Finding Extra Ponies in a Ranger With JBA PerformancePosted in How To on October 4, 2004
When it comes to power, every little bit helps. This is especially true when our trucks are concerned, because you never know when you'll need some extra oomph to climb up a mountain or pass an old lady in a Lincoln driving 45 mph in the fast lane. One of the more popular small-scale off-road vehicles is the Ford Ranger, and it's a stout piece. Even with the largest engine available in this mini-truck, the 4.0L OHC V-6 doesn't quite cut the mustard once you've installed a set of off-road tires.
With just 175 hp at the wheels, the stock V-6 isn't exactly going to set the world on fire when you mash the Go pedal. With a few choice upgrades, though, you can bump up the output of this engine considerably without spending a fortune. JBA Performance produces two simple products to fulfill your power needs and get your Ranger moving at a rapid clip.
The first power parts you'll want to add are JBA Cat4ward headers and stainless-steel JBA Evol Exhaust system. The headers are built from 14-gauge mild-steel tubing, which can be chrome- or ceramic-coated. The three-in-one tube design of the headers will significantly increase torque and horsepower in '88-and-newer Ford Rangers. JBA's Evol Exhaust system is a high-flow system tuned for maximum performance and long-lasting durability. The piping is bright 304 stainless steel and fits into all the stock Ranger exhaust hanger locations.
The final ingredient in this recipe for power comes in the form of JBA Power Cable ignition wires (part number 0674). The power cables are assembled with low-resistance wire-wound mag conductors, pure silicone jackets, and heat-resistant boots that will withstand 700-degree underhood temperatures. The wires are available in 8 or 9mm diameters and are preassembled and labeled for each cylinder, so there's no mistaking which wire goes where.
The installation of the new parts and subsequent dyno testing took place at JBA's new performance center in San Diego, California. The dyno session revealed that our test Ranger's V-6 engine produced an additional 16 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque after the new parts were installed, with average gains of 12 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque.
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