared Ford V8s like the 302 and the 351 Windsor but I have a lot to learn about these turbo engines so, please bear with me.

I'm thinking about buying a 2001-2004 Ranger with a 2.3 Duratec engine and I was just wondering if I can put a turbo on it. I'm 99% sure I can, but I don't want to assume anything. I also noticed most of the 2.3 guys on here have the 1999 and earlier OHV engines. Is it more trouble than it's worth putting a turbo on a DOHC 2.3?
I heard Ford put a turbo on the Ford Focus ST. Is this true? (Is it a 2.0?)
If I can't put a turbo on the Duratec would anyone recommend getting a Lima (2.5) over a 2.3?

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Old 07-29-2010, 10:24 PM   #2
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you can pretty much turbo anything nowadays. I wish they would use the 2.3 DSI mazda engine that the MX3 and MX6 use, as well as the CX7. Its setup to do upgrades, and is turbo charged allready. It puts out like 244hp and 258tq. Ford is going to be making many turbo vehicles in the future, so they may even make a turbo 2.3 here in the usa someday.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:27 PM   #3
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do a quick search , theres a guy on here whos building a duratech turbo looking for some big #s..... hes got some very good info so far and i think its gonna be an awsome little truck....
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you can pretty much turbo anything nowadays. I wish they would use the 2.3 DSI mazda engine that the MX3 and MX6 use, as well as the CX7. Its setup to do upgrades, and is turbo charged allready. It puts out like 244hp and 258tq. Ford is going to be making many turbo vehicles in the future, so they may even make a turbo 2.3 here in the usa someday.
Yeah, I just learned that you can turbo a 2.3 Duratec but you have to fab. up a lot of parts yourself or it would cost a fortune. It's probably not as bad as the whole "Volvo head project" but there's still a lot of parts that have to be fabricated. RangerGT is doing an awesome build, but he has the skills and the resources to do it.

I wish there was a company out there that would make a Turbo bolt on kit for the Duratec. I'm sure it would produce 280 horses easy.

Has anyone given any thought to putting a 2.0 Turbo charged Duratec from a MX3 or MX6 doner vehicle? I bet the bell housing pattern is different, but how hard would it be to fab up an adapter plate for a manual transmission?
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:31 PM   #5
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The bellhousing pattern is the same on the mazda and duratec. The mazda disi turbo also shares the same bell pattern as it is from the mzr engine family. http://www.turborangerforums.com/showthread.php?t=1788 this thread explains a bit about these engines.

If you are really determined to have a turbo dtec ranger then it can be done even on a reasonable budget but you have your work cut out. You could have a local fab shop weld up a manifold that you figure out and design. When you get to this point your at the same point the lima guys are because they have to custom route all their IC plumbing and exhaust down pipe. Not all the guys here have the resources I do but they still come up with great reults on their projects.
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:46 AM   #6
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The bellhousing pattern is the same on the mazda and duratec. The mazda disi turbo also shares the same bell pattern as it is from the mzr engine family. http://www.turborangerforums.com/showthread.php?t=1788 this thread explains a bit about these engines.

If you are really determined to have a turbo dtec ranger then it can be done even on a reasonable budget but you have your work cut out. You could have a local fab shop weld up a manifold that you figure out and design. When you get to this point your at the same point the lima guys are because they have to custom route all their IC plumbing and exhaust down pipe. Not all the guys here have the resources I do but they still come up with great reults on their projects.
Thanks for responding to my post RangerGT. I'm glad the Mazda disi turbo shares the same bellhouse bolt pattern.
You're the frontrunner when it comes to turbo chaging a Duratec engine in the Ranger. I hope to have one some day.
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How do u knw which engine u have. The durtrac or the lima.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:34 PM   #8
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The 2.3 duratec was introduced mid way thru 2001 so if you have a 2001 and newer ranger with a 2.3 it's a duratec. If it's a 2.5 in 2001 it's a lima.
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