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PostPosted: September 13, 2018, 9:04 am 
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Massive speed systems sells quality parts for a Duratec. I bought my racing block, steel crank, K1 rods
High compression pistons, high flow head, cams, etc all from them. Very helpful in package choice based on your power goals. I am also using MS3 pro Fuel Injection . Output now about 240 at the wheels. Good luck !

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PostPosted: September 13, 2018, 3:33 pm 
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Roadog7 wrote:
Hi Guys,
Hopefully someone may be of help with a Duratec interchangability question. I’m quite tempted by several short blocks for reasonable price. L3YT-02-200D - 2006-2010 / eBay item #153095890094
My questions are: Can I put my 2002 ranger head on this newer block?
Can I bolt on my flywheel and clutch (also 2002 Ranger) to this “auto” engine? Will there be a hole for a pilot bushing? I’m assuming it will have a balance shaft which I would probably just leave in.
Any info or resources greatly appreciated. I would hate to make a costly mistake / lesson.
To the best of my knowledge, pretty much everything that bolts to the block of a Ranger 2.3L and a Focus 2.3L is all interchangeable.


papak wrote:
FWIW, I used a 2008 Ranger engine (2.3 l) with an Exedy flywheel for a Ford Focus. It weighs 12.4 lbs. as opposed to 19.5 for the Ranger. However, you will have to use a Focus starter as the ring gear spacing is different from the Ranger flywheel.
Interesting. Ranger trans? Based on a previous thread where the Focus flywheel caused interference on a Q4R bellhousing setup (http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8441) I had perhaps incorrectly assumed that the difference would more than likely cause issues in with the bellhousing, input shaft, release bearing, or some combination there of when used with the Ranger transmission.


Roadog7 wrote:
Thanks, that certainly points to another area of consideration. That could add more trial and error, added to which I have a Quad4rods bell-housing to a T5 trans.
I believe the Q4R bellhousing was designed to use the Ranger flywheel and clutch, but I'm not sure what disc. Is the Ranger disc also compatible with the T5 installation? Regardless, if by chance you do have the desire (and budget) to cut the flywheel weight down something sportier, Spec does offer an aluminum Duratec Ranger flywheel.

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PostPosted: September 14, 2018, 1:52 pm 
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Driven5 wrote:
To the best of my knowledge, pretty much everything that bolts to the block of a Ranger 2.3L and a Focus 2.3L is all interchangeable.

Thanks, this has been my assumption as well. Any idea of what differences might exist between the VIN D & VIN Z designations?

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I believe the Q4R bellhousing was designed to use the Ranger flywheel and clutch, but I'm not sure what disc. Is the Ranger disc also compatible with the T5 installation? Regardless, if by chance you do have the desire (and budget) to cut the flywheel weight down something sportier, Spec does offer an aluminum Duratec Ranger flywheel.

My flywheel and clutch cover are definitely Ranger, but the T5 fitting 9 groove shaft clutch disk is an unknown. I haven't been too worried about a lighter flywheel. Throttle response is pretty much "right now". After putting a lighter flywheel in my Civic si - daily driver / old autocross car, I noticed slightly better throttle response but really no lap time improvement. Having said that, I do recall seeing a picture of your Spec flywheel! :drool: ! Certainly looks nice!


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PostPosted: September 14, 2018, 1:56 pm 
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Rudy14 wrote:
Massive speed systems sells quality parts for a Duratec. I bought my racing block, steel crank, K1 rods
High compression pistons, high flow head, cams, etc all from them. Very helpful in package choice based on your power goals. I am also using MS3 pro Fuel Injection . Output now about 240 at the wheels. Good luck !

240! OMG - Thanks for the reference. I only knew them for their pretty purple parts!


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Roadog7 wrote:
Driven5 wrote:
To the best of my knowledge, pretty much everything that bolts to the block of a Ranger 2.3L and a Focus 2.3L is all interchangeable.

Thanks, this has been my assumption as well. Any idea of what differences might exist between the VIN D & VIN Z designations?
It has been a while since I've put much thought into specifics, but my recollection is that pretty much everything is different between the two, even if predominantly interchangeable. This may not be the 'definitive' thread about it, but it seems to cover most of the details:

https://forums.focaljet.com/showthread.php/637949-2-3-engine-Focus-x-Ranger-same-engine

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