Ranger 2.3 to 2.5 engine swap

Ranger 2.3 to 2.5 engine swap

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Bob

Chico, CA

#1 Jan 29, 2009
Can anyone tell me what the difference is between a 1995 2.3 and a 1998 2.5? The wrecking yard says they are not interchangeable. Can anyone tell me what the difference may be, and if it's possible to make the switch? Will I have to change the computer and the wiring harness? Any help would be appreciated.
Chris

Evansville, IN

#2 Feb 1, 2009
The 1995 was not OBD2 and I believe was only a single plug system and the 1998 is OBD2 dual Plug system. Not 100% sure on that but this may help also http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/showth...
steve

Fort Dodge, IA

#4 Feb 12, 2010
you couldn't be more wrong the 95 is obd2 and it has 8 plugs in fact they had 8 plug 2.3s since 93 why would you post something you know nothing about the two engines are identical the 2.5 only has a longer stroke all wires and transmission and everything will work. intakes/exhaust everything just slide it in there
christian

Winter Garden, FL

#5 Jul 29, 2011
im doing a conversion from a 94 2.3 to a 99 2.5 and i dont know what to do with the crank shaft positioning sensor
noel
#6 Jan 14, 2012
any one have a 2.3 or 2.5 engine for sale
DimentedRanger

Washington, DC

#7 Jan 1, 2013
I'm doin the 98 2.5 to a 95 right now... So far everything seems to be like Steve said, pretty much just slide in, plug up, n get gone. The 98 was a single cab auto teams, and the 95 is an ext cab 5 speed. So far the only problem I've personally ran into were the motor mounts, driveshaft being about 1 1/4" to long, and the main harness plug wires being a little farther apart and had to be stretched a Tad. But then again the motor sits about 2 or 3" more forward than the 3.0 I pulled (blown) n thats because I made the mounts, hard times gentleman, Hard times. If I come across any other problems, I'll be sure to let you know if someone hasn't before then. Good luck..!
DimentedRanger

Washington, DC

#8 Jan 1, 2013
Auto trans* autocorrect... Gota love it.
diversdan

Richland, WA

#9 Mar 6, 2013
I have a 99 ford ranger and i WISH to change motors out, right now i have 2.5 engine with 5 speed transmission and i want to replace it with 2.3 ranger engine which had auto transmission, but i want to keep the 5 speed transmission ////number 1 is that possible??? number 2 what do i have to change if anything????------

I would apprecate any comments,,,,diverdan
manny

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Apr 2, 2013
DimentedRanger wrote:
I'm doin the 98 2.5 to a 95 right now... So far everything seems to be like Steve said, pretty much just slide in, plug up, n get gone. The 98 was a single cab auto teams, and the 95 is an ext cab 5 speed. So far the only problem I've personally ran into were the motor mounts, driveshaft being about 1 1/4" to long, and the main harness plug wires being a little farther apart and had to be stretched a Tad. But then again the motor sits about 2 or 3" more forward than the 3.0 I pulled (blown) n thats because I made the mounts, hard times gentleman, Hard times. If I come across any other problems, I'll be sure to let you know if someone hasn't before then. Good luck..!
did the swap work
thomas

United States

#11 Jul 21, 2013
the 2.3 has been 8 plug since 1989 not 1993 just body change in 93 y do u post somthing u now nothing about
Chucky

Cullman, AL

#12 Feb 12, 2014
DimentedRanger wrote:
I'm doin the 98 2.5 to a 95 right now... So far everything seems to be like Steve said, pretty much just slide in, plug up, n get gone. The 98 was a single cab auto teams, and the 95 is an ext cab 5 speed. So far the only problem I've personally ran into were the motor mounts, driveshaft being about 1 1/4" to long, and the main harness plug wires being a little farther apart and had to be stretched a Tad. But then again the motor sits about 2 or 3" more forward than the 3.0 I pulled (blown) n thats because I made the mounts, hard times gentleman, Hard times. If I come across any other problems, I'll be sure to let you know if someone hasn't before then. Good luck..!
what about the oil pan?
kyle

Tampa, FL

#13 Feb 19, 2014
I have done the swap myself and actually am driving it now. everything matches up including motor mounts, transmission and even the 2.3 computer. basically all i needed for the swap was the 2.5 motor and the 2.3 wiring harness other than that it went together smoothly.
rickie

Point Pleasant, WV

#14 May 28, 2014
kyle wrote:
I have done the swap myself and actually am driving it now. everything matches up including motor mounts, transmission and even the 2.3 computer. basically all i needed for the swap was the 2.5 motor and the 2.3 wiring harness other than that it went together smoothly.
i want to do a 2.5 to a 2.3 and the 2.5 only uses one fuel line what did you do to get around that?
rickie

Point Pleasant, WV

#15 May 28, 2014
kyle wrote:
I have done the swap myself and actually am driving it now. everything matches up including motor mounts, transmission and even the 2.3 computer. basically all i needed for the swap was the 2.5 motor and the 2.3 wiring harness other than that it went together smoothly.
the 2.5 uses one fuel line (no return) and the 2.3 uses to (has return)
jab1990

Louisville, KY

#16 Sep 26, 2014
I have a 99 ranger 2.5 5 speed the tranny is out (broken tailshaft ) whats the difference between this one and o e prior to 98?
josh

Wartburg, TN

#17 Sep 5, 2015
I've got a 2.3 90 and trying to change it to 2.5 but the crank sensipr is different how would I do it
Vic

Stroud, OK

#18 Nov 12, 2015
steve wrote:
you couldn't be more wrong the 95 is obd2 and it has 8 plugs in fact they had 8 plug 2.3s since 93 why would you post something you know nothing about the two engines are identical the 2.5 only has a longer stroke all wires and transmission and everything will work. intakes/exhaust everything just slide it in there
So you can take a 1993 2.3 and put it in a 1999 ford ranger with a 2.5?
Vic

Stroud, OK

#19 Nov 12, 2015
So you can put a 2.3 motor out of a 1993 into a1999 ford ranger with a 2.5 motor in it?
Nate

Cantonment, FL

#20 Dec 14, 2015
im doing a swap from 93 2.3 ranger with an engine from a 87 2.5 any advise
Rangeraddic

Jackson, MI

#21 Apr 17, 2016
Chris wrote:
The 1995 was not OBD2 and I believe was only a single plug system and the 1998 is OBD2 dual Plug system. Not 100% sure on that but this may help also http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/showth...
Hmm I have a 91 and 2 92 ranger s with the 8 plug setup I have also built a few of the latter 2.5 engine's crank sensor is a pain in the butt use the one from the 2.3 on the newer 2.5 the trouble is once you change that you may need to do the whole timing set up with the square tooth setup

Also newer block isn't tapped for that sensor

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